Monthly Archives: January 2014

A load of #BIMsh!t? Autodesk kicks Revit LT customers down under … (where it hurts)


Just how much does Autodesk take its “regional” customers for fools? Amazingly, it was confirmed to me today that the 2014 version of Revit LT does NOT ship with any Australian or New Zealand content, unlike the full version which has had ANZ families and templates since at least version 8 (at least!).

Last week a client of mine who has branched out on his own confided in me that he was having trouble picking up Revit again. After reviewing the setup yesterday I noted that there was no regional content loaded (a simple oversight for beginners) and went about trying to add it to the installation via both the install options and the subscription center. My simple task came to a holt when I discovered that there is NO for Australian or New Zealand content from the install option.

In fact the closest I could find was Austria, which is not even a very good joke.



Note for english speaking users of Revit LT 2014, there is only UK content, US content (imperial and metric), and Singapore content (Autodesk’s regional HQ in APAC).

Now, perhaps many die-hard BIMmers just see Revit LT as the bastard child of the Autodesk “Factory” and treat it with contempt. But Autodesk Australia are charging REAL MONEY for this program, about AU$2000.00 which is a decent outlay for any new business.


Do they mention that unlike the full version, that LT is devoid of any ANZ families or templates? No.

But that is course why we have resellers, so they can provide unbiased and professional advice and protect their consumers from the corporate machines. Yes? No.

Not a single Australian reseller cares to mention it either, in fact Cadgroup doesnt even mention Revit LT at all!

Below is an extract of the actual install file which references the content to be loaded for both the Revit LT and Revit (full) 2014 versions.

Revit 2014 LT content manifest file (.xml)

 <ContentPack Name="RLT-en-US-i" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-en-US-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-en-GB-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-en-SG-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-ja-JP-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-de-DE-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-de-AT-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-de-CH-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-it-IT-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RLT-fr-FR-m" Display="true">
Revit 2014 (Full Version) content manifest file (.xml)
 <GroupOrder>English;Other English;Simplified Chinese;Traditional Chinese;Czech;French;German;Italian;Japanese;Korean;Polish;Portuguese;Russian;Spanish</GroupOrder>
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-chs-CN-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-chs-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-chs-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-cht-CN-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-cht-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-cht-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-cs-CZ-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-cs-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-cs-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-de-AT-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-de-CH-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-de-DE-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-de-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-de-XX-x-Help">
     <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-AU-m" Display="true"> (Australian content)
     <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-NZ-m" Display="true"> (New Zealand content)
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-SA-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-SG-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-US-i" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-US-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-GB-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-en-CA-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-en-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-es-ES-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-es-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-es-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-fr-FR-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-fr-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-fr-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-it-IT-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-it-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-it-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ja-JP-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ja-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-ja-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ko-KR-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ko-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-ko-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-pl-PL-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-pl-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-pl-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-pt-BR-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-pt-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-pt-XX-x-Help">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ru-RU-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RAC-ru-XX-m" Display="true">
 <ContentPack Name="RVT-ru-XX-x-Help">

Now, luckily Revit LT can utilse the content that ships with Revit (full) 2014, so the work-around it to “borrow” someone else install and copy the content across, and then repath the content directories and default templates.

However, users who bought Revit LT 2014 in ANZ from ANZ resellers shouldnt have to. And more importantly Autodesk should have a modicum of QA standards that prevent this from happening.

Perhaps someone is getting just a little too big for their #BIMboots??

UPDATED: One of the very original Revit crew reached out last night and confirmed Revit had Australian contact from version 6!  I wont say who is was, but vielen dank, herzlichen dank.

UPDATED: Chad Smith (Technical Lead and BIMbeer specialist for A2K Technologies) responded this morning with how their tech team is supporting Revit LT 2014 clients.

“Hi Matt, we at A2K Technologies were not aware of this until an LT customer mentioned it to us. As a result I personally reached out to Autodesk to get individually packaged content for both Aus and NZ for Revit LT. We’ve had these links since September 2013, and have been providing it our customers.”

Well done Chad and his team. Still, its a work around and not good enough from “The Factory”.


Going through the Motions in Revit with Arup’s MassMotion

MassMotion2A  MassMotionSetUpA

Thanks to Ammar Berrou at Revitonic for this find. I have looked into pedestrian and exit simulation previously using IES VE and Solibri, but MassMotion 5.5 from Arup’s Oasys Software looks very good (but with a price tag to match!).

The software allows you to either construct the model in MassMotion or import a 3D model from AutoCAD, MicroStation, Sketch-Up, Rhino and Revit. And whats more it supports the OpenBIM standards in IFC so will recognise doors as portals, walls, slabs, stairs etc.

MassMotion is the next generation of advanced software for simulating pedestrians and analyzing crowds. MassMotion is the only tool that can predict the movement of tens of thousands of individual personalities in a complex 3D environment.


  • predict the movement of tens of thousands of people in complex 3D environments
  • calculate flow rates at doors, elevators, and escalators
  • how many people are waiting in line at a particular spot, how much time they’re waiting
  • output can be also as a render for those who don’t understand the numbers
  • it can flag out problematic areas i.e. where over crowding is likely

Technical Features:

  • the simulation is based on academic extensive research, testing to compare with real life surveys
  • people in simulator (agents as they call them) respond to changes in real time i.e. react to congestion at an elevator
  • 64-bit multi-threaded design which takes full advantage of multi-core processors and any available RAM

If you need any further information you can contact Rhys Lewis directly: +44 (0)7824 311 190

Join ESD Solution for Melbournes premier sustainability event



Join ESD Solution for our premier event! In conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival, ESD Solution will host architects, engineers, property managers, property owners and ESD specialists for this exciting night.


The evening will include:

• Melbourne City Council industry release of Australia’s first guide to creating green roofs, walls and facades, The ‘Growing Green Guide’ and Growing Green Workshop

• A virtual tour of 123 Queen Street Citiclub Hotel, recently retrofitted with a 350kw tri-generation plant, lighting and facade upgrade for energy efficiency

• Cocktail event and exhibition of the latest product and technology solutions for the building retrofit market

• Discussion panel including: leading architect, the project manager – ETS projects, property owner (member of the carbon alliance) and property management expert

Subject: Understanding the challenges, costs and solutions for building retrofit projects

Date: February 20th 2014
Time: 6.00pm – 9pm
Venue: 123 Queen Street, CQ Function Centre & Citiclub Hotel



Sally Darling
M: 0449 982240 Office: 03 95243144

Vince Wardill
M: 0411 123 032

A shooting STAR? Or a falling STAR? Graphisoft re-releases EcoDesigner STAR



Pipped at the post to acquire the famed Ecotect platform way back in 2008, Graphisoft has not had a great success with occupying the “GreenBIM” mindset (as apposed to IES VE and other 3D tools).

However, GRAPHISOFT® announced today that they have partnered with StruSoft to re-release EcoDesigner as EcoDesiger STAR edition.  Teamed with the ArchiCAD START Edition this could get confusing, however anything that can save more dolphins should be supported.

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 21, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —   GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced the launch of EcoDesigner STAR, the first software that places standard-compliant energy analysis in the heart of the architect’s familiar BIM work environment.  EcoDesigner STAR enables architects to design the most energy-efficient buildings, by themselves or working together with engineers or specialist consultants.

Partnering with StruSoft three years ago, the single mission was to revolutionize how sustainable design is carried out in the Building Information Modeling environment. The result of their cooperation was the realization that while “energy” continues to be primarily a concern for engineers, the most important decisions influencing the energy performance of the completed building are made by the architect.

“The combination of the BIM model with hourly energy simulation based on weather conditions and operation profiles creates a virtual reality design environment that adds another dimension to the ArchiCAD Building Information Modeling experience,” said Miklos Sved, EcoDesigner Product Manager, GRAPHISOFT.


EcoDesigner STAR enables architects to use ArchiCAD’s building information model (BIM) right out of the box as a building energy model (BEM), resulting in the design of highly energy-efficient buildings. Furthermore, EcoDesigner STAR offers standard-compliant energy analysis on the BEM and produces a detailed building energy performance report, all within the familiar ArchiCAD design environment.


EcoDesigner STAR is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. Please contact your GRAPHISOFT Partner ( for further product information and purchase details.

EcoDesigner STAR for ArchiCAD 17 offers:

  • BIM Geometry and Thermal Property Data Export
  • Thermal Bridge Simulation
  • Expert Building Systems Settings
  • On-Site Renewables
  • Building Energy Simulation Using Standard-Compliant Analysis Engine
  • Energy Performance of Thermal Blocks
  • Building Energy Performance Rating

For more information about EcoDesigner STAR, please visit

About StruSoft
Structural Design Software in Europe AB ( StruSoft) is a Swedish innovative software development company with more than 30 years of experience in specialized software applications for the entire building industry. StruSoft’s main software packages FEM-Design, WIN-Statik, PRE-Stress, IMPACT and VIP-Energy have been applied in analysis and design, precast industry, detailing and energy modeling. The software applications have been developed into well proven products, and are now used by more than 10,000 users at more than 1,000 customers in more than 20 countries around the world.

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIM Server™, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Groupsince its acquisition in 2007.

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Another DirtyBIM Webinar: Land F/X + Revit Workflow

Land F/X‘s CEO Jeremiah Farmer and the lovely Krystal Bozarth are no strangers to our Australian shores, having visited several times to promote their Land F/X package for landscape design and architecture.

However, in a first, they have now arranged for one of their clients to present a webinar to show how Land F/X works with Revit.


Land F/X + Revit Workflow Webinar presented by Chris Lazarek of Cooper Carry from Land F/X on Vimeo.

The webinar was presented by Chris Lazarek of Cooper Carry, a multi-discipline firm based in Atlanta. Cooper Carry has discovered several techniques for working together across multiple software platforms and disciplines. In particular, the webinar focused on how their landscape department has been able to best work with Civils and Architects, working with Civil 3D and Revit.

Chris covered establishing a base plan combined from Revit and/or Civil plans to create a hardscape and landscape plan using Land F/X as a base. He then evaluated the preliminary design using the Land F/X SketchUp Connection to evaluate the design before he links the Land F/X design into the Central Revit File.

For more regarding Land F/X see the extract below or their website:

Professional Landscape Design Software.
Land F/X’s Planting Design is organized for complete accuracy, flexibility, and detail control. From a small residence to an entire theme park, skip the tedious work, and focus on the art of design.

Never count plants again!
Rely on complete error checking and automatic quantities, all with an amazing graphic flexibility.

Graphic flexibility to express your design the way you want. Let the system take care of the counting, symbols, layers, and all the little details, allowing you to spend more time on the design process.

Complete planting software from conceptual plans to construction documents, with 3-D visualization. Includes all of the Design F/X site, hardscape, and graphic tools.

  • 20,000 plant database
  • Thousands of plant symbols
  • Automatic plant quantities
  • Advanced label system
  • Flexible and instant schedules
  • 3-D visualization with a direct SketchUp™ Connection

It’s Back To BIM Time: BIM Without Borders Presentation


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Speakers Charmaine Ferguson, Matt Rumbelow and Jon Mirtschin present on the topic of Worldly BIM and share their experiences and work in locations including the USA, London, China, Vietnam, Denmark and South Africa.
BIM local Jon Mirtschin will wrapped up the evening by outlining some of the features of the newly released IFC4 and various tools which utilise the standard for information and geometry exchange.

Charmaine Palmer gives an outline of her work in BIM to-date, including implementing BIM into the Deakin course structure.

Matt Rumbelow with on overview of OpenBIM. (NB. Due to technical difficulties we were unable to capture all the vision of this presentation. This will be added to this video shortly. Please check back soon.


Event Feedback:

“Hi Charmaine, 
I enjoyed the recent BIM presentation, I was pretty excited about Johns work. The Grasshopper/ Rhino BIM pipeline has always been a keen interest of mine. I do all my modelling in Rhino and doco in Revit and have been seeking a way to meaningfully exchange data between them. 
Please put me on a mailing list for similar events in the future 
I recently had a work experience kid in here and we gave them a concept job in Revit and it was amazing what they achieved in only a week 


Mike Nowson, Director 3iD Studios