Archive | May 2013

KnowledgeSmart BIM Show Live TopGun results!

Below is an insert from the KnowledgeSmart blog following on from the ‘Top Gun’ competition held at BIM Show Live 2013:

After a slightly tentative start, we soon had a steady stream of willing BIMMER’s, all competing to be crowned the UK King (or Queen) of BIM!  As well as competing for bragging rights and the title of BSL 2013 BIM TopGun, the winner was also to be presented with a coveted BIMMY award, by the Conference Committee.  So, frankly, the stakes could not have been higher.  To add fuel to the fire, many prominent members of the world-renowned #UKBIMCrew were also in attendance, each one determined to crush his or her competitors into the dirt! (Don’t let the slightly enigmatic smiles fool you, this was BIM WAR!).

TopGun competitors

Over the course of the two days, we posted 74 scores, ranging from 25% to 83%.  Here is a breakdown of the results:

Overall average score & time = 53% in 11mins 56 secs.

Average score & time for the boys = 53% in 11 mins 53 secs.

Average score & time for the girls = 53% in 12 mins 34 secs.


Here is a breakdown of the Top 10 Leader-Board, after the final results were tallied:

TopGun leaderboard

The Top 10 scores ranged from 83% to 71%.

According to Adam Ward @Revitspace the top 4 (Everyone above him) cheated! I think he is just sour though ;) Look forward to taking part in KS Top Gun at BSL 2014.

Original article from the KnowledgeSmart Blog can be found here:


What’s the Crunch? – BIM Crunch

You have probably all noticed a fantastic new site which was launched at BIM Show Live 2013 called BIM Crunch.

What's the Crunch

BIM Crunch is a BIM news and views portal bringing you the latest and most up to date information on all that is happening within the BIM community. From interviews, opinions, pictures, videos and much more! You will also find my BIM Diary embedded on the site as under the events category.

BIMcrunch brings together the latest thoughts, opinions and news from the top thinkers in BIM. Creating a place that shares the latest blogs, tweets, news articles and events alongside our own in-depth feature interviews and opinion pieces, BIMcrunch is the place to go for what’s trending in BIM.

The BIM community is fast-paced and has some exceptional thinkers and innovators with insightful views and opinions, plus there’s the construction projects that are pushing BIM boundaries and the latest technology advances – we’ll cover them all at BIMcrunch.

Powered by _space group but produced by an independent team of staff writers, contributors and industry bloggers we want to share your BIM news and thoughts so if you’ve got a story, guest column or idea tell us at Remember, the BIMcrunch community goes wider than our thoughts, see what’s being talked about on our Forum or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook etc…

Make sure to check back over the coming weeks as all the presentation materials, photos and videos from the excellent BIM Show Live 2013 will be uploaded exclusively to BIM Crunch! You will already find some fantastic articles from some of the biggest names in BIM available to view, and the best thing is; it’s completely free!

Point cloud or linked file not appearing in Revit – Shared coordinates

If you are having troubles seeing imports / links or possibly point clouds when imported into Revit. The main reason (presuming it’s nothing to do with visibility settings / overrides) is most likely to be that the link is a very large distance away from the model space.  

The reason this happens is down to the coordinates imports in your Revit project. For instance your model center point which would be at 0m, where as your link or point cloud import may be thousands of km’s away. This will of course leave you in a situation where, if you zoom to fit, you will see neither your original file or the linked file, as they are so far away from each other that they become invisible unless zoomed into. 

It may also be difficult to locate where each file / import is. A good work flow I have been using is to import your point cloud, zoom to fit. Highlight from the bottom left of the screen all the way to the top right. Use the filter option in Revit to filter the elements. Select ONLY the point cloud / linked file which you wish to be imported on top of your model. 

Isolate this the selected element and then use the zoom to fit option. Now you should be able to see your point cloud / import in the center of the screen. You can now create a section through the import and then split it up by levels and add elevations etc. You will now be able to acquire coordinates from your import and use them as the project base coordinates