Houston Area Revit User Group

a place for discussion of all things Revit

December 11th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on December 10, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the December Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting (SOCIAL)…
Revit Holiday Social

Holiday Social and Show Your Work (Revit projects)!

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than end of day on Monday, December 10th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location:
   Heights Venture Architects LLP
   1111 N. Loop W. Suite 800
   Houston, TX 77008
   (713) 869-1103
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   (Loop 610 North just east of the Northwest Freeway (Hwy. 290) interchange, between Ella Blvd. and N. Shepherd Dr.)

Parking Information
Parking is free! Park only where a space is not marked as reserved. Arrivals after 6:00 pm please sign in at the Security Desk when you arrive, letting them know you will be attending the HARUG meeting.

Experience Level: ALL (beginner/intermediate/advance)

Description:
As the last meeting on the 2012 schedule, this is your chance to present your Revit projects! Come by and see what others have done. As examples, Mike Kravetz has volunteered to show a project done in Revit where some sheets were a combination of Revit and ACAD files, and Sarah Kariv will also be presenting some of her work. Also, we anticipate enough time for Craig Uptmor to talk about the latest information presented at Autodesk University (AU). Hope to see you there.

Key Topics: Revit

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for users of Revit and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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November 13th 2012 Meeting (Tuesday)

Posted by Donald Franklin on November 9, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the November Houston Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Presentations in Revit

Exploring the top 5 presentation techniques in Revit

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, November 12th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location:
   PGAL
   3131 Briarpark, Suite 200
   Houston, Texas 77042
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   (in west Houston, in the Westchase District, 2 blocks east of Beltway 8, between Westheimer Rd. and Richmond Ave.).

Parking: Free !
Security and/or PGAL staff will escort you from the elevator lobby to the 2nd level.

Description:
With the last couple of meetings centered on the technical aspects of Revit (like construction and stairs) it may be worthwhile to bring up the more visual aspects of Revit; especially when it comes to using Revit as a presentation tool. After all, we are trying to communicate Design Intent are we not? Please take a break from your norm and join us in this part 1 of 2: Exploring the top 5 presentation techniques in Revit. We plan to discuss topics from non-photorealistic methods like Ambient Shadows, Exploded Views and 3D Section Perspectives to photo-real capabilities from the built-in mental ray render to the cloud render and interactive panoramic capabilities. To quote a popular song “Tonight’s going to be a good night…” so come live it up with us!

Key Topics: Revit, Presentation, Rendering

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for users of Revit and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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October 10th 2012 Meeting (Wednesday)

Posted by Donald Franklin on October 6, 2012

HARUG Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month.
However, the October meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, October 10th, in order to accommodate our venue.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the October Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Advanced Revit Stairs and Railings

Advanced Stairs and Railings
(including Component Stairs vs. Stairs by Sketch)

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 9th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location:
   The offices of Walter P. Moore
   1301 McKinney Street, Suite 1100
   Houston, Texas 77010
   (713) 630-7434

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   (in the Downtown district, at the corner of McKinney Street and Caroline Street).

Parking Information
Pay parking is available in downtown garages, surface lots, and along some streets for a fee.

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Description:
With the advent of component stairs in Revit 2013, many have not had the chance to use or fully understand them when compared to the traditional methods of sketch-based stairs. Join us and David Baldacchino, local Revit stair expert and BIM Manager for HOK’s South-Central region, as we explore all that these new tools for vertical circulation has to offer. Speaking of stairs, the meeting will be held at the Walter P. Moore office (thanks to Joe Fong for setting this up), home of the infamous “floating” stair. What better way than to have a show and tell session in such an inspiring locale?
Space is limited so please RSVP today!

Key Topics: Revit, Stairs, Railings

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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September 11th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on September 7, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the September Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Revit in Construction

Revit in Construction

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, September 10th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location:
   McCarthy Building Companies (Houston office)
   8 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1010
   Houston, TX 77046
   (713) 963-9790
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   (in the Greenway Plaza / Upper Kirby district, on Richmond Avenue between Edloe Street and Timmons Lane).

Parking Information
Parking is free.

Experience Level:   ALL (beginner/intermediate/advance)

Description:
Connor Christian, BIM Manager for McCarthy Building Companies Texas Region, will be presenting on how they use Revit to create shop level models of their self-perform concrete placement. See how Revit can be leveraged beyond design to increase coordination, quality, and productivity during the construction phase. Also see how Revit models can have built-in points to control layout and better manage quality control when used in conjunction with Robotic Total Stations.

Key Topics: Revit, Construction

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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August 14th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on August 11, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the August Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Exploring Conceptual Design with Revit Architecture

Exploring Conceptual Design with Revit Architecture

(and a bonus discussion on Residential Design)

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, August 13th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location: 
   Morris Architects
   1001 Fannin Street, Suite 300
   Houston, TX 77002
   (713) 622-1180
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   (in downtown Houston, at corner of Lamar and Fannin streets).

Parking Information
Parking is available in downtown garages and surface lots for a fee.

Description:
Most Revit users are familiar with Revit’s tools such as walls, doors and windows. However, when it comes to starting a project from the ground up, there are many methods that may be employed. Some begin a project by just drawing walls. Some use Mass elements and even Detail Lines. There are definitely endless possibilities when it comes to using Revit to aid in the design process. Join us for a discussion on all of these methods, contribute your own workflows or just find out what others are doing. Time permitting, we may have a discussion on using Revit for single and multi-family residential projects.

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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July 10th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on June 29, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/
Sustainability Tools for BIM
This month, the Houston-Area Revit User Group (HARUG) and the Houston Chapter of International Building Performance & Simulation Association (IBPSA-USA) together present:

Sustainability Tools for Building Information Modeling (BIM)

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:30 pm

Please RSVP by replying to KapilU@kirksey.com, no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, July 9th so there can be an accurate count for food. IES will be graciously sponsoring the food and refreshments!

Location:
  Kirksey Architecture
  6909 Portwest Drive
  Houston, TX 77024

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   (near the intersection of I-10 West (Katy Freeway) and Loop 610 West, accessed via the Old Katy Road).

Parking Information
FREE in adjacent parking lot.

Description:
Please join us as we welcome Nathan Kegel of IES as he will be introducing attendees to various simulation capabilities available in the latest version of IES software, the accepted solution for LEED Energy, Daylight, Comfort, Water, and Ventilation Credits by the USGBC. Time permitting, sustainability options within Revit and Autodesk 360 will be discussed (along with the future of Ecotect).

This workshop will provide architects, engineers, sustainability consultants and academia with an overview of both early-stage and detailed analysis capabilities within the IESsoftware, many of which are applicable to various LEED rating systems including ASHRAE 90.1 PRM (Appendix G).

Other capabilities include importing 3D model buildings from Google SketchUp and Revit; Climate and Solar analysis; Lamp/luminaire selection and Artificial Lighting Design & Analysis; Day lighting Analysis including both Radiosity (LEED IEQc8.1) and Radiance ray-tracing methodologies; Daylight harvesting implementation for energy savings; Glare Analysis; Occupancy Comfort (LEED IEQc7.1); and Renewable Energy Technologies Analysis (LEED EAc2, EAc6).

Nathan has over 10 years of HVAC design experience and building modelling experience. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is active in a host of sustainability organizations including ASHRAE, USGBC, and IBPSA. He has recently been asked to serve on the board of directors for gbxml.org and is the co-founder of the IBPSA Twin Cities chapter. Nathan is familiar with many modelling tools including Trane TRACE, Carrier HAP, eQuest, and IES. In his current role, he provides training, support and consulting to customers across North America.

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in presenting on a topic or hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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June 12th 2012 – HARUG Social

Posted by Donald Franklin on June 8, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the June Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Social Event at 'The Capitol at St. Germain' - Downtown Houston

Social Event at ‘The Capitol at St. Germain’, Downtown Houston

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm until ???

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org as soon as possible.

Location:
  The Capitol at St. Germain
  705 Main Street, Suite B (entrance is on Capitol Street)
  Houston, TX 77002
  (713) 492-2454
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   (in downtown Houston, at the corner of Capitol St. and Main St.).

Parking Information
Public parking lots/garages are available within a block or two from the restaurant. Parking fees may vary.

Description:
Don’t try to search for the Capitol Grill since ‘Google’ will incorrectly take you to ‘Capital Grille’ restaurant (on Westheimer) which is where we will NOT be. The venue for our social is brand new and located in downtown Houston at the corner of Capitol St. and Main St. (formerly the Zula Restaurant and Lounge).
There will be other events going on downstairs however we will be in the Mezzanine area. With a slideshow of previous topics, we will celebrate the best of the Houston Area Revit Users Group along with appetizers and drinks, not to mention the importance of networking with your peers. There’s definitely not enough seating for this (we calculated 30 to 35 seats) so please RSVP early! For more information about the venue: http://www.thecapitolhouston.com

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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May 8th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on May 3, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the May 2012 Houston Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Cross Discipline Coordination with Revit

Cross Discipline Coordination with Revit

Link to the presentation:
2012-05-08 – HARUG – Cross Discipline Coordination using Revit – Presentation (pdf)

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, May 7th so there can be an accurate count for food. We appreciate Total CAD Systems, Inc. generously providing pizza and refreshments!

Location:
  Smith Seckman Reid (SSR) Houston Office
3700 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. South, Suite 200,
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 784-8211
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   (in the Westchase District of west Houston, fronting Beltway 8 (W. Sam Houston Parkway S.), between Richmond Ave. and Westpark Dr.).

Parking Information
FREE in adjacent parking garage.

Presenter:  
David Roberts, BIM Coordinator at SSR

Description:
David Roberts, BIM Coordinator for SSR for over 5 years and no stranger to the Houston Area Revit Users Group, has been an extensive part of the Revit arena and is happy to share his knowledge with the industry. In 2009, David presented his version of “What Engineers need from Architects” and it was well received. Join us as David enlightens us with an updated presentation on project collaboration with Revit between various disciplines, as well as the need for visualization from an engineering perspective.

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HARUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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April 10th 2012 Meeting

Posted by Donald Franklin on April 6, 2012

HARUG Meetings are now held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at the April Houston-Area Revit Users Group Meeting…
Project Management using Revit

Project Management using Revit

Link to the presentation:
2012-04-10 – HARUG – Top 10 Revit Tools for Project Management and Panel Discussion – Presentation (pdf)

When: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please RSVP by replying to rsvp@harug.org, no later than 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10th so there can be an accurate count for food. As usual, Total CAD Systems, Inc. will generously provide pizza and refreshments!

Location:
   AIA Architecture Center Houston
   315 Capitol, Suite 120 (meeting space is on the Ground Floor)
   Houston, Texas 77002
   (713) 520-0155
   AIA Map  | Google Map  |  Bing Map  |  MapQuest Map
   (in downtown Houston, at corner of Bagby and Capitol streets, in Phase II of the Bayou Place).

Parking Information
Parking is available in downtown garages and surface lots for a fee.

Presenters:  
Dat Lien / Total CAD Systems, Inc.
Donald Franklin / WHR Architects, Inc.
Steve Wilkerson / Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.

Description:
Please join us for a panel discussion on Project Management experiences with projects implemented using Revit. Time permitting, we will also discuss a “Top 10” list of Revit Tips for Project Managers. Bring your own Revit management tips or tricks to share with the group!

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HRUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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HARUG 2012 Proposed Schedule of Events

Posted by Donald Franklin on March 13, 2012

Meeting on the second Tuesday of each Month.
Find more information about the Houston-Area Revit Users Group on our website: http://www.harug.org/

Please make plans to join us at one of the upcoming Houston-Area Revit Users Group events …
HARUG 2012 Schedule

HARUG 2012 Proposed Schedule of Events

(Tentative locations in parenthesis)

January – HARUG officers planning meeting (HOK)
February – Revit Families – Overview and Basics (PGAL)

March – Revit Family Creation: Hands-on (WHR)
April – Project Management using Revit (AIA)

May – Cross Discipline Coordination with Revit (SSR)
June – Social (The Capitol at St. Germain’s, downtown)

July – Sustainability Tools for Building Information Modeling (Kirksey)
August – Exploring Conceptual Design with Revit Architecture (Morris)

September – Revit in Construction (McCarthy)
October – Advanced Stairs & Vertical Circulation (WPM)

November – Exploring the top 5 presentation techniques in Revit (PGAL)
December – Holiday Social and Show Your Work (Heights Venture Architects)

Be part of a local community of Revit and BIM application users from beginners to experts. Get the most out of your software with access to our knowledge network. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM related tools.

HRUG welcomes a change of scenery. If you’re interested in hosting a user group meeting at your office/locale, please send an email to rsvp@harug.org.

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