The CodeBook blog is moving

New CodeBook International blogThe CodeBook International blog is now being managed on a new WordPress.org platform here. This site is no longer being updated.

Having tested the ‘blogosphere’ with a free, but basic site, we have decided to transfer our content and to continue to blog on what I hope you will find a more sophisticated and better-looking site.

All your comments and links from the first blog have been transferred, but you may need to update any bookmarks you have for this blog, and, if you use RSS, you may also need to amend your RSS subscription. We are also testing out a email subscription process, so if you requested email updates from the previous blog, you will need to re-subscribe.

Please have a look at the new blog. Our first new post concerns our first efforts at creating instructional videos about the CodeBook application, and the site includes links to our channels on YouTube and Vimeo. We have also updated our recent blog post about the Australian CodeBook User Group meeting, which took place on 28 August.

Advertisements

It’s the little things that count…

screen grab of CodeBook Lama blog postMany thanks to Chris Razzell for producing a very detailed and positive review of the latest (26 May 2012) release of CodeBook. In his blog post – “It’s the little things that count …” on Codebook Lama – Chris says he was:

very impressed with some great new functionality and lots of small enhancements that have been made. These little tweaks will save a mouse click here and there, simplify processes and make day to day work just that little bit easier ….

As he goes on to say, we have indeed been looking at “game changing” functionality and it was great that Andy and Cyril could talk about our mobile tablet version at the recent RTC US event in Georgia. Feedback from that event has also got us thinking about the many little things (and some not so little!) that CodeBook can do to help users produce reports and other deliverables more quickly, and we are thinking about highlighting some of the “quick wins” in a series of short presentations or videos.

Clarifying the CodeBook-Revit connections at RTC USA

For this week’s Revit Technology Conference, we produced some new banner stands, and on one of them we have tried to summarise up the CodeBook offering in a single graphic:

CodeBook summarised

We think it captures most of the key points we usually make about CodeBook, and, on the evidence of the first day at RTC, it seems to quickly grab the attention of people walking past our stand (#14).

Today, CodeBook Solutions’ chief operating officer Cyril Verley will be presenting at the conference, describing how, using CodeBook, BIM and CAD data can be seamlessly exchanged with key owner/operator applications for FM, GIS, etc. Such talks normally stimulate a surge of interest on the stand, so we are looking forward to it!

LinkedIn

Cyril has also been participating in online conversations in a LinkedIn group about healthcare use of Codebook and Revit, responding to a posting about Revit. In one contribution, he sums up the differences between CodeBook and other tools:

Here is why CodeBook is the perfect addition to any project using Revit, Autocad or Microstation…

  1. CodeBook allows the “comparison & validation” between the “required FF+E program per room” vs the families in the Revit model. Revit does not.
  2. CodeBook can manage data from files using Revit, Autocad and Microstation at the same time. Revit, Autocad and Microstation do not.
  3. CodeBook exposes and links the BIM and CAD data to FM programs (like Maximo) and GIS programs (like ArcGIS). Revit, Autocad and Microstation do not.
  4. CodeBook manages and updates parameter data across multiple Revit models and families automatically. In Revit this is a manual process.
  5. CodeBook keeps the Revit model size down because the “parameter BIM data” is managed outside BIM.
  6. CodeBook now has a “web app” for handheld devices that allows the editing of “instance parameters” of all BIM assets on a room for the GC’s commissioning needs and the Owner’s FM and GIS needs. No need to open Revit or even know Revit.

RTC fast approaching and AU2012 on the horizon

In just over a week’s time, I will be in Stone Mountain, Georgia for the US version of Revit Technology Conference, picking up the baton passed by Tessa from RTC Australia last month (post). We will be on stand 14 showing off the prototype of our new CodeBook Mobile application for building information modeling (BIM) data management.

We're exhibiting at AU2012However, this certainly won’t be the last big event where you can come and find out more about CodeBook. After our successful show last year (post), we will be taking a stand again at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, 27-29 November 2012, where we will be on stand 1b.

With interest growing in our BIM collaboration and information management toolset across north America, we are looking forward to two busy shows.

CodeBook attacked by drone at RTC Aus!

Phew! RTC 2012 at Woollongong Beach last week (post) was really busy for CodeBook. There were lots of CodeBook users there, we had a constant flow of interest through the CodeBook stand, and every break was peppered with 10 to 30 minute demonstrations. Most evenings also saw me doing demonstrations under the heat lamps.

last demo at RTC 2012There was a real sense of community among CodeBook users too. Our stand became the natural ‘meeting place’ where existing clients would freely talk to other Revit user delegates about CodeBook if I was tied up with a group. I also found that delegates were being escorted to the booth by existing users and encouraged to ask questions and take information away with them.

CodeBook was mentioned in numerous presentations. Chris Razzell (Hassell) and David Foley (Norman Disney Young) did an outstanding case study presentation on a current project – where they have used linked models and CodeBook to capture the service-related equipment and validate it alongside the architectural FF&E. It was a very positive outcome and the audience were impressed.

Talking BIM (and CodeBook)Danielle Currie and Andrew Harp (both Silver Thomas Hanley) did a presentation about how the responsibilities have changed and improved with the move from CAD to BIM and the implementation of CodeBook on their projects. The discussion produced another flock of delegates to the booth wanting to see a demonstration, ask questions or set up future appointments after the event.

CodeBook attacked by drone!

Lastly…. Wesley Benn (chairman, from BD Group / RTC Events Management) nearly erased Danielle and I during a test flight of a Parrot AR.Drone 2 in the exhibition hall. This is a four heli-bladed device (like this) with a wireless live camera feed, controlled from an iPad. The out-of-control Parrot hit the CodeBook stand rear wall where Danielle and I were taking down the posters – it was travelling around 80kph when it crashed. Dani employed the drop-and-roll technique while I opted for the matrix lean. Wes copped a great deal of flack for further endangering a rare RTC species: women. On the flipside – our fabulous booth got even MORE attention….

CodeBook at RTC Australia

CodeBook Connect stand at RTC 2012 AustralasiaCodeBook is represented at the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) in Australia taking place this week (24-26 May 2012) at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, New South Wales. Tessa Kingsbury has set up the CodeBook Connect stand and is looking forward to meeting existing and potential users of the CodeBook application.

Expanding in the US

CodeBook International has established a new US-based business, CodeBook Solutions Inc to provide sales, consultancy and support for our north American architecture, engineering and construction and operation (AECO) customers (read our news release here). This step has also coincided with some management changes.

Peter MannMost importantly, CodeBook International founder Peter Mann is now focused on product development as Chief Technology Officer, applying his design experience and expertise to the development of our next generation of enterprise-class software. Day-to-day running of the business is in my hands, as the new chief executive officer of both companies.

During the 18 months that I have been working with CodeBook, it has became clear that the business needed additional manpower to capitalize upon its growth opportunities. We have new resellers, partners, customers and prospects, and I will be nurturing these relationships while Peter drives forward delivery of new product functionality.

CodeBook Solutions Inc

I am pleased that our long-standing partner Cyril Verley has joined as Chief Operating Officer of CodeBook Solutions Inc, which is based in San Diego, California.

Cyril has substantial previous experience with CodeBook, having founded CDV Systems, the technology systems consultancy and North America distributor of CodeBook.

We have established this new US-based corporation in order to bring sales, consultancy and support under one umbrella to better serve client needs. It will provide project scoping, sales, implementation, training, mentoring and product support services, and – critically – help relate the customer’s introduction of CodeBook to the related implementation of its BIM software. Cyril’s involvement will help ensure continuity with our customers’ project teams.