Archive for March, 2012

I read David Light’s blog this Morning, and here you can find the list of What’s New in Revit 2013. Here is just a snip it. See his blog for more information!

The year is 2012 & the Autodesk fanfare announces the arrival of Revit 2013. The Revit technology has now been under Autodesk ownership for just over 10 years. Wow! How the world has changed in that time, politically & economically. 10 years ago I would have never believed that Revit would have had such an impact on my career. Back then the original Revit vision was a one stop shop solution for all AEC disciplines. Whilst the tools for structure were less developed than those for architecture, certainly I was aware of engineers who were using Revit. I once heard a blasphemous rumour that a MEP tool set was being developed for Revit, but to this day, can’t confirm or deny that was the case. Either way, Revit was seen as a holistic solution that would serve the AEC industry. Nether the less Autodesk saw things differently & divided the product up into the 3 flavours that we know as Architecture, Structure & MEP. But Autodesk have been under pressure from the industry to look at the way Revit is served up. BIM by its nature is a collaborative effort & many multi dis firms are using all flavours of the product. Also, other firms want to use architectural tools in say an MEP workflow. The industry has spoken, there should be no BIM silos, so Mr Autodesk, give us the Revit product which includes all the disciplines!

Revit 2013 will come in its now well established traditional flavours of Architecture, Structure & MEP. But it will also come as a complete AEC solution, code named “OneBox” during development, this will be all three disciplines installed as one. The official name will just be Revit 2013. In Revit 2013 you have access to all of the platform tools and if you need to, you can customize the ribbon interface to turn off the discipline tools you don’t require. This can be done via the options dialogue box under User Interface…..

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I found this article by David Light and thought i’d pass this onto the Wasatch Front, what do you think? Are Architects becoming leaders or sitting back and letting the contractors take the lead?


I few weeks back I was asked to write a comment piece on whether I thought architects in general were stepping up to the plate and making themselves BIM leaders. It maybe a UK centric issued, but I am dismayed by the fact the architectural industry doesn’t recognise BIM as a potential opportunity. The extract from this article is below. I hope I can revisit this in years to come & me be proven wrong!

“Are architects doing enough to be bim leaders?”

It would love to say yes, but it pains me to say that I don’t think that is the case. I am privileged that I am employed by a forward thinking firm who recognises the business benefit for using BIM. Within HOK, BIM leadership is driven right from the top by our CEO Patrick McCleamy & the rest of the HOK board. BIM & buildingSMART is one of HOK’s five main business drivers.

There are certainly other architectural firms who also driving the BIM leadership message. However, on the whole, architects are just thinking that BIM is 3d, a quicker way to do a coordinated set of drawings or high quality visualisations. There are others who are sceptical, thinking that BIM is just a fad, it stifles creativity and is doomed failure. But then I remember, people said the same about CAD & before that the fax machine.

Sure enough 3d modelling is one component, but the possibilities extend far beyond that. It has been said many times before; it is the “I” in the BIM that is one of the most important components of this new collaborative process. Information & knowledge, empowers you. Being able to manage & take a lead in the BIM collaboration process potentially allows the architect to once again become the master builder, the integrator.

I understand the challenges with investing in the BIM processes & the necessary supporting technology in these turbulent times. Nether the less, BIM is an opportunity & that opportunity will not last for ever. If architects don’t embrace it & take a lead, there will be plenty in the wings who will certainly step up & grab the BIM leadership crown.

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Job Captain/Revit Modeler

Posted: March 7, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts
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Immediate opening for Architectural Job Captain/Revit Modeler. Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in architectural office. Must demonstrate proficiency in Revit modeling, including model coordination with engineering disciplines, and in production of construction documents.

$16 to $18 per hour. We offer an excellent benefit package.

GSBS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are subject to certain federal equal employment recordkeeping requirements. In order to comply, we request applicants to voluntarily self-identify their gender and race. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. Visit our web page at to download the form.

Please submit your resume to: Human Resources, GSBS Architects, 375 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 or email to No phone calls.

WFRUG March Meeting

Posted: March 5, 2012 by WFRUG in General Posts
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WFRUG February Meeting
March 14th 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
Hosted by BIG-D Construction


Presented by Bryan Cowles

IMAGINiT Clarity for Autodesk® Revit® Server
is a web-based collaboration tool that extends Revit Server
and provides model sharing across multiple organizations
as well as project level security, project reporting,
system monitoring and task automation.

Refreshments and drinks will be provided.

It will be held at BIG-D Construction
(Salt Lake City Office)
404 West 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Please RSVP