Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tekla is BuildingOn with BuildingPoint ANZ


As a long time supporter of talkBIM and ThinkBIM, I was pleased to receive confirmation on Friday that Pacific Computing are combining their Tekla expertise and solutions with Trimble’s BuildingPoint ANZ. Paul McLeod joins as the Structures Division Manager for BuildingPoint, completing the Design, Build and Operate (DBO) lifecycle that BuildingPoint provides.

“From the office, to the jobsite, and everywhere in between, BuildingPoint will offer you specific solutions no matter what your role or what stage of the DBO lifecycle you operate in.”

While other vendors may claim to support the ubiquitous BIMcycle, given the depth of the products that Trimble now own and support, you would be be hard pressed to find a more complete DBO portfolio.


“As a contact of Pacific Computing, we wanted you to be among the first to know that we are now part of BuildingPoint Australia and New Zealand (BuildingPoint).

This means that as at 17 September 2014, BuildingPoint became the exclusive Tekla distributor in Australia and New Zealand and the company Pacific Computing ceased to operate.

BuildingPoint, the global distribution channel for Trimble Buildings’ design, build and operate solutions, is the beginning of something really exciting and we’re looking forward to introducing you to a much broader range of solutions.

You can find more details on the Pacific Computing website and the BuildingPoint website, or please feel free to contact me. We’ll be in touch again soon as BuildingPoint.


Paul McLeod
Manager – Structures Division


Office: +61 7 3503 5884



A Site for Sore Eyes! Revit Gets Some Site Tools (Finally!)


Acquisitions are the name of the BIM game for 2014. Why invent when you can buy? This is certainly the case with the “latest” purchase of the Autodesk cheque book, being the Siteworks add-in from EaglePoint. Given that the site tools in Revit have remain untouched since Revit 9.1 (with the exception of the Project Base Point and Survey Point tags), it does seems a little “stop gap” for my liking. Still .. its better then having to buy it!

From the Landarch blog.

Autodesk released the R2 Update for Revit 2015 yesterday. With that update comes “over 30 user-requested features that add powerful capabilities, enhance software performance and improve user productivity.” Included among these is the Site Designer Extension.

While Site Designer may sound new, it is actually the latest version of Eagle Point’s Siteworks repackaged and “specifically optimized” by Autodesk. This is not surprising, as Eagle Point suspended sales of both Revit add-ins (Siteworks and LandCADD) a while ago.

Though I do not expect any new features in Site Designer, it is available to all Revit Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers immediately (English, only). If you are not one of those customers but are still interested in using the extension, it is also available on the Autodesk Exchange, by subscription.


From Autodesk Exchange Apps

Autodesk® Site Designer Extension for Revit® software helps architects, designers, and planners convey building site planning concepts to engineers. Site Designer runs inside Revit software and uses native families, components, and toposurfaces, so site designs become part of the overall model.  You can model alternatives for mass grading, building pads, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and retaining walls all within the Revit environment.  More easily convert a sketched line into a street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, retaining wall or parking lot in the model.  You can manipulate Site Designer components using editing tools to change their location, elevation, grade or geometry, and Site Designer automatically updates and maintains the underlying toposurface.

  • Report and schedule areas, volumes, and cut and fill volumes to better understand the impact of site design changes on requirements to move or add fill.
  • Iterate conceptual designs and create more realistic visuals of the building site by incorporating grading features directly into the Revit model.   
    • Better communicate conceptual design ideas about the building site to engineers  who can then complete the detailed site design using professional civil engineering tools like Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software. 
    • Share the appearance of site plan designs for better communication with everyone involved in the project, including owners, architects, designers, planners and civil engineering firms.
  • Share a site model between Revit and Civil 3D through Land XML files, improving collaboration between architects and engineers working on a project.
  • More quickly add design elements to your site such as berms and drainage swales, minimizing the time required to mass grade a site and to try alternatives at the design development stage.
  • Special terrain families within Site Designer provide you with parameters that control widths, cut and fill slopes and other projection settings.
  • Locate hardscape components such as streets, intersections, sidewalks, curbs and walls that can follow the existing terrain and have controlled elevations and slopes – all while the toposurface is automatically maintained.


Almost BIMfamous! B1M writes about BIM Down Under

Hopefully by now most of my readership (and/or known BIMuniverse) have downloaded and read the second edition of the B1M Mail by the team at B1M. A great read guaranteed as they say.


I was privileged to supply some content and thoughts to Fred’s OpEd piece regarding B1M in the Lucky Country, although (understandably) he rejected all of my pun worthy titles for the article.

As reward or punishment, he also featured me on Page 4. Not quite the Page 3 spread I was used to reading on the hot tube rides home from work when I was a humble Architectural Technician for the now long defunct Hamilton Associates, but still better then actually talking to someone sitting next you.

Well done to Fred and Tom (and the range of contributors and sponsors) and looking forward to the third issue.

For those who haven’t read it yet … click here to register and enjoy!



Frankly, this is huge BIMnews! Perhaps. Trimble signs deal with Frank Gehry.

“This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner who has like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in the AEC industry that allow the creativity of the architectural profession to flourish and deliver value-added creative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I am very excited to expand our mission with a great new partner,” said Frank Gehry.  

In the complete history of BIM, will this quote above will be studied, dissected, deconstructed and translated in doctorates and research papers across the globe? Is this the moment when the BIMpower was seismically shifted to a new axis of influence when a new technological force declared its hand on a world stage? Perhaps.

Or is this merger simply an outcome of the “realities of our economic times” and Trimble being the only firm willing to buy up that which Autodesk, Bentley and Dassault have already “danced with”.

Time will tell.




Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance to
Transform the Way the Construction Industry Works

SUNNYVALE and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry’s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients.

The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry experience with advanced construction technology to empower visionary designers such as Gehry Partners to build groundbreaking projects on time, under budget and without change orders—enabling designers, builders and operators to collaborate more efficiently.

“This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner who has like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in the AEC industry that allow the creativity of the architectural profession to flourish and deliver value-added creative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I am very excited to expand our mission with a great new partner,” said Frank Gehry.  

“We are honored to enter into an association with Frank,” said Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble. “His unique architectural vision has always challenged the conventional. Equally impactful are his views on the potential for transforming the entire design-build-operate continuum. Gehry Technologies has been key in allowing Frank to realize the potential of his designs without compromising cost or schedule. Together, we expect that our common commitment and our combined capabilities will accelerate the adoption of technology in this trillion-dollar industry with resulting breakout benefits. We are delighted with the prospect of working with Frank as he continues his strong personal advocacy for change in the construction industry.”

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Gehry Technologies is an AEC technology company that provides design and project management solutions, consulting services and project collaboration software tools. Gehry Technologies solutions include GTeam™ software, a Web-based 3D file management and project collaboration platform, building information modeling (BIM) technology as well as advanced project delivery services for leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide. The solutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality, and accelerate project cycle times.

Gehry Technologies’ consulting services aid in the design, execution and management of the build environment. With a globally distributed team of architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists, the company delivers solutions that define and optimize project delivery processes and tools, enabling creative architecture with integrated engineering, high-precision fabrication and assembly, and improved risk management.

The combination of Gehry Technologies solutions and professional services with Trimble’s broad technology portfolio in positioning, BIM, analytics and visualization, automated machine guidance and real-time telematics accelerates total lifecycle solutions that will allow architects, engineers, contractors and owners to access data captured during the building planning, design, construction and renovation phases, providing deeper insight, better operating decisions and better asset performance.

Gehry Technologies will be reported in Trimble’s Engineering and Construction Segment. Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Gehry Technologies

Gehry Technologies grew out of the pioneering efforts of Frank Gehry and his team at Gehry Partners to adapt methods derived from the aerospace and automotive industries to complex projects of architecture, engineering and construction. By working in a shared 3D digital environment and collaborating across disciplines to bring fabrication expertise into the design process, Gehry Partners achieved unprecedented projects while realizing tight control of budgets, schedules and quality.

Gehry Technologies was established in 2002 to advance and share the development of these methods. Since then, the company has become an international leader in technology-driven project delivery. It provides Web-based 3D project collaboration, BIM technology and advanced project delivery services to leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide, allowing customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality and accelerate project cycle times. The company currently maintains a staff of architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists in offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney.

In addition to assisting in the design, engineering and construction of Gehry Partners projects such as Fondation Louis Vuitton, New World Center and Eight Spruce Street, Gehry Technologies has provided services for major projects including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (Diller Scofidio + Renfro); Beijing National Stadium (Herzog & de Meuron); Louvre Abu Dhabi (Ateliers Jean Nouvel); KAUST Solar Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (HOK); Projecto Marina, Mexico City (Juan Pablo Serrano); and One East Island, Hong Kong (Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.).

For more information, visit:

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

DotProductNews. Real-time, handheld 3D capture solutions, for under $5k.

This newsletter landed in my inbox and has some great new examples of the DotProduct DPI-7 in action. DotProduct provides real-time, handheld 3D capture solutions, for under $5k.

“It has been another exciting month here at DotProduct and there is a lot more in store for the fall. Read on to find out about the DPI-7 Extension Pole, 3D scanning the Tesla Model S, our video special withPCWorld, and the DPI-7 product launch at Mass Innovation Nights #66.”

PCWorld and IDG News highlight the DPI-7
DotProduct VP Tom Greaves was able to catch up with Nick Barber from IDG News Service last month and give a full demo of the DPI-7. The discussion highlighted the technology and applications in a variety of markets. For the full video, please click here.

Published on Aug 13, 2014. The DPI-7 handheld scanner from Dot Product has a depth sensing camera similar to a Microsoft Kinect Sensor attached to an Android tablet running the company’s software. Follow reporter Nick Barber on Twitter @nickjb


Access hard-to-reach areas with the DPI-7 Extension Pole
Since the launch of the DPI-7, we have received a lot of requests for extension capability, and are happy to deliver on that request today. With the DPI-7 Extension Pole, users can now access tall ceilings, HVAC, and other hard-to-reach areas, all while maintaining control of the tablet in the hands of the user. The pole extends up to 15 feet (5 meters).

The Extension Pole is available to both new and existing customers. For ordering info please contact


3D Imaging the Tesla Model S

Last month, DotProduct was enlisted by PowerHydrant to scan the Tesla Model S. Within minutes, DotProduct CEO Brian Ahern was able to produce a full 360-degree model, adding to the PowerHydrant point cloud library and furthering the development of their robotic solution for charging electric vehicles. The reward was a post-scan test drive on the highway!


View the full DotProduct Newsletter here.

Don’t just take our word for it. See who else is supporting next weeks BIMBattle.

talkBIM is very pleased to announce the HUGE lineup of sponsors and industry experts who are supporting next weeks inaugural BIMBattle at Deakin, Geelong.

Are you getting involved too? RSVP your place here!  Don’t forget industry and guests are welcome to attend the opening event and the announcements of the competition winners and share in some #BIMbeers!


The Details!

Deakin School of Architecture and Built Environment will host the first BIMBattle 24 hour competition September 12th & 13th. Don’t miss out on your chance to be involved in Deakin’s very first BIMbattle.  

This competition will get you innovating, designing and learning through BIM tools over 24 hours.

Team Requirements
– Teams of 2-4 Deakin Students (teams must have minimum
1 Construction Management and 1 Architecture student)
– Computer able to run Autodesk Building Design Suite. Access to Deakin internet

Design Brief
TOP SECRET. But here is LITTLE a hint whilst learning BIM with your PIERS.

Commences Friday 12 September 6.00 pm
Concludes Saturday 13 September 6.00 pm

Free Registration – prizes to be won! RSVP your place here! 

A&B Studio – Level 4
Deakin Geelong Waterfront

Monday 8th September 2014 RSVP your place here!


The 24 hour agenda.

Friday 12th September.

(Agenda – 5.00pm – 9.00pm Public and industry)

5.00pm – 6.00pm Registration and pre-meeting drinks. Finger food and sponsor products.

6.00pm – 6.15pm Welcome and competition brief. Full brief posted to website at 6pm.

6.15pm – 6.30pm Autodesk sponsor presentation (Education community and student leaders)

6.30pm – 6.45pm PrefabAUS, Architectus – John Sprunt (Geelong)

6.45pm – 7.00pm DesignInc – Rhys, Sally & Cameron (Geelong)

7.00pm – 7.15pm Hickory – Eddie Parlotta (Deakin Uni)

7.15pm – 7.30pm CineFly – Ashley Bent (Geelong)

7.30pm – 7.45pm Offical Opening of the BIMBattle 2014

7.45pm – 8.45pm Networking, BIMbeers and Pizza in Studio & finalise teams.

NOTE: 9.00pmm Architecture Studio closes to non-competitors (guests encouraged to move to The Max)

9.00pm – 10.00pm BIM Intensive: Revit for beginners with DesignInc.

10.00pm – 8.00am BIMinsomnia!!


Saturday 13th September.

(Agenda 8.00am – 6.00pm)

8.00am – 9.00am  #BIMBreakfast

9.00am – 10.30am  Simulation Intensive: Navisworks for beginners (with CM model handover)

10.30am – 12.00pm  CineFly – Ashley Bent (Geelong) – Meet at site for UAV demonstration

12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm Presentation Intensive: Revit rendering and entourage techniques with DesignInc.

2.00pm – 5.00pm Final Q&A

5.00pm UPLOAD & DOWN TOOLS! Celebration! More sponsor products.

5.00pm – 6.00pm Judging via Autodesk 360

6.00pm  Announce winners & closing comments


Sunday 14th September.

All competition entries will be online at Student Education Community and Autodesk 360.

RSVP your place here! 



Automated Room 3D Views by ARUtils

How long would it take you to create all the views for 1000 rooms? With ARUtils the answer is “under an hour”!

This is the promise that appeared in my inbox this evening from ARUtils. A bold claim, but given ARUtils track record, one that wouldn’t be made lightly. So, if Room Data Sheets, Schedules, Plans, Views and Elevations are close to your heart (Healthcare design pun intended), I would recommend checking out the latest from ARUtils below.

100% Australian made.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: AR Software Solutions <>
Date: 2 September 2014 18:39
Subject: Automated 3D and Schedule Views
To: AR Software Solutions <>


It wasn’t that long ago that I announced the Room Data Sheet and Room Views command.

At that time the command allowed you to create all your room plans and elevations with a single button press.

Of course I couldn’t leave it at that.

Automated Room 3D Views:

Let’s face it, BIM for many is about 3D. Conveying what a room contains and looks like is so much easier in 3D.

ARUtils already has commands that make it easy to go to a 3D of a room or selected items however now it can generate all your room 3D views to help explain your design.

By default the 3D view is looking North East. A section box is automatically applied to exactly match the wall faces. This ensures we can see into the room. Of course it would be better if we could see the back walls. And of course you can!


The scope box set to miss the front walls of the room but show the back walls.

An option allows you to create two 3d Views. The second view looks South West.


The same room from the other direction

Automated Room Schedules:

Listing what items are in a room is tackled in many ways by Revit users and non-Revit users. As I explained last time, exporting the information for each room out to tables in Word documents is one way that ARUtils supports. The static nature of this export is not always an acceptable solution.

A seemingly simple approach is to create a single Revit Schedule that groups information by rooms. It does get more complex when you want to put this on a sheet, or more likely multiple sheets. The other downside is that the FFE schedule is not closely related ( i.e. on the same sheet) to the room plan, elevations, and 3D.

Creating a schedule for each room then becomes a possible solution. Doing this manually can become a time consuming task.


ARUtils now lets you create a single “Schedule Template” for a room and then create all the schedules for all the rest of your rooms. All the filtering is altered to do all your rooms.

How long would it take you to create all the views for 1000 rooms? With ARUtils the answer is “under an hour”!


ARUtils –  Room Data and views, part of ARUtils Leader, available for just $600.

How much time do you need to save to get back $800?


Next time:

We now have our room data sheets views; plans, elevations, 3D, schedules. See how we can create the sheets for each room!


Want to try ARUtils?

If you have previously trialled ARUtils and want to try it again, please contact me for an updated license.

For existing customers and trial users you can obtain the latest versions from: 

Until next time, kind regards,


Andreas Ricke – Director



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