No. 4 - September 2009

RTC 2010 Call For Papers!

For the first time, RTC 2009 had a call for papers, where those who were interested in presenting at the next conference could submit outlines for consideration by the Committee. This was a huge success, and has kept the conference in touch with the trends in practice.

If you are interested in being a presenter at RTC 2010, we are now calling for papers. Online abstract submission is now open and will close on the 20th of November 2009. Hurry! Time is shorter than you think.

Submitted abstracts will be judged by the RTC Committee. Abstract acceptance, program scheduling and the form of presentation will be communicated via email in January 2010.

Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints. Successful applicants will present in either a seminar/forum session (40 minutes or 90 minutes duration) or lab session (90 minutes or 3 hours duration). Authors should indicate the length of their planned presentation. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed.


Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone.

Abstract Criteria

Submitted abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Abstracts must be submitted using the abstract template (this template includes areas for speaker background, the abstract, and three learning objectives).
  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
  • Text should be entered in Sentence case
  • The size of your abstract should be limited to 250 words or one A4 page
  • Your abstract will need to be submitted as a Word or PDF document
  • Describe what will be presented, focussing on the material to be covered and the benefits to the attendees
  • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
  • At the bottom of your abstract page, please list 3 learning objectives that delegates will take away from your presentation. Please list these in point form. e.g. Acquire, publish, and report Shared Coordinates


Abstract notification (acceptance/rejection) will be communicated to submitting authors in January 2010.


Other Submission Requirements

  • You will be required to nominate your audiovisual and software requirements at the time of abstract submission


After review of the submissions, we may contact you to suggest changes to your subject matter or mode of presentation, so that we can present a conference with the expected scope and quality of subject matter.

Successful applicants will receive complimentary registration to the conference. Travel and accommodation is at the speaker's own expense.

What we are interested in:

As with previous conferences, while our focus is on Revit as the centrepiece of BIM workflow, our scope includes the following areas and more:

  • Environmentally Sustainable Design
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP
  • Interior Design
  • BIM Management
  • Navisworks
  • Clash Detection and Coordination
  • Design Review
  • Vico
  • IFC, Solibri
  • Ecotect
  • IES
  • 3D Studio
  • Mental Ray, VRay, Maxwell Render
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino, FormZ
  • Generative Components
  • Autodesk Impression
  • API, VSTA and .Net development
  • Plug-Ins and Third-Party Applications
  • Estimating, including CostX
  • Hardware
  • Gadgets
  • Business Case
  • Outsourcing
  • Revision Management
  • Case Studies
  • Large Projects
  • 5D Simulation, Construction Programming and Management
  • Lighting
  • Workflow and More.

Late News:
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With Autodesk REVIT in 2010!

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Revit Technology Conference

will be held at the

Thursday – Saturday
20 – 22 May 2010

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Revit Content Creation Progress:

The great debate of RTC 2009 on Revit content, which culminated in an open forum discussion on the Saturday afternoon, continues with the work of the committee formed to take the matter further. Many at the conference voiced their viewpoints, and the discussion has since been used by the committee to guide the development of content standards guidelines for Australia and New Zealand.

Events have continued to move at a rapid pace. The committee has already started active discussions. Visit the web site – AusBIM Downunder Parametrics at the address A program of activities for the next year, has been mapped out, culminating in the release of new Australia/New Zealand family creation guidelines at RTC 2010.

Others, too numerous to mention have already been making suggestions and defining the scope of the project. Please feel free to check out the Wiki, make your views known, or just check on the progress of this important project.

Early action items include:

  • Naming conventions
  • Shared Parameters
  • Connectors
  • Keynotes
  • Internal parameters and Construction

Stay in Touch With RTC

We are still working on it, but RTC Community is coming. A new database will make it easier for RTC to get in contact with those who have registered their interest in RTC events. So soon you will be able to connect to RTC Community and stay in touch. You will receive regular updates on RTC matters, and be able to make your views known to improve future events. The RTC Community will be online shortly.

New Logo Revealed

Beware, you have been subliminally exposed to the RTC2010 logo, on the banner of this newsletter.

Revit User Groups

RTC is an independent conference run by Revit users. If you are not in contact with your local Revit user group, here are some details below:

To subscribe or unsubscribe from future RTC newsletters, please email to RTC Secretariat.

RTC09 Photos:
...and so it begins.

Thursday morning warm-up

The Content committee kicks into gear

"Listen to me. I bought the drinks!"

"There's a conference? I thought it was just a booze up!"

Presentation - Winner
– Arkhefield Arch

Presentation - Second
– Humphrey & Edwards

Documentation - Winner
– Humphrey & Edwards

Documentation - Second
– Arup