Monday, October 13, 2014

Save the Date!!! November STLRUG Learning Event!

Please save the date and plan on joining us for the STLRUG November Learning Event!!
The event will be on Wednesday, November 12th, from 6-8 PM, at The Hawkin House in Webster Groves. 
The topic is going to be a panel discussion on "If, How and Why do General Contractors use Design Models for their workflows..."  We are going to discuss the particulars on how and why General Contractors and Subcontractors use models provided by design disciplines and what are some of the best practices and hang-ups with this data transfer.
Please plan on joining us and Seiler Instrument (proud sponsor) for this event.  A formal invite with more particulars will be forthcoming in the next week or so.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

2014 AGC St. Louis Regional BIM Conference - STLRUG Class Handouts

If you are planning on attending the 2014 AGC St. Louis Regional BIM Conference on August 7th and 8th, plan on attending the classes/labs being presented by the St. Louis Revit Users Group.

The classes and Links to the handouts are detailed below.  Stop by and see us and say Hi!!

Thursday August 7th
1:00-2:00 PM - BIM Team Sandbox - Revit Multi-discipline Collaboration
BIM Team Sandbox Handout

3:30-5:00 PM - Family Values Lab
STLRUG - Family Introduction Handout
This is a handout to go over basic Revit Family Creation Concepts

Family Values Lab - Clearance Family Dataset
Handout and Dataset for Clearance Family portion of Lab

Family Values Lab - Bookshelf Family Dataset
Handout and Dataset for Bookshelf Family portion of Lab

Friday, August 8th
8:30-10:00 AM - Open Lab Hours
Bring us your Revit problems or Issues or come in and ask to see a specific Revit topic that you are not familiar with.  One on One time with a STLRUG member to help you with your Revit problems or Training.

Hope to see you there!! It promises to be a great event!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 AGC St. Louis Regional BIM Conference

The AGC of St. Louis is presenting the third annual St. Louis Regional BIM Conference on Thursday and Friday, August 7th and 8th.  The event is held at Washington University in Lopata Hall.

This is a two day conference that includes BIM related speakers, break out learning sessions/labs and lots of networking.  The keynote speaker for this year is Joseph Joseph of Disney Imagineering.

The St. Louis Revit Users Group will also be there and presenting two learning sessions at the conference this year. The "BIM Team Sandbox" panel discussion will be about best Revit workflow practices for a multi-discipline Revit BIM Team. The "Family Values" lab will walk you through some advanced family creation techniques and workflows to make efficient flexible Revit families.
Members of the STLRUG will also be available for the open Lab time to answer your Revit questions or help solve any Revit problems you may have.

Please plan on attending, this is a great event!

I have included links to the AGC Webpage for Information and Registration:

Information / Registration Website


Presentation Descriptions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Central States BIM Workshop

Hey St. Louis Revit Users,
I wanted to share some information about a great low-cost Revit training workshop being held in Omaha, NE on August 21 -22.  This workshop (formerly known as the Central States Revit Workshop) is a great, high quality event that is fairly local and much less expensive than an AU or RTC type conference.  I encourage any one who has the ability to attend this conference, you will not be disappointed.  High quality speakers, great class content, and incredible networking event.

There will also be a STLRUG presence at this event, as I will actually be presenting a class.

Please see below for additional information and links to the Workshop website.

Central States BIM Workshop
August 21 – 22, 2014
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

Register now for the Central States BIM Workshop and join more than 20 industry experts, 200 of your peers, and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, Lynn Allen, for two full days of education, training, and networking!

The Central States BIM Workshop continues the tradition of bringing industry-renowned Instructors and Speakers to a local stage with more than 30 different session options covering topics such as Revit, Navisworks, and Civil 3D. Classes include unique lecture/lab combinations that provide hands-on experiences for attendees to practice what they’ve learned.

This event is intended for professionals who are working with BIM or CAD technologies and seeking additional training for software solutions such as Revit (Architecture, MEP, and Structure), Navisworks, Bluebeam, and Civil 3D.

For an updated event schedule, registration rates, session information, speaker biographies, and more,
please visit

Registration Link:

Workshop Flyer Download:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

STLRUG - June Happy Hour Event

Save the date and plan on joining us!!!
The June St. Louis Revit Users Group Happy Hour Event has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th from 5:30 until whenever at the Trainwreck Saloon in Rock Hill.  Weather permitting we may be outside on the patio.
If you plan on attending, please visit the RSVP site to confirm. This will allow us to let them know how many of us will be coming.  Let's meet and discuss topics for the remaining 2 learning events for 2014, and relax and enjoy some summer.  Hope to see you there!!!

Monday, May 05, 2014

April Learning Event Follow Up - Family Resources

Thank you to all who attended the April learning event.  As noted at the event, here are some additional resources on family creation best practices and techniques.
Please email us if you have any questions or comments on this information.

Revit Family Creation Resources

St. Louis Revit Users Group Family Introduction Handout

Revit 2012 Family Standards and Best Practices - CAD Technology Center - Shawn Zirbes
Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families - Little Details Count - Michael Anonuevo
Revit 2014 BIM Management: Template and Family Creation - Ascent
Renaissance Revit: Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software - Paul Aubin

Formulas in Revit Families - Revit
Revit OpEd - Blog - Steve Stafford - Search for "Family"
Nested Families and Family Type Parameter - CADsoft Consulting
Nested Families and Parameter Controls - AUGI - Cassandra Watts
Parametric Array in Family - YouTube
Simply Complex - Blog - Marcello Sgambelluri - Revit Family/Modeling Master
Revit OpEd Post on MEP Connectors - Steve Stafford
Revit MEP blog post on Revit MEP Connectors - Scott Brisk

Autodesk University Classes (create free account for access)
AB1518-L: Autodesk Revit Families: The Basics (2012) - Frank Sheiakh
AB2083-L: Autodesk Revit Families: Step-by-Step Advanced Concepts (2012) - Paul Aubin
AB2100: All in the Family: Creating Parametric Components in Autodesk Revit (2012) - Matthew Dillon
MP1477-L: Faster Families for Autodesk Revit MEP (2012) - David Butts
MP6600: Autodesk Revit Parameters: Much More Than Flexible Families (2012) - Jarrod Baumann
AB2623: Triage for your Autodesk Revit Family (2012) - Shawn Zirbes
MP5319: Get Connected: Autodesk Revit MEP Connectors Demystified (2011) - Shawn Zirbes
ME204-3: Getting into the Flow: Understanding Connectors in Revit MEP - Link not on AU website

Tutorial Sites
Revit Architecture: The Family Editor - Paul Aubin -
Revit Families Workshop - Eric Wing -
Family Basics in Revit: Making a Casework Family - Brian DeYoung - Black Spectacles
Advanced Family Topics in Revit - Brian DeYoung - Black Spectacles

Autodesk Resources
Autodesk Revit Wiki - Creating Loadable Families Topic
Families - Essential Skills Video
Model versus Annotation Elements - Essential Skills Video

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

STLRUG April Learning Event - "All In The Family" - Revit Family Editor Exposed

Save the date!!!
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 6-8 PM
Location: Farnsworth Group - St. Louis Office
                  20 Allen Avenue, Suite 200 St. Louis, MO 63119 (Webster Groves)

Topic: "All In The Family" - Revit Family Editor Exposed
Plan on joining us for an overview of the Revit Family Editor, including best practices and examples of advanced families.  We will cover some of the Revit Family Editor basics like Reference Lines and Planes (and when to use each), MEP Connectors, and all of the different types of parameters.  Then we will showcase some more advanced families to demonstrate the potential of how the family editor can be used.

Plan on attending.
An RSVP Link can be found here:

Central States BIM Workshops - Call for Proposals

The Central States BIM Workshops (f.k.a Central States Revit Workshop) is requesting calls for proposals for presentations at this year's conference. The conference is being held on August 21st and 22nd, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha, Nebraska. This conference is a great (and affordable) way to achieve some good AU quality training and knowledge from some of the country's top BIM guru's!
Call for Proposals is open:

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

STLRUG Jan/Feb 2014 - Happy Hour Event - February 11th, 2014

Save the date and plan on joining us!!!
The January/February St. Louis Revit Users Group Happy Hour Event has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 11th from 5:30 until whenever at the Roadhouse 61 bar and grill in Webster Groves.  They have allowed us to use the upstairs portion of the bar until 7 PM and Open Mic night starts at 7:30 PM, so bring your instruments!!!  (Maybe we can start the STLRUG Band that night!!!)
If you plan on attending, please visit the RSVP site to confirm. This will allow us to let them know how many of us will be coming.  Let's meet and discuss topics for upcoming learning events, and catch up with each other after the holidays.  Hope to see you there!!!