Successful PIR Sales Outdoor Product Fair \ AIA-CES Education Event

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 14, 2016 1:50:53 PM

We extend our thanks & congratulations to Bradley Sales & Service Rep Agency, PIR Sales (Phoenix, AZ) for their successful outdoor Product Fair & AIA Education Day: 'The Event in AZ'

Our thanks to the several hundred architects, engineers, contractors, facility owners, professional associations and government representatives that attended throughout the day.

The outdoor Product Fair featured product manufacturers whose products PIR Sales' sells and services throughout the great State of Arizona.

Four (4) 1-Hour AIA-CES educational sessions were provided inside PIR Sales corporate facility from from 11:30-5:00 during the event.

Bradley was honored to provide staff, a BradVan mobile showroom, 2 booths and a BIM-Revit AIA-CES class to complement PIR Sales'; 'The Event in AZ'.

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35 Bradley Washfountain Revit Family Models - Early Bradley Innovation

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 10, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Bradley Corporation pioneered and patented the washfountain concept-design in 1919.

After more than 90 years, the washfountain remains a Bradley signature product that features a variety sizes, shapes, materials and innovative electronic water saving controls.

View Washfountain Blog Article: Washfountains | What is the application?

Excerpt: Every day, we get calls from architects and engineers asking for help in deciding what washfountain to use for their project. My first question to them is always, “Where is the product going to be used, and what is the application?” Very often they haven’t really thought about the application. Factors like appearance, space available, ADA compliance, and water conservation are given more consideration than how the fixture will be used. While these other factors are important, the product specified has to consider the user.

Bradley Washfountain Revit Family Models

The Bradley Revit Family Library features 35 washfountain Revit family models.

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Revit Cloud - Infinite Computing Delivers 5x Faster Rendering Times

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 7, 2016 9:15:00 AM

A core strategic advantage to Revit Cloud computing is simple; it's called 'Infinite Computing'.

From your local Revit software, you access the raw power of computing equipment; that has both processing and memory resources; that you can't buy for your desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

I processed this rendered image in 9 minutes (Best\Final Quality, 31 Artificial light sources) using the 'Infinite Computing' power of Autodesk 360.

--- Revit Cloud Potential | 5 Game-Changing Processes ---

In 45-minutes, I processed six rendered views (from a 120MB project) including one panoramic-JPG (360 view) that displays an animated, rendered view of the entire locker room.

Previously, it took 45-minutes to process one rendering from this view; using a workstation quality laptop with 16GB of RAM, 64-bit OS & Revit.

--- 5 Revit Presentation Tips | Architect Steven Shell ---

The Autodesk 360 rendering dashboard, features several image editing and 'Re-render' tools; to modify the initial rendered image\view.

Designers are always seeking better and faster visual tools; to confirm their clients' approval of their proposed design options.

Revit Cloud-based rendering 'levels the playing field' for sole-proprietorships, smaller staffed studios & design firms. They can create more design options, more quickly for their clients' approval; while greatly minimizing their time + labor costs.

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Bradley BIM-Revit AIA-CES\RCEP Class | Wed Oct 12 | Phoenix AZ

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 5, 2016 4:59:43 PM

Bradley BIM is launching a new AIA-CES \ RCEP Accredited BIM Class in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday October 12, 2016 for our Bradley sales partner, PIR Sales, Chandler AZ.


Join Us for this FREE Event!

Food Catered

Network with Industry Leaders

Manufacture Showcase

Skilled Activities

CEU Accredited  Presentations

Product Knowledge

Functional Product Displays

Prize Raffles


The Event in AZ Event Page has a CEU Registration Email to register for any of the for the four (4) CEU classes that will be given throughout the day.

Bradley's AIA-CES class is also registered with the Registered Continued Education Program (RECP).The class offers Professional Development Hour(s) (PDH) to RECP Members.

Registered Continued Education Program (RECP) |

The Event in AZ | CEU Class Schedule


Digital vs Thermostatic mixing valves


The impact of plumbing on bathroom design


BIM Execution Plans: Steps to Achieving Revit  Level-Of-Development (LOD) Goals


Understanding hot water, energy use and  System efficiencies in high use facilities


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Revit - AutoCAD Software Licensing Models | Reducing Cost of Ownership

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Sep 29, 2016 8:29:00 AM

Autodesk | Perpetual Licensing Explained and Defined

Updated 2016-09-29: Revit 2016 and AutoCAD 2016 will be the last versions offered with Perpetual Licensing for Stand-Alone Desktop Software.

Revit 2016 New Features

Videos-Downloads-System Requirements

Autodesk Software Licensing for standalone desktop software will transition from perpetual licensing to desktop subscription licensing on February 1, 2016.

Perpetual Licensing for Autodesk Suites Licenses Will Remain Available After February 2016.

February 1, 2016, marks the end of “perpetual licenses for standalone desktop products,” clarified Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk Senior VP. “The suites [such as Building Design Suite, Product Design Suite, Entertainment Creation Suite] will continue to be available as standalone desktop products for some time, but that won’t last forever.”

Customers with perpetual licenses purchased prior to the cutoff date can continue to use their products with support from Autodesk. If these customers are on maintenance contract, Autodesk is expected to keep their perpetual desktop titles current with updates.

Robert Green's February 2015 article; How Will You Buy CAD Software in 2016? -- defines the terms of what licenses will be affected on February 1, 2016.

Defining License Terms and Costs

Perpetual License: A software license you own that runs with no time limits. A perpetual license for one seat of standalone AutoCAD 2015 is $4,195.

Maintenance Subscription: An annual maintenance contract that you can purchase with a perpetual license to keep the software up to date. Maintenance Subscription for AutoCAD is $545 per year.

Desktop Subscription: An annual or monthly rental contract that entitles you to run the latest version of the software. At the end of the rental period, if you don't renew, the software stops working. Desktop Subscription for AutoCAD is $1,680 per year or $210 per month. View Robert's complete article with sample cost structures.

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Revit - AutoCAD Software Rental Licensing | 3 Financial Advantages

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Sep 27, 2016 9:48:00 AM

Three Winning Advantages of BIM Software Rental Licensing

My April article highlights three financial situations; where current BIM-CAD software licensing; became an extreme financial liability. It recently affected hundreds of firms and thousands of design, engineering and construction professionals.

BIM and CAD software licensing has been transitioning toward subscription-only programs. These programs are best described as pay-as-you-go, software rental, subscription or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) programs.

In 2016, Autodesk Subscription Licensing Programs begin a major transition to BIM-CAD software rental or pay-as-you-go licensing programs. As new licensing is incrementally rolled out, this model will eventually become the standard software delivery-access process for design professionals.

If Revit-AutoCAD software rental licensing had been available prior to 2009 --the financial and employment impact on the AECO market would have been different.

These 3 perpetual license situations affected hundreds of my clients, colleagues and my career.

  1. Firms Had More Revit \ BIM Software Licenses Than Employed Staff

  2. Firms Assumed Long-term License Costs (Ownership) for Short-Term Team Projects

  3. Firms' Revit \ BIM Software Start-Up Costs and ROI Payback Time Were Painfully Long

After I highlight the affects of perpetual licensing of these 3 situations, I review how the availability of Rental \ Subscription Licensing could have avoided the financial chaos:

Three Winning Advantages of BIM Software Rental Licensing

Daniel Hughes April BIM Article for


Autodesk Licensing Over 30 Years - It's Time for a Transition

My first PC CAD software license was AutoCAD 1.x (1984) and my first BIM software license was Revit 4.0 (2002) The AutoCAD software was a perpetual license but the Revit license was an annual subscription (rental) license.

The AutoCAD perpetual license worked 24\7\365 --and allowed us to choose when or if we upgraded to the next software version. The Revit subscription (rental) license worked for 12 months and then required payment to run for another 12 months.

There was the infamous AutoCAD 2.5x software license; that included a hardware lock (licensing) device. The device connected to the computer’s parallel port (printer) to verify that it was a legal license. Without the hardware lock, the CAD software license would not to run. Eventually, Autodesk issued authentication codes with software licenses; that needed to be entered at the time of installation.

--- Revit 2016 – AutoCAD 2016 Software Licensing | Reducing Cost of Ownership ---

My Revit subscription (rental) license periodically “pinged” the Revit Corporate web license server to authenticate my laptop license. However, a few times when Revit tried to authenticate the license; I was not connected to the internet.

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Download Bradley Ablution Fixture Revit Library

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Sep 21, 2016 8:19:00 AM

The expanded Bradley Corporation Ablution Fixture Product Line and the new Ablution Fixture Revit Library were released in late October 2014.

The Bradley Ablution Fixture Revit Library will offer additional models as family types within a single model --or as individually listed models.

--- Bradley International | Serving Global Projects for Over 45 Years ---

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Bradley Revit Family Secrets | Voids Affect File Size

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 30, 2016 12:30:00 PM

The efficient use of Revit VOIDS will minimize your Revit family file size. Bradley Revit Library (1,000 Revit Families) reduces both the number of voids and the size of the voids in our Revit families.

Its been my experience, that Extrusions (solids and voids) produce a smaller Revit family file sizes; when compared to using of Sweeps and Revolves.

I recommend incorporating the Revit Voids within the extrusion as "closed loops"; within the "extrusion's closed loop". This avoids the creation of individual VOIDS; that need to be Cut from the solid extrusion.

Consider using VOID Extrusions to efficiently sculpt your Revit family model.

Over-sized Extrusions increase the Revit family file size.

For example, if the void is penetrating 1/2" of material, use a void that is 5/8" to 3/4" deep. Excessively deep voids create larger Revit family file sizes.

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How to Insert a Face-Based Revit Family Into a Project | 3 Options

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Some of the Bradley Revit Family Components are created as Face-Based families, so they will "attach" to wall, floor or ceiling surfaces.

Bradley does NOT create wall, floor or ceiling hosted Revit families. They are either stand-alone (non-hosted) or face-based families.

HOME Tab: View\Insert Component Command


INSERT Tab: Load Revit Family Into Project

You have 3 Options when you Load/Insert a Bradley Face-Based Revit Family into a Revit Project.

  • Your first and most important consideration, make sure you are in a Plan View.

  • ALL 3 options will display in the Revit Ribbon when you are in a PLAN View and inserting/placing the component.

Select the Revit COMPONENT command and IF the component is a Face-Based Family;

  • these are the 3 OPTIONS that will display in the Revit Ribbon, in the upper right corner of the screen:
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Role of Architectural Models Before BIM - Salt Lake City

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

While visiting Salt Lake City, I was reminded of the role and value; that architectural models previously provided the design and construction teams of large facility projects.

The South Visitors Center of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City Utah; provides a scale model of the Salt Lake Temple.


The tour guide mentions that it took 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple.

Scaled architectural models made of wood & plaster, full-size prints of iron work, stain-glass window patterns, staircase handrails & bannisters; are just a few design tools I've found when renovating historic & older buildings.

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