Revit Technology Conference (RTC) 2009

20 03 2009

RTC 2009

With the overwhelming success of RTC 2008, establishing itself as the premiere BIM-based event in the Asia Pacific region, the RTC committee is pleased to invite you to RTC 2009 to be held in Melbourne from Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 June at the Sebel Albert Park. The Conference aims to draw attendees from throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Asia Pacific regions.

This is one technology conference not to be missed… and Melbourne is a pretty nice place to visit too 😉

I highly recommend all Revit users to attend this conference as it must be the biggest grouping of Revit users on this side of the world except of Autodesk University in Las Vegas! – which is a must attend in it’s own right ;-)…


Wellington Architecture Company Reaps Results with Autodesk….

3 03 2009

ArcHaus Reaps Results with Autodesk
The integration of Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk 3ds Max improves workflows and rendering to deliver sophisticated visualisations, true BIM collaboration and client inspiration. Click here to review PDF…

RUGWELL now on Facebook

20 02 2009

facebookThe Revit Users Group Wellington, New Zealand is now on facebook… Click out what is going on here.

Revit Drawing, Sheet and Revision Manager

18 10 2008

  • Tired of not being able to manage your drawing sheets in AutoDesk Revit?
  • Frustrated with double handling electronic Drawing Registers/Transmittal forms?

Introducing a break-through in Drawing Management for AutoDesk Revit

  • Drawing Revision History and Document Issue Reporting (Drawing Transmittals – PDF format).
  • Fully customizable shared parameters (Use your own company standards).
  • Drawing Production Management (Drawing product status reporting).
  • Export and Import Drawing Manager database templates.
  • Insert new sheets into your existing Revit Project and Automatically re-number the existing drawing sheets accordingly.
  • Project information data sheets (Central project information knowledge base).
  • Customizable drawing revision note templates.

Over the coming months, i’ll post some links to video’s showing how this plug-in to AutoDesk Revit has changed the way we manage our Drawing Sheets in Revit in our Architecture Office.

Autodesk Revit 2009 Software Supports 64-Bit OS

1 10 2008

Finally – I’ve been using a 64-bit OS (XP) for over a year now and with each release of Revit Architecture i’ve been hoping that it will ship with full support for a 64-bit system and finally today Autodesk has announced just that – Thank you!

This marks the company’s first venture into 64-bit BIM applications and applies to Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and Revit MEP 2009.

The English language versions of new 64-bit Revit software applications are available now to existing Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and Revit MEP 2009 subscribers via the online Subscription Center. The 64-bit software will release in other languages at a later date.

For more information on the 64 bit versions of Revit refer to the following website.

RUGWELL – Meeting No.6 – September 2008

25 09 2008

The sixth meeting of RUGWELL was held at the offices of Beca (Wellington), with and excellent turnout of well over 40 individuals from the leading design, architecture and engineering studios around the Wellington region.

Presentation Summary:

1. AutodeskDesign Visualization Super User Tour 2008, by Jason Howden of Archaus Architects.

2. “All in One File” – Geo-Thermal Power Station Modeled in Revit, By Peter Davies of Beca.

3. Q&A, Debate and discussion on BIM and ‘real world’ collaboration using Revit.

Revit Architecture 2009 – Pantone “Huw” Bug

23 09 2008

Recently we have been having some trouble with our keyboards locking up, especially when using Revit Architecture 2009.

Our Setup

We are using HP xw4X00 workstation class PC’s with Windows XP Pro, Autodesk Revit Architecture Series 2009 (web update 1), MS Office Pro etc, standard Architectural office configuration.

The History

One of the Architects in our office had been complaining about a problem with his keyboard for sometime, after trying to resolve the problem internally we called in the ‘big guns’ – our IT Support/Autodesk Reseller to look into the problem. At first it was thought it could be hardware (memory) related and then it was thought to be viral but as each theory was tested and “fixed” the problem still appeared….. argghhh

Until today when one of our Technicians in the office replicated the error on his PC (locked up keyboard), now I was sure it had to be related to Revit Architecture 2009 as his PC had showed no earlier signs of “glitches” to date….

The “Bug”

The bug appears when you access the Pantone colour palette in Revit Architecture 2009 (Series), try it out for yourself…. Follow the below steps:

1. Make sure you have at least two applications open i.e. Revit Architecture 2009 and Outlook or Word.

2. Start a new Project file in Revit (an existing one will do the same thing but it’s safer with a new file so you don’t loose any “real” work) and create a new Filled Region on a View.

Edit the Properties of the Filled Region you have just created and change it’s default colour to be a new Pantone Colour (any colour will do).

Click OK to accept the new Filled Region.

**** Bang****

3. You should now have noticed that Revit has disappeared into the “background” and that your other open Application is now in the “foreground” – but the most frustrating thing we are finding, is that our keyboards at this point are “frozen up” or “locked out”.

To date the only fix we have been able to find to the above “Bug” is to exit Revit by way of using the Windows Task Manager to switch back to Revit and close out, this restores the keyboard to “normal mode” and is fully functioning again.

If anyone has any suggestions around the above problem (other than not using Pantone Colours) or has experienced the same problem can you please post a reply.