No. 7 - August 2010

Bigger and Better!

The Revit Technology Conference, held May 20-22 in the Sydney suburb of Manly, was not only the largest yet of these events, but also widely thought of as the best. The conference is a unique, independent ‘for users, by users’ event covering Building Information Modelling and workflows centred around Autodesk Revit.

With attendance numbers up by 35%, and the number of classes, presentations and labs increased by 16% to 76, RTC is now firmly established as the leading Revit event in the Pacific region. This year’s return to Sydney saw three days of intense Revit action that has established a new benchmark. Let’s sit back to consider the biggest and best Revit Technology Conference ever:

  • 303 registered attendees, from 10 countries.
  • 76 classes, presentations and labs
  • 45 speakers, from 6 countries.
  • Streamed presentations, including Architecture, Structure, MEP, Visualisation & Presentation and BIM Managers, with a special one-day stream for Principals.
  • A continuous stream of hands-on lab sessions, plus;
  • 5 simultaneous seminar streams outside of the general sessions.

Late News:
Experience the Power of BIM
With Autodesk REVIT in 2011!

Just announced, the
Revit Technology Conference, Australia

will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland at
Jupiters, Gold Coast
Thursday - Saturday, 26 - 28 May, 2011

... and for the first time, the
Revit Technology Conference, USA

to be held in Orange County, California at the
Hyatt Huntington Beach
Thursday - Saturday, 23 - 25 June, 2011

It's not just Revit!

The Revit Technology Conference covers all areas of interest to those using the Revit platform as a base for Building Information Modelling.

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP
  • Navisworks
  • Design Review
  • Ecotect
  • IES
  • 3D Studio
  • Mental Ray
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Generative Components
  • Autodesk Impression
  • API and .Net
  • VSTA
  • Plug-Ins
  • CostX
  • Hardware
  • Gadgets
  • Business Case
  • Outsourcing
  • Revision Management
  • Case Studies
  • Large Projects
  • Lighting
  • Workflow and more

Content Creation Guidelines

The ‘ANZ Content Creation Guidelines: Peer Review Workshop’ reported on and mapped out the next steps for this important initiative - which sprung from the great debate of the 2009 conference. Much has been done, and much remains to be done, and we look forward to enhanced collaboration, facilitated by quality content that works across all disciplines. See what has been achieved at the Content Guidelines wiki

Early action items include:

  • Naming conventions
  • Shared Parameters
  • Connectors
  • Keynotes


  • Rating classes for required understanding
  • Fruit (thank you to the attendee comments!)
  • Pizza with the film night
  • Gadgets – a whole new level
  • Registration available the night before the conference


The keynote speaker, Paul Doherty, an American based in Shanghai, provided the most inspiring and entertaining keynote address yet seen at RTC. Paul delivered an exciting analysis of the external forces that are reshaping our industry, and demonstrated how, by inserting fresh thinking, communicating a strong direction, and leading by example, we and our organisations can prosper.

We learned of BIM facts and fabrications, how to leverage our digital assets to provide value beyond the standard deliverables, how BIM is being adopted in global markets, and about social media and their effects on BIM. With real-world examples using Revit in high-profile projects from the US, Dubai, India and China, this keynote address provided context, strategies and directions for providing environments of increased value.

The crowd loved it: “Great to see what’s in the future”, “Visionary… I loved it”, “excellent way to start conference”, “very funny”, “very interesting subject” “big picture view… very interesting” “Fantastic!” “very interesting speaker”, “really opened my mind”, “an engaging speaker”, amongst the many comments received.

Friday Night Movie - Watchmen

Another special session returning was the movie and pizza night, this year featuring Watchmen, the 2009 movie where “in an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.” Not small stuff!

The film is notable for its sets and CGI scenography designed in Revit, as Phil Read demonstrated in his pre-film address, with images from the Revit model and matching stills from the movie.

Stream by Stream

Architecture Highlights

  • The basics – often skipped over – were covered by labs on New Features, Scheduling, and Site Tools.
  • Stewart Caldwell, from Russell and Yelland, returned with his always popular ‘SketchUp: Advanced features and Revit integration’.
  • We saw great Revit use in practice with Ashley Beckett’s well-received ‘Case Study: Brisbane Supreme Court and District Courts’ with its review of Architectus’ use of Revit and BIM on this ambitious project. His colleague Katia Gard followed with her Case Study:  ‘Introducing Revit as a design tool for students’ providing a viewpoint on area outside of the mainstream of Revit use.
  • Toby Maple showed us how its done with his session ‘RDB Link: Linking your model to Access’. Once again Toby shows how his thorough and structured approach to Revit allows him to push the limits with his work at HASSELL.
  • Peter Giampa had to put up the ‘Full’ sign on his presentation ‘Throw away your yellow trace:  Conceptualise your design in Revit’. Surely, an area of huge interest to those who are out their ‘doing BIM.’
  • Phil Read also filled his fantastic lab on ‘Stairs and Railings’. So simple, so complex! Phil showed how the stair tool in Revit could be used to create almost any stair, and with some great examples created from generous amounts of lateral thinking applied to Revit’s stair components and what they could do. ...and a tip on using a wall-hosted generic model as a railing for complex or organic geometry was worth the price of admission alone. No surprise that it was one of the top rated sessions.
  • Stephen Taskin’s ‘Revit: Make me a SUPERMODEL’ also displayed some great solutions to modelling issues, some derived from Steve’s ‘hobby’ of modelling a number of his favourite buildings in his spare time (his what?).
  • Michelle Leonard and Melanie Tristram from Jasmax went ‘Into the Interior; Interior Design Projects using Revit Architecture’, covering a lot of territory: base building issues, advanced families, scheduling and tagging, and design options.  Belinda Hodkinson of Suters continued the theme with her ‘Adding interior design into an integrated workflow’ which looked at phasing interior projects, setup and scheduling.


Structure Highlights

  • New features in the 2011 release were discussed, and then straight into ‘Integration of Structural Engineering design  with ‘Into the BIM Model’ by Doug Wallace covering workflows to and from analysis tools such as ETABS and RAM, formulas in Revit, and the Excel Model Generator.
  • Damien Legrand showed the alternative of ‘Structural analysis using Robot’. Brendon Picton of GHD presented ‘Complete detailing for concrete and steel work’, Shane Brown ‘Achieving IPD:  Revit Structure to Steel Shop Detailing’ and Ben May of Irwinconsult ‘Revit Structure: Forgotten Tools’ and his lab ‘Mastering parametric trusses in Revit Structure’, giving a comprehensive view of Revit Structure.


MEP Highlights

  • Following the new features presentation, Andrew Bagnall from GHD gave us his ‘Case Study: Lessons learnt - Architects and Engineers in an integrated working Environment’.
  • Reinforcing just how important collaboration is to the MEP disciplines, we had Karl de Wet’s ‘Real Life, up-to-date,  MEP collaboration and documentation.’
  • Roy Qian of Aurecon brought it all together with ‘Modelling MEP electrical systems in non-US countries using API programming’ another example of how intrinsic to advanced workflows the API has become.
  • Michael Warwick of Stephenson & Turner got specific with Green Star Lighting in MEP, and Michael Alder of Arup showed us his battle scars with ‘One Year On: Lessons Learnt’, a look at the implementation of Revit MEP.


Presentation & Visualisation

  • Dan Jurgens (from Bates Smart Architects) & Zac Arato (of Atomic 3D) presented  ‘Visualise Revit conceptual designs fast with 3DS Max, Mental Ray and V-Ray’ with a comprehensive explanation of the techniques involved - this  was also presented as a lab.
  • Jason Howden of Archaus showed us another aspect to visualisation with ‘Win more work with Revit and 3DS Max Design’ which took it back to basics with a comparison of model export methods, and techniques to save time by focussing on the most crucial aspects of the image.
  • Adrian Esdaile from Walter Barda and Associates kept it real with his well received ‘Rendering in 2D and 3D: Not what you thought...’ looking at what you can do inside Revit.


BIM Manager

  • Michelle Leonard’s ‘Establishing a BIM Protocol; Guidelines for working collaboratively with BIM’ set the scene, with its detailed examination of Jasmax’s experience in the establishment of their protocol and its three major elements: model setup, model sharing and the contractual issues that accompany collaboration. Model coordination with Navisworks and best-practice setup for collaboration were covered in depth.
  • Navisworks was again on display when Ryan Hanlen presented his ‘Case Study: BIM Management - 1 Bligh Street’ . One of a number of case studies featured by the conference, this popular class used this major Sydney CBD project and exemplar of BIM processes as a reference point for his examination of the new role of BIM Management on a project basis. He discussed the collaboration protocols established by Architectus in their role as BIM Manager, specific techniques used to combine information from various sources, workflows, dealing with large Revit models, and the construction stage use of the model by the contractor Grocon.
  • This was followed by a change of gear. The ‘Design Collaboration Round Table’ convened by Wesley Benn and with a panel of three others, was an open discussion that moved the debate on from the issues of ‘Lonely BIM’ and implementation, and toward the snowballing area of collaboration across disciplines and into construction and beyond. Major projects are now being completed using BIM as a key technology, and this has highlighted some unforseen (and known, but not resolved) issues on which the attendees and panel had some unique insights: Opportunities that were lost, benefits that were gained, the difficulties flowing from the differing need for precise information by various parties at early project stages, workflows, pitfalls and pratfalls, made this an engaging debate.
  • Next, Steve Jolley of Bentley Systems presented ‘Plug-In and Third Party Applications: How Bentley helps Revit users’ looking at the iModel plug-in and ProjectWise application which provide both a range of simulation, analysis and review tools for use in collaborative environments, and the Luxology rendering engine for visualisation. Interoperability is a crucial aspect of this environment, which is especially suited to complex multi-disciplinary projects where BIM is becoming a prerequisite. Specialist design, detailing analysis and simulation tools from a range of sources can be combined into a workflow allowing best-of-breed applications and seamless data exchange.
  • ‘Getting started with the Revit API’, with Kristian Parsons from Westfield offered an introductory course into the Revit API, which as we can see from sessions elsewhere at the conference, is being used by many firms to gain additional value from BIM. Rod Howarth’s ‘How the Revit API has saved our company time and money’, (one of the top rated sessions) was a case in point, with some real inventiveness and immediate usefulness in the tools Rod has created for Bornhost and Ward.
  • Neil Munro’s ‘Internal Collaboration: Lessons Learnt’, was a case study of the experience of the multidisciplinary firm Opus International Consultants in internal collaboration with linked Revit models. Neil stressed the importance of getting the setup right, and his guidance will help others avoid the pitfalls.
  • ‘Helping Hands: Build Your Own Revit Help Files and Tutorials’ by Wayne Morrell of HASSELL covered more familiar CAD Manager territory in an entirely new way. Wayne showed how, by using Adobe’s Captivate product to create new tutorials and guidance, and linking this to elements within Revit, and combining with and replacing parts of the Revit help system, company standards could be reinforced, BIM quality increased and mistakes avoided. This flowed on to Melanie Tristram’s ‘Closing the Loop - Internal Standardisation Audits’ demonstrating Jasmax’s advanced techniques for model quality assurance.
  • Back to ‘Big BIM’ and Stuart Wearn’s (of Mitchell Brandtman) sold-out session ‘BIM QS: What's in it for me?’ covered both the myths and the genuine benefits of using BIM data for costing. He provided an expert view on how costing information is derived, and how architects and engineers should structure models if they are to be used for costing purposes.
  • And a more motivational angle from ‘Getting the most out of the Data: Better projects, better outcomes’ by Martin Taurer, encouraging and tutoring on how to go a little bit further with the value that BIM can provide.
  • Lars Moth-Poulsen of Bentley Systems then brought us into the world of computational design with ‘Design with Generative Components:  Let the Genius Loose’ both showcasing and explaining in some detail Bentley’s Generative Components product that has generated such a buzz.
  • And the theme of informing better and more creative designs through the use of BIM data and parametric controls was reinforced with Dominik Holzer’s ‘Optioneering in Collaborative Design Practice’. Dr Holzer showed how optioneering processes can facilitate collaborative multidisciplinary design leading to optimal solutions.

The BIM Manager stream emerged as the largest offered in 2010 reflecting the collaborative transformation that is occurring in the AEC industry, and the complex and arcane issues faced by those charged with the responsibility to make the systems work - and work well. Its strength recognises that, as we move from BIM creation based around the needs of 2D and written documentation, to a BIM process where the data is available for collaborative purposes and the model is used to improve construction efficiency, more and more benefits are realised.



The General stream covers those aspects of Revit that are relevant to all disciplines.

  • Family creation was a focus, with classes and labs pitched at different levels of experience by: Steve Stafford (‘Families – General’),Michelle van Kolck (nee Louw) from PDT (Lab: ‘Family Creation’) Michael Vagg from Bornhorst + Ward (‘Using formulae to make advanced families’ ), Sam Saliba of KarelCAD (‘Adaptive Points, Reporting Parameters, Generic Model Points Based - What this means for Advanced Families Creation’ ). These sessions covered a range from the most fundamental aspects of the creation of quality families to advanced techniques and the powerful new features available in Revit 2011.
  • Project setup and best practice techniques were covered by: 'Revit Can't Do That!' Presented by Steve Taskin from Altis Architecture, Adam Sheather of Advanced 3D Technologies, Tim Waldock & Toby Maple, dispelling some of the myths about Revit, and revealing some of its hidden features; The always highly rated Sam Saliba with ‘Should I model or should I draft?’ answering the time-honoured question; ‘How to develop an office style’ by Kerry Thompson; Tim Waldock from PTW with ‘Locking down Revit drawings’ ; and Chris Needham and Steve Stafford’s session ‘Tips & Tricks  and Classic Cock-ups’ which showed users to learn the right way from mistakes others have made. ‘Case Study: Competition Winner’ by Aimee Bellete, formerly of Humphrey & Edwards and now of Fisher and Buttrose, showed the technique behind the Documentation winner from the 2009 conference.
  • Revit fundamentals were covered with ‘Keying into Keynoting’ by the ever-popular Melanie Tristram; ‘Scheduling: From Beginning to Beyond’ by Russell Hamblin of Thomson Adsett ; Rodd Perey’s ‘Phasing’ lab; and Clay Hickling of GHD’s lab on ‘Scheduling’.


Within the General stream there is a new Sustainability stream, reflecting the keen interest in this area. ‘Revit for BCA Section-J building envelope compliance’ by Ibrahim Thanawalla of CADGroup, examined the use of Revit to assure compliance with government building codes. This was followed by ’Natural and artificial lighting analysis’ with Martin Taurer presenting the work of Jun Inoue of 3D Innovations who was an unfortunate late cancellation.

  •  ‘Automated Green Building Assessment: Case studies from roads to hospitals and supermarkets’ from Delwyn Jones of LCADesign, showcased the use of the LCADesign for life cycle analysis of projects with reference to current examples. Ibrahim Thanawalla returned with ‘Revit – Ecotect for Shadow & Daylight Analysis’ demonstrating one specific and important use of Ecotect’s capabilities.
  • Since the 2008 conference, with its tea ceremony and Revit case study, RTC’s relationship with the Revit pioneers of Japan continues to strengthen. Two sessions were offered: ‘Revit Japan: Establishing a national guideline’ by Tadafumi Nitta & Kouhei Utida ‘Case Study: The RUGjp Chapel’ with Mayu Nakagawa & Misako Kobayashi. Both showed dedicated collaboration on common projects by the local Revit User Groups of Japan. The National Guidelines is a particularly ambitious project from this enterprising group.
  • ‘An Afternoon with Autodesk’ put Rob Malkin (Sales Director, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Australia and New Zealand at Autodesk) into a very positive session about the future direction of Revit, and the ways in which user concerns are being addressed.


Thanks to all the speakers, some of whom answered our call for papers in October 2009, and who spent countless hours preparing their presentations.

Thanks to all the speakers and others who introduced session presenters, and thanks to the room attendants who orgainised the handouts.

Back From the Lab

Again the conference offered lab sessions in a room set up with workstations to allow direct experience in the applications.  In all 11 labs were offered, spanning across all disciplines, and in specialist areas like API. As predicted, some of the labs were extremely popular, and filled up fast. 4 labs ‘sold out’ and a number had all workstations occupied.

93% of respondents rated the labs to be valuable.

Mental note: Register early!


In 2009 the main field of activity of our conference delegates was as follows:

  • Architecture 147
  • Structural Engineering 31
  • MEP 20
  • Other 10

At the 2010 Conference it became apparent that most of the delegates were working two jobs – Or at least their job has multiple aspects to it. Because given the choice to tick more than one box for their field, many have taken the option, giving us an apparent 652 delegates!

Even as some of you are creating new disciplines and mixing and matching skills to straddle diverse fields - as renaissance men or niche players - some trends are emerging. Collaboration is up, engineering is strong, construction is switched on. Urban design is well placed, interior design is inside, and architecture is all around. Quantity surveyors, land surveyors and project managers are getting it, and visualisers complete the picture. Here are the numbers:

Architectural 176
BIM Management 60
Civil Engineering 33
Construction 24
Hydraulic Engineering 46
Interior Design 40
Land Surveying 7
Manufacturing 4
Mechanical Engineering 51
Plumbing Engineering 43
Project Management 33
Product Sales/Solutions Provider 11
Quantity Surveying 12
Structural Engineering 63
Sub Contractor 5
Urban Planning 23
Visualisation 21

Do You Come Here Often?

Delegate origins, compared to 2009:

117 (+61) registered attendees came from NSW,
60 (+9) from Queensland,
48 (-22) from Victoria (last year's venue),
26 (+13) from New Zealand,
17 (+4) from South Australia,
8 (+2) from WA,
6 (+5) from Japan,
3 from Brunei,
3 (+1) from the ACT,
3 (+2) from the US, 
2 (+1) from the Northern Territory,
with 1 each from Tasmania, the Netherlands, Qatar, China and Denmark.

What Did You Attend?

Aside from the Keynote, Tips & Tricks and Wrap Up sessions the most heavily attended concurrent sessions were (according to our statistics):

  1. ‘Scheduling from Beginning to Beyond’ – Russell Hamblin, Thomson Adsett (with 42.8% of delegates in attendance)
  2. ‘Establishing a BIM Protocal: Guidelines for working collaboratively with BIM’ – Michelle Leonard, Jasmax (40%)
  3. ‘Case Study: BIM Management – 1 Bligh Street’ – Ryan Hanlen, Architectus (39.8%)
  4. ‘Revit Can’t Do That!’ – Steve Taskin, Altis Architecture - Adam Sheather, Advanced 3D Technologies - Toby Maple, HASSELL & Tim Waldock, PTW Architects (38.8%)
  5. ‘New Features: RAC 2011’ – Steve Stafford, AEC Advantage (38.6%)

Best Speakers Rated by Feedback

Congratulations to the following speakers who all received an average score of 'excellent' by survey respondents:

  1. Chris Needham - Site Tools
  2. Rod Howarth - How the Revit API has saved our company time and money
  3. Michelle Van Kolck/ Chris Needham - ANZ Content Creation Guidelines: Peer Review Workshop
  4. Phil Read - Stairs and Railings
  5. Michelle Leonard/Melanie Tristram - Into the Interior, Interior Design Projects using Revit Architecture
  6. Sam Saliba - Adaptive Points, Reporting Parameters, Generic Model Points Based - What this means for Advanced Families Creation
  7. Chris Needham/Steve Stafford - Tips & Tricks
  8. Adrian Esdaile - Rendering in 2D and 3D: Not what you though...
  9. Sam Saliba - Should I model or should I draft?
  10. Ashley Beckett - Case Study: Brisbane Supreme Court and District Courts
  11. Steve Stafford - New Features: RAC 2011
  12. Steve Stafford - Families General
  13. Rob Malkin/ Wesley Benn/Jim Balding - An Afternoon with Autodesk
  14. Andrew Bagnall - Case Study: Lessons Learnt - Architects and Engineers in an integrated working environment
  15. Steve Taskin - REVIT: Make me a SUPERMODEL
  16. Jim Balding - Revit for Principals
  17. Michael Vagg - Using formulae to make advanced families

Stay in Touch With RTC

If you are reading this we probably have your email! But if you change jobs, city, country or just your email address we might lose contact with you, which would be a great pity. So connect to RTC Community and stay in touch with us. RTC Community has been set up as a group on LinkedIn at

RTC Community

The group now has around 250 members, with about 40% from Australia and New Zealand, 40% from the US and Canada, and the rest from all around the world. Members receive regular updates on RTC matters, and are able to make their views known to improve future events. Join RTC Community Now. Look out for our call for abstracts for both the US and Australian conferences – coming soon!

What the Attendees Thought

“Brilliant – Keep it up”
Andrew Elliott, Suters Architects, Brisbane


Gary Klein, Thomson Adsett


“Another great year – thanks to all on the committee”
Franz Hein, BIM Manager, Hayball Architects


“it gets better every year – well done… a great conference with lots to take away” Nicole Mactyszyn, Coles


“I learnt so much – an average user gained a lot of knowledge on so many subjects, which I can implement directly into work -  a great three days – highly recommended to all Revit users: beginner to expert”
Rick Benjamin, Arup


“Firstly congratulations on an amazing event.  Everything from the streaming of the conference, to the professionalism of presenters and the quality of the venue exceeded my highest expectations.  This year was my first and from this point on, the annual conference will be a non negotiable in my calendar.”
Nathan Watt, Eric Martin and Associates


Conference Feedback

  • According to the Conference Feedback, 63% of delegates rated the Conference as Excellent, 36% as Good, 1% as average and no-one rated the conference as poor.
  • Conference content was rated as Excellent by 31% of respondents, Good by 62% and Average by 7%. No-one rated the content as poor!
  • 66% of respondents indicated that they would be attending RTC 2011, with a further 29% saying that maybe they would attend.
  • 82% of respondents said that they were likely to attend future Revit Technology Conferences. With a further 17% who said they might attend.
  • In terms of value for money, 31% of delegates said it was excellent, 59% of delegates said it was good and just 11% of delegates rated the value for money as average. No-one rated it poor.


Congratulations to our 2010 competition winners:

Presentation: Glenn Cunnington, Humphrey & Edwards, Sydney, who won a set of Commercial release Autodesk product, sponsored by Autodesk.

Documentation: Peter Ahern, Humphrey Edwards Architects, Sydney, who won a set of commercial release Autodesk product, sponsored by Autodesk.

Integration: Ceilidh Higgins, GHD, Sydney, who won a HPZ200 Workstation, sponsored by HP.

Innovation: Calvin Kwan, PTW Architects, Sydney, who won a HP Elitebook 8540w Mobile Workstation, sponsored by RTC Events Management.

Social Events

Between the Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Evening Film and Saturday Farewell Dinner, delegates enjoyed the social and networking opportunities available throughout the conference. Many new acquaintances were made, and old friendships rekindled. The social functions surveyed revealed a rating of Good or Excellent by 92% of respondents.

Download Conference Presentations:

For any class that you missed at RTC2010, conference materials are available here

RTC 2010 has instituted a password system to limit these downloads to conference attendees.

Thanks to Anna and CP

When Heidi Earl left to have a baby after the last conference, Anna Fraunfelter, also of CP, stepped in and immediately was busy organising for RTC 2010. And what a great job she did! Many thanks to Anna and her crew at CP for all of their hard work in ensuring RTC 2010 was a great success.

Introducing… our Committee(s)

Some quiet thanks must go to the Committee who put this together under the Glorious Leadership of the Chairman, Wesley Benn. So thanks to Marina Radosevic – Benn Design, Chris Needham – C3 Consulting Solutions, Clay Hickling - GHD, Simon Whitbread - BECA, and Rodd Perey – Architectus. Without their time and dedication this conference would not be the success it is today. Thanks also must go to their firms who encourage and support their involvement in the Conference.

Now it’s time to introduce and welcome Michelle Leonard, who foolishly has agreed to join the Committee for the 2011 Australian event. Michelle works at Jasmax in Auckland NZ, and has been a popular and expert presenter at RTC. Welcome onboard Michelle!

The upcoming US Revit Technology Conference has brought about the creation of a US RTC Committee. Chaired by Wesley Benn, we have Revit luminaries Steve Stafford, Jim Balding, Phil Read, David Harrington and Bob Bell on board. Welcome to all and we look forward to a successful new chapter of RTC in the US.

Welcome (back) to Heidi Earl, who is now a permanent member of RTC Events Management. During the 359 days of the year when the Conference is not held, Heidi Earl will be busy preparing for upcoming events. This involves herding cats, turning our rambling meetings into a strong set of minutes, liaison with the venues, and providing the organisation that makes the whole thing possible. Heidi will be supported by Tracey Fuchs, Nishu Amatya and Bo Zhen, who are excited to be continuing their involvement in the Conference.

Feel free to join RTC Community if you have any suggestions regarding future conferences: RTC Community group on LinkedIn

And Now, a Word about our Sponsors and Supporters

Our sponsors are a crucial part of the success of the conference, providing a valuable contribution to what’s required to run it.  We value their support for RTC2010, and look forward to continued support for RTC2011 and beyond.     

We’d like to especially thank our partner sponsor, Autodesk, as well as their reseller partners, AEC Systems and KarelCAD, each as gold sponsors.  HP was also a gold-level sponsor this year – it was great to have them on board and present.     

We had support for the Principal’s Day through sponsorship by AEC Systems, and the Keynote session by CADGroup Australia.     

Hire Intelligence showed their support by providing the computer hardware for Speakers and the Lab sessions (and earning sponsorship of our Glorious Gadgets session!).     

The conference was also supported by a number of exhibitors.  We’d like to thank Benn Design, HP, Design Content, LCADesign, RevitTV and SOS Components for their involvement.     

We’ve also had a great deal of support in other ways – from various Revit User Groups, and from the speakers and other volunteers who contribute many hours to make the conference the event that it has grown to be.  We must also acknowledge the employers and families of those individuals, for their support and putting up with the vast number of hours committed.

Revit Technology Conference History


The first conference was held at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains, NSW with 89 attendees and a single stream of classes. The conference was created from the vision of Wesley Benn, Chairman of the conference committee, who co-opted his staff at Benn Design, and some of his contacts in the emerging Revit community based around the Revit User Group Sydney (RUGS), to stage the first conference. The keynote speaker was David Conant, one of the creators of Revit.


The second conference was held at Port Stephens, NSW. 120 delegates made the journey. The first specialist classes outside the general stream were introduced, with two classes held concurrently outside of the general sessions for 21 sessions in total.  New versions of Revit Structure and Revit Systems (now Revit MEP) broadened the attraction of the conference to include many in engineering consultancies. The new Revit API was covered.

Steve Stafford made the trip across the Pacific for the first time, and regular fixtures such as Toby Maple, Michelle van Kolck, Stewart Caldwell, Glenn Cunnington, Adrian Esdaile and Stephen Taskin appeared as speakers. Bill Duncan provided the keynote with his perceptive examination of BIM processes used on some recent construction projects.


2007 introduced the RTC Roadshow, the only time the conference has been held in this way. The Conference, in a one day format, toured Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne and Perth, introducing large numbers to the RTC idea.


In 2008, returning to a 3 day format, the conference was held at Brighton Beach in suburban Sydney. Attendance numbers were affected by a late change of venue, but still 165 came. This conference greatly increased the number of classes to cover the rapid uptake of Revit in engineering disciplines, with 3 and sometimes 4 classes held concurrently for a total of 32 sessions with 26 speakers.


2009 witnessed exponential growth despite the serious setbacks of the Global Financial Crisis and the Swine Flu Epidemic. Held in Melbourne, attendance increased to 218, allowing for 4 continuous streams - with the introduction of Principals’ Day, the Presentation & Visualisation, and BIM Manager streams - as well as lab sessions, a massively expanded exhibition area, and the first gadget session. All up, there were 65 sessions with 45 speakers. The conference also sparked the great Revit content debate which has led to the creation of the Content guidelines wiki, and the ANZ Revit Content Guidelines project.

Tom Fussell’s appraisal of the status of BIM in Australia and his energising promotion of the move to a new paradigm, made his keynote address stand out as a particular highlight of the conference.


The biggest and best Revit conference ever. RTC 2010, held at Manly Pacific Hotel in Sydney, saw an increase in delegates numbers by 35% on the previous year. 76 classes were presented by 45 speakers. The number of streams increased again with the BIM Manager stream showing the greatest growth.

As RTC consolidates its success, preparations are underway for the 2011 conference, which will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, Australia from 26 – 28 May 2011. In addition to this event, for the first time, RTC will be held in the USA, in Orange County, California, bringing the Revit/BIM focus, industry participation and expertise to a new audience.

The Revit Technology Conference will continue to offer advice and training from some of the world's top instructors and industry experts, bringing relevant techniques, honed in practice, to attendees.  It will continue to attract the support of key industry players and will remain a complement to Autodesk University (with which many will be familiar), offering an event targeted to the specific needs of users with Revit at the centre of their workflows.

Those wishing to stay in touch with the Revit Technology Conference should join the RTC Community group on LinkedIn. Make a suggestion, start a discussion, and have your say.

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Gold Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:
- Principals' Day

- Keynote

- Glorious Gadgets

Exhibitors: Benn Design

RTC10 Photos:

RTC10 Presentation Winner:
Glenn Cunnington,
Humphrey & Edwards

RTC10 Documentation Winner:
Peter Ahern,
Humphrey & Edwards,

Integration - Winner:
Ceilidh Higgins,
, Sydney

Innovation - Winner:
Calvin Kwan,
PTW Architects
, Sydney

Thursday - Welcome session

Keynote - Paul Doherty

Lab - Michelle van Kolck

Forum - An afternoon with Autodesk

Farewell dinner on Saturday night

Don't look at me! I didn't do it!

The joint commiittees - AUS and USA