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Special BIM Event!

October 5, 2015

This month we will be meeting at Wellington City Council for a special BIM event.

The topic at hand will be;

Collaboration with IFC.

We will kick off with some presentations around this theme, including how Wellington City Council are using IFC, and finish with a Q&A time.

We will have visiting & local experts present, so bring your curly questions.

We hope to get a good turn out from users of various software platforms, in addition to our usual Revit people. So spread the word and encourage your contacts to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to work more effectively together.

6.00 pm Wednesday 28th October.

See you there!

(More information to follow)


Wellington BIM Unconference

February 3, 2015

Hi everyone,

Your committee has been discussing the idea of holding BIM “Unconference” in the second half of 2015 & would like some feedback as to whether this is a good idea.

An unconference works on the theory that the networking and discussions that take place out of class time can be as valuable as the structured presentations & should therefore be brought front and centre. Each session is a lightly facilitated themed discussion – with documented output. Ideally the output would be a proposed solution to a problem, suggested common work practices, and such like. The output from all sessions is shared with all registered participants at the end of the conference.

From Wikipedia;

Typically at an unconference, the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Unconferences typically feature open discussions rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted. This form of conference is particularly useful when the attendees generally have a high level of expertise or knowledge in the field the conference convenes to discuss.

and more here;

Here are some thoughts from me about how the Wellington BIM Unconference might work.

We are completely open to suggestions and alternatives at this stage.


A single week day around August/September.


All participants would need to attend an early (breakfast?) session in order to set the agenda and session times. This would be done using Open Space Technology principles (see the link above). Participants could then assign themselves to some, all, or no sessions as they see fit. Local participants can then go to work if they wish, returning only for those sessions they see value in attending.

Target Audience;

Primarily focused on the greater Wellington region, although participants from further afield would be welcome to bring their expertise. We hope to reach beyond our core RUGWell attendees and attract users of other softwares, along with people who work (or wrestle) with BIM outside of the design office. This could include contractors, sub-contractors, facilities managers, and property owners.

Ideally we will get the whole supply chain, from concept to operation, talking about how we can work together to use BIM effectively in our local market.


The topics discussed will ultimately be decided on the day feel free to suggest some potential topics in the comments to get people thinking.


We aim to run each RUGWell meeting as a stand alone cost neutral event, and would hope to to do the same with a Wellington BIM Unconference. Each session would either be free, or have a small venue charge. Please let us know what you think of this. Also, would you be prepared to pay to have the opening session at a nice breakfast venue?


In order to keep cost to a minimum we would likely accept sponsorship, feel free to contact your favorite committee member (or me) to discuss this further.

Final comment;

How many times did I say participant? The key to a successful unconference is participation!

Wednesday 27th August Event

August 26, 2014

Please join us for RUGwell August meeting at Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

First presentation:
Curtain wall tips & tricks – Greg Burr DGSE
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit & LT
Greg will demonstrate some different ways he has used curtain walls on recent projects, including a few tips and tricks he’s come up with

Second Presentation:
Clash detection strategies – Kevin Thickett NDY
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit
Kevin will demonstrate setting up and running clash detection in Navisworks, and explain why a structured approach is needed.

Followed by:
Questions, answers, tips and tricks
Come armed with any questions you have or quick tips you want to share. We will do our best to share the Revit love.

Sponsor: Many thanks to Designgroup Stapleton Elliott who are kindly hosting and sponsoring this event.


Wed 27 August 2014

@ Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Level 3, CMC Building 89 Courtenay Place

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