In any field, there are those who work primarily for money, and those who work for passion (and many are somewhere in between 🙂 When it comes to architecture, many graduates would say they are inspired by ‘design’ or ‘the environment’. But what about those staff members in a more technical role, perhaps as CAD or BIM operators?

As a CAD Technician / IT Manager at Dimond Architects Pty Ltd, and in a role that is rapidly evolving towards a BIM focus, what motivates and inspires me? Well, I am a very inquisitive person that enjoys learning. I also enjoy the feeling of a ‘job well done’. In that context, I am inspired by accurate, rich and aesthetically pleasing architecture. I am thus motivated to create an electronic, digital version of that architecture that will enhance the building delivery process at every stage.

It really excites me to see some lines on a page become an intelligent, precise, beautiful building model, that can be easily viewed, navigated and altered. The full benefits and amazing uses of this technology are not yet fully explored. I am deeply interested in BIM and where it is heading. I aim to keep in touch with the many facets of building modeling that I encounter here at Dimond Architects.

As a practice, we continually aim to enhance our practice through electronic means. We take regular steps to keep pace with technology, and our Clients are reaping the benefits. One major factor in our current technological advantage has been our adoption of the Revit BIM Platform. I am keen to see where this technology can take Dimond Architects in the future.

One final thought – don’t divorce passion from your career.

I had a persistent crash when ‘tearing an item off’ the Ribbon, so I logged a Support Request.

The following admission from the Autodesk Support Team representative is quite telling:
“So far we have seen some issue with the ribbon performance. The ribbon performance issue has already been logged with the development team and they are trying to address this issue on the web update. “


Well I hope they ‘succeed’ and don’t just ‘try’! The reply from Support also included a number of steps to try and fix the issue – but I think I might just wait for the Web Update.

One interesting tip from the representative was:
“Disable or Reduce Tooltip Assistance
Set “Options”, “General”, “Tooltip Assistance” to “Minimal” or “None” to increase performance.”

Give it a go – see if it revs up your Revit 2010.

Revit 2010 comes with a set of RPC content for your renders. But perhaps you want to make your own RPC content? Well, head over to http://www.archvision.com/ and register.

Then Login, and go to the menu item shown below:

Download and install the RPC Creator, and then enjoy making your own content!Have a look at this link for a getting started guide on using the program.

So, you want to be kept right up to date and be notified when the new Revit 2010 Web Update comes out?

Here’s how:

  1. Go to http://rss-support.autodesk.com/subscription
  2. Tick the boxes for the products you are interested in (for example, I just ticked ‘Revit Architecture’)
  3. You will be presented with the RSS url for the feed that you want – simply add it to your favourite RSS reader.

I am currently using Outlook 2007 to keep track of the all the RSS feeds I am interested in – this way I can easily email interesting information to other staff in the office.Revit wants, no, Revit NEEDS for you to keep it up to date! While your at it, feel free to add my RSS to your reader by the link on the right or by: http://feeds.feedburner.com/WhatRevitWants?format=xml

It is a sad day indeed.

The passing of Michael Jackson might be viewed by some as a time for eloquence and flowery superlatives.

But I recommend that you look inside, at yourself. Remember the feelings that the music of Michael Jackson generated deep in your heart.

Those feelings are more powerful than any words you may read on any blog report on the loss of Michael Jackson.

So, I’m thinking I would like to start getting some more followers.

I really appreciate you 3 guys (my current followers), really I do!

I found a good site at: http://www.contentrobot.com/ways-to-get-your-blog-noticed

I think the tip about making sure your blog gets pinged was great. Go to the following sites to make it happen:
http://www.technorati.com/
http://www.blo.gs/
http://www.weblogs.com/
http://www.pingomatic.com/