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 This site is no longer being updated.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.

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Australia CodeBook User Group plans local meetings

The Codebook User Group – Australia on LinkedIn is planning its first meetings – on 28 August 6pm EST. John Temple (regional principal at Brisbane-based Woodhead) is aiming to organise local meetings in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, all linked together via the web. Venues to be confirmed! In the LinkedIn discussion, he writes:

This is intended to be a collaborative, user focussed group aimed at helping us all to be more effective and efficient. Sharing experiences, lesson learnt, helping each other through challenges, looking to the future, etc.

This is not just a technical group; it is about design and delivery. The group has a broad spectrum of members already, including experienced technical wizards, keen new blood and relatively old men of healthcare briefing / documentation like me.

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.

New, independent CodeBook blog

CodeBook LamaAs a sign of the widespread interest in CodeBook, it was great to discover that one of our end-users has decided to set up his own independent CodeBook blog.

Chris Razzell, practice CodeBook Leader at Hassell, an architects’ firm based in Sydney, Australia, has started the CodeBookLama, “aimed at educating, promoting good practice and demystifying the use of CodeBook within Architecture”.

It’s early days (and Chris says he is still changing his mind about the background, colour palette, font, etc), but he aims to write regularly about his experiences of using CodeBook. He is considering writing some “how to” posts (“ie: we needed to do this on our project and so by doing x, y and z the benefits were…”), talking about project events, and explaining useful work-arounds and fixes that he’s discovered.

Since his first, scene-setting blog post, Chris has written four further blog posts – the latest one is about CodeBook Libraries – and we look forward to future editions. Meanwhile, we have made his blog the first addition to our ‘blog roll’ of key CodeBook links.