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Weekly Roundup – 2015.18


The week that was in the world of BIM and other Techie fun stuff, for the week of May 3rd – May 9th, 2015.

I’m going to start this weeks Roundup off a little different than normal, by starting with some super cool techie stuff……a wireless docking station from Dell! (ZDnet).

Dell Launches Wireless Dock to cut the cord for laptops, ultrabooks

This is a really cool post from Steve at Revit OpEd who credits Aaron Maller for the idea.

Optional Instance Override

Here is an update or another example of the idea above from Revit OpEd.

Optional Instance Override Example Two

Now for some construction knowledge, here is another great post in the series “The Five Workflows for Apps on Construction Projects” from ConAppGuru.

The Five Workflows for Apps on Construction Projects (Daily Reports)

Keeping with the series theme here is post #5 in a series about Dynamo and Revit Structure (among others) from Revit beyond BIM.

Dynam(o)ite your Design for Engineers – Part 5 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Here is a quick tip from RVIT about linking vs. Importing (Spoiler always link when possible).

Quick Tip – LINK vs IMPORT

Here is a quick and simple post about Dynamo and ramp areas in Revit from Simply Complex.

Get the area of a Ramp from Revit using DynamoBIM

Here is another quick tip about Dynamo from What Revit Wants.

Did you know…you can select connected nodes using Tab after selecting a Node in Dynamo?

Another post by What Revit Wants, this time about a free Navisworks add-in.

Automatic Grouping of Clashes in Navisworks with Free Add-in

Now for the business side of BIM Trimble and Nemetschek form a BIM partnership, via TenLinks.

Trimble, Nemetschek Partner for BIM

Another post on this new partnership, this time from Extranet Evolution.

Trimble and Nemetschek in open BIM alliance

Still one more post about this Strategic partnership, this time from landarchBIM.

Trimble and Nemetschek Announce Partnership

Here is another interesting post from Extranet Evolution about Jobsite Unite a construction site collaboration tool.

Jobsite Unite: connecting site workers

Here are a couple of post from Cadline Blogs, one for coordination and one about a conflict with Vault, Revit and Dynamo.

Revit 2015 & Vault – clash with Dynamo

Resolving Coordination Issues in Revit 2015

If you are not Auditing your Revit Models form time to time shame on you, find out why in this post from ideate.

The Importance of Auditing Revit Models

Now for something Super Hero Cool……Ironman in Revit! Check it out over at Revit Swat.

Ironman in Revit

Now for the “will that doesn’t work” part of this post, Steve from Revit OpEd found a bug in Revit he wanted to share.

Link Positioning Manual – Base Point

Now for a post that make you what to start dancing on coloured dance floors doing your best Saturday Night Fever moves! Check out what cool stuff Revit beyond BIM did with Dynamo this time.

Dynam(o)ite Your Design goes ….D-I-S-C-O

Here is another post from Revit beyond BIM about the Dynamo package that let the Disco (and other cool stuff) happen called Dynanimator.

Dynam(o)ite Your Design with Dynanimator

Here is a post from What Revit Wants about selective tagging in Revit (for linked elements).

Selectively Tag Linked Elements in Revit

Now for a more academic look at BIM, have a look at this post from BIM ThinkSpace.

Episode 23: Stakeholders’ role in Macro BIM Diffusion

Here is a post about the CanBIM National Certification for BIM Professionals, via Daily Commercial News

BIM national certification framework taking shape, say CanBIM

A little wishful thinking about the new AR experiment with Trimble and Microsoft, check it out at BIMcolab.

AR with Microsoft and Trimble – I’ll take 2 please

Here are some words of wisdom from the IMAGINiT Support Blog, if you are doing interference check in Revit with a phased project.

Revit Interference Checking and Phasing

If you are going to be the 4th Reinventing Construction Project Delivery conference in Vancouver on May 27th and 28th be sure to check out the presentation put on by Laura Smith aka the BIM Freak.

My First Conference

Here is a post from Revit OpEd about how a new Revit feature for 2016 isn’t really all that new.

Revit 2016 – Rotate Project North

Here are a couple of posts by yours truly that are posted on the IMAGINIiT Building Solutions Blog about a couple of the “hidden” new features of Revit 2016.

Revit 2016 New Hidden Gem 1 – Door Content

Revit 2016 New Hidden Gem 2 – Multiline text Type Parameter

Just because we had been talking (writing) about new Revit 2016 features. lets have one more, this time from A Word on BIM.

Making 3D Sections Views in Revit 2016 is even faster.

Lets keep the New Features for Revit 2016 Train going with some posts from Beyond the Silos for RST 2016.

Structural Enhancements in Revit 2016

Structural Enhancements in Revit 2016, Round 2

Here is a post about something new in Revit 2016 (and 2015 R2) from the RevitCat.

Create Form Using Revit Repeater in 2015 R2

Now for 2 quick posts from the always informative Steve Stafford of Revit OpEd.

Wish – Create Similar for Lines (I would use this too)

Curtain Wall Panel Template – Reporting Parameter Error

This is a weekly post from the ConAppGuru that is similar to the Weekly Roundup, just about Construction related blogs.

The Guru’s Gathering: A Collection of Blogs for Construction May 8, 2015

There as been a lot of hype about the new Microsoft Windows 10 and HoloLens and what they could do for the AEC industry, find out more in thsi post by The CAD Insider.

Architects Could Love the Micosoft HoloLens

For those Dynamo users out here are two Tweets from Matthew Nelson about some things you might not know (I didn’t).

5-9-2015 9-12-22 AM

5-9-2015 9-13-47 AM

While still talking about Dynamo it looks like something new (and that costs money – $40 per month or $300 per year $USD) is coming next week form Autodesk and Dynamo called “Dynamo Studio”. What is Dynamo Studio, learn more in this post from the DynamoBIM Blog.

What is Autodesk Dynamo Studio?

5-9-2015 9-21-55 AM


It appears Dynamo isn’t the only Autodesk product getting a update, as of May 8th FormIt is not FormIt 360, with the promise of big new next week (AIA Con)

5-9-2015 9-29-59 AM

If you attended RTC NA 2014 last year then you know who the “BIMinions” are, but if you didn’t get to know them in this post from RTC News.

RTCAUS Speaker Profile with BIMinions

Just a little more Dynamo Content, this time from arCHI-lab.

Door numbering v2.0 for Dynamo 0.8.0

I will end this weeks Roundup with a post about a mouse……not just any mouse but perhaps the best mouse for CAD? (

3Dconnexion’s New CadMouse: The Best Mouse for CAD?



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