If you are suffering “Autodesk University Excitement Fade”, maybe my tweets about the AU Extension in Australia might help get you back in the mood for learnin’…

Here it is – my little collection of AU2012 goodies.  Images, videos, cool quotes (and don’t forget the tweets!) – everything from the last couple of weeks that I thought was worth posting is here.  Enjoy!

To open up to as large an audience as possible, there’s no NDA – Autodesk Labs is wide-open to the public
#AU2012 Why Autodesk has a Labs – It is Alive in the Lab

AU Virtual 2012
Most of my experience with AU2012 was either through Virtual or Twitter.  Having viewed a few sessions, here are some things I found interesting:
The Reality of the Cloud – “you can’t protect what you don’t have line of sight” to

Class catalog preview at:

And if you want to try downloading some videos from AU Virtual (scroll down to EDIT2):
How to download videos from AU2012 and AUTV without a download link ( RTMP FLV from ooyala )

Everyone is a designer

Revit Multi-touch

Class Ratings by #ukbimcrew

Revit 2014 features discussed
I also attended the AEC Futures session today to give us a preview of what’s coming in Revit 2014. Unfortunately we are under NDA for that, so I’ll not be giving anything away. I eagerly await the forthcoming release.
AU Wrap Up

Fusion 360
Looks interesting… some more info at:
BIMopedia Online – Benjamin Malone
Models can be uploaded from Revit, Rhino, ArchiCAD you name it – with synchornised results far more accurate than what we are acheiving at the moment. We have been promised a fully interoperable and extremely accurate product to product exchange. Sounds very exciting, and about time too. This promises to be the first truly open BIM platform…

Riverbed bug
Well to my surprise I get a email from one of my Revit users asking why objects are not showing up!
Didn’t think this would happen with Revit! (how naive!).
So we will now evaluate a new pdf driver!
Anyone else ever had this issue with pdf’s?

We are testing a couple projects using Revit Server and have had a couple error messages stating that “This Operation could not be Completed”, after asking around at AU I found out that there appears to be a known issue between Riverbed and Revit Server (wish I had known about it earlier…). anyway apparently the guys at Riverbed are working on a solution, in the mean time I have to look for a work around!
The Revit Jedi: AU and Known and Unknow Issues.

Autodesk Expert Elite program launched at AU
AutodeskCare, Many are called, but few are chosen. Have you met…

Autodesk – Autodesk Expert Elite

Autodesk Expert Elite Terms of Service


Aaron Maller @Twiceroadsfool
@lukeyjohnson @62TV175 @BigBadBIM @RobertYori @lonniecumpton
I have a 1.2GB file, runs on 8GB. Have a 200mb file that requires 12GB.

Jason Rostar @jrostar
Note: Students are dirt cheap existing condition modelers via @BrianSkripac

aaronmaller.com/BeckFiles/AU20…CM-2593, going Mobile with Revit Server- Handout
 Retweeted by Luke Johnson



aaronmaller.com/BeckFiles/AU20…FM2589 Handout (tomorrow, 130, Point Cloud to FM class)
 Retweeted by Luke Johnson

I’m sure many of you are very experienced Photoshop users, so I won’t bore you with too much detail.  There are just two things I wanted to mention:

  1. If you have a photo that was taken in less-than-perfect light, try the Image – Adjustments – Shadow/Highlight tool.  Some experimentation with this adjustment can yield very good results.
  2. One principle of Architectural Photography is that of Straight Verticals.  If you have an image that has warped verticals due to perspective, you can use the Filter – Distort – Lens Correction tool in Photoshop.

Here is an example:

Original Photograph
Adjusted Shadow / Highlight and Lens Correction

For more photography and composition principles, check out AB4061 Is That a Photograph? Architectural Photography for 3D Rendering

Most of you know who Paul Aubin is. You can download his Autodesk University Datasets, Papers, Epub files and Videos all at this link:

Autodesk University | Paul F. Aubin

This was Paul’s teaching schedule at AU2011:

Tuesday, November 29
MP4483 – Ask the Experts, Autodesk® Revit® MEP (Panel Discussion)

Wednesday, November 30
MP4636 – Ask the Experts, AutoCAD® MEP (Panel Discussion)
AB3744 – Detailing in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture (Lecture)
AB3737-L – Autodesk® Revit® Families: A Step-by-Step Introduction (Hands-on Lab)

Thursday, December 1
AB3733 – The Autodesk® Revit® Theory of Relativity: Understanding Shared Coordinates (Lecture)
The Autodesk® Revit® Worksets Workshop (Hands-on Lab, Co-Presenting with Matt Dillon)
AB3737-L – Autodesk® Revit® Families: A Step-by-Step Introduction (Hands-on Lab, Repeat)

I recently viewed the class 45 Autodesk® Revit® Tips in 45 Minutes (Smith, Chad) on AU Virtual.  It was an excellent class.  Here are two things that I learnt:

You can Tab BETWEEN elements – in other words, select one wall in a chain of walls, then highlight another wall in the chain and press Tab.  Only those walls in-between the two will be selected!

Pre-select when Filtering – before making a Filter, select an element first.  Then go View – Filters – click on the ‘New Filter’ icon.  The Category of the element that you select is automatically pre-selected for the new Filter!