Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Building A Greener Future With Revit

The place that Revit holds in Australia's architecture and construction scene is simply undeniable. Since the time I became one of Australia's first users of the software back in the early 2000s, I've seen its presence Down Under grow in leaps and bounds, and for good reason.
But where does the appeal even come from in the first place? I think the solid backing and reputation of Autodesk, who owns and produces Revit, certainly has a part to play. In addition to its technical superiority there's a huge worldwide support base to fall back on, and that definitely lends it an aura of credibility. There are certainly a lot of other products out there - many of which I've used at some point - but it's clear that few come close to Revit.
It's become even better over the years. With a new rendering engine, you can do a lot more things with it than before. From incorporating structural and MEP disciplines to point cloud compatibility, it's a much more slick and powerful package, while still staying true to the core Revit essence.
This, I believe, is what makes Revit such a suitable program for one of my specialties - green building design. Those on a maintenance subscription can make use of a huge array of additional tool sets that can help in this application of the software. It's all about getting access to "greener" tools, such as those offered by Autodesk Green Building Studio.
With these tools, I can do everything from assessing how thermally efficient a building will be, use solar tools to see how it will perform against adjoining buildings and the surrounding environment and gauge energy use against predetermined levels, all with a few clicks of the mouse.
All in all, Revit gives you the tools to help design a more energy-efficient building.
I've certainly turned to Revit almost exclusively in all of my projects since I first started using it, as I believe it's helped me become a better building designer. Because you're drawing everything in 3D you gain a much better perspective and see where things might go wrong. Many clients, of course, love nothing more than visualising their building in a 3D environment before it even gets built.
Revit's immense global user community is also something that makes the software stand out and such a pleasure to use. As the inaugural chairperson for the South Australia Revit User Group and once a member of the board of directors for AUGI (Autodesk User Group International), I've experienced first-hand the vibe that comes out of like-minded users talking to each others and working off each other's perspectives.
Add to that a range of training, support and additional services you can get from providers like Redstack, and taking advantage of the power of Autodesk and Revit has never been easier. It's things like the face-to-face training offered that makes the difference - there are some things you can't learn by just watching a YouTube clip, for example.
I just find Revit an absolute joy to use. In all fairness it can be a bit of a love-hate relationship, but I'd like to believe it's a lot more love than hate!
For more information on Revit and sustainable design, give me a call on 1300 667 263 or email

Friday, 3 October 2014

new release of Scan To BIM 2015.1

This release has many small improvements and one major feature that changes the way Scan To BIM is used for piping with the addition of an “easy button” like feature called Auto-Find Pipes. This feature when used will scan the entire point cloud or a selected area and look for pipes then create matching pipe runs using native Revit geometry

A video playlist of some of the items in 2015.1:

A few more items in this release to make note of:
  1. Help File is now web based, we can edit and update for all users at any time (ie add a more detailed example)
  2.  More Tutorials, added via the app but pulling from our youtube playlist for STB 2015.
  3. Tweak to Deviation, smaller numbers and Grid Deviation now supports placing numbers in the grid view (center of each grid) as shown in the video above.
  4. The Adjust Pipe feature has now been moved from the Create Pulldown Menu to the Modify Menu
  5. Added new settings for update check and close dialog after creation.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Special UAV Delivery for "Between The Lines"

It seems very fitting that a UAV was captured by a remote camera "on a special delivery run", particularly as Shaan Hurley is an avid UAV-affectinado.  Once again we celebrate another birthday, it's 11th this year for one of my favourite blogs / bloggers. "Between The Lines" celebrates its 11th Birthday, on Wednesday 21st August. Hearty congratulations to you Shaan.  Your blog has both inspired and supported me and many others, in numerous ways, so in keeping with previous years' traditions, it would be totally remiss of me not to provide another "special delivery birthday cake" to celebrate this great blog…

Enjoy your "cake" Shaan 
& Happy 11th Birthday 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New Apple Reseller / MacBook Pro unboxing

Well, I for one couldn't be happier...  not only are Redstack a great bunch to work for, they are now an Official Apple Reseller.  

Earlier this week I received my new Laptop skin and today my new 15" Retina MacBook Pro laptop... 

Here are a few unboxing ceremony images of my new MacBook Pro Retina Display  – 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7  processor, 16GB RAM,  1.0Tb flash storage with it's custom designed Nuvango Laptop skin... 

Redstack can now offer a broad range of Apple hardware solutions - they can be part of a bundled solution including all your hardware, software and accessories.  We can install your software and deliver a ready to go solution straight out of the box.

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.