Monday, 23 June 2014

Autodesk releases COBie Toolkit for Revit 2015

Recently in an Autodesk blog "In The Fold" - it was announced that Autodesk aced the buildingSMART BIM interoperability challenge held the beginning of this year.

When self proclaimed BIM (Building Information Modelling) and FM (Facilities Management) geeks get together for friendly discussion, COBie nearly always get mentioned in some form or another.

So what the heck is COBie?

COBie is an acronym for "Construction Operations Building information exchange".

Its purpose to exchange information that is gathered during construction to be passed on to a building's facility manager.  COBie defines the way this information shall be structure and the formats that should be used.

Autodesk are continuing to work on data exchange protocols and as such now have extended their COBie Toolkit for Revit to their 2015 product line or download the toolkit now


Monday, 10 February 2014

Dual Booting Clock Issues

Keeping Your Mac and Windows BootCamp Clocks in Sync

This has annoyed me for some time, however I’ve stumbled upon a simple registry edit fix…
Essentially, the incorrect clock setting happens because OS X use GMT time while Windows tries to synchronize with your local time zone, getting confused when you reboot between the two. Apple's own Boot Camp drivers for Windows are supposed to fix this problem, though some users have noticed that it still happens even with the drivers installed.
·        To fix it, boot into Windows, click the Start button and type regedit.exe in the search box
·        Hit Enter and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation
·        Right-click anywhere in the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
·        Name it RealTimeIsUniversal , then double-click on it and give it a value of 1

·        Lastly, reboot into OS X, adjust to the right time setting, and then reboot back into Windows – your clock setting now actually displays the correct time.

Monday, 3 February 2014

A life-changing event

Well its offical... After many years' trading as a well known and established multi-award winning Building Designer. I have decided on a career change...

I will be now working as an Applications Engineer for Redstack Pty Ltd.

Redstack (formerly IMAGINiT Technologies) is a leading provider of design technology and services to engineering and architecture professionals. With over 15 years of local experience, we provide the expertise, training and support to help companies realise the full power of their design technology.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

AUGI CWC Calendar

In keeping the with a time-honoured tradition, I'm happy to present the 2014 Edition of the CWC Calendar…

The AUGI CWC Calendar can be once again be downloaded from the AUGI Coffee Without Cad forums here

[Note: You must be logged into the AUGI Forums to view this the calendar]

thanks to all at #AU2013 who participated in "wearing" the "official AUGI hat"

Thursday, 12 December 2013

AUGI Board of Directors Voting

 The Board of Directors is the governing body for AUGI. They are involved in long range planning, vision casting, high level management and most importantly, positive member interactions. The board is responsible for the overarching direction of the organization. The Board possess a passion for Autodesk products and services and they are committed to sharing knowledge amongst the AUGI membership. Specific goals for the organisation vary from year to year, but the underlying theme – that AUGI is all about users helping users – is constant.

This year, I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a candidate for the  elections of the AUGI Board of Directors. I encourage you to see what all the candidates have to say at

As a candidate for the current election of the AUGI Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that voting is now open.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

IMAGINiT Technologies rebrands to Redstack™ in Australia and Asia Pacific

IMAGINiT celebrates their renewed focus on the Asia Pacific market with a new brand, special offers and the launch of

IMAGINiT Technologies’ Australian division, a leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering, architecture and design capabilities, today announced it has rebranded to Redstack. With the adoption of the new Redstack brand, the new responsive website is being launched simultaneously.

The rebrand is the positive outcome of the company’s growth and success in the Asia Pacific market. With local ownership, Redstack™ are dedicated to growing their operations in local markets, while continuing to leverage global partnerships. For more information, register for upcoming brand launch activities including a webinar and live events at

Redstack™ provides a range of software, services, training and support and will act as the exclusive partner and reseller for IMAGINiT Technologies, providing the IMAGINiT range of products and services including Scan to BIM, Clarity for Revit Server, Utilities for Revit, ProductivityNOW eLearning and more.

Redstack™ has developed additional partnerships with similar organisations in the Asia Pacific region who will also carry the Australian developed Redstack™ brand. This is great news for Australian engineers, architects and designers who can continue to receive the benefits of global resources while partnering with an Australian business for local service and support they can rely on. Whether your organisation operates within Australia or internationally, this change places Redstack™ in a better position to meet your needs.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Autodesk University - What the heck is it???

Autodesk University, or AU as its more commonly known by is is an annual conference run by Autodesk each year, where all the biggest CAD geeks on the planet assemble and compare notes on best practices for their industries and try to outdo each other when squealing in glee over the latest updates to their favourite CAD package.  

I've had the opportunity to attend AU for the past seven years and I must tell you: I squealed with the best of them! Seriously, AU is a fantastic event that gives you the opportunity to look at your everyday work processes in ways you’ve never even considered.

Let me put that into perspective for you. I’ve been using CAD for 20 years now, been a architectural technician, building designer, and these days my focus is implementing and training people on the best ways of using CAD/BIM for a local autodesk reseller and even I'm totally floored at the wealth of knowledge and new ideas that exist at AU.

Of course it wasn't all work, the annual AUGI Beer Bust, and closing night party were both spectacular ways to unwind and network. There are exhibitors from all over the world showing off tools, plugins, and hardware to make your working life easier.

Whether you're a seasoned CAD professional or a first time attendee you will have access to a huge range of materials to improve your product knowledge and understand the benefits of moving to and expanding your use of CAD or BIM.  There is no where else, where you can met and talk to developers, designers, CAD/BIM managers as well as CEO's  from some of the largest design and software firms on the planet.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that if you want to a better, improved way of working for you and/or for your colleagues, the best place you can start that in my opinion is at Autodesk University. The breadth and depth of ability and experience within the attendees and speakers is phenomenal and I challenge you to come away having not learnt anything that will improve the way that you and your company do what you do. I genuinely don’t think it’s possible. I still learn something new that affects the way I work and do things every time I attend.

To help you Autodesk have put together some content which you can share with your boss so they can see the benefits of you attending Autodesk University, use the link below to get directly to that content....

You can read more about AU as well as view the details and agenda for the classes, workshops, certifications, exhibition etc on the AU2013 website.

I hope I'll be seeing you there as well...