Interesting Twitter exchange between Ian Keough (father of Dynamo) and Aaron Maller (Malleristic Revitation):

I’m beginning to think that any BIM data stored locally is a dumb idea. Anything you want to share should just live in the cloud.

@ikeough Its a cute vision, except for all of the people who need data without cloud access. Many jobsites dont have access.

@Twiceroadsfool You have a cell phone? That’s cloud access.

@ikeough Are we talking about every person on a jobsite using their personal cell phones? Or assuming every job can afford a 3g ipad?

@ikeough Im a fan of the cloud, dont get me wrong. But im responsible for real jobs that wont have access.

@Twiceroadsfool Actually I was talking about sitting at your machine working on a Revit or a Navisworks models.

@ikeough I dont see a good enough ROI in the models in the cloud, unless the site can access. Too much hassle, not enough reward. JM2C. 🙂

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Just in case you missed this – Autodesk has picked up the previous work of Mr Keough on Dynamo and provided a Labs plugin for Vasari!

Dynamo for Vasari
Build parametric functionality on top of Vasari with a graphical user interface. Autodesk has extended the open source effort of Ian Keough by adding some additional nodes and packaging it in an installer for Vasari to make it easier to get up and running. The download also includes some sample workflows.
// Download
// Wiki help

Two New Free Addins available for Project Vasari – It is Alive in the Lab

More from Wiki help below:
Autodesk has extended the open source effort by adding some additional nodes and packaged it in an installer for Vasari to make it easier to get up and running. We have also provided some sample workflows which you can find below…


  1. Download the zip file from the Labs site.
  2. Run Vasari_2-1_WIP_Dynamo_Add-In.exe
  3. Keep the option to also install Vasari_2-1_WIP_Solar_Radiation_Add-In.exe
  4. Launch Project Vasari

Getting Started

  1. Launch Dynamo.
    Click Add-Ins tab>Visual Programming panel>Dynamo.
  2. Follow the sample workflows below for instructions on use.

This previous post on using a Microsoft Kinect in Revit generated quite a bit of interest. Do you want to get more involved with Dynamo?  Quote:

… go to the Dynamo site on gitHub, download the source or the executeables and open an issue if there’s a feature you’d like to see implemented. I’m in the process of putting together a tutorial for how to create your own nodes. In the meantime, if you’re a developer and you want to take a crack at coding your own components for Dynamo drop me an email, and I’d be happy to help you get up and running.

This is the software you’ve been waiting for… (Ian Keogh)

From the gitHub page:
Dynamo: Visual Programming for Revit
This project was started by Ian Keough. The intent of this project is to provide a code playground for building interesting parametric functionality on top of that already offered by Revit, and to do so with a graphical interface that allows you to share your work with others less inclined to write code themselves.