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 http://forums.augi.com/forumdisplay.php?1415-AUGI-Board-Candidates-Discussion-%282013%29.

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 redstack.com.au

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 redstack.com.au 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.com.au/events.

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...

Monday, 19 August 2013

Happy Birthday "Between The Lines"

This Wednesday, 21 August 2013 heralds an amazing achievement for one of my favourite blogs. "Between The Lines" celebrates its 10th Birthday. Hearty congratulations to you Shaan regardless whether you're on holidays, in hospital or just kissing the locals you keep blogging on... Your blog has both inspired and supported me and many others, in oh so many ways, so in keeping with previous years' traditions, it would be totally remiss of me not to provide another "birthday cake" to celebrate this great blog…

Looking forward to many more Between The Lines posts.  Thank you Shaan for providing great articles, photos and informative and amusing articles...

Enjoy your virtual "cake" Shaan 
& Happy 10th Birthday 

May you have many many more :)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Why buy a road bike?

Why buy a road bike? I love 'em. Up until a few years ago I was a diehard flat bar Hybrid rider until very recently when I was re-introduced to road bikes and it was love at first pedal!
Here is a light hearted look at what makes road bikes great and why you should consider getting / upgrading a new carbon fibre beauty like I've just done - thanks to the guys at The Bike Station

1. Speed...

Who doesn't like going really fast? Road bikes are the quickest way to get from A to B on a bicycle; I was amazed when first jumping on board how quickly I could eat up the kms. As yet, I haven't been in a position to ride to many kms but the brief 22km jaunt happened in no time at all... it was amazing... I couldn't believe it at the time!
Wide circumference wheels, thin tires, a stiff frame, it all adds up to getting as much power from your legs onto the road as possible with little resistance. This is a formula for efficiency and is an intrinsic property of road bikes.

2. Looking Good...

When I ride I always ride with a jersey and knicks which is another great to get a road bike and explore this side of yourselves... 
I say don't resist it, embrace your inner roadie: match your kit, shave your legs and jump onto a great bike. When you get fit and strong from all those kms on a road bike, swathed in skin tight lycra and smooth legs, you feel like a missile cutting through the air. It is a wonderful feeling.
3. Comfort...
Comfort? On a drop bar road bike? Absolutely! The drop bars, which were designed originally to keep you tucked out of the wind while racing, are also useful for multiple hand positions on a long ride and are crucial for keeping a good posture on the bike.
4. Get Out There...
If you want to race, the road bike is the only way to go. Regardless of your race type or style, if you're serious about it you need a road bike. These bikes are designed for power and speed, the drop bars are there to get low out of the wind.
The road bike is designed to be the fastest, most efficient, most aerodynamic, and lightest weight bike available. This focus begins in the pro ranks, but eventually trickles down into the bikes you see at your local bike store. 
Never before has the very best technology been so accessible to us weekend warriors. Road bikes are no longer only for the purists. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and can be as solitary or social as you want it to be.

5. Sizes...

We are not all same and there is no "one size fits all", so it is crucial when selecting your new bike and accessories, that you have your bike sized for you.  This will have a HUGH impact on how much you enjoy riding and how well it serves you in the long haul. 

Above all get out there and enjoy the ride...

Monday, 17 June 2013

Indispensable Time-Savers for Autodesk Revit

The Indispensable Time-Savers for Autodesk Revit

IMAGINiT Utilities for Revit 2014 are due to be released very soon...

One new utility has been added - Link Fixer. With this utility you can fix repathed links to single .rvt models as well as a folder instantly. 

Some updated functionality has been done to several existing utilities which include:
  • Change Case (now has a config file to filter/add other types)
  • Element Renumber (new renumber by picking along a path)
  • Room Renumber (new renumber by picking along a path)
  • Excel Export (addition of filters)
  • Excel Import (allow for creation of unplaced rooms, spaces, placeholder sheets)
  • Translate (now supports project parameters and now supports 58 more languages)
  • MEP Space Update (Select any parameter to copy from/to, in addition to name and number)
  • MEP Parameter Tool (updated configuration collection and combo-box parameter entry)
Further information can be obtained from the IMAGINiT Customer Portal

Monday, 20 May 2013

Wow... where does the time go...

OK, I'll admit I been a bit slack in posting... and I don't know what happened to all those drafts I'd placed in here to post later... oh well...moving on...

Since "my big slice" late last year, I've undergone further procedures to remove the excessive skin after my weight loss. All procedures were performed by my absolutely fantastic surgeon, Dr Margaret Anderson under a general anaesthetic.  And her post-op nursing staff are equally amazing.

Earlier this year, I underwent an inner thigh lipectomy and liposuction.  The lipo was performed to remove the excess volumes of fat from my legs and knees.  Following this, the inner thigh lipectomy was done which involved an incision from the crease of the groin region to just above the knee, in my case, and the inner thigh "lifted" and supported into its new tighter position.  It was then just a matter of wearing compression garments for a while AND don't go on any 5km walks a few days after surgery...

That being done, less than a week ago, I underwent my final stage - a Brachioplasty, or ‘arm lift’, as they're sometimes known as. This procedure reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. The surgery removes extra skin and fat to give a more toned and balanced appearance.  Upper arm skin tends to droop with age and after significant weight loss.  Whilst exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, it cannot change any extra skin that has lost its elasticity. 

I cannot praise enough, how wonderful and fantastic Dr Margaret Anderson and her staff are.  She did an awesome job.