Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hey LARUGgers, You Tweet Yet? | Either way We Can Dimension to Text | Kinda

In case you missed this, it seems to have resonated with literally a few folks around the globe ;-D
-Thanks to Erik for getting the conversation going!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

@LARUG October 2013 | Site, Landscape, Scale, Morph [& More]

  3D Grids In Revit | An Oldie Redone
  Modeling Topographic Sites In Revit: Hardscape And Softscape
  Scale & Morph In Revit

Architects, Landscape Architects, Designers, Engineers, Content Creators: You will not want to miss this month’s LARUG presentations, to be held in the LA office of Leo A Daly high atop DTLA 6 pm, Wednesday Oct. 16th, 2013 at: Leo a Daly'S office at 550 South Hope Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071. RSVP is a must for security.

This month's opening act | Jay Zallan will be explaining the workings of a 3D Grid. This presentation will become a video companion (to this blog post) will show the inner workings of content development, how you too can begin to create evolutionarily-complex content.

This month's main event | Marcello Sgambelluri will be presenting major portions of the two classes he's to be teaching at Autodesk University (AU2013) in December.

1a Hardscape 'Following' Softscape (Recap to prepare for 1b)
His first topic will show how to build hardscape elements that follow the exact shape and contour of any site topography element.

1b Softscape 'Following' Hardscape
Then he will be teaching us how to model site topography to match the exact shape and contour of any site hardscape element.

2 Scale | Morph
The next topics will cover how to scale any family in Revit, by applying some quite simple scaling principles actually; followed by applying similar concepts to create metamorphic Revit families... Thus Morph. It will become clear that scale and morph are principally the same phenomenon.

See you there early and remember to RSVP, as we need those names for the security desk!

Tell your friends! Get out to LARUG to learn, network and bring your best...! See you there!

Monday, September 30, 2013

@TroyGates Promises | (He &) LARUG Deliver: Macros That Is

As promised during the (now) recorded session (that you can watch, but start in, at about 30 minutes or so, just after the count-down clock) from This September Session of the Los Angeles Revit Users Group meeting; all about getting going creating Macros in Revit. 

Hit Troy's OP, by (OMG, as if you don't know already) clicking the image ;-)

Check back to catch the individual posts he will be adding there (and probably here too :-)

He posted a bunch of resource links that if you don't already use them START NOW!!!


The Consortium | Building | Information | Management

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

@LARUG September 2013 | Macro Creation in Revit

Summer is ending but:
LARUG will warm you up with Macro Programming for (and IN) Revit!

The Consortium's own Troy Gates will show us how to program macros inside of Revit, to automate tasks and boost effectiveness with an overview of the processes as well as giving us a walk-through of some scripts he's created...so you can too!!!

This is sure to generate great interactions so bring your participation hats ;-)

Live Location:
RTKL Associates Inc
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 
Live Streaming on the Interwebz:
Link is now Posted RIGHT HERE and will be live about 6:20 pm, Wednesday, September 25th 2013 :-) We will also embedd the live stream (then recorded copy below)!!!

BTW: Marcello was kind enough to take time to finally ;-) send me the Hardscaping Topo Handout and let me tell you, it is surely worth the wait!!! You can get it directly from this post (by clicking this :-)!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Leading The Way | Hardscape Following Revit Topographies

This past April Marcello Sgambelluri previewed a session he presented at RTCNA 2013 and since that's all over with; as promised here is the VIDEO LINK...or use the embedded version below!

The handout will be added just as soon as we get the final copy [Edit 09/18/2-13} is now available for us all, By Clicking Here, as well as using the embedded pdf (below the video in this post)! [End Edit].

Can hardly wait til his Modeling Simply Complex Topographies

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marcello at Portland's PDXrug | Gotta Share The R.U.G. Love

Need we say more? Thanks to PDXrug for...well...PDXrug!!!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Peering Into The: BIM FUTURES 2013 | USC School of Architecture Annual BIM symposium

Hey LA and anyone in town July 15th & 16th, who want to see some of the insights that will be discussed on the future of BIM... Not THIS BIM: Unknowing courtesy: http://www.bimmusic.com/

But THIS ONE!!! www-bcf.usc.edu/~kensek

"The annual BIM symposium at USC School of Architecture, BIM FUTURES 2013, is two weeks away.  This year there are two days of excellent presentations!   

Monday, July 15th – presentations from thought leaders from many universities and Tuesday, July 16th, case studies from building industry professionals: architects, engineers, and contractors.  

 Space is limited – sign up today!  

 For a list of speakers and to register, please visit www-bcf.usc.edu/~kensek"

"The Seventh Annual BIM Symposium on Building Information Modeling:
Views from the Academy and the Profession

Conference coordinators:  Karen Kensek,  kensek@usc.edu, and Douglas Noble
 (website last updated 26 June 2013 – NOT DONE YET!)

BIM Futures 2013 will be held July 15th and 16th at the University of Southern California and is sponsored by the School of Architecture, the Chase L. Leavitt Master of Building Science Program. I am sorry for the primitive website, but I don’t have time to make it graphically compelling although I will keep it updated with current information.

This symposium will focus on the future of BIM, both from academic and professional viewpoints. Past events have quickly sold out; don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Each day will have about 10 – 15 speakers discussing the role, implementation, and future of building information modeling.  The current list of confirmed speakers is listed below.

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REGISTER HERE  (please remember that there are NO REFUNDS!)

Early bird registration is $10 for Monday, $25 for Tuesday. We CANNOT refund anything that you pay for on the website.  Really.  But you can send someone else instead – just have him/her check-in with the name that was registered.

Register separately for each day.  Yes, there is a small fee for each day – we noticed that if we don’t charge something some people sign up and then forget to show up or cancel thus preventing others who wanted to attend from coming.  We have a limited amount of spaces based on the size of the available lecture hall.

Monday, July 15th – Academic View  

Tuesday, July 16th – Professional View

The final complete schedule with the order of the speakers will be posted a week before the symposium.  Each day will go from approximately 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Monday, July 15th – Academic View – Thought Leaders of BIM

REGISTER HERE  (please remember that there are NO REFUNDS!)

Current list of confirmed speakers and affiliation.

Chandler Ahrens, Washington University, St. Louis, and Aaron Sprecher, McGill University, Engine of inFormation: Big data from small buildings

Mark Clayton, Texas A&M University, Learning with BIM: Architectural Concepts Embodied in Software

Peggy Deamer, Yale University, BIM, Marx, and Immaterial Labor

Stephen Hagan FAIA, Hagan Technologies LLC, AIA TAP

Anton Harfmann, University of Cincinnati

Timothy Hemsath, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Conceptual Energy Modeling:  Impact of Using Building Performance Simulation in Early Design Stages

Brian Johnson, University of Washington, One BIM to Rule Them All:  Future Reality or Myth?

Henry Johnstone, University of Arizona

Calvin Kam, Stanford University, CIFE

Karen Kensek, University of Southern California, BIM +10:  a Journey to the Future

Vallie Miranda, Texas A&M University, Architectural Programming in BIM

Murali Paranandi, Miami University, Ohio, Conceptual Information Modeling:  Fostering Creativity Through Transmedia Workflows

Paola Sanguinetti, Kansas University

Dennis Shelden

Hugo Sheward, Georgia Institute of Technology, Knowledge Based Building Information Modeling

Andrzej Zarzycki, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Tuesday, July 16th – Professional View – Case Studies

REGISTER HERE  (please remember that there are NO REFUNDS!)

Current list of confirmed firms and speakers.

(list is almost complete – update the information with all the firms and speakers)


Buro Happold: Kurt Komraus and Sarah David

CO Architects: Jenna Knudsen

Gensler: Reg Prentice

HDR: Matt Goldsberry

Hensel Phelps

HGA with TITAN AEC: Jonathan Bartling (HGA), Blaine Grantham (Titan AEC), TJ Tutay (Titan AEC)

HMC: Yunnan Allen

Morphosis: Kerenza Harris

Thornton Tomasetti: Jonatan Schumacher

Turner Construction Company: Viktor Bullain and Rocio Gonzalez"

Thursday, June 20, 2013

@LARUG | June 2013 | AltRN8 RendR & ViewRS

Alternative Renderers and Viewers for Revit

This month Joe Mendez will take us through a learning session, covering some of the methods that he and his teams employ Artlantis for; to render their Revit models ...and so much more. 

Mr. Mendez will also introduce us to a  few of the 3D model viewers under review, available for Revit.

There will undoubtedly be more (read as WILL BE) so come early and stay late ;-)
-The LARUG BIM Consortium

    Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 PM 
    Live Stream HERE!!!

    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Sharing Elevation | Oh yeah and LARUG June Meeting Coming Quick

    June's LARUG Meeting will be later this month (obviously ;-) but in the mean-time -and since I shared these in a few places earlier...

    If you 'need' Elevation Markers that look more "traditionally Architectural" and work as desired...at least as I desire them :-) then click the image below Or Use This Link and...

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Leading The Way | Following Revit Topographies

    LARUG | Los Angeles | The World | April 24th, 2013 | Hardscape In Revit and Only Revit!!!
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 | 6:00 PM Meeting Start Time | 6:30 PM Presentation Start Time

    EDIT 07/18/2013: Use the following link for the new post with the Video Link & Embed... The Handout to be posted there soon. Thanks Marcello!!! END EDIT

    Have you had your breakthrough lately???
    If you have been to LARUG in the past year or so you know we work very hard to bring thought-provoking presentations, if not outright breakthrough methodologies; and since we think these methods bring a whole new thinking and approach to your (and our) Revit Hardscape arsenal; we feel this month's offerings continue that dedication!

    LARUG is once again proud to have Consortium Member Marcello Sgambelluri (Author of Simply Complex plus -This Related Post- and -Also This Other Related Post-) -presenting what will surely be awesome classes at RTC Australasia 2013 and RTC North America 2013... WOW I can't wait to see what he/we do at AU 2013!!! Oh, if we are extra nice to him we may even get to see how to schedule the lengths of these components again...something that even the developers said 'couldn't be done' ...Well all of us at LARUG should now know by now, that if someone says a thing cannot be done in Revit that we must not believe them -since the converse keeps being proven!!! Keep the thought: There must be and is a way ...we just might not know it ...YET!!!

    On to business
    The image above does not show 'split surfaces' or 'sub-regions', they are actually native Revit Components and Families that follow their topography!!! Yes, one can, for example, get a 6 foot tall wall exactly 6 feet above it's adjoining grade level...no matter the undulations!!! Oh and will the Spot Elevation and Coordinate tools hit specific and 'snappable' points EXACTLY? Yes again!!!

    Roofs, Floors, Walls, etc. are used mostly as they are intended... I say 'mostly' since there is no "sidewalk" or "street" tool :-) -So without further ado please find this as an invitation to LARUG's April Meeting, either live in person or streamed <EDIT 2013 04 22: (You won't want to miss this, since we also are having a special promotion starting from our friends at 3DConnexion!!!)  
    Negotiations are complete, we have a new sponsor and we are pleased to announce that the folks at 3Dconnexion are ponying up and providing a SpacePilotPro or SpaceMousePro as a giveaway to one lucky LARUG Member... The Consortium will be choosing how we will give this away and who knows, it may also be available to the worldwide audience...we;ll let you all know Wednesday!!!> If you are elsewhere in the world, please tune in to the live link above, for more of the great work we at LARUG strive to bring to the Revit Community around the BIM World!!!

    Here's what Marcello says about this session: "Ever model Revit elements on site topography and can't quite get them to follow the exact contours? This session will show you step by step instructions on how to build straight walls, curved walls, sidewalks, curbs, stairs, planters, roads and other hard-scape elements of any shape or size to follow the exact shape and contour of any site topography element.

    ONLY Revit will be used!!! No 3rd party programs, API programming, or other programs will be used. This session will not show how to model site topography elements rather it will show how to use it to create elements that need to follow their shape."

    That said, here's a bit more eye candy of which you will get more during the meeting...See you all there or on Twitter that night!!!


    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    WTF's New in 2014 | A Beginning Dialog

    LARUG | Los Angeles | What's New | Revit 2014
    Watch Live Here-Live Link NOW (Or via the embed below and/or catch the recorded video after the fact, via the same link ;-)

    View all of LARUG | BIM Consortium | Videos here and subscribe to our YouTube...

    In addition to the awesome review by David Light and the like for Navisworks by Lee Mullin check out some marketing spin (embedded below) by Autodesk themselves to get a taste... More from us on What's New Tomorrow and Thursday at our LA and OC meetings... live links to follow ;-)

    OH!!! And how about Help from Help??? 

    autodesk on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    @LARUG | A Yearly Special Event

    LARUG PresentsWhen Is What 
    Marcello Sgambelluri, Troy Gates and Jay Zallan Bringing The Goods...Well, showing what they feel sticks out as some of the best of what RevitDamus predicted.

    Need we say more? 
    We can't until then!
    See you there!!!

    Evites are going out, so if you are on our lists (and will be in LA and/or OC) then we hope to see you live...

    Otherwise, for the #GlobalBIMcrew (s) Use the link below (when it becomes a link March 27th at about 6pm PST) and come see for yourselves!!!

    When We Go Live This Will Be A Link To Watch Remotely (or Recorder After The Fact)!!!

    LARUG | Los Angeles 6 pm Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
    333 South Hope Street #C200
    Los Angeles, CA 90017 

    LARUG | Orange County 6 pm Thursday, March 28th, 2013

    17850 Fitch
    Irvine, CA 92614