Meeting #135, Tuesday 11th Oct 2016

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Meeting #135, Tuesday 11th Oct 2016

Postby Tim Waldock » 29 Sep 2016, 14:03

Date: Tuesday 11 October
Time: 5.45pm – 7.40pm:
Venue: Ultimo TAFE - Room W1-22, Level 1, Marcus Clarke Building, 827-837 George Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Please note our new location on Level 1
Cost: Free

Agenda

5.45pm: Meet and Greet

6.00pm: Welcome
Max Labecki, RUGS Chairman.

6.05pm: Shawnee Finlayson from Arup
The Benefits of Parametrics – A Stadium Design Case Study. Shawnee will talk about how utilizing Grasshopper and Dynamo can add value to the design team in a Revit environment. She will show how scripts can assist with assessments, complex modelling and scheduling to increase efficiency.

6.50pm: Sam Macalister and Steven Ellis from Autodesk
See an update on recent changes and improvements to BIM 360. And discover the interface between Revit and Civil 3D to create car parking layouts and run vehicle access simulations using Autodesk’s new Vehicle Tracking application.

7.30pm: Q+A and General Discussion
Anthony Bowden, RUGS Committee.

7.40pm: Close
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Re: Meeting #135, 11th Oct - Meeting Report

Postby Tim Waldock » 16 Oct 2016, 08:54

The meeting was kicked off by Shawnee Finlayson from Arup, telling us about how much time and effort they save on a stadium project by using Dynamo to handle repetitive tasks in the documentation of the stadium - tasks that had to be repeated whenever the design was changed. Shawnee will now head to AU in Las vegas to give the full presentation.

Steven Ellis (from Autodesk) then demonstrated a new Vehicle Tracking application that runs within Civil3D on a model transferred from Revit. The vehicle tracking worked not just in plan but also up and down ramps (although no headroom checks). Although the application looked pretty easy to use, there was some discussion about the need to use Civil3D in order to run the application - in the past such design workflows had been impractical within a typical architectural office (for such things as terrain modelling). Amanda Garnham (Autodesk) pointed out that the new 'Collections' include both Civil 3D and the Vehicle Tracking application - so there would be no additional cost; it just requires installing the software and learning to use the application.

In the absense of Sam Macalister, Alan Reid (Redstack) stepped in to give us a quick summary of the many BIM360 tools now available from Autodesk, which has been causing some confusion recently, particularly with the frequent name changes of so many Autodesk offerings.

Finally, there was some 'Revit' discussion about how duplicate families appear in Revit models (with a numbered suffix). It seems that when nested families are edited from the external source (be it groups or parent families), the ID number changes; and the parent group (or family) is reintroduced into the project, Revit thinks the family may be different, so it just goes ahead and renumbers it. Solutions offered included:
Always edit the nested family from its library location then load it into both the project and the group (or parent family). Maciej recommended using 'Family Loader', which is part of the CTC Batch Suite, as this can load a family into multiple files without having them open. Another recorded situation where familiy names are duplicated and given a number suffix is when two users independantly reload the same family into their own local files - the solution there is to always synchronise before/after reloading families.
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Re: Meeting #135, Tuesday 11th Oct 2016

Postby Tim Waldock » 25 Jan 2017, 22:48

We are very pleased to report that after this meeting, Shawnee Finlayson did go on to give this presentation at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, where she won not only "Rookie of the Year" presenter, even more impressive, she won overall "Best Lecturer (Industry Talk or Panel)" - pretty amazing for a first time AU presenter. She managed to beat perennial champion presenter Marcello Sgambelluri.
Congratulations to Shawnee! We like to think that we helped her along by giving a chance to practise the presentation at a RUGS meeting, even if our audience numbers are tiny in comparison.
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