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RUGwell Special Autodesk Event! – Thursday 1st December

November 28, 2016

Free Autodesk Seminar – Concept to Collaboration
Please join Autodesk Senior technical specialist, Samuel Macalister, for a free evening seminar/workshop on several of Autodesk’s conceptual design software and cloud collaboration tools.

This will include demonstrations of Formit 360, InfraWorks 360, Collaboration for Revit and BIM360 team.

Click here to RSVP and ensure your place

Samuel Macalister is an architect and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technical specialist for Autodesk Australia and is an expert in the practical application of BIM technologies and processes for the development and delivery of construction projects.

Come along and hear him overview his AutoDesk University (AU) presentation held in Las Vegas last week. Samuel will demonstrate Formit 360 and will show Formit presentation tools and methods to integrate into other Autodesk software packages such as Revit.

Samuel is also an expert on Autodesk Construction & Collaboration products, if you have any questions regarding AEC Collections, BIM 360 Glue and/or BIM 360 field this is your opportunity to ask.

When:
Thursday 1 December 2016

Where:
@ Caduceus Systems Ltd
Level 3, 154 Featherston St
Wellington, 6011
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

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RUGwell Wednesday 26th October 2016

October 25, 2016

Please join us at Summerset for this months meeting
Another chance to catch up and get your monthly dose of Revit enlightenment from the Majestic 20th floor offices of Summerset Group. Please let us know if you can come by sending your RSVP

First presentation:
Summerset Case Studies

Daniel Flynn – Summerset Group
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users.
Daniel will give an overview of the way Summerset are using Revit for the different types of buildings they design and build, including a 4 story apartment complex that has just been completed.
He will also look at how they use schedules, keynotes and the masterkey plugin.

Second Presentation:
What’s in the latest release of Revit 2017.1

The Rugwell commitee
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users.
Revit 2017.1 was released for subscription customers last week (you are all on subscription aren’t you?).
This is not a patch of bug fixes, it its a whole lot of new tools and features that will be part of the 2018 release next year.
We will go through what we know about these new features.

Third presentation:
Issuing Revit files as contract documents
Open floor discussion
This is currently a no-no for many reasons but, is the time coming when this will be common practice?
We would like to hear your views, what you are currently doing, and how close or far way you think it is.

Sponsors:
Many thanks to Summerset Group who are kindly hosting and sponsoring this event.

Wed 26 October 2016
@ Summerset Group
Level 20, Majestic Centre
100 Willis Street
Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Use the lifts in front of the escalators
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start

Please do not arrive before5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

RUGwell – Wednesday 28th September 2016

September 28, 2016

Please join us at Aurecon for this months meeting
Another chance to catch up and get your monthly dose of Revit enlightenment, while checking out Aurecon’s new offices. Please let us know if you can come by sending your RSVP

First presentation:
The Low Down on LOD

Kevin Thickett – Aurecon
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users.
Level of Development (LOD) has always been a bit a of a sticking point in many BIM plans as it has been quite hard to define or follow in a meaningful way.
However, a lot has happened with the next round of development of the NZ BIM Handbook and the CIC Guidelines. Kevin will take a practical look at these developments and what it means to you.

Second Presentation:
The Democratization of 3D Model Viewing

Grant Taylor – Caduceus
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users.
As Revit users, we know how powerful working in 3d can be and the greater insight it can give to decision making. Yet it has never really been that easy to get the 3d model out to our customers and other stakeholder in a meaningful way. Special software and translation processes have all been barriers both at the authoring end and for the end user.
WebGL is changing all that by making it dead easy for anyone to view and work with 3d models in standard web browsers and on almost and device, without having to do much else other than clicking on a link.
Lets look at the tools available to you that make it easier than ever to get your 3d models out there for others to get excited about.

Sponsors:
Many thanks to Aurecon who are kindly hosting and sponsoring this event.

Wed 28 September 2016
@ Aurecon
Spark Building
Level 8
42-52 Willis St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
*Please use the Willis St entrance*
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

June 22nd Event

June 22, 2016
Please join us at Productspec for this months meeting
Hear about what happened at RTC last month, Learn what Revit’s new Global Parameters are capable of and find out what Structural guys really do with Revit.
Also, thanks to Productspec, RTV Tools and Caduceus for supplying the refreshments

First presentation:
RTC Wrap-up

By Kevin ThickettWSP Group
Suitable for all Revit users.
The Revit Technology Conference Australasia (commonly known as RTC) was held in May. It is recognized as the best Revit event to attend and many of our members did just that. Kevin was one of them and he will share some of his insights.

Second Presentation:
Revit Structure

Clinton Maulder – NURB
Suitable for experienced users, Full Revit
Clinton will run through some of the interesting families he has created to deal with structural connections and specialist seismic solutions.

Third Presentation:
Global Parameters

Grant TaylorCaduceus
Suitable for all levels of experience, Full Revit (Sorry – Revit LT doesn’t have this feature)
Lots of people indicated last month that they would like to know what Global Parameters are all about and the potentially substantial effect they could have on their projects. So lets take a look at what they can do.

Wed 22 June 2016
@ Productspec
19 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

May 25th Event

May 23, 2016

This months meeting is at Jasmax Wellington office.

We hope you can make it along for another dose of Revit enlightenment.

First presentation:
Revit Content Management
by Melanie Tristram – Jasmax
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit
Mel will show us what they know about managing Revit content using the UNIFI plugin

Second Presentation:
BIM in Middle Earth

Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit and Revit LT
by Gavin Urquhart – ArcHaus Architects
Based on Gavin’s presentation at RTC Washington last year, he will run through how he used Revit and Rhino to create unique, coordinated design models on the Hobbit films and the permanent film set/tourist attraction at Hobbiton in Matamata.

Third Presentation:
Revit 2017 – Whats New
by Grant Taylor – Caduceus Systems Ltd
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users
No sales rah rah here, just an honest look at what’s new, what’s changed and the gotcha’s.
Everyone is encouraged to share their experience and insights with 2017 as well.

Sponsor:
Many thanks to Jasmax for hosting and sponsoring this event

Wed 25 May 2016
@ Jasmax
Level 1, Grant Thornton House, 215 Lambton Quay
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before 5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

 

Autodesk Licensing & Product Changes

April 28, 2016

Following this months event, we were asked for Scotts presentation on this topic.

It can be downloaded using the following link;

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1J2kk3deShOeF9HRlI4SzN4ejg

 

FAB!

 

April 27th Event

April 27, 2016

This months meeting is at Stephenson & Turner Wellington.

We hope you can make it along for another dose of Revit enlightenment.

First presentation:
Lighting Design Process
by Pontus Hammarback – S&T
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit and Revit LT
Learn about S&T’s integrated lighting design process in Revit that fulfills the diverse needs of architects, engineers and clients.

Second Presentation:
Schedules, Notes & Transmittals

Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit and Revit LT
by Michael Warwick – MAW Design
Of course in a Revit model you can schedule anything, even things that aren’t in the model. Michael will demonstrate some more unusual examples of using schedules as never intended.

Third Presentation:
Autodesk Subscription Update
by Scott Sellars – GDL
Suitable for all Revit & Revit LT users
Get your head around the key changes to Autodesk subscription and maintenance plans

Sponsor:
Many thanks to S&T for hosting and sponsoring this event

Wed 27 April 2016
@ Stephenson & Turner
Level 2, 158 Victoria Street
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before 5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Michael on 021 802 850

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

We’re starting this month!

March 17, 2016

BIM.well

Born out of the successful BIM focused meetings held by RUGwell last year, BIM.well is a new group formed to accommodate people interested in BIM no matter what industry segment they are in or what software they use.

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Wednesday 24th February Event

February 23, 2016

Please join us at Productspec to kick off the RUGwell New Year.
It’s time to start your monthly dose of Revit insight. We have some great presentations that will be of interest to everyone from expert to novice. Looking forward to seeing you there.

First presentation:
BIM Interoperability

By Chris Welch – Productspec
Suitable for experienced Revit users, Full Revit
Chris will demo some novel tools developed to make use of the GBXML file format, as well as discussing the BIM interoperability web service Flux.io and how to integrate it with Revit.

Second Presentation:
Revit Phasing & Phase Mapping

Kevin Thickett – WSP Group
Suitable for all levels of experience, Full Revit and Revit LT
Phases are one of the really powerful features of Revit – if you know how to use them. Kevin will give some practical do’s and don’ts to help you get the best out of this feature

Third Presentation:
Cloud Rendering – Tips for creating renderings to Wow your Clients

Grant Taylor – Caduceus
Suitable for all levels of experience, Full Revit and Revit LT
Autodesk Cloud Rendering has come of age. Grant will show you how to get the biggest bang for your buck and spend less time doing it.

Sponsor:
Many thanks to Productspec who are kindly hosting this event
and
RTV Tools for sponsoring the refreshments

Wed 24 February 2016
@ Productspec
19 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington
Google Map

5.30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before 5:30
Finishing at 7:30pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

Merry Christmas from RUGwell

December 1, 2015

Our final meeting of the year is now behind us. Thanks again to ProductSpec for once again putting on a fitting end of year break up.

Thanks also to our speakers;

Jason Howden for a very interesting and inspiring Christchurch Justice Precinct case study, its good to know what can be achieved here and now.

Michael Warwick for an equally interesting and very useful presentation about Revit data corruption.

Micheal presentation was based on this document;

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Revit-What-causes-data-corruption.html

It was great to see some new faces, especially MEPers, do come back for more next year!

Venues.

Special thanks to our eight host venues this year ,who not only provided use of their facilities, but also provided snacks and refreshments, keeping RUGwell free for everyone.

This year we met at;

Wellington City Council (twice)

GHD

Stephenson & Turner

Aurecon

Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Norman Disney & Young

BECA

Productspec (twice)

We have at least one new venue in the pipeline for next year, so get in early if you want to host!

Speakers.

Thank you very much to those who took the time effort and risk to share your expertise and experiences. Without you there would be no RUGwell (sorry I don’t have a comprehensive list of this years speakers).

We are always keen to hear a new perspective on things Revit and BIM. So if you’d like to boost your industry reputation and practice your technical presentation skills in a low impact environment, feel free to volunteer.

There is no level of experience requirement as we like to have presentations aimed at various levels, and your RUGwell committee is happy to help out with topic suggestions from our list.

Merry Christmas.

We hope you get you projects finished in time, have a safe and relaxing break, and return to work invigorated for a 2016 packed with BIM awesomeness.

Keep an eye on the blog as there may be a few posts between now and our first meeting of 2016 in February.