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Just returned from another conference, the Pacific Coast BIM Workshop

October 1, 2014

I just presented 3 classes & a lab at the second BIM Workshop, held in Anaheim, CA.   (BIM Workshop – Pacific Coast)

As usual….it was amazing!   The sponsors, speakers (national, regional and local), attendees and hosts were wonderful.  And, for the second time now, Lynn Allen, from Autodesk, was the Emcee and really did a bang up job and made it fun!  (Who IS she?)  Also, Lonnie & Christina at US Cad deserve a huge round of applause for all of there efforts and hard work!

Carla Edward’s Omaha based brainchild event is growing up into a very special nationally recognized must attend conference!   Congratulations Carla!   Next year, there will be 3 BIM Workshops held in Omaha, NB, L.A., CA, and Charlotte, NC.   (By 2016, they are hoping to have 6 national events across the US.)

This conference, like the one in Omaha last month, offered several really informative and innovative classes.    At the top of the list, of those classes which I could attend (unfortunately, I presented several classes and had to miss a few.), the ones which really taught me a thing or two, or twenty, are:

Marcello’s class on Dynamo.   This new Dynamo has really impressed me.   At the last conference, I learned how it can drive the Revit geometry from within Dynamo, very ‘graphically’ and in a very intuitive manner;   however, that being said, one needed to understand and learn how to use Dynamo.      Marcello showed us another side of Dynamo.   He explained how it can also be used do “every day” simple tasks in Revit such as moving an entire set of foundations and column bases up with out having to move each one individually.    The other part of his class which I found very refreshing was that one doesn’t have to learn a lot about using Dynamo to do these kind of simple Revit tasks since you are performing them in Revit for the most part, and using Dynamo as an outside add-in just to drive it.    Well done Marcelllo!

And, the other take away was Scott Davis’ presentation on the new release of Formit!    Way cool updates!!!!   Most all of the new features are modeling tools and other useful design features.   This class updated Scott’s class I attended on Formit in Omaha last month.    Amazing what month’s time can produce!    Thank you Scott!    He also confirmed that Autodesk really did acquire Eagle Point’s amazing Site Works!!!!   This will be huge and finally addresses all of our thoughts regarding Revit’s site tools and abilities!

Well, back to work!    Next month…..RTC Europe in Dublin, Ireland!