No. 8 - September 2010

Call for Abstracts

Increase your profile in the industry - speak at RTC 2011. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with other Revit Users.

Online abstract submissions closed on Friday 22 October 2010.

The Australian Revit Technology Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, Queensland, between the 26th and 28th of May, 2011.

We are now seeking abstracts from individuals interested in speaking at the event. Note that this current call for abstracts is for the Australian event only, and a second call for abstracts will be made in relation to RTC USA, to be held in Orange County, California 6 weeks later. You are free to submit abstracts for either event, or for both, once the US abstract site has opened...

Submitted abstracts will be double-blind refereed by the RTC Committee.  Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints. Successful applicants will present in either a 55 minute or 80 minute session or a 90 minute lab. Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session. Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated forums. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed. Abstracts should be classified as Intermediate, Advanced or All Levels in the following streams:

  • Architecture
  • Structure
  • MEP
  • BIM Management & Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Owners / Facility Managers
  • Visualisation and Presentation
  • General
  • Principals

Abstract Criteria

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

All submitted abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
  • Text should be entered in sentence case
  • The size of your abstract should be limited to 500 words
  • Your abstract will be submitted as plain text on the submission site (it is recommended that you copy and paste your abstract into the field provided).
  • Describe what will be presented, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees
  • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.

Along with submitting your abstract, you must also:

  • Review the 'Speaking Terms of Agreement' prior to submitting your abstract
  • Submit a biography (limited to 150 words)
  • Submit a high quality photo which may be published in a printed program. Your photography must be a minimum of 300dpi – Actual size (approximate size of passport photo). The file may be supplied as a jpg, tif, bmp, png or eps file (not exceeding 2MB).
  • Outline three (3) tips that delegates will take away from your presentation


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

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

To ensure the quality of our conference, we maintain a limit of 3 presentations per author, however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts if you wish.


Complimentary registration will be offered to one author per successful abstract. Travel and accommodation is at the author's expense. An honorarium of AUD300 per subsequent abstract will be paid to those with a second or third successful abstract (this will be paid in the form of cheque/direct deposit or as credit towards your accommodation at Jupiters Gold Coast, after your presentations have been made).

What We Are Interested in

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

General topics of interest:

  • Collaboration - Coordination
  • File Management - lightweight modelling
  • Data Mining (import/export):
    • Scheduling
    • RDB Link, ODBC
  • Tips & Tricks (Harvested) - Classic Screw-ups
  • Quantity Surveying, Estimation
  • Construction
  • Modelling
  • Documentation & Detailing
  • Sustainability
  • LCA Design
  • Content Protocols - Manufactures Content
  • Standards/Quality Assurance
  • Families - (multidiscipline)
  • Stairs & Railings
  • New Features (primarily undocumented new features)
  • Formats:
    • ADSK (Civil/Interiors)
    • IFC
  • GIS/BIM/Urban Planning
  • Massing - Adaptive points
  • Systems Admin for BIM Managers:-
    • Scripting
    • Deployments
    • .ini file management
  • Forums
  • Informal Sessions
  • New tools and technologies (such as):
    • PK Nail
    • Video trace
    • Autodesk Labs tools
  • Third Party programs:
    • Ecotect
    • Bentley Architecture
    • AutoCAD
    • Tekla
    • 12D
    • Solibri
    • ArchiCAD
    • Trelligence Affinity
    • Projectwise
  • Processes
  • Linking - grouping approaches
  • Case Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Small projects
  • High rise
  • Housing
  • Mass production
  • Prefabrication
  • Interiors
  • Existing building modelling
  • Best practices
  • Computational Design
  • Project Management
  • Interoperability

Principals Stream topics of interest:

  • Forums
    • HR
    • Industry Bodies
  • Software expose for Principals
  • IPD
    • Contract Forms
    • Insurance
  • Building Smart

Lab session topics of interest:

  • Ecotect
  • Families
  • API
  • Scheduling
  • Sitework
  • Scope boxes
  • Co-ordinate systems
  • CAD file integration


Labs should be directed to advanced users. The most effective labs feature a combination of demonstration and hands-on work (perhaps 1:3 or 1:4 proportion?), and the hands-on work focuses on only a very small area of the topic overall. The hands-on work takes longer than you think! If you can, please note who you would nominate as a lab assistant. Alterntaviely, we can help to arrange this at a later time.


Remember that these topics represent only some of the areas of interest to the conference, and are neither exhaustive nor prescriptive! We value original and inventive ideas, so have a crack at it ...

Abstract Submission

The only method for submission of abstracts is online. Authors will have the option to log back into the site after they have submitted their abstract, to make any changes and monitor the review of their abstract. When submitting your abstract, any open session will expire after an hour of inactivity. Please ensure you save your submission regularly (by selecting next) - you can always go back to your document and edit it.


Abstracts must be submitted no later than:

Friday, October 22nd, 2010.

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RTC10 Photos:
Keynote - Paul Doherty

Lab - Michelle van Kolck

General session

Morning tea

Lots of really attentive people...

Reviewing competition entries

Drinks on Friday evening

Forum - An afternoon with Autodesk

Australian and American committee members

RTC10 Presentation Winner:
Glenn Cunnington,
Humphrey & Edwards,

RTC10 Documentation Winner:
Peter Ahern,
Humphrey & Edwards,

Integration - Winner:
Ceilidh Higgins,
GHD, Sydney

Innovation - Winner:
Calvin Kwan,
PTW Architects, Sydney