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Weekly Roundup – 2015.15


The week that was in the world of BIM and other Techie fun stuff, for the week of Apr. 12th – Apr. 18th, 2015.

I going to start this weeks Roundup off with a post I missed last week, from Curtain Wall BIM.

Parametric Shadowbox Panels

This is an interesting post from Steve over at Revit OpEd, its about the idea of using Spaces instead of Areas…….I think it would be worth a try.

Spaces instead of Areas

If you like add-ins for Revit, and you haven’t yet tried the CGS Revit tools then you need to check out this review from What Revit Wants. Spolier there is a 30% discount in it for you! (limited time only).

Review of the Powerful CGS Revit Tools Suites

Here is a helpful post for you if you are using C4R (Collaboration for Revit) or thinking about it, about shared coordinates in Revit and C4R (Revit OpEd).

Shared Coordinates and Collaboration for Revit

Now for some info on Construction Apps from the Guru himself – ConAppGuru.

Five Workflows for Apps in Construction (plans)

The AUGI World April issue is now out, get it now from AUGI.

April 2015

Here is a Revit Tip (more of an issue fix) from the Revit Kid about windows.

Revit Tip – Nested Window Family Issue

Now for some Dynamo! Here are 3 great posts from arCHI-lab about all things Dynamo.

image export for dynamo

create view by room with dynamo

framing model checker with dynamo

Here is another couple Dynamo post, this time from Simply Complex.

How to get the Revit Version and Build Number using Dynamo BIM

How to Get the Working Status of a Revit File (Central, Local, or Not Workshared) Using DynamoBIM

Now for some engineering Dynamo action from Revit beyond BIM.

Dynam(o)ite your Design for Engineers – part 4 (part 1, part 2, part 3,)

Here is some Dynamo & Revit work that lets you convert Point Clouds to usable geometry for other programs. (What Revit Wants).

Using Dynamo and Revit to Convert Point Clouds to Actual Geometry for Use in Tekla or Other Software

The folks over at DynamoBIM Blog have put up a new blog post about what’s to come in Dynamo 0.8.1……and it’s colourful!

Dynamo 0.8.1 Now in Technicolor!



How about some surface calculations with Dynamo, seek and ye shall find at Daniel and Autodesk AEC Software.

Dynamo surface area calculations

Last week Beside The Cursor gave use 4 awesome Dynamo posts about Barrel Vault Braces, this week comes part 5.

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace 05 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Still got more Dynamo for ya, this time from Enjoy Revit we get a little more advanced.

Regular Polyhedrons

This dynamo post by Nathan of the Proving Ground is all about lunch.

Back to ‘Basics’ with LunchBox and Dynamo


This is a sad post, Autodesk is finally ending Vasari as of May 15, 2015 May 31st, 2105. Learn more in this post from Duct Duct Pipe.

Project Vasari Beta is ending May 15

I received an email from the Vasari Team, and it looks like Vasari will officially hits EOL (End of Life) on May 31st not May 15th, 2015. Below is a chart that was in the email about where all of the features of Varari will end up in other Autodesk products.

4-15-2015 8-40-07 AM


Another post about Vasari, this time a memorial from sixtysecondrevit.

Autodesk Vasari 2010-2015

Not finished with the sad Vasari posts yet, one more from the BIM blog.

Vasari, You Left us Too Early…

The release for Revit 2016 is here, and the Revit Kid has a post with all you need to know.

Revit 2016 Available Now: For Students and Professional

Another couple of posts about the 2016 Revit release, this time from Revit OpEd.

That Time of Year Again – Revit 2016

Revit 2016 – Place Rooms Automatically

Revit 2016 – Open Sheet

Here is a warning from Revit OpEd about the 2016 products and not begin to quick install the wrong one.

Revit 2016 Trial Versions – Do NOT Install Wrong Version

Here is another one for 2016, this time from AECbytes about new Revit Rendering.

Revit 2016’s New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine 

And still more about Revit 2016 and what’s new, this time from cadline.

What’s new in Revit 2016?

And we still have more ‘What’s new” posts for Revit 2016, this time from IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog.

Revit 2016 New Features

This time a couple of YouTube posts from IMAGINiT YouTube Channel about the new features in Revit 2016.

Autodesk Revit 2016: New Fabrication Features

Autodesk Revit 2016: Favorited New Features

Some more Revit 2016 info, this time from Revit Rants. (this post has a TON of info)

Revit 2016 What’s New? – A Commentary

What you want more new Revit 2016 posts……well here is one by BIMopedia blog.

What’s New in Revit 2016?

How about a first look at Revit 2016, from CADLearning.

Revit 2016 New Features – A First Look

This Revit 2016 post is by Revit beyond BIM, and takes a look at Gravity.

Gravity Analysis for Revit 2016

Keeping with the new 2016 Release info, here is more news about some of the 2016 Suites from Autodesk (In The Fold).

Autodesk Unveils 2016 Suites for Building and Civil Infrastructure Industries

More on the 2016 Design Suites, this time from TenLinks.

Autodesk Ships 2016 Design Suites

If you work in Both Civil 3D and Revit, then this post from What Revit Wants is for you.

Autodesk Shared Reference Point 2015 to facilitate Civil 3D and Revit coordinate system collaboration

How about what’s new with Revit 2016 Structure, well Autodesk Revit Structure has you covered.

Revit Structure 2016 – New features

Just to switch it up from 2016 Revit, lets look at what’s new in 2016 Navisworks (cadline).

Navisworks 2016 New Features

Autodesk also released some updates to their Reality Capture products this week, both RECAP and Memento (Through the Interface)

New Versions of Autodesk’s Reality Computing products

The good folks over at landarchBIM have launched a Revit Landscape training course.

Now Launching: Revit Landscape Training Course

For those using ArchiCAD and working with Revit models this is a post you should read and share with your Revit using partners. (Bond Bryan Architects BIM Blog).

Guidance notes for Autodesk Revit users exchanging models with Graphisoft ArchiCAD

If you like BIM and you Like PodCasts, then you need to check out BIMThoughts.

BIMTHOUGHTS S1E4: Marcello Sgambelluri


BIMTHOUGHTS S1E2: Jim Balding Talks RTC


BIMThoughts is not just Podcast’s, it also has great blog posts too, like this one on Vault.

Conquering design documentation management with Autodesk Vault

the Letters went out this week for speakers at RTC EUR 2015, learn more with this blog post from RTC News.

Speaker’s Acceptance Letters fro RTC Europe 2015

And just to toot my own horn a little here is a post form The BIMsider (yup that’s me) about being selected to speak at RTC EUR 2015.

RTC EUR 2015 – The BIMsider Speaks…….Twice – This time on another continent!

While we are on the topic of RTC, some may be asking why? Well look no further than this Speaker Profile of Steve Shell for the answer. (RTC News).

Speaker Profile with Steve Shell: It’s About the Journey

Here is another instalment of RevitCat‘s on going quest to teach people that the “Moves with Nearby Elements” command in Revit isn’t so bad (I’m still not convinced).

Moves with Nearby Elements (Walls) – The Rules

Tips for BIM Training provided by Line/Shape/Space.

All Aboard! 8 BIM Training Tips to Design a Program for Everyone in Your Office

Are you thinking about purchasing A360 Team? If so check out this post on the A360 Blog about just that.

Purchasing A360 Team: Step-by-Step

If you have trouble with site tools (or anything to do with site or topo work in Revit) you should check out landarchBIM blog.

Merge Surface

Are your BIM tools not smart enought? If you think that, then check out this post from AECbytes Blog

Why Isn’t There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet?

This is a neat little feature on the Autodesk Knowledge Network I didn’t know excited, thanks to What Revit Wants for sharing.

Download Finder for Autodesk Products and Updates

This next post is a little longer but completly worth the read! Anthony from practical BIM talks about how “my BIM is not necessarily your BIM based on our workflows (ie Design vs Construction vs survey vs FM).

Different BIMs for different Purposes

Now for some construction app news from the ConAppGuru.

The Guru’s Gathering: A Collection of Blogs for Construction

If you ar having issues with wireframe view in Navsiworks Simulate, check out this post from IMAGINiT Support Blog.

Navisworks/Simulate: Objects look like wireframe or single line work

Here is a cool little tip for rendering with a background photo in 3DS Max Design (IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog).

Tips for Rendering Your 3D Model – with the background photo

With the release of the new trailer for the new Star Wars movie coming out this Christmas, you need to check out this post from Beyond Design.

Chewie, We’re Home! 3empireBIMcrew Videos and presentation from AU and BSL

This post from Revit OpEd is for your Revit MEP Folks, espically the ones wondering about Circuit Length Calculation.

Revit MEP – Circuit Length Calculation

If you are a FormIt user you should be sure to check out TGIFF’s (Thank God it FormIt Friday). Find out more at the FormIt blog.


This post doesn’t really surprise me as I spend a large part of my teaching time at work teaching the Fundamentals of AutoCAD (cadalyst)

Despite Marketing Hype, CAD Users Adopt New Technologies Cautiously

I’m going to end this weeks Roundup with 2 posts that are very different from each other, and both different that the normal stuff here (and neither talks about Revit 2016 I promise).

Are Computers Bad for Architecture? (Arch Daily)

Nin10do: A 3D Printed Modern Day Working Nintendo Entertainment System Created by a Magician (3D Print)


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