Thank You Autodesk University 2015 Clients – Attendees – Instructors

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Dec 8, 2015 6:59:00 AM

Bradley Corporation and I would like to thank the hundreds of Autodesk University 2015 attendees; that stopped at the Bradley AU 2015 Exhibit Kiosk to pick up your free Bradley BIM flash drives, introduce yourselves and/or review the Bradley BIM Initiative.

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My personal thanks to the those mutual LinkedIn connections; that stopped --its always great to meet individuals face-to-face.

Like most of you; I attended AU classes between our exhibit booth hours.

My 12 AU2015 classes focused on

  1. BIM Futures and Building Design Trends,
  2. BIM for Prefabrication,
  3. BIM for Owners (Construction and FM)
  4. BIM for Contractors (Field Technology Integration)
  5. BIM for Design (BIM Project & Team Management)
  6. Revit Model Development & Standards
  7. Data Standards for Revit
  8. Revit & BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD)
  9. BIM Execution Plans
  10. BIM & Glue 360 for Coordination & Construction
  11. Successful Case Studies featuring Revit, Cloud & Data Management 3rd Party Add-Ins

I \ Bradley appreciate the time you took to stop during your Autodesk University visits.

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GREENBUILD 2015 | Visit Bradley Corporation Booth #3123 | NOV 18-20 Wash DC

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 22, 2015 9:16:40 AM

As you review your Greenbuild 2015 Conference Schedule, floor plan and video –consider visiting the Bradley Corporation Booth #3123 while attending Greenbuild 2015 International Conference and Expo in Washington DC. (November 18-20 2015)

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Visit Bradley BIM Booth #10 | Autodesk University 2015

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 21, 2015 7:37:59 AM

The Bradley BIM Booth #10 is located just inside the entrance to AU Expo Hall on your way to Autodesk BIM City (Booth #403)

From January 2012 - June 2015 more than 20 million Bradley Revit families were downloaded from the Bradley website.

My flights, hotel and class registrations are complete.

We'll see you see you in Vegas for AU 2015.

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Daniel Hughes | 10 Years Blogging AECO Industry Processes-Technologies

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 29, 2015 6:52:00 AM

It was July 2005, when a call from our Marketing Director positively impacted my career.

"Dan --You've been training our Midwest Revit and AutoCAD clients, delivering onsite & technical phone support and speaking at our AIA educational events & webinars."

"Would you be interested in writing technical and business articles for our new blog?" he asked.

"What's a blog? What would I write? Who's my audience?" I asked.

"We felt you could start by providing customer Revit support tutorials and provide pre-sales\post-sales Revit support for our Midwest clients & sales teams. What do think?

2005-2009: Fast-forward four years -- we had been acquired by IMAGINiT Technologies and I now authored their 'Architectural Blog'. By then, I had written 350+ blog articles; that shared Revit & AutoCAD learning content, industry application trends and Revit implementation strategies --to over 10,000 global visitors/month. In 2006, I started a personal blog; 'Revit Jobcaptain' using Google's Blogger platform.

Basic Blog Tools: In 2005, I authored my articles using a PC HTML editor; while using a FTP client to upload\publish the coded content to our website blog. We validated the final published code thru another website to insure our coding met RSS feed standards. Today Blogger & WordPress blogging platforms do that automatically.

2009-2012: 'Revit Playbook' was my personal blog from 2009-2012; while I was self-employed and marketing my services nationally via Excel Engineering Inc.

Early Bloggers: My article content was linked to and shared between other newbie bloggers like Steve Stafford, David Light and Chris (Mr Spot) Price. Autodesk had maybe 7-8 Bloggers; like Shaan Hurley. Today, Autodesk has over 100 Autodesk Technical - Business Blogs.

2011-Present: In 2011, I began authoring 'BradleyBIM' for Bradley Corporation. It helped market the Bradley Revit Library quality, standards and methodology --for our global clients and rep sales network.

Early Social Media: Autodesk forums, RevitCity, Ten Links & CADDigest helped syndicate our articles and increase our daily visitors. Today we have LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter social media sites to syndicate our articles.

Timing is Everything -

  1. I had the good fortune of learning & applying PC CAD as an AutoCAD 1.x user.
  2. Volunteering to learn Revit from its founders in 2002; when Autodesk first acquired Revit --started another amazing journey.
  3. Blogging was new in our 2005 market. My goal was simple. Provide article content of client-tested processes; that I experienced in my Chicago and Midwest client offices.

Show Feature Benefits\Return-On-Investment (ROI): While software & technology can be 'Scary Cool'...they are only valuable when you demonstrate measured business value within the AECO market processes they are serving.

Success stories, featuring how my peers successfully extracted value from implementing new technology and processes --has been a popular theme over the last 10 years.

However, sharing the 'How To' success stories from working directly with my clients on their projects --remain the most successful educational articles.

My personal thanks to the visitors of the last 10 years; for reading, commenting, referring and sharing my articles. Cheers!

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Congratulations Rachel Hughes - 2014 Bradley BIM Intern

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 8, 2015 9:01:23 AM

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Bradley BIM 6 Year Anniversary | 20 Million Revit Downloads | Thank You

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jun 23, 2015 5:42:33 AM

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2015 BradVan-Bradley BIM US-Canada Tour | 3 Mobile Showrooms

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 26, 2015 6:40:00 AM

Free Bradley BIM Flash Drives (1,000 Revit Families) are joining the 2015 BradVan BLITZ | National Summer - Late Fall Tour.

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DIY Revit Workset-Worksharing Performance Checklist

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 18, 2015 8:57:43 AM

A LinkedIn connection recently sent me this message: I'm seeking helpful tips about network and hardware requirements for best performance in Revit model links.

Our model is almost 400MB size and we're trying to find a solution through changes in the network hardware. We have a network speed of 1GB and we are facing a problem of Revit crashing when synchronizing to central model especially the MEP. While we're working with Autodesk, have you any suggestions?

Update: Thank you Daniel, these suggestions were helpful.

Here are the Revit worksharing suggestions that I sent via LinkedIn.

1. Revit performs best with lots of RAM, Fast Hard Drives with a high percentage of open file space, and Fast Network Connections (1GB)

2. Install 16, 24 or 32 GB of RAM on the local PCs, obviously using a 64-Bit OS & 64-bit Revit software. RAM is a one-time purchase. The ongoing mounting costs of downtime and troubleshooting user issues due to lack of RAM --its pays for itself with one "downtime event". The larger firms that I've visited (last 12 months) have minimum RAM specifications of 24-32GB of RAM.

3. Configure the local computer's Paging File, file size --to be equal to the "Recommended" size in the Virtual Memory dialog box.

Control Panel > System > Advanced Systems Settings

(Verify there's enough open disk space & verify w/ IT Manager prior to using this)

4. Selective purging of unused content within the project file to minimize file size. We recommended this process at project milestones: Schematics, DD, CD and/or document releases or document printing.

5. Use a Save-to-Central and select the Compact File Option to reduce Revit project file size regularly. This option works with non-workset configured Revit Project files (RVT) and/or Revit Family (RFA) files -- to reduce file size.

6. Create a schedule for users to stagger their Save-to-Central - so 2 or more users are not waiting or saving to central at the same time.

7. I suggest creating a new local file for each user a few times per month. The local files become bloated and less efficient over time. Note: Save to-Central prior to creating new local project files.

8. The Ideate Tech Support Article; "The Importance of Auditing Revit Models" Tip#3 reviews auditing a Revit to improve performance.

Tip #3: If your Revit model is starting to take its time opening or you notice general performance issues, then auditing it may improve the time it takes to open your project.

9. Consider performing a monthly Clean Disk and Defragment routine on each local computer to remove all temp files. Prior to running this routine, EXIT all software programs and close ALL files.

10. Review your Revit Workset organization against your Revit project workflow. Do they include too much information; that users don't always need to load. If you distributed the Revit content into more, but smaller worksets --does that perform better?

10. Make sure that ALL Worksets don't load when opening a Revit project file. We usually set the structural grid to auto-load so we knew where we were in the building. Then request users to manually load what they need.

11. Make sure each Linked CAD file is assigned its own workset--as CAD files can bog down a Save-to-Central

12. Make sure each Linked Revit model file is assigned its own workset including any terrain or landscaping files.

13. Does the Server have a high percentage of open disk space

14. Does the Server have disk speeds faster than the local PCs

15. Are the Server specifications better than the Local PCs?

16. Are you working in the cloud or remotely? How fast are your web connections to the remote server?

17. Make sure the server is not performing file backup-maintenance or running virus scans during working hours. I've personally encountered networks; that started file backup routines and/or virus scans on the server, over the lunch hour -- which completed later in the afternoon.

18. Verify Folder \ File \ User Permissions; that may block or slow a Save-to-Central. Consider reviewing this tech doc; "File not saved during synchronize with central troubleshooting".

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2015 Bradley International Tradeshow List | Download Bradley Passport

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 4, 2015 5:55:04 AM

The Bradley International staff will be present at the following international trade shows in early \ mid- 2015.

Arc-Middle East | February 6-9
Al Bandar Hotel - Oman

International Sanitation and Heating (ISH) | March 10-14
Messe Frankfurt - Frankfurt

Safety in Action Brisbane | April 22-23
Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre - Brisbane

Expo Seguridad | April 28-30
Banamex Center - Mexico City

Airport Show | May 10-12
Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre - Dubai

Stop by the Bradley International Booth for a free Bradley BIM Flash Drive (while supplies last)

Download your copy of the Bradley Passport for 2014 | 4th Quarter

Bradley International | Serving Global Projects for Over 45 Years

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Thank You Autodesk University 2014 Clients - Attendees - Instructors

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Dec 8, 2014 10:11:41 AM

Bradley Corporation and I would like to thank the hundreds of Autodesk University 2014 attendees; that stopped at Bradley's AU 2014 Exhibit Desk to pick up your free Bradley BIM flash drives, introduce yourselves and/or review the Bradley BIM Initiative.

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