No. 9 – March 2011

Preparations are well under way for this year’s Revit Technology Conferences, to be held this year in both Australasia and North America. The 2011 conferences promise to be the biggest and best of these events yet, bringing a comprehensive range of presentations on all matters relating to Revit and BIM. This is a unique ‘for users, by users’ event, where experts and leaders in the field of BIM share their knowledge and exchange their insights.

RTC will, for the first time, come to the Gold Coast of Queensland, in the resort setting of Jupiters Gold Coast. This capacious venue allows us an expanded range of subject matter and more choice for attendees. Relevance is assured! We are also pleased RTC will be contributing to the economy of Queensland, given recent events.

Hear from some of the world’s leading figures Revit and BIM: Phil Read, Steve Stafford, Dave Harrington, Paul Aubin, Martin Taurer and Bob Bell – noted authors, bloggers, AU and RTC speakers. And returning are some of the highest rated speakers from past conferences: Michelle van Kolck, Toby Maple, Chris Needham, Stephen Taskin, Chris Price, Sam Saliba, Melanie Tristram, and Adam Sheather.

Dr. Steven K. Feiner has been secured as the keynote speaker for RTC Australasia 2011!!

Steven Feiner

Dr. Steven K. Feiner is a professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory.  He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University.  His research interests include virtual worlds and Augmented Reality (AR), of which he is one of the world’s leading authorities.  His work has been published in over fifty papers and presented in numerous talks, tutorials and panels. 

Some of his projects directly of interest to RTC are:

  • Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair (ARMAR)
  • Architectural Anatomy: Viewing hidden structural systems
  • ARC: Augmented Reality for Construction

Dr. Feiner will showcase some of his work and shed some light on other potential applications, challenges and predictions.  Practical use of this type of technology is already in use!  You don’t want to miss this!

Experience the Power of BIM
With Autodesk REVIT in 2011!

Revit Technology Conference, Australasia

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

Early bird discounts on offer until 31 March 2011

For Program and registration details

Experience the power of BIM at the region’s premiere Revit Event. After the success of RTC 2010 you are invited to attend a unique Revit event which will supercharge your professional experience. This 3 day event is streamed to benefit both novices and experts, and features leaders in Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP and a host of ancillary applications as well as a one day stream specifically for Principals.

Who should attend? Principals, Office Managers, Architects, Engineers, ESD Consultants, Students, Academics in related fields, CAD/BIM Managers, Construction Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors, Subcontractors, Project Managers, Developers, Property Owners, Designers, Draftspersons, Digital Modellers, Visualisation Artists.

And for the first time, the
Revit Technology Conference, North America

Will be held in Orange County, California at
Thursday - Saturday, 23 - 25 June 2011

RTC is a unique, independent conference covering all things Revit - BIM and the whole ecosystem that supports it, and that goes to ensuring your success in the marketplace. No other event brings so many opportunities and benefits together in a single location. As a 'for users, by users' event, RTC is the best place to get unvarnished advice from the people who use the technologies to drive their businesses - and the industry as a whole -  forward. Business leaders, thought leaders, innovators and implementers; they are all here, and all ready to give away their secrets to aid in the quest for a better, smarter industry, and a stronger, more sustainable environment.

  • Learn from some of the world's top instructors and industry experts.
  • Share ideas and insights with an international community of your peers.
  • Explore the latest trends and technologies
  • Cultivate important business and professional contacts that can benefit your company and your career.
  • Come to learn from the experts and leave with a wealth of knowledge, practical methods, and new ideas.
  • See how Revit and related applications drive ESD analysis and simulation.
  • Unlock the potential of BIM to streamline the building procurement and construction process.
  • CPD formal and informal points

Expert Revit use, and the role of a host of satellite applications, will be demonstrated through classroom training sessions, case studies, and a detailed examination of real-world workflows. Peer group participation and insight will be harnessed in a number of forum discussions.

This is the conference that attracts the top players in the BIM world. Join them, and gain from their insights.

With speakers and delegates from all aspects of the industry - from designers to owners, from surveyors to facility managers - RTC's scope ensures value to all who attend. Unique content delivered by the best: the tips and tricks, workarounds, and ‘gotchas’ that you need to know to stay on top. Find the answer to that problem that has been costing you time and money! Join us, and ride the front of the wave of the future.

RTC 2011 Australasia - Registration Fees:


(Until 31 March 2011)

(From 1 April to 20 May 2011)

(From 21 May 2011)

Full Conference Delegate 




Group (5+) per person 




One Day Delegate




One Day Delegate




Full Conference Attendee Inclusions:

  • 3 days of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and exhibition attendance
  • Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea each day
  • Attendance to all social functions, including Welcome Function (Thursday), Friday Evening BBQ and Gala Dinner (Saturday)

Principals' Day

A one day stream exclusively for Principals, at a special low price. This stream of BIM information and discussion is aimed at owners and managers of consultancy practices, contractors, project managers and developers seeking to understand the profound changes brought about by the advent of BIM.

The day will focus on the business aspects of BIM: harnessing the power of Revit to produce a superior product at a lower cost, the legal aspects of BIM, implementation strategies, BIM standards, professional trends, and exciting new modes of facilities procurement including Integrated Project Delivery. Cut through the jargon and the hard-sell, and find out what the world of BIM is really about.

  • Industry Update
  • HR & BIM: Understanding the impact on your business.
  • BIM Management Case Study: How 1 Bligh delivered one of Sydney's smartest and greenest buildings using BIM technology.
  • Organisational BIM: How to assess and improve your organisation’s BIM performance! 

The Principals’ Day is for those who are investigating BIM and Revit, those who have started their implementation, and those interested in the financial and quality benefits that come from using Revit well.

Detailed Presentations

RTC 2011’s call for papers has delivered a range of interesting and unique content which keeps the conference in touch with the trends in practice. See presentations from some of the world’s best!

The World of BIM

As well as Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP, RTC covers a wide range of the applications, formats and workflows used with Revit to deliver best practice BIM:

    • Revit SDK and API
    • Design Review and the DWF format
    • Navisworks 
    • Ecotect
    • iConstruct
    • IFC
    • CostX
    • LCA Design
    • 3DS Max Design
    • Generative Components
    • Tekla
    • Robot
    • Revit Collaboration
    • Protocols and Standards
    • BIM and Quantity Surveying
    • Conceptual Energy Analysis
    • Cost Planning
    • Construction
    • BIM for Healthcare
    • BIM for Interiors
    • Masterplanning Communities
    • Coordination
    • Interoperability
    • Digital Manufacturing
    • Fabrication
    • Computational Design
    • BIM for Bridges and Civil Works
    • BIMwash

Choose a Stream

With six rooms featuring concurrent presentations of technical workshops, case studies, discussion forums, hands on lab sessions and seminars, RTC caters for all levels of expertise and a wide range of specific interests. Specialise in one area or sample from several. Sessions in each stream range from novice to advanced. The relevance of the training is assured:

  • Revit MEP Stream
    • Detailing
    • Enterprise-Wide Content Creation
    • Case Studies
    • New Features Revit MEP 2012
    • Collaboration and Documentation
    • Mechanical Workshop Documentation
    • Massing for MEP
    • Project Delivery: An MEP Perspective
    • Fire System Design
    • MEP Families
    • Scheduling
    • MEP Equipment – Get the Spatials Correct

  • Revit Structure Stream
    • Using Revit Models in Tekla for Steel Detailing
    • Robot, Revit and Fabrication
    • New Features Revit Structure 2012
    • Graphical Column Schedules
    • Structural Advanced Families
    • Software Interoperability on Multidisciplinary Project
    • Construction Families for Structures
    • Case Studies
    • Multidisciplinary Collaboration

  • Revit Architecture Stream
    • Advanced Geometry
    • Revit’s Top Model: Conceptual Massing
    • Generative Components
    • Revit Interiors and Finishes
    • New Features Revit Architecture 2012
    • Designing in Revit Using Parametric Formulas
    • Design Development and Documentation
    • Architectural Advanced Families
    • Family creation
    • Real-Time Rendering in Revit
    • Case Studies
    • Multidisciplinary Collaboration
    • Topography and Massing
    • Detailing in Revit Architecture
    • Adaptive Components
    • Revisions
    • Revit API Plug-ins You Can’t Live Without

  • Visualisation & Presentation Stream
    • Case Studies: Competition Winners 2010
    • Real-Time Rendering with Revit
    • Revit and 3DS Max Design
    • Modelling
    • Revit’s Mental Ray Renderer
    • Transferring to Max and the FBX Format

  • BIM Management and Collaboration
    • BIM Management as a Discipline
    • Revit API
    • Coordination with Copy/Monitor and APIs
    • Implementation Experiences
    • Multidisciplinary Collaboration
    • IFC Export to Revit
    • Collaboration: Big BIM
    • Protocols and Standards
    • Systems Administration for BIM Managers
    • Cost Planning
    • Revit and CostX
    • BIM on a Construction Site
    • Parts and Assemblies Tools
    • Design Review
    • Revit Server
    • Navisworks Timeliner
    • Project Delivery
    • Interoperability

  • Sustainability
    • Conceptual Energy Analysis
    • Revit to Ecotect
    • Getting Your Head Around Ecotect Analysis
    • Sustainable Cities: Collaboration Through City Information Modelling
    • LCA Design

  • General
    • Using Your Digital Data 
    • ANZRS Content Guidelines
    • An Afternoon with Autodesk
    • Drop the B in BIM
    • Training Your Staff
    • 10 Free Revit APIs You Can’t Live Without
    • Revit to Digital Manufacturing
    • Schedules, for Documenting, Checking and Counting
    • Shared Nested Families
    • Families: The Good the Bad and the Ugly


Pick A Level
All the sessions on offer have been rated for the amount of prior knowledge required. Presentations have been tailored to meet the needs of those at all levels of experience.

  • Novice and Intermediate Highlights
    • Should I Model or Should I Draft?
    • Families
    • Revit Scheduling
    • Bringing BIM to the Site
    • Ecotect
    • Curtain Walls
    • Interiors and Finishes
    • Rendering

  • Intermediate and Advanced Highlights
    • Advanced Family Creation
    • Complex Structural Form
    • Revit API
    • Real-Time Rendering
    • Adaptive Components
    • Protocols and Standards
    • Parts and Assemblies Tools
    • BIM Management and Navisworks
    • Generative Components
    • Computational Design
    • Collaboration and Coordination

Hands on lab sessions:

Hands on labs will provide a deeper understanding of some more complex parts of Revit. Hurry, space is limited

    • Parts and Assemblies Tools
    • Adaptive Components
    • Massing for MEP
    • Schedules for Documenting, Checking and Counting
    • Structural Advanced Families
    • Shared Nested Families
    • Generative Components
    • API and SDK
    • Advanced Families
    • MEP Equipment
    • Bridges with Revit and Civil 3D
    • Use and Abuse of Curtain Walls

Book RTC early to ensure your place in the labs. Places are limited


It’s on again. Check out the rules at:


If you’ve been doing some great work, and would like the world to know, please contact us at RTC Event Management Pty Ltd. We are looking for all examples of expert, innovative and interesting work – displays of technique as well as strong visual images. Revit-only workflows can also be entered into the Competition: We just won’t be able to mention or display your name.

Showcased images will be presented after the opening session, and as a slideshow for the duration of the conference. Inspire and be inspired!


As at RTC 2010, the exhibition will display products, content and services from a range of vendors.

Glorious Gadgets

It’s back again, moving to our Saturday afternoon wrap. Last year we saw navigation through Navisworks through direct mind control, and the iPad. What do we have in store this year?


ANZRS Revit Content Initiative

Born of its AUSBIM origins and with much hard work by volunteers, the Australia and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS) for content creation is completed and ready for peer review. Get access to the document pack and a walkthrough of what it entails. Ensure that your content is ANZRS compliant, and get up to speed on it at RTC 2011.

Visit the web site –

Social Events

Where the real work gets done!

The Welcome Function , held on Thursday evening, provides an opportunity to network with friends and colleagues, while enjoying a drink and canapés within the Exhibition area from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

On Day 2, unwind from the Conference with a relaxed outdoor BBQ and games. Bring the family along, there will be a jumping castle for the kids (and big kids!) and other fun and games. Kids come for free!! Includes BBQ dinner and beverages from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

The Conference will go out with a bang at the Farewell Dinner . Guests will enjoy a 3 course meal and beverages from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, a cash bar will be available after this. Awards will kick-start the evening followed by live entertainment by leading Queensland band, Odyssey.

Mingle at the morning teas, lunches, and afternoon teas - and meet some of the best talent in the business.

Relax and get some flight-time (either/or) with a range of demo software and state-of-the-art computers in the RTC Lounge. 

And if you have brought your partner, or the whole family, don’t forget that you are in the heart of one of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. The Gold Coast has warm climate, with May temperatures of around 24°C (75°F), and is famed for its fabulous beaches and waterways. It is a vibrant, modern city, with a backdrop of rainforest clad mountains. Enjoy water sports, golf, fun parks, bushwalking, sightseeing, and the restaurants and bars of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise – the choice is yours. You come to the Conference, and the family gets a holiday!

Families and partners are welcome at the BBQ function on Friday night. Partners may also book tickets for the Gala Dinner separately.


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:

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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