After a 10 year association with Dimond Architects, I have decided to move to Adelaide and seek out new opportunities.

We part on very good terms, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Directors, Ian and Sharyn Dimond, for their awesome support over the past decade.  I wish them all the best and hope that Dimond Architects continues to encourage professional development and forward thinking – an ethos that has allowed What Revit Wants to become what it is today.

I am currently looking at a couple of different employment options, and I will keep you posted as to where I end up.  Feel free to contact me if you know of any potential vacancies in Adelaide that would suit a BIM / Revit / IT guy such as myself 🙂

I previously posted about CADtoEarth at:

Although some people have struggled to implement it or understand how it works, I still like it as a quick way to import Google Earth topography as site context.  The new version is on Exchange at:


via email:
We, at AMC Bridge LLC, are excited to announce availability of new version of CADtoEarth for Revit the application that allows for seamless integration between Revit and Google Earth.

The CADtoEarth 2.0 add-in now allows users to create personal accounts on the CADtoEarth web application and provides individual control over the visibility of uploaded data.

We continue improving our applications, so please, dont hesitate to contact us at if you encounter any problems with the new version, or have any enhancement requests.

How to use

  1. Download and install the latest, free Google Earth applicationExternal link icon. Existing Google Earth users should ensure they have updated to the latest version (version 7.0.2 or newer).
  2. Save the qldglobe.kml file to your computer and double click on the file.

Some notes:
The default imagery used in Queensland Globe is the best available to the Queensland Government that can be released for public viewing.

All layers have been pre-set to only display between certain scales, i.e. more detailed layers will only display at larger scales (you may need to zoom in to see them).

new mapping images showing the entrance to the Clem-7 tunnel at Bowen Hills

High resolution aerial photography flown between August and December 2012 has recently been added for Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton, Mackay, Redlands and the Sunshine Coast.

Main page:

Recent post by Jay Holland demonstrates the methodology they adopted to create the Revit model for a multilevel residential project.  As it had lots of repeatable elements, its interesting to hear how Massing and Groups were used to limit the impact of changes and reduce rework.

Image from BIM Aficionado

Read the whole article:
BIM Aficionado: The End to CADdiction?

I have many times posted about the work of Jon Mirtschin / Geometry Gym (here for example).

Along similar lines, check out this project:

With Mario Guttman involved, it must be taken seriously…


Glenn Jowett posted some insight into BIM standards development in New Zealand:
Natspec have been commissioned to author the NZ BIM Handbook
The aim is to create a guide that will clarify BIM (on a national level) for all project stakeholders.

The Australian National BIM Guide produced by Natspec will be used as a starting point this decision was made after reviewing a number of countries BIM Handbooks, the Australian one seemed to be the most comprehensive and didn’t have hundreds of pages like some of the others.

(insert joke about NZ copying Australia here… 🙂

Read the whole post:

via Email:
It seems that the Revit Journal Cleaner 2013 stopped working as soon as Revit 2014 was installed a the computer.
I update the Revit Journal Cleaner to now support 2014 (and lower).
Download link:
It does not remove/update the 2013 version, so the user will need to remove this one manually.

Kind regards,
Dante van Wettum

I previously posted about this tool back in January 2013:
Free Revit Journal file Cleaner tool from Dante van Wettum

It is an interesting add-in for Revit that can import point data into the conceptual environment.  It was written to “narrow the gap between computational concept design, terrestrial laser scanning and Building Information Modeling.”


Download page
Version 2.1 has just been released (25 May 2013)

Introductory page

Some info:
GreenSpider conveniently parses ASCII text files representing 3D vertexes, whether generated by computational modeling software or terrestrial laser scanning equipment.

Once installed through this installer package on Windows-based pc’s, GreenSpider 2.1 can be accessed in Revit mass modeling environment.

GSpoints and GScurves. The first one simply imports vertex point cloud as reference points in mass modeling environment, while the second traces a spline interpolation among imported points sorted through a TSP process, in order to build surfaces after recursive .GSP imports.

Decimated laser scanner point clouds are imported this way in Revit as many times as needed (using a reset function every time in Translator module), and generated curves can be used to originate surfaces very close to their real geometry.

GreenSpider – The Autodesk Revit point clouds plugin – TC Project