Thursday, January 31, 2013

SCRUG Presenters


The re-launch of the SCRUG will only succeed if we have participation by our members. I've heard that the biggest gripe about meetings in the past was “too many vendor presentations”. That means we need our members to step up and be willing to share their own experiences with Revit and BIM. This means you.

I am reaching out to all who signed up for last month’s meeting to make this small commitment to the success of the group. This includes Revit users at Taylor, MVE, LPA, TCA, BLA, Langdon Wilson, GKK, IDAE, AO, AECOM, WHA, DLR, PSA, DLR, Hidey, Danielian, MulvannyG2, Gensler,  and many others. That is a pretty impressive list. And for free-lancers and those between gigs, this is a great way for you to showcase your skills.

Although I have not yet lined up a presenter for the next meeting, I am simply asking all those who are willing to participate in the future to contact me for further discussion.

Thanks in advance.

A. Jay Holland

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January Meeting Report

Thanks to all those who attended the re-inaugural meeting of the SCRUG. Thank also to our Sponsors Kelar Pacific, Microdesk, ProGroup, and U.S. CAD, and our host KTGY Group, Inc.

An Owner's Perspective on BIM

Louis Navarrete, BIM Manager for Brookfield Homes, presented “An Owners Perspective on BIM”. Brookfield is the unequivocal leader among homebuilders who have embraced Building Information Modeling. Louis emphasized the importance of Brookfield's BIM Guidelines as the means to achieve the results that were desired.

Brookfield’s goals and objectives for BIM include 3D perspectives, virtual clash detection, coordination between disciplines, increased productivity, virtual walkthroughs, more efficient design, improved workflow, consistency of their products, and downstream marketing.

The tools used to achieve these goals include Ideate’s BIM Link, Autodesk Quantity Take-Off, Metal Wood Framer (StrucSoft Solutions) and Stadia, an immersive environment for viewing 3D models.

Ideate’s BIM Link allows users to export and import data between Revit and Excel, facilitating the standardization of data required for QTO.

Autodesk QTO allows cost estimators to create synchronized, comprehensive project views that combine important information from BIM tools together with geometry, images, and data from other sources, export to Microsoft® Excel®, and publish to DWF™ format.

StrucSoft MWF is used by Brookfield for cost analysis in the early stages of project development, and is mandated for use by their engineers in the construction document phase.

Stadia Interactive Rendering is a cloud-based application based on gaming-engine algorithms which provides the ability for real-time walk-throughs in the early stages of design.

Brookfield has also developed a custom export utility (with StrucSoft Solutions) that will eventually be made available to the public.

Revit Development at KTGY

Following the featured presentation, yours truly, Jay Holland, presented an overview of several Revit projects completed or underway at KTGY.

Several projects were presented, with emphasis on the methods for managing projects with multiple building models in a single set of documents.


John Stebbins will be instructing a BIM Structural/MEP class (Arch 157) at OCC beginning January 30th. For more info phone John at 714-865-4712 or register at

Nick Kramer’s BUG-IE group is planning a post-AU meeting featuring top presenters from AU 2012. The event will be held in Pomona, live and by video from user groups in Colorado and Arizona.

~Next Meeting~

The next SCRUG meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 21st. Location and topics to be announced.


The SCRUG on LinkedIn has gone global. I have accepted members from around the globe, and our membership now totals more than 500!

To facilitate communication with members in the U.S. Southern California region, I have created the SCRUG Local subgroup.

The purpose of this subgroup is to identify and communicate with members in the Southern California region who will be participating in local user group meetings.

If you are a member of SCRUG on LinkedIn, and reside in the region, please join SCRUG Local.


Welcome to the official blog of the South Coast Revit Users Group. Its purpose is the dissemination of announcements, news, and other items of interest to members of the group.

The South Coast Revit Users Group is the first and foremost Revit user’s group in Southern California. Initiated by well-known BIM strategist Jim Balding nearly a decade ago, we have about 200 active members who meet every month for Revit-related presentations and networking. The history of the group was featured in the premier issue of AUGI-EDGE magazine.

I served as co-chair of the group from 2005 to 2011. Now, after an eighteen month hiatus, I have re-launched the group.

We also have a home page on LinkedIn. Anyone can join to stay informed about meetings and other activities.