Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


Pre-Registration has started for this year’s RTC – North America in Vancouver.

March 5, 2013

July 11 – 13
If you have never attended a Revit Technology Conference (RTC) or Autodesk Unversity (AU)….then maybe this one should be your first! Can you say….VANCOUVER?! What a cool place to visit and learn at the same time.
Great advanced (and guru) level classes and a great place to meet some of the most amazing Revit and BIM advocates, adopters, implementers and forward thinkers.
Oh, and I am presenting again too……
See you there hopefully!


Autodesk Wiki – Valuable Resource

April 11, 2012

Launched in February of 2011 the Autodesk WikiHelp is a valuable information and training resource you should take a look at.

Specific applications include Revit

The Video gallery on 2013 is full of clips

Consider being a contributor.


M.I.T. for Free!!

December 30, 2011

Ready to augment your education with some M.I.T. steroids?  For FREE!!!.

Check out MITx

Viewed by Forbes as a Game Changer:

Traditional higher education institutes will have to compete with this growing trend and if employers find that self motivated, self educators are better employees and start seeking these types of individuals out,  then the employment options for the traditional University grads will narrow even further. 

Much thanks to Eric Case, my old business partner, for tweeting this on Linkedin.

Sorry about going off topic, but it’s clear the world beyond Revit, is changing dramatically.



2011 AU Classes

November 19, 2011

Did you know that your subscription service allows you to attend all the AU classes from the previous Autodesk University?   Here’s the Link: 

Just sign in with your subscription username & password (upper right of screen) and you can brush up on your Revit skills over the holidays. 




James Vandezande’s – Videos

October 21, 2011

James Vandezande has put together a number of Vimeo clips on Revit specifics, BIM, IPD, Collaboration and Third Party Applications you might want to wander over and view.  I’ve posted a permanent link on our blog page under the SARUG Links heading as JV’s Revit (+) Videos.

Thanks for posting those videos.  We hope to see this resource continue to grow.

Time to make some popcorn!



Revit MEP electrical parameter output

April 25, 2011

If you’ve worked in Revit MEP and are learning the electrical side of things you will find that there are settings and parameters galore. You will want to review the settings prior to starting your project and you may even want to create an office template so you know certain things are pre-set for your project.

As a word of warning – If you want “analysis” parameters to display the live results of what you model you will want to make sure and check the “Run calculations for loads in spaces” box under the electrical settings on the Manage tab, MEP settings.  By default the electrical template has this un-checked.  If left un-checked all “analysis” parameters for the electrical side of Revit MEP will be frozen. In my case the parameter: Actual Lighting Load was not reporting the modeled design in a schedule.

Other items to lookout for will be misplaced families.  If the lights are placed on the top surface of a room bounding ceiling then their values will not be reported as it is technically out of the Space.    In a similar situation reference planes drawn incorrectly (Left to Right) will result in hosting the fixture upside down, and depending on the geometry in relation to a Space could cause a reporting error.

Good luck and make sure to double check all of your work until you are comfortable with how Revit MEP handles different aspects of your electrical designs.



Pima College CAD166 – Introduction to Revit

April 12, 2011

If you haven’t jumped into Revit yet there is a great opportunity to do so over the summer in what some of us are calling “An Extended Lunch hour”.  Pima Community College is holding CAD166 over the summer as an Introduction to Revit. The course which is typically held over 16 weeks will be condensed into 8 weeks and be taught by Jake Boen, RA.

For those who don’t know Jake, he is a Tucson architect who has over 14 years experience in the building industry. He has 9 years of experience working in Revit Architecture and has successfully implemented Revit in local architecture and mechanical engineering firms.  Jake has also co-presented at Autodesk University and is certified by Autodesk in Revit Architecture 2011.

The course is limited in size and as of this post is already over 50% filled. It is recommend that you sign up at your earliest convenience if you are interested.  One side benefit of becoming a student is your ability to download a fully functional student version of Revit which is licensed to you (as a student) for 3 years.

Click on the images to enlarge and see the official schedule at


The Avatech Channel

January 20, 2011

Tired of watching CSI reruns or political sparring between FOX & CNN?  Well I attended one of Avatech’s web casts, struck up a connection and discovered they have a boat load of  webcasts that you can access at:  Of course it might not be as entertaining but it will definitely expand your technical horizons.

Happy Viewing


BIM Apps

January 17, 2011

A new BIM Blog link has been added to our Revit Blog list dealing specifically with BIM Apps related to Autodesk software products.  Check it out at:




January 3, 2011

Nice “How To Use” clip here on Keynoting.