Thursday, 22 December 2011

My time as AUGI BoD...

Wow, it certainly hasn't seemed like six fantastic years… but my time as an AUGI BoD is almost gone.  Without doubt, it has become a milestone event in my life and it has become extraordinarily clear to me is that there are so many committed and talented people doing wonderful work in their respective trades and industries and all for the benefit of the AUGI Community.

I certainly plan to stay connected to AUGI in some ways and look forward to 2012 with excitement as I explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons…

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff and volunteers who are the backbone of this great organisation and the AUGI Board of Directors, both past and present, who have provided me with guidance and support during these last six years.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

2012 AUGI CWC Calendar

In keeping with tradition, I'm happy to present the 2012 Edition of the AUGI CWC Calendar…

thanks to all at #AU2011 who participated in wearing the "official AUGI hat"

It can be viewed at the AUGI Forums - Coffee Without CAD (You must be logged in to see this forum)

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


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

Monday, November 28
Autodesk's AU Leadership Forum
AU Freshman Orientation
AU2011 Bloggers & Media Reception

Tuesday, November 29
AUGI Volunteers gathering
AU2011 Welcome Address & General KeynoteAUGI Forums Moderator's gathering
Exhibit Hall Opens - International Community ReceptionAUGI Top Daug 2011 Challenge begins at the AUGI Booth

Wednesday, November 30
Its AUGI Day today!!!
Annual General Meeting
AUGI Board of Directors' Elections voting opensAUGI Beer Bust

Thursday, December 1
AUGI TweetUp at the AUGI Booth
AUGI Top Daug Final Presentation

Be sure to catch up with all the info / photos at AU with AUGI's "HotNews Daily"

Photofly graduates...

Project Photofly has been a very popular technology preview. People from all over the globe have created 3D models from their 2D photographs using the power of the Autodesk Cloud.

Now it's time to take the next step. With today's release, the technology has been incorporated into 123D Catch Beta…

Scott Sheppard's "Its Alive In The Labs" blog announced earlier today about Project Photofly's graduation

Are you ready to start?  Click on the 123D Catch Beta… link to access the website to download the Autodesk 123D Beta.  Once its downloaded, open the self-extracting zip file to start the installation

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The "Stick Shed"

On the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the famous "Stick Shed" in Murtoa, a small town north-east of Horsham in Victoria’s western district.
This area of Victoria is predominately a wheat and wool farming community. Ordinarily, wheat after being harvested is stored in grain silos wheat before being sold for either domestic consumption or export. However, in 1941, when the "Stick Shed" was "born", Australia and the world was at war.  War didn’t just deplete the number of available hands to assist with the harvest, it also closed off most of Australia’s export options. When combined with an exceptionally-good season, the farmers of Murtoa had a real problem on their hands because suddenly there was an oversupply of wheat grain and no-where to store it.

Enter the “Stick Shed”, officially the Marmalake/Murtoa Grain Store No.1 Murtoa Shed. In 1941, building supplies and labour were in exceedingly short supply so the shed’s builders had to use the few building materials available. 
Typically for this type of construction, a system consisting of steel columns and rafters would be used to support to roof structure however non of these materials were available.
To support the roof the builders embedded close to 600 unmilled hardwood poles into a concrete floor, then strengthened it with iron tie rods before attaching a corrugated iron roof.  The ‘Stick Shed’ measures a massive 280 metres in lenth, 60 metres in width, 19 metres in height at the ridge and 2.4 metres in height at the internal eaves.   That’s enormous!

As guessed, it is the large amount of poles that give the “Stick Shed” its name.
The “Stick Shed” was used by the Victorian Grain Elevators Board (now GrainCorp) until the late 1980s when the condition of the shed and improved handling regulations rendered the “Stick Shed” economically unviable.  There have been numerous versions of the “Stick Shed” constructed around Victoria in the 1940′s but all have since been demolished - thankfully this fate has not befallen to this amazing building.

Thankfully the Heritage Council / Heritage Victoria started a programme of restoring the shed, which was in a poor condition. In places, the roof is missing and some of the massive timber poles and other timber elements were rotten and needed replacement. 
The Heritage Council held its first open day earlier this year in May 2011 and approximately 450 people view.  Last weekend, another open day was arranged  so that members of the public could see the “Stick Shed” for themselves and an estimated 1000+ people viewed this amazing building...

The “Stick Shed” is a vast size and much bigger than I ever imagined it to be. The concrete floor was dusty, there was still debris in many places and there was a large hole in the roof in the middle section of the building. As I wandered around, I could hear pigeons roosting above my head and evidence of tons of bird droppings on the floor. On one side of the shed was a long conveyer-belt that had long ago seen better days and notices warning of certain poles being dangerous were attached to various columns. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful building to wander around and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would encourage all to view this magnificent building.

The Stick Shed is one of the MUST PRESERVE at all costs spaces in Australia - this building is of such historical and significant importance and aesthetic beauty inside.
Kudos to the Heritage Council / Heritage Victoria for the ongoing restoration work and to the volunteers who manned it on the open day - well done!

If you’d like some more information about this wonderful building, it has an unofficial website at The Mighty Murtoa Stick Shed. 

The “Stick Shed” is located at GrainCorp’s facility on the Wimmera Highway in Murtoa, next to the railway line. (Google Maps link)


 More images of this amazing building can be found in my Flickr Photostream

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

AUGI Board of Directors Nominations Now Open

Its Nominations time again at…

Certainly without any hesitation, serving on the AUGI Board, has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had the pleasure to do…  The last six years (3x 2-year terms) has been amazing… I've learnt lots, met some amazing peoples and thoroughly enjoyed myself and would highly recommend the experience for any individual AUGI Member wishing to become more involved… 

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

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.

To run for a position on the AUGI Board of Directors, send your nomination using the prescribed form to  Download the AUGI Board of Directors' nomination form (PDF)

Nominations need to be submitted to the AUGI Nominations and Elections Committee no later than October 9, 2011 midnight US CST in order to be considered for the ballot.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Life's Little Mysteries, part 2

Further to this post I now have a biopsy result.  Earlier today, my specialist's advised me I have Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL).

When asked about its aggressiveness… advised it is totally non-agressive and is an uncommon subtype of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). This disorder is differentiated from all other forms of HL, which are commonly referred to as classical Hodgkin lymphomas (CHL), by characteristic pathologic and clinical features.

NLPHL represents a more indolent disease than CHL, and is therefore managed uniquely. Since this disease is rare, most information concerning treatment and outcome has come from reports of single institutions or pooled, multi-institutional retrospective analyses.
It is their understanding that patients with NLPHL may not require as aggressive therapies and that the treatment standard of chemotherapy followed by involved-field RT that has been used in CHL may not be appropriate for NLPHL.  So for the time being, it is my choice to watch and wait...

Monday, 5 September 2011

#AU2011 Bloggers' Badge

 In hopeful readiness that this year there will be another AU bloggers meet n' greet, I've rehashed my blog badge from last year's AU to reflect this years' graphics.  Happy to share the photoshop file (approx 1.2 Mb) should you wish to create your own #AU2011 bloggers badge - just leave a comment with your details or email me :)

Friday, 2 September 2011

AU 2011 Registration Now Open

The premier CAD event of the year is upon us... Registration has opened for Autodesk University 2011 for Autodesk Subscription customers, AUGI members and members of AU online.  Autodesk University is once again back at the stunning Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, from November 29 to December 1, 2011.
AU 2011 is 3 full days packed with a plethora of learning tracks and networking, not to mention the exciting product showcase and of course the AUGI Community in the Exhibit Hall.   

You can check out the details on the AU site and submit your registration here 

I'll be there... Will you???

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

August 2011 AUGIWorld just released

The current edition of AUGIWorld August 2011 - The Collaboration Issue has been released earlier today and yours truly has had the honour & privilege to provide the photo cover, taken during my trip to Canada & Alaska, earlier this year.

Cover Image: Sinclair Centre Arcade,Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
Photo copyright © 2011–Bill Adams

You can read the issue online or download a PDF version 

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Happy Birthday "Between The Lines…"

Earlier this week I was reminded that its "Between The Lines' blog" 8th birthday it would be totally remiss of me not to provide another "cake" to celebrate this great blog…

Enjoy your virtual "cake" Shaan & Happy 8th Birthday "Between The Lines" 

May you have many many more :)

Saturday, 20 August 2011

REVIT Users Group South Australia - Invitation to next meeting

RUGSA would like to invite you to the upcoming RUGSA meeting. 
Details on the meeting are below.

And thankyou to everyone who completed the survey. The responses are very valuable and will inform the format and content of future meetings.

As always it’s also been great to see a lot of interest in the BLOG, remember you can follow us on facebook and twitter for more up to date announcements on local REVIT issues

Next RUGSA Meeting:
Date: Wednesday the 7th of September
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: AIA, 100 Finders St, Adelaide


Content, Content, Content.

Building Content
Sharing Content
Getting Content

This meeting will address all your questions about REVIT Families.
Watch presentations from actual users on how they have dealt with the dilemmas associated with REVIT Families

Plus bring your questions and issues for discussion with your peers

Hope to see you there.

Life's Little Mysteries...

Ago after my glorious holiday away during May-June, my doctors advised on a recent routine blood test, an slightly elevated calcium levels were present… this gave cause for concern thinking it was most likely an enlarged parathyroid gland…

So, late June-early July off I go to get an ultrasound scan of my neck, which revealed no enlarged parathyroid however it picked up another lump…

Now I needed a CT scan which the preparation can mess with my diabetic meds – just all I need… so off I go to have this CT scan and then the drama begins…

Now mid July, my local GP refers me to a specialist who doesn’t tell me the test results but she wants to review the scan with others before discussing options with me…  At that stage I was advised I had Stage 3 Lymphoma.

I got jack of that approach and contacted another specialist via my GP who thought that approach was just plain stupid and promptly scheduled a biopsy of the lump which was wedged between my carotid artery & jugular – just the area you want someone digging around with sharp objects…

Now the waiting begins in earnest… 2 weeks later with little sleep and literally the day before I plan to go back to the US (for AUGI meetings) I see the surgeon dude again to get results and remove stiches…  Well the stiches got removed but they have no results as yet... bloody hell, the suspense is starting to get to me but trying to stay positive… 

All that was said that is was probably a Lymphoma, although its type was still to be determined.  So at that time, I was still uncertain of potential outcomes...

OK, the day after I get back from the US, off I go to the Lymphoma specialist  -  they still have no effin’ idea on what it is... it has been sent to the foremost Lymphoma specialist in the country (and one of the world's top 10) and we're still waiting on his conclusions. Apparently he hasn't decided yet what it is yet.

It has been suggested that it is probably a lymphoma that lives in the body, causes no harm, and as my specialist commented that if I feel good then I'm probably am...

If “its” not causing me concern then we shall not interfere with it…

In the meantime, don't call us, we'll call you...

So we wait and, in the meantime, go on with our lives

In reality that is the best news I had… J

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

BIMbyScottC: Setting Up Worksets

A great article on Revit Worksets by fellow reviteer Scott C.

BIMbyScottC: Setting Up Worksets: "I had this in my notes for working with worksets... I may have pulled it from another blog if so please let me know so I can give credit whe…"

Scott also has great articles on Revit Design Options - a must read

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Its ENnie Awards time again...

Yes its that time of the year once again and the Voting Booth is officially open and will remain so until close of business July 24th. 
This year, two good friends of mine, James Surano and Jennifer Loftfield needs our assistance.

James, is seeking re-election for the ENnie Awards Judge and Jennifer is seeking one of judging spots  this year as well.  Both need our support  and your votes…
So just what are the ENnie Awards, you ask?  The easiest way to describe the ennie awards is as the people's choice awards to table top RPGs.
You can read James' application here and similarly, Jennifer's here
And most importantly, vote for them here
I've voted... have you :)

Monday, 4 July 2011

Indispensable Time-Savers for Autodesk Revit

I'm slowly getting back into blogging after our glorious holiday in Canada & Alaska… 

During a recent Revit Fundamentals Training course, I'd like to remind all that IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2012 are now available on their website and in their client portal - a facility for IMAGINiT’s Autodesk Subscription and Support clients.

IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2012 supports only Revit 2012 products however they do also offer versions for Revit 2010 and Revit 2011. 

New for 2012 include…

ViewSetup Cover all the levels, phases and types of views you want with information presented to you in the ViewSetup utility in a grid, you can easily generate dozens to hundreds of new views with ease. 

DWFPlus Create DWF files with more BIM information - whether augmenting parameter data in 2D and 3D, adding hyperlinks, or creating new viewpoints to highlight content, DWFPlus will make your DWFs into the deliverables you expect from Revit. 

Translate Working with clients in other languages? Powered by Google Translate™, you can use this utility to automatically translate notes and room information from the current drawing language into one of six other languages. Includes additional configuration for special words and words that should not be translated.

A IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit Lite, is available for a free download to try out which includes these four popular utilities, Room Renumber, Change Case, Space Update and Grid Select. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

RUGSA Meeting Invitation...

Revit Users Group of SA
cordially invite you to attend the next upcoming meeting
When: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Where: AIA, 100 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Please email your RSVP attendance to

Hope to see you there :)

Don't forget you can follow RUGSA on Facebook & Twitter

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Revit Add-In Hotfix

Autodesk have released a Revit Add-In Hotfix…

In  continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released this hotfix which provides an update to the Revit Vault add-in.

The README file highlights how to install this hotfix and other important information regarding this update.
When using Revit with the add-in for Vault, occasionally the program will suddenly terminate during some vault operations. 
An error message may be seen containing the text, "Revit encountered a System.AccessViolationException".

Published date: 2011-May-02 
ID: DL1697152
Applies to:

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012
Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2012
Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012
Autodesk® Vault Collaboration 2012
Autodesk® Vault Professional 2012
Autodesk® Vault Workgroup 2012  

A download able zip and read-me files can be accessed via the website link here...

Star Wars Day :)

in Honour of Star Wars day here in Australia…

May 4th Be With You...

Saturday, 30 April 2011

3AM in the Morning

A good friend of mine, Shaun Bryant has recently released his latest single.  You can download his new single here… 

3AM In The Morning is the title track from Shaun's forthcoming debut album due for release late summer/fall 2011.

…and I'm in listed in the final credits for providing the photo of the NYC night skyline 

Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter Sunday ride...

Thoroughly enjoyed another great ride yesterday from Glenelg North (aka "the Coast") along the length of Adelaide's River Torrens Linear Path bike track through the city and up to Athelstone (aka "the Hills).

 Mind you I was rather surprised I had the cross the river on this bridge - an un-nerving feeling travelling across this with your bike…  The hills and the headwind slowed me down a bit but thoroughly enjoyable...

… til next ride
share the road :)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sustainable Green Buildings

Partway through BDAQ's/Ecospecifier's sustainable green building course. Thoroughly enjoying it... Thought provoking... Now will be practicing the 5 fingers of Restorative Sustainability - reduce, reuse, recycle, repair & restore.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

An 80th Birthday party we wont forget...

Wow! What a night to remember!!! But definitely not what you're all thinking.  A group of us were celebrating a friend's Mum's 80th Birthday this evening were a vast majority of the group had travelled from Melbourne just for this occasion.  Having read the advertising "blurb" of the Snooty Fox Restaurant, located in North Adelaide (see below), it was thought that this would be an ideal place to celebrate in

The Snooty Fox Restaurant is a charming venue for your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether it be a romantic occasion, for business or pleasure. Sit "under the vines" and enjoy the decadent surrounds of this colonial-inspired retreat. A memorable experience awaits. You will appreciate the value, style and service when dining in theSnooty Fox.
I must say it certainly was memorable… 

After having pre-dinner drinks at the bar, we where pointed in the direction of our table for the evening, and it was quite picturesque sitting "under the vines".  After perusing the menu with little help from the inattentive "waiter", our orders were eventually taken.  Our waiter proceeded to what looked like re-writting everything out again on another piece of paper… who knows???  What seemed like a long time, he eventually proceeded to the kitchen…

After a while, food started appearing, with mine serving of Salt n' Pepper squid being amongst the first to arrive, along with other pasta dishes - all stone cold!!!  I must admit I was far too hungry and most likely low in blood-sugar levels too care - I needed food!!!  One of our diners waited patiently and when asked about his "fish of the day" he was told that he'd have to wait as his order got mixed up!!!  The waiter was told to cancel that order and then magically with a few moments his "tepid" fish dinner arrived…

We informed the other waiting staff about the lack of service, and state of the food presented and but the night was yet over…

We had brought along an exquisite layered cake for the birthday girl, which the restaurant offered to cut up and serve… unfortunately the cake whilst getting into the kitchen area safely, didn't make it out that way and went crashing to the floor after being dropped by staff.

This was when we demanded to see the manager, who happened to be "our waiter". We were gob-smacked!!!  To their credit, after listening to us, the offered to pay for all meals which we accepted and got the heck outa there pronto!!!

The coffee and cakes down the road @ Fellini's was simply devine :)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

BDA James Hardie National Conference almost ready to rock the Barossa

I'm just putting in some last minutes changes to documents in readiness for tomorrow's start to the 2011 BDA / James Hardie National Conference.  This year's conference features presentations from Lynn Allen, Autodesk Technical Evangelist (sponsored by IMAGINiT Technologies), Mark Kiker, AUGI Executive Director and UK Sustainable Architect and AUGI member, Elrond Burrell and a plethora of other great presenters…

See you in the Barossa Valley!!!

Keynote Manager for Revit

Scanning the interwebz this morning, I found Steve Stafford's  comment on Facebook regarding the Keynote Manager for Revit has been updated.  A great review of the product can be found on Jay Z's blog "Fear and Loathing in a CAD vs. BIM World"

You can download the free Keynote manager from Revolution Design.