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RUGwell Special Enscape Event @ Jasmax! – Thursday 25th January 2018 – Sponsored by Read | Thomas

January 19, 2018

January, 2018 by 

Please join us at Jasmax for this months meeting!
Hi. We are really excited to announce that we have special guest presenter, Phil Read, from Read | Thomas over from the US planning to revisit his presentation from Autodesk University 2017. So mark the date in your calendar, and spread the word. You don’t want to miss this one!

Please let us know if you can come by sending your RSVP

Enscape AU 2017 Presentation 
Phil Read  – Read | Thomas 
Phil will present his Autodesk University 2017 session at this months meeting. It featured the best Enscape techniques from around the world and included several NZ examples.

Phil is the co-founder of Read | Thomas – an AECO consulting company focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline technology integration. He has nearly 25 years experience in Architecture and Engineering, including 16 years implementing Autodesk Revit.

He introduced Revit to New Zealand while working with Revit Technology Inc (before Autodesk acquired it). He is also a co-author of the “Autodesk Revit Architecture” book series from Wiley publications and Global Director of Marketing & Coms for RTC Events (RTC & BILT conferences) ( – Realtime Rendering Plugin For Revit

Read | Thomas ( – Provides business continuity for teams that create buildings, products, and software.

Please join us from 5.30pm:

• 6:00pm : Welcome and Introduction

• 6:05pm : Presentation: Enscape Best Practices from around the world
This presentation will showcase the very best of the best techniques from around the world and across multiple industries: Buildings, Engineering, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Industrial Design, Media / Entertainment and more!

• 7.00pm: Wrap up – Tips, Tricks & Open Forum

Please RSVP attendance, for catering purposes

A Meeting Register is taken for NZIA CPD Points.

• Important to know
Revit, Enscape, Rhino, Read | Thomas


Many thanks to Jasmax who are kindly hosting and Read | Thomas for sponsoring this event.

Thursday 25th January 2018
@ Jasmax
Level 1, Grant Thornton House,
215 Lambton Quay
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5:30pm – for a 6pm start
Please do not arrive before 5:30pm
Finishing no later than 8pm
If you arrive late and can’t get in, TXT Grant on 021 677784

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant TaylorKevin ThickettSarah WoottonAlan Tier & 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;

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


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)


Stephenson & Turner


Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Norman Disney & Young


Productspec (twice)

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


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.


Announcement; RUGwell becomes a Collaborate affiliate.

October 22, 2015

RUGwell is excited to announce that we are now participating as a Collaborate affiliate group member! RUGwell have long been of the view that BIM groups should be working together, sharing information, not operating in isolated silos (sound familiar?). Collaborate have provided that framework.

Read the CollaborateANZ Statement of Collaboration.

View the list of affiliate groups.

How will this affect us?

RUGwell is still an independent local user group, self governed by its members via an organising committee.

Affiliating with Collaborate provides us with access to resources, ideas, and hopefully speakers from the other affiliates. In return we will share information & ideas on behalf of the group.

We will always ask before speaking on your behalf.

We will never share, sell, or otherwise distribute our email list.

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)

Wednesday 22nd July Event

July 21, 2015

This months meeting is at Productspec

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

19 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington
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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

First presentation:
The Productspec team will demonstrate the brand new Revit families for the MonkeyToe Systems range of roof access, plant mounting, barrier and personal protection systems.

Second Presentation:
Dynamo 101
By Chris Welch – Productspec
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit
A must-know for all Revit users! Chris will introduce us to the basics of Dynamo node-based programming, with the goal of providing a foundation of knowledge that will allow us to get started with creating our own simple dynamo tools and take advantage of the thriving Dynamo community.

Case Study: Parametric Cocoon
Following the Dynamo presentation, Chris will highlight the possibilities of node-based programming by breaking down the process of designing, documenting and CNC fabricating Productspec’s crazy BuildNZ exhibition stand using Revit, Rhino, & Grasshopper.

Note, the actual 6m x 3m parametric cocoon will also be on display at the Productspec studio.

Third Presentation:
RTC Round up
Cherry & Kevin from NDY will share their experiences from this years Revit Technology Conference on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Many thanks to Productspec and MonkeyToe Systems who are kindly hosting and sponsoring this event

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

PS. have you looked at the RUGwell blog. Click here to sign up to RSS feeds

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!

Revit Sundial

September 4, 2014

As mentioned at last months event, Revit-on-the-cloud is now available for beta testing.

You can sign up here;

If anyone would like to voulenteer, it would be good to get some feedback for the group at an upcoming meeting.

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

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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


23rd July event

July 20, 2014

This month we have a great door prize up for grabs from our main sponsor Ke Kelit. Make sure you bring a business card to drop into the hat.

First presentation:
Ke Kelit Piping Systems content & Lookup Tables
Suitable for all levels of expertise, Full Revit
Matthew Pettengell will show off the new Ke Kelit Piping Content availible at Productspec and explain how Lookup Tables work in Revit.


Second Presentation:
Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Wrap-up
Suitable for all levels of expertise
For those who couldn’t make it to Australia for this years conference, Craig Burke from Beca, will give us a run down of what we missed out on.


Followed by:
How to get Wellington Area Site & Terrain Information
Suitable for all levels of expertise Full Revit and LT
Grant from Caduceus will show you how to use the web site to get site contours and boundary information to create toposurfaces and boundary lines. A lot of this information is free!


Many thanks to to Productspec for hosting this meeting in their new offices.
And to Ke Kelit for providing the drinks, nibbles and Door Prize.


Wed 23 July 2014
@ Producspec
19 Edward St, Wellington
(Tucked in behind the buildings on the corner of Manners & Victoria St)
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5.30pm – for a 6pm start
(Please do not arrive before 5:30)
Finishing at 7:30pm

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick

June 25th Event

June 23, 2014

This month we are back at GHD’s fantastic staff room

First presentation:

A Revit novice’s view on BIM and Prefab

Suitable for all levels of expertise

Guy Shaw, from Energy Architecture NZ Ltd, shares his experiences as a Revit rookie working on new prefab projects in Queenstown.

For comparison, he will also share one of his UK prefab projects where BIM wasn’t utilized.

Followed by:

Whats new in Revit 2015

Suitable for all levels of expertise

Several mini presentations from those in the know about Architecture, Structural & MEP, with plenty of pearls for you to take away. If you have already taken the plunge into 2015, we will be happy to have your input as well. I’m sure a lively discussion will follow.

Sponsor: Many thanks to GHD for providing the venue and refreshments for this months meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wed 25 June 2014

@ GHD Level 1 Grant Thornton House 215 Lambton Quay

(that’s the newly refurbished ANZ building with Nespresso on the corner)

5.30pm – for a 6pm start (Please do not arrive before 5:30) Finishing at 7:30pm

RSVP to Grant

Looking forward to seeing you there. Grant Taylor, Kevin Thickett & Michael Warwick