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SARUG – June 2014 Meeting

June 8, 2014

It’s interesting how small group meetings become more interactive, less formal and much more relaxed. In fact I’m looking for a bar with a good internet connection just in case our group returns to it’s founder size of three people, who by the way were at this meeting.  The nice thing about the SARUG blog, SARUG linkedin and Google Hangout is that you really don’t have to be there to still get a flavor of the meeting.

So Steven had just returned from the RTC in Australia and he gave us an overview which we were able to record via Google hangout below.


Google Revit ?????

According to Globes, Google describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with “planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools for architects and engineers to run advance analytics and simulation tools.”

  • Genie has been released and well-received by architects and industry professionals; it is now being developed not under Google X, but under a spinoff company called Flux
  • Google X team estimated that Genie has the potential of generating $120 billion a year for Google.
  • Target Release date early 2015

Could this be a competitor to Revit?  Keep your eyes open. Our inside sources indicate that some visionary staff on the Autodesk Revit development team have left Autodesk and are rumored to be involved with this effort.  Hmmm don’t you love rumors?  They really spice up the intrigue of such an offering. I guess we really won’t know until this application hits the streets.  My guess is that it will be like an over hyped movie trailer and most of us seasoned Revit users will just yawn and sigh as we realize it falls dreadfully short of our visions of where the technology should be going.

More on this subject :


I did a little dog and pony show with a Bluebeam 3d file I created and we reviewed the Revu 11 & 12 release upgrade youtube clips.

I’m continually updating the initial review I did on this product which you can view here.—revit-3d-bluebeam.html

Currently I’m running the Extreme V12 of this product via the Revit Addin and current shortcomings are the inability to completely resolve the section box limits resulting in some stray geometry being rendered outside of the SB-limits.  The other shortcoming is the inability to resolve phases.  I consistently get existing demolished geometry being rendered by Bluebeam.  I’ll be updating to the V13 in the near future and I’ll review the performance to determine if these issues have been resolved. Desipte these limitations this is a great product and appears to have been quickly adopted by the construction industry.  Take a look at this youtube clip on Setting up a Project (44 min) but notice all the related clips on the right side bar.

Revit 2015 features

We viewed this clip on the Revit 2015 features which is a pretty good overview.

Surface Pro II

Although not officially part of the meeting I ran the meeting technology off my new 512gb Surface Pro II tablet, successfully I might add.  It performed flawlessly running the camera, projector, speakers without a hitch while playing youtubes, and recording the Google Hangout off the onboard mic.

I also have Revit 2015 on board and it runs fine.  What’s nice about this tablet is it runs all the Microsoft productivity software (OS = Windows 8.1) and I’ve been told is better than most of the laptops currently available.  Down side is the screen size but I purchased a ‘Rocketfish’ optical to VGA adapter and hooked it up to a 23” LED monitor and I can see everything fine, considering my aging eyes.  Also figured out how to enlarge the text in Outlook to a readable size over the default (20 year old) font point.  So far I’ve been very please with its performance.

That pretty much wraps up the June meeting.  Steve and I’ve have been extremely busy this year, which has limited our ability to have these meetings more frequently. Hopefully you will find this post useful and don’t be surprised if these meetings wind up turning to a purely remote format being recorded at a Tucson bar somewhere.  (Visions of  Wayne’s World – )



SARUG Oct 2013 Meeting Followup

October 4, 2013

Well our first Google+ Hangout meeting was a success, except for a few minor tech glitches.  We had one of our best (in face) attendances and the Hangout successfully recorded the event.

Here are the topics/products presented and their timeframe intervals in the YT-clip above.

Varun Singh-Sefaira Concept – Energy / Design Analysis (Time Frame – 0:00)

John Tocci – Revit & Laser Point Cloud Integration (Time Frame 24:20)___

Patrick Villella – Revit 2014 Materials Editors, Cloud Rendering & Panoramas,
Unity- Interactive Walkthroughs (Time Frame 50:00)___

Kirk Cox – BIMLink (Time Frame __ 1:07:00)__

Lumion (
Surface Pro II (

I’ve provided the links to the last two Youtube clips since they didn’t record that well and we discovered that the G+Hangout can’t see a full screen play of a Youtube clip.

If you would like to learn more about the Sefaira Concept product or have a company presentation you can contact:

Charles M. Crnoevich
Business Development – Americas
Sefaira – Sustainability. Performance. Design.
Tel: 1 646 502 7449

Much thanks and appreciation is extended to all our Hangout presenters who made that extra effort to be there despite their time zone difference and provide us with an informative, inside look at some great products and workflows.

Also thanks to Steve and Cathy for added refreshments and to all those that made the effort to be there in person.  We had a very positve response to the G+H and will be integrating it into our meeting format; with some meetings being purely online in the G+H, and others being more personal, face to face, at the GLHN ( office.

This being our last meeting in 2013, have a great holiday season and we’ll see you in the new year.



SARUG Oct 1, 2013 Meeting Details

September 26, 2013

Things are shaping up nicely for our October 1st SARUG meeting (5:30 MST) via the Google Hangout.  I’ll also have the traditional format meeting at GLHN so
for those that want a more “in person” meeting experience just come over to the office.  It might be your last chance to attend to an old fashion meeting.

I’ve tested the Hangout here at home and at GLHN this afternoon and everything appears to be working properly, camera, mic and Youtube feed.

We’ll be doing one final test at GLHN with our remote presenters Varun in New York and Patrick V. from CADSoft in Phoenix on Thursday.

Those of you on Google+ will be able to watch the Live feed via my Google+ profile.  There is about a 30 second delay from the Hangout to Youtube transfer.
If you are not on Google+ you will have to wait until I get the Youtube URL up to the SARUG Blog.

If you want to present via the Hangout you will need to set up a Google+ account and have an operating camera (for your head shot) and a mic setup.  I use a headset, which will be hooked up and available if you plan on presenting from GLHN.  Add me to your Google+ circle and I’ll add you back to the SARUG circle.  Everyone in the SARUG circle will get an invite to the Hangout a few minutes before we air.

Since Varun is operating on New York time he will be up at 5:30 MST / 8:30 EST with Patrick to follow.  We currently have 9 tech items in the lineup to look at.
So if you haven’t sent me the applications you want to intro or to be shown on your behalf you need to send them in before this Sunday, so I can review and organize the presentation sequence.

So to quote that famous American Icon (Larry)…….”Get-er-Done!!”

To refresh your memory on the TECH Slam format.

10-15 sec intro / 5-10 minute Youtube or web clip / 30 sec summary / Q&A
Vendors can do live presentations in their applications, similar time format so we can keep the content flowing and the energy high.
The subject content needs to be software or hardware innovations, preferably related to the AEC industry. The intent here is to blow away the audience, although productivity enhancements gets extra bonus points, so let’s see the good stuff!!!

This will be our last meeting for 2013, we’ll shoot for a January 2014 Hangout to hopefully bring you some A.U. updates.

I’ll send out a quick note Tuesday morning as a final meeting reminder.

Until then, enjoy the Arizona cool down.
Finally it’s so nice outside

Carl ……. (Just hit my 100th post with this notice)


SARUG – Happenings

August 17, 2013

SARUG Outreach

SARUGer’s are constantly stretching their boundaries, sharing their experiences, perspectives and knowledge.  This free flow of information serves to benefit all and in this rapidly changing world, hopefully makes someones life a little easier.  So here’s your opportunity to see what some of our more active members are up to.

Steven : Blog

Andrew : Blog

Jake : Website/Blog

Carl : Website / Blog

SARUG Meeting

Our next SARUG meeting, in October, will be a TECH SLAM.
Presenters get to do a:

…10-15 sec intro
…5-10 minute Youtube or web clip
…30 sec summary with additional info, if needed

The subject content will be software or hardware innovations, preferably related to the AEC industry.

As the keeper of the intinerary, I can tell you there’s going to be some really cool stuff shown and well get those links up to the blog in our summary.


SARUG Blog Updates:
The following blog posts have been updated with current info.



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.


Thank you SARUG March Meeting

March 1, 2013

We really want to thank GLHN and Carl for hosting our first Revit User Group meeting this year!
Also, a very special thank you to Andrew Abernathy for a really informative presentation and for driving down from Phoenix!! What a trooper.
Also, thank you me……for the cookies! You’re welcome!
We hope to see you all at our next meeting in May!


SARUG March 2012 – Meeting Follow Up

March 30, 2012

I just wanted to follow up on last night’s meeting which had a great turnout and the presentation and discussion topic were excellent and engaging.

Mehrad with P.E.T. gave an in depth and informative presentation on his use of Revit M.E.P. which you can view at the Livestream channel.  The segment is entitled “Revit MEP A Mechanical Engineer’s Perspective” and is 44 minutes in length.  I missed the first introductory minutes but we did capture the heart of the presentation.

We also had a discussion on the evolving A/E business model.  This discussion was also captured on Livestream and is entitled “Conversations on the evolving A/E business model”  Again an audio technical glitch distorts the first 20 minutes of the discussion so if you advance to the 22:40 time index I did manage to clear up the audio from that point on.  This segment is 55 minutes in length and has some interesting insights and observations on this topic.

There are also a number of Revit 2013 short clips up on Livestream that discuss some of the various upgrades to Revit 2013 that cover Revit Structure, MEP and Architecture.  The upgrade can now be downloaded from Autodesk.

I’ve added a brief tutorial on constructing roof crickets in Revit Architecture to the Livestream channel that gets into how the roof slope arrow functions, the angle of the roof cricket in order to achieve a code compliant valley slope and the directional control of the roof slope arrow to properly interface the cricket with the sloping roof.

Also the Livestream Autopilot has been updated so you can view some of the 2011 renderings produced by the SARUGroup.

Thanks to everyone that attended last night.  Your presence and involvement made for a lively and interesting meeting and discussion.