2018.05.24

BiLT ANZ, the biggest ever!

My journey to BiLT ANZ 2018 began with an unexpected email from AUGI: Would you consider doing some blogging for AUGI? Yes!

I have attended a couple of the predecessor Revit Technology Conferences (RTC), in New Zealand, but this is my first BiLT. The 2017 name change really acknowledged RTC’s already broadening approach to BIM and its future intentions. What started out as a platform focused conference now embraces the reality of BIM being a multi-platform, multi-discipline, and multiple industry activity. Like RTC, BiLT is a valuable forum “Bringing industry Leadership Together” in a platform neutral industry focused event. While Revit is still prominent there are sessions on many other BIM related workflows, applications and platforms.

Although I have been to Australia before this is also my first visit to Brisbane. Surprising it has taken this long given many Kiwis (including me!) have family connections here due to emigration over the past couple of decades. At one stage it seemed just about everyone in Auckland was ‘moving to Brissie’, attracted by higher pay and tropical weather, but more recently the trans-Tasman people flow has balanced out. Leaving Auckland on a gloomy, wet and cold (for NZ) morning to arrive, three hours later, in sunny warm Brisbane certainly made a good first impression!

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The Royal International Convention Centre (the BiLT venue) is in Bowen Hills, a newly regenerating mixed-use area a few kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. The three-day BiLT schedule kicks off with a plenary session comprising of brief sponsor addresses and a keynote with a more general design focus on the first morning. The rest of the day, and following days, offer a wide variety of parallel streamed 75-minute sessions. Formats include presentations, forums, and hands on labs. Deciding which to attend is a challenge and it becomes apparent why larger organisations send multiple attendees to cover the impressive line-up.

A sample of the sessions I’ve chosen give a flavour of the diversity of subjects on offer and the creativity in session naming:

  • The Gospel of the Good LOD According to Kev
  • A Guided Tour of Cutting Edge Creek with Some BIM Geeks
  • Implementing Revit for Interior Design Teams
  • Analog Lab: UX Design for Revit Families Using Empathy, Prototyping, and Testing
  • Advance Your Digital Agenda Through Persuasion and Influence
  • Improving Productivity and Asset Outcomes Through the Consistent Adoption of BIM
  • Why BIM Costs Money – A View from a Quantity Surveyor
  • Chameleon Yoga BIM - Flexible Digital Collaboration

Between sessions you can meet attendees, speakers, sponsors and vendors in the Exhibition space. It offers lots of opportunities for networking, satisfying the tea/coffee habit and refuelling. There are also several more formal evening social events including a first day Welcome Function, Golf themed (?) evening function on Friday and a special closing event (party!) on Saturday evening. It is at the Brisbane City Hall and hosted by keynote speaker Ashraf Habibullah.

It is the networking that makes attending an event like this worthwhile. That literally started on the flight from New Zealand with a bunch of familiar faces in the boarding lounge and sitting next to a BiLT ANZ sponsor travelling from the US via NZ. Given the wide variety of people it has attracted, ~500 attendees make it the biggest ever, there will be lots of new people to meet.

I’ll be following up with mid-event and summary posts, but you can also follow BiLT ANZ activity on social media; look for the #BILTANZ tag and follow @BiLTevent on Twitter.

BiLT ANZ 2018 Event Website: www.rtcevents.com/bilt/anz18/

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2018.04.20

AUGI HotNews -- April 2018, Issue No. 179

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.04.05

AUGIWorld April 2018

It used to be that Autodesk’s releases hit once a year, usually in the spring. These days, new features are being released incrementally throughout the year. Regardless, users still anticipate these product rollouts to see if the new features and enhancements to existing features are going to be just what they needed.

In the April 2018 issue of AUGIWorld, some authors explore what’s new in Autodesk 2019, while other articles take a deeper dive into earlier versions of various Autodesk products.
So whether you are contemplating the upgrade to 2018.x of a given Autodesk product or were waiting for the latest release, this issue has it covered.

In April 2018 AUGIWorld:

New Look, New Features — Brian Benton explores AutoCAD 2019. Autodesk has focused on some cosmetic issues and Brian finds a useful, timesaving Compare tool.

Making Schedules Smart — Andrea Alderton shows how Revit MEP can do much more for you, beginning with improvements in schedules.


A Recap: Advice I Give Myself, Part 2 — Mark Kiker continues with a revisit to sound advice he has given others, and himself, through the years.

Manage This! — Kimberly Fuhrman advises you to fight the urge to jump right into modeling on a new Revit Structure project. Take your time and start off right.

Tips & Tricks — Melinda Heavrin offers numerous tips for AutoCAD Architecture 2018: 3D printing, Revision Cloud, object selection, PDF enhancements, and much more.

Also in this issue…

What’s New in Civil 3D 2019? — Shawn Herring looks at improvements in the latest release with views/viewports, profile geometry, and xref layers, among others.

Enhanced Functionality for Roads, Bridges and More — Todd Rogers takes a close look at InfraWorks 2018’s road and bridge design tools.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents new AEC-related products. This month: ReOpen, which lets Inventor users resume their work quickly; with AutoExcel, users can easily export and re-import Revit projects into Excel; AreaMarker, which allows users to get areas of CAD objects and regions and mark the results in a drawing.

AUGIWorld April 2018 Issue Released!

2018.03.16

AUGI HotNews -- March 2018, Issue No. 178

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.03.05

AUGIWorld March 2018 -- Some of Our Favorite Tips & Tricks

AUGIWorld March 2018
The hope of picking up some new tips & tricks is one of the primary reasons user communities exist. The user-to-user contact, online or in person, provides the shortcuts, workarounds, hints, and techniques that help users perform their work faster, easier, and more effectively.

AUGI members reap the benefits of AUGI’s own “by users, for users” mindset from the Forums at AUGI.com and from the pages of AUGIWorld magazine. In the March 2018 issue, for example, AUGI members are the beneficiaries of a collection of our authors’ favorite tips & tricks for various Autodesk products.

Murray Clack kicks it off with his article, “I Work for Tips!” and AutoCAD users are sure to learn something new.

A few years ago, Brian Chapman presented 50 tips & tricks for 3ds Max users and he adds to that list in “20 More Tips & Tricks.”

And that’s just the beginning, so enjoy this issue’s tips & tricks treasure trove.

Tips for Nested Families — Philip Russo provides help with nesting families and organizing content in Revit Structure.

Productivity-Boosting CADD Nuggets — Jeff Frye enjoys sharing little tips he calls CADD Nuggets with others. Included in this look at some of his favorites are new uses for old commands.

Customized Grading Materials — Tony Carcamo demonstrates how to create customized materials and grading styles to create models for site pad grading projects with InfraWorks.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents AEC-related software from Autodesk and its partners. This month: an element renumbering product; a suite of products that enables Revit users to process workflows and import and export data; a plug-in that helps users prepare a 3D model for use on Microsoft HoloLens; and software that generates DXF files for use on cutting machines.

A Recap: Advice I Give Myself — Over the years, Mark Kiker has dispensed lots of great advice—to others as well as himself. In this article and in upcoming issues, he revisits some of these items.

Also in this issue…

Let’s Talk Tips — Jay B. Zallan sets you off on a journey of learning and exploration that begins with two simple Revit tips.

MEP Systems: Autodocumentation to Fabrication — Mark Mendez discusses design to fabrication and the steps in between.

AUGIWorld March 2018 Issue Released!

2018.02.16

AUGI HotNews -- February 2018, Issue No. 177

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The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — AUGI Forums (hot topics), Articles by AUGI Members, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and HP DesignJet large-format printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…

2018.02.08

AUGIWorld February 2018 -- Helpful advice for beginners

AUGIWorld February 2018
We tend to think of beginners as younger people, fresh out of school, just getting started in their careers. The truth is that we can be beginners, or new users, at any point in our professional lives. For example, AutoCAD pros who have been in the business for decades may find themselves as beginning Revit users facing the same learning curve as their younger counterparts.

The February 2018 issue of AUGIWorld contains articles targeted to new users, wherever they are in their career span.

Professional Presentation for Designers — Brian Chapman covers the fundamentals of time, motion, blocking, and composition in 3ds Max.

Revit Electrical Systems — Crash Course — Todd Shackelford focuses on the highlights in this software, geared to new Revit users or those new to using the software for electrical design.

Renovation Mode in ACA — Melinda Heavrin demonstrates how AutoCAD Architecture’s Renovation Mode can easily identify objects and associate them with different phases of a renovation project.

Revit Structure for Beginners — Kenn Farr advises those new to Revit Structure to spend time up front getting a firm understanding of the software basics and getting training from external and/or internal sources.

Three Tools that Rock! — Ron Couillard provides a look at a trio of AutoCAD Civil 3D tools that aren’t new, but may have gone unnoticed by many users: Quick Profile and Quick Cross Section; Water Drop; and Stage Storage.

Also in this issue…

Rude, Crude or Shrewd — Mark Kiker explains why shrewdness is a trait for Tech Managers to cultivate.

Intro to BIG Data in AECO — Jay B. Zallan with an introduction to Big Data: what it is, some uses, and why it is so important.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen presents AEC software from Autodesk and others. This month: CTB Link, a Revit add-in that allows users to transform a CAD drawing before importing; SheetEz, a sheet management tool: and Novade Exporter, a plug-in that exports a 3D model to the Novade platform.

AUGIWorld February 2018 Issue Released!

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