Apr 01

Summary of Wednesday’s Meeting (3/26-2014)

Fellow RAM Members:

With the focus on infrastructure and data management our theme for the night was about integrating different programs. Via “Go to Meeting” webcast, Senior Technical Specialist with Autodesk, Inc., James Wedding, accompanied by Rob Rasnik, reviewed Autodesk InfraWorks 360 and examined how the Model Builder function can build a model in minutes. GIS data can be brought in to add more detail, Road Design and Bridge Design modules can be used to truly design new conditions, and the StoryBoard functionality makes fly-through and presentation renderings a snap.  The speed and functionality of this setup will give clients a more “real world” view of any project, instantly.

Afterwards, they addressed numerous questions, concerns and input from the attendants.

Richmond AutoCAD Manifest (RAM) is sponsored by IMAGINiT Technologies


Mar 24

March Meeting Reminder

Fellow RAM Members:

Our March meeting involves Integration of data into the various programs. How do we integrate information without consequences? Our presenter is Professional Engineer James Wedding.  James is a Senior Technical Specialist with Autodesk, Inc. focusing on Infrastructure and Data Management solutions. A ten-year veteran of the land development industry, James has spoken numerous times at Autodesk University, AU Brasil, AUGI Cad Camps, and other events. In his time with Autodesk, James has worked with companies around the globe to implement Civil 3D, Vault, and InfraWorks, bringing a pragmatic approach and in-the-field experience to software and industry challenges.

Be sure to bring your friends and co-workers. Family members are invited.  As usual, there will be light food and beverages.  The meeting time is at 5:30 at the Human Services Building of the Henrico County Government Center at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.  …see you there!

Richmond AutoCAD Manifest (RAM) is sponsored by Matt Conrad of IMAGINiT Technologies (757-985-3244)

Feb 26

February Meeting Reminder Supplement

Recently, Cynthia E. Chagnon-MacKenzie started a Facebook page for the RAM Group. It can be accessed through the following URL: https://www.facebook.com/RichmondAutodeskManifest# Let’s see how many “Likes” we can get.

Also, Matt Conrad of the Revit User Group of Charlottesville will be having a “Reviteer Smackdown” at their next meeting on March 12, 2014 in Charlottesville at 5:30 pm. More information can be found here: http://s1749.t.en25.com/e/es.aspx?s=1749&e=55023&elq=d4532816127b48bba9e7afd60990ead3

If anyone interested in attending, let’s see if we can make arrangements to do so.

Apr 20

Additional Job Post – April 2013

Company:  Eagle Construction of VA, LLC

Position:  Revit Technician – Full Time Contract Position

Duties:  This position requires extreme proficiency in Revit with particular emphasis on detailing and design of residential components.  Work schedules involve a very fast-paced environment with project models requiring completion in weeks (not months or years).

Contact:  Stephen Bortowski

email:  sbortowski@eagleofva.com

Ph: 804-741-4663, ext. 282

Work Location:  Richmond, VA

Time Frame:  ASAP

Apr 20

April Job Postings


Title: BIM Change Agent                  Date prepared: 04/09/13

Department: Purchasing                    Reports To: Purchasing Manager

Work Location: Richmond

FLSA Status:  ___ Exempt    X    Non-exempt

Position Status:  X    FT ___ PT ___ Temp


General Purpose of the Position: [A brief description that summarizes the overall purpose and objectives of the position, the results the worker is expected to accomplish and the degree of freedom to act.]

This position is responsible for leading the development and implementation of BIM methods and procedures company wide.  The individual in this position will implement job specific BIM plans and strategies utilizing Revit and other tools to ensure best practices for projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: [The tasks, duties and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.]

  • Responsible for BIM standards development, implementation, and enforcement.
  • Provide quality control for completeness and adherence to company standards of all plans produced.
    • Automate routines in BIM to support standards and productivity
  • Leader in Eagle Construction’s E3 / Green Building Effort
  • Develop, execute and manage Eagle Construction’s Safety Program
  • Develop and implement project process improvement(s).
  • Must be able to act as the Company liaison for interface with vendors, clients, and business partners.
  • Lead internal and external BIM project meetings
  • Work with project superintendents to optimize scheduling.
  • BIM      Practices:
    • Implement       Lean Building Practices
    • Improved       visualization to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems,       and simulate and analyze potential impacts.
    • Improved       productivity due to easy retrieval of information
    • Assist       project teams in BIM project setup and help resolve design issues.
    • Increased       coordination of construction documents
    • Embedding       and linking of vital information such as vendors for specific materials,       location of details and quantities required for estimation and
    • Increased       speed of delivery
    • Use       clash detection to eliminate opportunity for errors + minimize waste =       Reduced costs

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: [The specific minimum competencies required for job performance.]

  • Ability to represent the company in a positive, professional manner.
  • Highly motivated individual with a strong work ethic who is goal and achievement oriented.
  • Must possess proven problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to use time productively; maximize efficiency; and meet challenging work goals.
  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative      needed to excel.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (friendly, courteous and      helpful)
  • Must have proven skill level to interpret blueprints and other project documents, including but not limited to, specifications, reporting and quality requirements.

Computer Equipment and Software Requirements:

  • Proficiency in use of MS Office Suite.
  • Experience with      a residential construction CRM system preferable.
  • Must be      proficient with Revit and other computer aided design software (Ex.      AutoCAD)
  • Ability to create Revit work sets and understanding of Revit work sharing process.
  • 3D Modeling      Experience

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in architecture, engineering or construction-related field.


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience using Building Information Model (BIM) processes, applications, and project support.
  • Previous homebuilding experience preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Not Applicable

Success factors [Personal characteristics that contribute to an individual’s ability to excel on the job.]

  • Highly motivated individual with a strong work ethic who is goal and achievement oriented.
  • Must possess proven problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to use time productively; maximize efficiency; and meet challenging work goals.
  • Strong computer skills
  • A team player with very good      communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (friendly, courteous and      helpful)
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative      needed to excel.
  • Must have proven skill level to      interpret blueprints and other project documents, including but not      limited to, specifications, reporting and quality requirements.

Supervisory Responsibilities [The scope of the person’s authority.]

  • No direct reports

Working conditions [The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment.]

  • Office environment / Construction Job Site

Physical Demands [The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.]

  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions, strength to lift and carry files weighing up to 10 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
  • Physical capability to include climbing stairs, bending/squatting, reaching and being on your feet for 2-4 hours.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements fisted in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


Employee acknowledgement ________________       Date ___________________

Please send all resumes to Stephen Bortowski <sbortowski@eagleofva.com>

Mar 08

Copy Local Revit Files Simply

Paul Kirill has added a VB.NET application to the downloads page – the Local File Creator. This application eases the chore of creating your Revit local files. Once installed, you simply configure your local file and folder standards (you only do this once) and select a central file to copy. The program will rename the local file and even create local subfolders if that is your preference. Once copied, you will even be prompted to open the file in Revit.  It keeps track of your central files in a list so you only have to find the central file that first time. It should work with all versions of Revit, and both 32 and 64 bit versions of XP and Vista. You can find it on our Downloads page. Give it a shot and leave a comment!

HCYU Local File Creator

More details can be found at Paul’s website here: http://tech.kdcad.com/?p=151

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