Archive for the ‘News’ Category


Interesting Press Release, Thank you Tim

October 28, 2011

President’s Address

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Autodesk made a huge announcement last week; they acquired Micro Application Packages Limited (MAP Software).  MAP is a UK-based provider of CAD, CAM and estimating software that supports fabrication and construction for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industry. The software is sold here in the USA by Technical Sales International (TSI).

The acquisition of MAP Software helps Autodesk to complete the workflows from design to fabrication with solutions that support detailing, estimating and manufacturing for MEP contractors and engineers.  By offering fabrication tools that support BIM-based workflows, Autodesk is closing the gap between design and construction.

CADsoft Consulting works with many of the Mechanical sub-contractors in the Southwest, most of who use MAP Software.  This acquisition will help make BIM valuable for fabrication, further advancing adoption in the MEP engineering industry.

As Autodesk integrates MAP Software’s solutions into their AEC portfolio, Autodesk will extend BIM across the building lifecycle beyond design to support building fabrication and construction for the MEP engineering industry.

This is a very exciting development as it continues to transition the industry to BIM, from design through to fabrication.

Tim Duncan, AIA
CADsoft Consulting


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!



July 14, 2011

I’ve been playing with a small side project this year and have yet to formally introduce it until now. It’s a website I set up to offer Revit families, schedules, and methodology for boosting productivity while designing and documenting our built environment.

In striving for quality over quantity BIM Productivity has a small offering of families and schedules that provide near instant and accurate results for doing the necessary yet mundane tasks of code analysis or engineering directly within Revit.

One such family helps calculate the required plumbing fixtures per the 2006 version of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Plumbing Code (IPC) (read a full description here).   It is super quick and easy to use for demonstration of building code compliance and studies but I don’t want you to take my word for it. I would like you to try a free sample.  The sample family will calculate required fixtures for Business, Mercantile, and Storage occupancies and may be used on your commercial projects free of charge.  If you like what you see, or need additional occupancies, or other production enhancing families please visit

– Jake




BIM Lawsuit Offers Cautionary Tale

May 20, 2011

A lawsuit over construction of a life-sciences building at a major university stands as the first known claim related to the use of building information modeling by an architect. Furthermore, the claim and its settlement serve as a cautionary tale to others using BIM, says the insurer.

“The creators of BIM claim its use reduces risk, and indeed it can—like any other tool, if it is used right,” says Randy Lewis, vice president of loss prevention and client education at the Denver office of XL Insurance, which provides professional liability insurance to licensed design professionals. “If you don’t use BIM correctly, you can get into trouble.” 

…read the entire article…

BIM Lawsuit Offers Cautionary Tale | News | Architectural Record.


Revit 2012 new features

May 2, 2011

Steve Shell asked that I post this link regarding the new Autodesk Revit 2012 features:

Much thanks to David Light with HOK London for his writeup.


Autodesk’s Building Design Suite

March 27, 2011

Autodesk has been doing some bundling that might interest you A/E’s out there.  This looks like a nice fit for those Architects doing residential and light commercial that have design experience in M.E.P. and/or Structural in that you can get Revit MEP and Revit Structure in some of these packages.

Of course the last thing many of us want to hear right now is how we can spend more money than we already are, especially when there is a shortage of work; however, for those interested in what the future may hold here’s one offering you may want to keep on your radar.

Check out the offerings at:

You will find pricing at the link above but I would love to know the corresponding prices for an upgrade path on these bundles.

Thanks Jake for the Heads up on this.


Design By Many

January 24, 2011

If you haven’t seen it you should head over to Design By Many.  It’s a new social modeling competition site.  Even if you don’t decided to compete for some of the awesome prizes in the sponsored competitions the submittal source files are free and worthwhile to download.  If you pick apart the models you are sure to learn a thing or two about modeling in Revit or other industry standard software.

The latest sponsored competition was to design an external shading element for a downtown Phoenix structure.  Apparently I couldn’t help myself one night as I started designing a solution.  It’s not perfect but you can see (and please vote!) my submittal here. I invite you to take the sail array models apart.  You will learn a thing or two about Revit families and 3D arrays.  I think I nested the sail family 5 families deep! My custom truss family is based on a 3D void shape which has extrusions along the void edges.  It makes for some very easy modeling of complex sweeps.

– Jake