Thursday, 19 May 2011

RTC - Revit Top Cat

The seventh Revit Technology Conference takes place next week, on the Gold Coast, Australia. (I know, there could be worse places to spend 3 days learning about Revit & BIM, right?).

In the lead up to the show, KS has been working with the RTC Committee to arrange a fun contest, for users to demonstrate their Revit credentials, flex their modelling muscles - and prove beyond doubt who is the top player in town.

In fact (using a play on words from AUGI's well established 'Top-Daug' AutoCAD quiz format) we're calling this year's contest - Revit Top Cat (RTC, geddit? :) ).

Here's how it will all go down..

On Thursday and Friday, there will be 6 PC's set up with copies of RAC, RST and RMEP 2011.  Users will have 10 minutes (12 mins for MEP) to answer 14 questions about their chosen Revit discipline.

The winners from each stream, on both days, will qualify for Saturday's Grand Final.  (Here's where we really separate the Revit men/women from the boys/girls!).  In short, best score combined with fastest time wins each heat.

On Saturday, we'll have our 6 finalists lined up to take the new Revit Project Process test.  (NB This is the first of our new 'level 3' modules - and it's not for the faint hearted!  In beta testing, we had more than one Revit veteran literally run screaming from the room whilst taking this test.  Well, OK, not really, but it is a challenge!).

So, the Grand Final.  10 questions in 12 minutes - and the new Revit Top Cat will be crowned.

As well as some cash prizes for the finalists - the overall winner will have the kudos of being recognised as the most renowned Reviteer on the planet! (Or at least the Gold Coast!).

So, do you have what it takes to be the RTC AU - Revit Top Cat??

See you at the show..


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Nightingale & Evolve case study

When I speak to firms about measuring and improving CAD & BIM performance, there are a number of factors which come into play.  The fact is that it takes a lot of hard work, management focus, commitment, the right tools, strong technical leadership and reliable consulting advice - to bring it all together.

One such example is the work being undertaken by the team at Evolve ( - a leading UK BIM consultancy - and healthcare specialists Nightingale Associates, under the technical leadership of Chris Seymour-Smith.

Take a look at the full story here:

Over a two year period, the firm improved overall accuracy by 21%, with nearly half of their Architects posting above average or excellent scores.  Further, over 40% of their users raised their game individually, by 25% or greater.  That's a remarkable achievement!


Thursday, 5 May 2011

KS sponsors RTC AU

KnowledgeSmart has signed as a sponsor of the seventh Revit Technology Conference, which takes place later this month, on Australia's Gold Coast.

This will be our second trip down under, to support this event.  It's a great conference, covering all things Revit and BIM, run independently of, but with full endorsement from, Autodesk.

The conference has been growing steadily in size and stature, over the past six years, to the point that this year also sees the inaugural RTC USA later in the summer.

Many of the industry's top Revit trainers and authors make the trip, to present classes and workshops, including, Paul Aubin, Robert Manna, David Harrington, Chris Price, Simon Whitbread and Phil Read.

KnowledgeSmart will be showing the latest web based skills assessment tools, for Revit and a range of other CAD, BIM and Engineering software titles.

Full details can be found here: