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July 27, 2013

If you want to track down the last user to update a model component in your Revit project or determine who created it you can by simply going to the bottom of the Revit interface screen and selecting the WorkSharing Display button.  At the drop down select “Owners”
Revit-Last User-01

Then hover over the object you want info on.  You should get an info box like this.

Revit-Last User-02

Of course this assumes you are using a central file and worksharing.

Be careful though, over using this capability to point the finger at others can ultimately be your downfall, since Karma has a way of coming around to bite you in the backside.  Always elevate your inquiries to the professional level, seek an explanation and strive to educate, understand and reach a solution that reduces the potential reoccurrence of the problem.

Strive for Temperance


SARUG July 2013 Meeting Summary

July 20, 2013

Much thanks to Andrew Abernathy for giving his third and final presentation to the group.  It engaged the group to a point, with spirited discussion, that made it difficult to complete his presentation.  Well done.  Andrew, I’ll see what I can do about recording & posting the presentations while you are on your 3 year project(s) in China. Congrats again on landing that big fish. Here’s something I learned on my trip to Shanghai (a must see) in 2007

Also thanks to Steve and Jake for their reports on the events at RTC.  They sang high praises for VEO, an application brought to our attention by Jake in March of 2012 and posted to the SARUG blog at:

Steve also posted an update to the SARUG blog regarding the RTC event.

btw, thanks for the cookies.

Two products coming from Autodesk that are well suited for construction & project administration, operate in the cloud, and are relatively easy to use by the professional as well as the client are ‘Glue’, an Autodesk acquisition from Horizontal Systems in 2011 and ‘Field’.  Both of these apps are part of the Autodesk BIM 360 cloud based services.


I’ve wanted this one for years.  It makes punchlists a breeze.

Although Field only works on the Ipad, Autodesk is hearing a growing request for porting this app to an Android based platform that can leverage other Microsoft products in the field.  What’s nice about using the Pad approach is that it leverages the voice to text conversion capabilities to rapidly take field notes.

Glue and Field are purchased via a: per person / per project / per month fee basis.  This ‘as needed’ leasing model is a nice change to the traditional annual purchase agreements from Autodesk and packages the costs into a fee structure that can be built into the professional services agreement should a client be interested in interfacing with the project in this manner.

Also thanks to all that attended the meeting.


Can you say “Disruptive Innovation”?

July 19, 2013

After the great SARUG meeting and discussion last night, I thought that I would share it with my UofA Architecture discussion group over at LinkedIn.
Here is what I posted. (Your morning coffee read for the day)

Our world is changing. Are you up to it?

I normally do not post or write about our profession, nor do I preach or give my opinions on a forum.  I seldom get up on a soapbox unless specifically asked about something. Those here who know me will agree; however, these past 2 weeks have really been amazing and I just wanted to share.  I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss our industry with many professionals throughout many industries who I really look up to and respect and are doing amazing things around the world .   Along with Architects, Designers and Contractors, I have met software designers who will soon be giving us more tools to play with, I mean “work” with. (Okay, maybe play with too.)

I have just returned from the Revit Technology Conference (RTC – NA) in Vancouver where I was able to hear from some of the most amazing people in our industry as well as discuss the future of Architecture and building with the people who are starting to design and/or implement our new work flows and processes which included software designers, Architects, Contractors, Fabricators and Manufacturers and whole lot of very smart people.

I also found out last week that one of my classes (the “new class”) which introduces new and unique ideas about how to integrate old and new work flows rather than replacing old ones, had been accepted by Autodesk for AU 2013 in Las Vegas.  I have never ‘officially’ presented these ideas and this class has nothing to do with what I normally present.   I found it interesting that my older traditional graphics and Architectural based classs were not accepted. I was also surprised that most of my fellow presenters had not been accepted at all. (Even last year’s number one rated speaker was not invited back this year to present.)

As luck would have it, I as in Vancouver when I found this out and had the chance to discuss this with some of the Autodesk representatives who were there attending the RTC.  I also had a chance to discuss Autodesk’s market positioning and direction regarding the future of our industry in general and how technology and software will impact and/or shape our world as Architects and Designers.

All I can say is…….damn!  Things are really changing, and really fast. Anybody who knows me knows that I am always looking over my shoulder to see what is coming down the from the world of “impossible and impractical”, into my world of “possible”.   I have had my own opinions for the past several years now which I have shared with some of you; however, hearing those opinions being repeated back to me by the people who are actually designing and using them now, really hit me!

If you understand the term, “Disruptive Innovation”, then you understand what I am referring to. As it was repeatedly told to me, you can either embrace it, or keep doing what you are doing. (You may want to think about Kodak while deciding.) The key is to not be one of the “un’s”…..unaware, unable or unwilling.

Just a thought this morning as I enjoy my coffee and photos from Vancouver.


SARUG Meeting Last Night

July 19, 2013

Thank you Carl and GLHN (and me for the cookies….lol) for hosting a great meeting last night.
Andrew came down from Phoenix and gave a very thought provoking presentation, which happened to be in line with Jake’s and my recap of the RTC in Vancouver last week.
Thank you Andy and GOOD LUCK in China! Congratz.

Steven Shell