Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

2010 is at the door
Remember Life 
is short,
break the rules,
Forgive quickly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile.

My warm wishes are for you all...
Have a promising and fulfilling new year.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Merry Christmas, Feliz Natal, Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto, Buone Feste Natalizie, Froehliche Weihnachten, Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!, Nollaig chridheil huibh, Feliz Navidad to all...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

2011 AUGI CWC Calendar

In keeping with tradition, I'm happy to present the 2011 Edition of the CWC Calendar…

apologies to all who missed out - I could only use the avatars I had on file…

thanks to all at #AU2010 who participate "wearing" the AUGI "spiky-hat"

Jan 2011 Edit:

You can viewed on the AUGI Forums - Coffee Without CAD

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

AU2010 Day 1, Tuesday Nov 30 2010

Wow, I can't believe I'm been so busy since arriving in Las Vegas on Sunday morning to blog about #AU2010... its been almost non-stop

A mix of AUGI meetings and events on Monday.  Last night was a mix of socials and mixer-style events that I was fortunate to attend, namely the AU Blogger Social and then later the AEC Mixer, both being held at the House of Blues venue at the Mandalay Bay.

AU Bloggers Social

AU Bloggers Social
AU Bloggers Social
Today's General Keynote Presentation was simply amazing! 

AU General Keynote Session

AU General Keynote Session

AU General Keynote Session

AU General Keynote Session
AU Bloggers Social
AEC Mixer
AU General Keynote Session
AEC Mixer

AU General Keynote Session

Monday, 22 November 2010

AUGI at #AU2010

With so many things happening at this years' Autodesk University, here a brief list of what is happening with AUGI at AU.

Monday, November 29

  • AUGI Leadership / Local Chapter President's meeting
  • AUGI Board meeting
  • AUGI Volunteer gathering
Tuesday, November 30
  • Past President's gathering
  • International Assembly Meeting
  • AUGI Top Daug 2010 Challenge begins at the AUGI Booth
Wednesday, December 1
  • Its AUGI Day today!!!
  • Annual General Meeting
  • AUGI Beer Bust
Thursday, December 2
  • AUGI Writers & Volunteers breakfast
  • AUGI TweetUp at the AUGI Booth
  • AUGI Top Daug Finals
  • AUGI Unplugged
Be sure to catch up with all the info / photos at AU with AUGI's "HotNews Daily"

Friday, 19 November 2010

Australian Autodesk University Summit

Autodesk product users in Australia may not be able to attend #AU2010 in Las Vegas,  so IMAGINiT Technologies are inviting you to join us and experience a Las Vegas-style AU event in Australia!

All events will feature a Las Vegas theme, including a cocktail party and Las Vegas table games, providing valuable opportunity to network with your industry peers.

Please mark these dates in your calendar to ensure you do not miss Australia's premier Autodesk University events and stay tuned for further details including how to register for these unique events.  For further information, please contact your local IMAGINiT Technologies representatives:

Adelaide / Melbourne - Rob Fischer

Brisbane - Deborah Manning

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

We have lift off… It's Alive In The lab

Woo Hoo, as commented earlier I can now report that the 

Project Vasari technology preview Is Now Available

Project Vasari is a design tool with analysis capabilities available via the cloud. Project Vasari is compatible with Revit in that files created by Project Vasari can be opened using Revit 2011, and Revit files can be opened by Project Vasari. There are some limitations in that, as a conceptual modeler, Project Vasari does not support some features (e.g., detailed model elements such as walls, windows, doors, etc.) The thinking is that you would start with Project Vasari and then continue with Revit 2011 to make more detailed models - not the other way around.

In a nutshell… Project Vasari it's basically Revit for people who don't need all of Revit.


Monday, 15 November 2010

BIMstop: BIM Content Network

Through Twitter I found out about this interesting site - BIM Stop

It's free and you can gain instant access to all of the great content in a variety of formats.
Current formats include: Revit, ArchiCAD, Autocad, Sketchup, Bentley.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Project Vasari

Just visited David Light's blog - he's done a simply awesome review on Project Vasari. WOW… I can't wait when this will be "Alive in the Lab"

Friday, 12 November 2010

#AU2010 Bloggers Social Event

For the 3rd time running Autodesk will be hosting the Blogger Social Event at #AU2010.

The event is for bloggers who actively blog on Autodesk product and events. There will be a large group of bloggers and Autodesk employees attending in this casual social networking gathering.

What: Blogger Social for Autodesk product and industry related bloggers attending Autodesk University 2010.
When: Monday November 29th, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We will have a welcome and speaker at 7PM.
Where: Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel
How to attend: To get your official invitation, please complete the form linked below by November 19th, 2010.  We will review your information, blog, and start sending out the final invitations and event details November 22nd, 2010.  If you are a member of the press or have been contacted directory regarding attendance for media events by Autodesk PR you do not need to complete this form.

IMAGINiT Technologies - Architecture & BIM networking function

You are invited to the IMAGINiT Technologies Architecture and BIM networking function, Wednesday 1st December, 5-7pm.  Early registration is free! 

This is a great opportunity for you to relax while enjoying the view and a few drinks with your industry peers.  
Register now and drinks are on us!

IMAGINiT will provide a brief demonstration to keep you up to date with the latest in BIM technology.  For more information about IMAGINiT's range of Architecutre, BIM, Products and Services, 
click here.

When:         Wed 1 December
Where:        Rydges South Park
                  Skyline Events Centre
                  1 South Tce, Adelaide
Click here

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Great Revit Content...

From the virtual network of Building Designers Australia (BDA), a BDANT colleague alerted me to the fact that Breezway Lourve Windows now have Revit Content on their site…

Breezway Altair™ Louvre Windows are the energy efficent solution to bringing natural light, fresh air and a sense of space into your sustainable building designs, and to now have Revit content that I can use - is a blessing indeed… Thanks guys 

Similarly, Big Ass Fans now also have Revit And AutoCAD content on their website 

Likewise you can find great Revit content here -

A&L Windows

Miele Products

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

SnagIt for Mac v1.0 has arrived… :)

With out any doubt I love my SnagIt for Mac! So I was most pleased this morning to learn that Version 1.0 is now available for the Mac…

and to celebrate this joyous occasion, the folks at TechSmith have have announced a competition to win great prizes - further details can be found here

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Can't make it to #AU2010???

For those of you who cannot get time away or have little funds to get to Autodesk University 2010 this year - fear not…
Autodesk University has you covered—from anywhere in the world.

Autodesk University Virtual 2010 will broadcast high quality, relevant, live streaming and on-demand classes and keynotes right to your desktop.  The classes are recorded especially for this event and AU virtual instructors are from the same pool of high calibre professionals who present at Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas.

AU 2010 conference attendees are automatically registered for AU Virtual, and Autodesk Subscription customers, Autodesk Student Community members, and Autodesk employees can register for free.

Sign up for a Premier Pass and get full access to the entire AU Virtual class curriculum and all other AU Virtual offerings for only US$139.

Join us online at AU Virtual 2010 from Tuesday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

For those attending these years' AU, from Shaan Hurley's "Between the Lines" blog, attendees can witness another unique AU experience by getting an exclusive sneak peak of Walt Disney Pictures' TRON: Legacy 

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween

Halloween isn't particularly celebrated here, so mrs blads & I felt quite privileged to celebrate our "first real" halloween last year with friends Heather, Richard and Trevor in Atlanta, GA USA.  Whilst the weather was overly kind we had a blast…
Earlier in the day - we won the Halloween Kart Decoration competition...
Later that night...

Great decorations

Even black cats abound

Back home safe n' sound with Heather, Richard, Trevor & friends

After last years exciting Halloween event, we thought of trying to recapture some of that halloween spirit buy applying some decorations to our house that was brought back from the US… behold our Halloween "scary pumpkin"…

Trouble is methinks… the pumpkin is too scary as we haven't had one single "trick or treater" yet… 

Regardless whether you celebrate it or not…

Happy Halloween everyone… 

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Last day to save!!!

Only a few hours remain on the last day to save $500 on AU 2010 Las Vegas registration. Take advantage of the current fees before they go up on Oct. 27th. (US time) Register NOW!!!  What are you waiting for!!!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

My new Hybrid Bike

Just took delivery of my new hybrid bike… a FOCUS "Blue Ridge" from the ever-so helpful guys at "The Bike Station".  Thanks Noel, you attention to detail and service was fantastic.  Highly recommended to anyone wishing to get into cycling…

Come on weekend…

Post Edit: Couldn't wait for the weekend… been on a ride every day since...
Tues 26th: around Hallett Cove
Wed 27th: Seacliff to Glenelg South & back
Thurs 28th: Daw Park to CBD / parklands and back

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Camtasia for Mac update

News from the TechSmith group... Camtasia, that wonderful screen recoding and video editing software has been updated.  This product assisted me greatly when I was producing my TAA presentation files.

For windows users - Camtasia Studio 7 has also been updated 

Monday, 11 October 2010

50 Days to go until #AU2010

As noted on Shaan Hurley's blog "Between the Lines", its only 50 days to go until Autodesk University 2010 #AU2010

Also reported via Twitter & Facebook earlier today - Autodesk University 2010 #AU2010 Bloggers Social Event will be Monday Nov.29. More details coming later this month. Something special at 7PM

RUGSA Christmas Party 2010

To celebrate the completion of the year of the reformed Revit Users Group SA (RUGSA) we'd like to extend an invitation to you all to the RUGSA Christmas function on 9th November 2010 - join us for a few drinks, some nibbles and a great chance to meet fellow REVIT users in SA.

As part of the Christmas show there will be some fun competitions - see the website for full details.

RSVP your attendance by 26th October to RUGSA

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Where were you @ 10/10/10 at 10:10

Just got back from a 20km bike ride… from Brighton to West Beach & back again
Family photo shoot with my sister...

Thursday, 7 October 2010

AUGI Board of Directors Nominations - Now Open

Its Nominations time again at…

Nominations are NOW open and this could be just the beginning of what could be the start of a fantastic, rewarding experience for any hardworking volunteer…

AUGI members will be given yet another way to be involved with AUGI.  You can do this either by nominating someone for the Board of Directors or throwing your own hat into the ring for the next term.

Being an AUGI Director requires some work, effort and carries responsibility but it offers many rewards as well.  So how do I apply, you ask.  All the details, can be found on the AUGI website, located here

This year, after election each Director will take on a Directorship role. A directorship is a specific manager of a unique area of AUGI administration.  Under these directorships are the programs that are either managed by the directors by them directly or though a program director who reports to them.

If you are considering running, please keep in mind that the Board of Directors usually meets 3 times a year with one meeting coinciding with Autodesk University. These face to face meetings may take 4 days or more of your time (these may include time away from work and possibly Saturday and Sunday) and there are monthly conference calls in which you are expected to prepare for in advance and actively participate in. The conference calls are currently scheduled for the third Saturday of the month for approximately 2 hours, but have been known to exceed that duration. The times of these meetings may vary based on the board members location.

Nominations need to be submitted to the AUGI Nominations and Elections Committee no later than October 20, 2010 midnight US CST in order to be considered for the ballot.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Adelaide Speakers

Whilst "entertaining" the neighbours earlier today when gardening outside I noticed my AR speakers a little "off".  Upon inspection... I was horrified after 25 years of listening enjoyment my speakers were falling apart...


Thankfully after a google search, Adelaide Speakers were open and close by and can repair my beloved speakers to their former glory...

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Revit 2011 Web Update 2 now available...

On checking my Nambu tweets this morning - Revit 2011 Web Update 2 has has released. Details can be on the links below…  I'm downloading now :)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Online Revit User Group

IMAGINiT Technologies are launching their new Online Revit Users Group for all those interested in building a virtual Revit Community.  The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 23 2010 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm ET.  You can register here...

Monday, 13 September 2010

Protection for my Mac

I finally got around to doing something about protecting my Macbook Pro - and it arrived to today… seeing how I missed out on getting an "IronMan" decal for my mac, I set about getting Gelaskins
I can't believe how easily it was to install… highly recommended.

If you can't find any designs that they have (…and I found too many) you can upload an image you want…

Now if only I could get this pattern in printed material to make a vest I'd be a very happy Mac-ite :)