RTC Europe 2016

Another year and another amazing event!

No constant “babbling” or “droning on” at this event – just Autodesk Revit, relevant software, workflows, tips, tricks and hands-on Lab sessions from some of the best speakers in the business.


General Highlights:

Next Year RTCEU will evolve into BiLT (Buildings, Infrastructure, Life-cycle supported by Technology)

The RTC event series, formerly known as the Revit Technology Conference is no more. Instead, as a better reflection of the event itself and the needs of the industry, this cornerstone event will be known as BiLT.


For more info click here: http://www.rtcevents.com/bilt/


Follow the RTC Events Community on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2853075



The website where you can highlight Revit issues or request new features for future releases. http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-ideas/idb-p/302/tab/most-recent

If anyone does submit anything, please let the rest of your team know, as the amount of votes determine the priority.



If you touch Autodesk Revit in any way you need to know about Dynamo! So many sessions had Dynamo included into the workflow.


For Dynamo Training click here: http://www.excitech.co.uk/Services/Training/Training-Courses/Dynamo-Fundamentals-for-Autodesk-Revit


Bluebeam Revu – PDF Markup

The company specializes in designing tools for creating, editing, marking up, collaborating and sharing PDF documents. Their main product is Bluebeam Revu, an alternative to Adobe Acrobat. http://www.bluebeam.com/uk/


For a quick little overview video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFgZACzGx74


Need some BIM work done to a high quality standard? Running out of time or resources? Outsource to Atlas

Atlas is a leading provider of documentation and project delivery services to architectural, engineering and construction professionals. http://www.atlasindustries.com/



If you can get on this man’s sessions – do it! Even if it’s a bit off-topic to your application…

Marcello Sgambelluri is very good!


Twitter: @marcellosgamb, email: marcellojs@hotmail.com, blogsite: http://therevitcomplex.blogspot.co.uk/

Some Sessions & Highlights: 

An Illusion of Knowledge | Re-Creating Learning and Teaching Techniques in AEC – Jay Zallan

“Those who think they know never learn”

“I don’t know” is not a bad answer; it’s the greatest starting point”

Dunning-Kruger effect – The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is.


LAB: Supercharged Railings – Kevin Fielding

 How to create complex railing systems suitable for real life commercial projects that are flexible, and as interchangeable as curtain walls panels.


LAB: Modular Door Families -Take a Test Drive – Andrew Milburn

 There are many different approaches to making doors and even more different types of door to represent. How do we keep things simple but flexible; user friendly but powerful?

 See his blog here: http://grevity.blogspot.co.uk/



LAB: Detail like a Super Hero! Using SelfDetailing Components to Maximise Efficiency – Paul Woddy (White Frog)

 One of the best sessions this year!

Most  Revit  users  know  how  to  build  families  to  some  extent,  but  many  think  that advanced family creation means learning how to make more complex objects or more technically difficult geometry. You may have built parametric 2D and 3D components and may have even created a really good detail library to speed up the BIM process, but have you made full use of Revit intelligence?


LAB: Shared Nested Objects, Make Your Model Light, Efficient and Easy to Edit – Joe Banks

Using Shared nested objects can be tricky, but with this class you will leave confident that you can create and manage these families whilst saving time, file size and allowing less skilled users to create the content they need. Ultimately you will have a simpler more powerful library.


Grevit – Let Grasshopper or SketchUp Drive Revit – Maximilian Thumfart (coolest name ever!)

See his blog here: http://moethu.github.io/Grevit/


What is Grevit? Grevit allows you to create Revit or AutoCAD Architectural BIM Models directly in Grasshopper or SketchUp easily.


Super Cutting Edge Revit Structural Modelling Techniques Using The Structural Analytical Model and Other Methods – Marcello Sgambelluri

 This lab covered how to leverage the power of the modelling tools available in the massing and adaptive environments as well as the tools in the analytical model and even in Dynamo to help you model structure in Revit.

 Very exciting and energetic session! Definitely get on one of Mercello’s sessions!

 See his blog here: http://therevitcomplex.blogspot.co.uk/



Another amazing event with amazing people!

How to create a Revit Topo Surface using SketchUp terrain.

The key thing to remember here is to import a .dwg file into Revit. Use SkecthUp Pro to export as a .dwg or convert your .skp file using another software package.

Here are some useful videos:

BuildingTopos From Sketchup to Revit: Click here!

Import 3D Site Topo Surface From Sketchup: Click here!

Terrain model in SketchUp
Imported .dwg inside Revit
Toposurface created from Import



IFC – Industry Foundation Classes

The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors.

What do design teams use IFC for, IFC files too big, information loss, Problems with georeferencing etc.

Here is a link to some very useful FAQ.  Click here!