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BIM Conferences in 2014: A Summary of Published Content

Yesterday morning I woke up in Istanbul. By noon I was back at the office in Oslo having lunch with my friends at Dark. That flight marked my final appearance as a speaker at international BIM conferences in 2014. I’ve been in Melbourne, Chicago, Dublin, Las Vegas and now Istanbul. At all these events I have contributed with multiple presentations and labs, totaling almost 14 hours on stage. Most of the material has been presented multiple times, but the total number of handouts and datasets that had to be produced, revised and quality assured is overwhelming, especially due to Dynamo versions but also new Revit featuers.

In the menu Workshops above you can now download most of the material I have used in these training sessions. It’s all a collection of company training, conference labs or online presentations. Here’s a quick capture of 2014 additions, in reverse chronological order:

Autodesk University 2014

At AU 2014 I did one Dynamo lab and one Rebar presentation. The Dynamo lab was jam packed, and we created a pretty awesome mathematically defined roof structure of Adaptive Components that reported each panel’s deflection. The exercise was similar to that used in the double lab Julien Benoit and I hosted at RTC EUR 2014. A fun fact from this lab was that I had the company of two Lab Assistants; Marius Jablonskis from Norconsult, who had never seen Dynamo before but is in other ways a fine person, and Andreas Dieckmann, the Dynamo Grand Master. (He dislikes me calling him that, which makes me want to do it more.)

Smithsonian collage

The Rebar presentation was a repeat/continuum of the presentations I did on similar topics at AU 2012, 2013, RTC NA 2013 and RTC AUS 2014 previously. The only difference this time was that it was live streamed across the world, with a couple of thousand people watching. It’s still being watched in fact, as the recording continues to reside at au.autodesk.com/au-online/live-stream/revit-concrete-reinforcement.

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Common for both sessions was the great feedback I received both verbally and digitally (as class rating), and that I had a great time with my friends in the audience.

Revit Technology Conference Europe 2014

At RTC EUR 2014 I did one Dynamo presentation and the double lab mentioned above. The double lab differed from the one I did at AU in that it excluded Julien’s second part on using Dynamo for working effectively with analytical information on the basis of a simple Adaptive Component structure. Basically, I did the easy part of creating a structure, and my friend did all the complex analytical hacks with Python. We got great feedback for the session, but next time I think we will try to keep it a bit more simple. The maths in Dynamo that created the roof structure for us was developed in collaboration with the coolest dude in Computational BIM; Zach Kron.

Photo by Srecko Sljivic

Photo by Srecko Sljivic

The Dynamo presentation I did alone also got great reviews, even though I struggled a bit with some normals midway. I love doing live demos, and this time I built a space frame with variable thickness based on a double curved surface. Here I was luck to have all other Dynamo presenters at the conference lined up on the back row, commenting everything I did wrong in their eyes. Actually I wish they had, as that might have saved me from n00bing with normals.

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Beautiful 3-dimensional math, developed with Zach Kron

Check out Julien’s blog; AEC, you and me for news and updates on his presentations.

Revit Technology Conference North America 2014

I wasn’t scheduled to attend RTC NA this year, but Steve Stafford contacted me two weeks before to inquire if I could cover for a cancellation. I can never say no to the man and booked my flights instantly.

I did a double lab on computational logic in structural design; the first part with Masses and Adaptive Components in the conceptual modeling environment; and the second part on Dynamo. The exercises I used was the same space frames I lectured on in Melbourne at RTC AUS a month before. My inexperience with labs at the time was saved by Brian Mackey and Bruce McCallum, who were both present and helped out the participants who ran into trouble. Thanks again guys!

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Revit Technology Conference Australasia 2014

My first BIM conference of 2014 wasn’t until late in May, but the distance I had to travel made up for the lack of activity prior. I did two presentations; one my regular rebar show, and my first ever international lecture on Masses, Adaptive Components, Maths and Dynamo. Being the first time, I naturally ran out of time with Dynamo in the end. The rebar presentation, however, was really good, and it was later ranked sixth best session of the entire conference at the RTC Blog: www.rtcevents.com/blog/?p=1091

Space Frame based on Massing, Adaptive Components and The Pythagorean Theorem

Space Frame based on Massing, Adaptive Components and The Pythagorean Theorem

Next year I will focus more on Computational BIM and Dynamo in architecture, as that’s what I’ve actually been working on the last year.

Now it’s time to relax and bring the stress down for Christmas with the family. All my friends abroad, see you next year and thanks for an epic 2014!

Flat People

I see flat people.

Flat 3

Andy Milburn did too, and not only people. In his posts Flat People and Tree Family Download from last year he uploaded a sample of Entourage and Planting families that look much better than the OOTB RPC’s Revit ships each year. Both on drawings, in perspectives, with or without shadows and transparency. I downloaded them, did some enhancements, and now you can download my versions from Content.

Andy encouraged people who used his families to share their developments. As it turned out (in the comments of Andy’s post), Ukrainian Revit blogger Dmitry Dronov had already made some flat people. They were published in his post People. Entourage. from 2012. I’ve downloaded his starting 11 as well.

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I recently met Andy Milburn for the first time. He spoke at Revit Technology Conference North America in Chicago in June, and so did I. Great guys, interesting story, and I have to admit that I felt like a groupie again for the first time since I first met Steve Stafford.

I hope you enjoy using this content as much as I do, and that you will post your own flat people if you make some.

i see flat people

 

Dark Revit Company Library available for free on Relinquish

Dark library 1

One of the most interesting, promising and engaging projects I’ve been working on the last months have been the new open digital building design knowledge sharing platform Relinquish. I maintain two Revit blogs, administer one Revit forum and use Twitter daily for BIM related social media. However, I have been intrigued by the way the forum, blogs and free content at autodeskvasari.com have developed, and want to investigate any similar positive effects for an entire industry. From our front page:

The Digital Building Design Knowledge Sharing Impulse – Relinquish – is a non-profit initiative for collecting, connecting and communicating knowledge on the digital built environment. We believe the greatest unfulfilled potential in the building design industry lies in the connected brains of all the people who do great research every day without sharing it with others.

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The people behind this initiative are Arne Folkestad Bjelland and myself, representing Dark Architects and Dark AS. In addition we have received valuable help from Kim Baumann Larsen from Placebo Effects and Angie Arroyo Mendez at A-Lab. We are very interested in hearing from other people who want to get involved in organizing, and welcome absolutely everyone to register and contribute with knowledge.

A very specific goal for us is to tie together knowledge and content, and we have therefore decided to upload our Revit 2014 company library and share it with registered users. The template and families are mainly early phase content, and although most of it is English there are some traces of Norwegian (specially in the Data folder). You will definitely find content that we have downloaded elsewhere and not produced ourselves, exemplified with Andy Milburn’s Flat People. Given that it has already been shared freely on the Internet I take it that the producers have no problems with this. In case you have, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I’ll remove it.

We decided to use Google Drive because of synchronization benefits, while still perhaps maintaining some level of editing permission control.

Given that all the current contributors and most of the registered users are Norwegian, I expect that there will be a mixture of English and Norwegian in the future. We have decided to use as little guidance as possible to start with, hoping that will help contribution flourish.

Please let me know if you are interested in sharing your content, and please give us your thoughts if you check out ours. Happy sharing!

Welcome!

Reinforced concrete power stationWelcome to my new place on Internet dear Revit people of planet earth (and other places)! I’ve maintained a Norwegian Revit blog on revitnorge.blogspot.com for some years now, but it always troubled me that no one else than Scandinavians could take part.

I start off by sharing some material I wrote when preparing my class at Autodesk University 2012 on reinforcement detailing in Revit. Check out the Gallery for images and the Content section for my self-proclaimed epic 86 page class handout!