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.

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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….

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.