Christmas Party Time!

CADGROUP have done it again .. they’re hosting the Christmas party this year, so a big thanks from everyone at BIMWest & WARUG!  Without sponsors, our events and functions would not be the same and we truly appreciate the loyal support of CAD Group and their professional team.  Thanks again and we look forward to what we can achieve together in 2018!

Please come and join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on the 13th of December at The Globe Lane Bar, 495-497 Wellington Street, Perth for some Christmas drinks, finger foods and networking with the WARUG and BIMWest crew.

We will also be putting out the feelers for new committee members for next year – so please let us know if you’re interested (BIMWestPerth@gmail.com).  All assistance is welcome to keep these events running.  All it takes is a couple of hours a month.

Places are limited .. so be sure to register for the event, and we’ll see you there!


BIM for Interiors – OCTOBER 2017

Here’s what we got up to on the 18th of October at Central TAFE.


Event Sponsor

Woodform Architectural designs and manufactures modular architectural linings with hidden fixings. We have become famous for innovation in applying science to the use of solid wood linings, and thinking outside the square. With globalisation, and the need to keep up with worldwide trends, Woodform constantly scours the globe for inspiration and innovation. This is shown in our unique approach, with consultancy services, samples and much more.

Sculptform overcomes design intent obstacles associated with customised feature linings by moving traditionally cumbersome design practises into an efficient specification tool for today’s architect. It incorporates instant pricing, specification information, 3D renders, exportable PDFs of your custom design, and more all via sculptform.woodformarch.com




We are excited that two of the  Australias BIM Pioneers will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and workflow of interiors.

We have changed buildings to across the road.
The venue sponsor for the year shall be North Metropolitan TAFE,
Main Lecture Theatre, Building 1, 25 Aberdeen Street (also accessible from 19 Francis Street)NORTHBRIDGE WA

Start Time 5 pm Sharp, please arrive early for registration.

2x30min presentations – Room 2.85

The age-old question, “why and how”   Andrew Harp – Scentre group 

Andrew discussed and highlighted considerations required for modelling and documenting interior elements and finishes such as Walls, Floors, Ceilings and Columns. He covered the age-old question, “why and how” offering insight on some practices his team have used on their current projects.
Andrew has over 18 years extensive experience documenting for the construction industry, his project experience ranges from Government and institutional, commercial, mixed-use, high-end residential/apartments and retail design.

Andrew is one of the founding members of WARUG and a true leader in BIM.

BIM/Revit and Interior Design  Michael Ruehr – Hassell
Michael shared Lessons Learnt, Best Practice, Working Smarter
for interior project design and documentation. Michael is a Revit tragic with 35 years’ experience in all facets of the Building Industry. Who loves sharing his excitement, experience and information gained working with Revit.

Michael is a true leader in BIM and has a blog which is a great source of information about some of his workflow and best practices. http://revitworx.blogspot.com.au/

15min  Networking and Food by event sponsor– Foyer
We Continued the discussions with free pizza and drinks prior to the lab provided by event sponsor Woodform Architectural.

40min Step by step demonstration – Revit Interior Lab – Michael Ruehr – HASSELL
This session covered the Modelling of Feature Walls and Ceilings with Parts and Adaptive Components
Michael also used VR and ultrafast rendering with Enscape.

The venue sponsor for the year is Central TAFE

Details about our Speakers
Michael Ruehr – https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelruehr/?ppe=1
Andrew Harp – https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-harp-5a932814/


5D BIM: ready for take-off – AUGUST 2017

Event Sponsor A2K Technologies
We have changed room to lecture theatre 2.85 on the level 2 (opposite the library).

Register HERE

The venue sponsor for the year shall be North Metropolitan TAFE,
Level 2, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

2x20min presentations – Room 2.85

5D cost planning – Sweet and Sour.  Sharon Yap – Altus Group

With experience in QS consultancy and being one of the pioneers in the use of BIM for cost planning, Sharon will present the Sweet and Sour of 5D. Sharon has over 18 years of experience working for quantity surveying consultancy practices, contractors and developers across Asia and Australia. She has significant managerial and technical experience in cost estimating, bill of quantities, change control, value engineering, value management and construction contract administration. Her experience covers a range of clients including healthcare, education, hospitality, commercial and residential property.

5D process Revit – Sketchup – CostX – David Palmer – the estimating department

David is an experienced Estimator/Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years of success providing winning and profitable First Principles Estimates in the highly competitive tender market, as well as Cost Management and Quantity Surveying services.  David will reveal the processes of combining Revit, SketchUp and CostX for cost planning and estimating, exporting IFC and DWFx versions from Revit into CostX for 5D BIM.

20min Q & A Discussion Panel

Sharon Yap and David Palmer will be joined by Phil Davies, Project BIM Manager – HASSELL for a short panel discussion and Q&A.

15min  Networking and Food by A2K – Level 3 Foyer

Continue the discussions with free pizza and drinks prior to the lab provide by

Event sponsor A2K technologies.

40min Hands-on Lab – Revit Scheduling LAB – Phil Davies – Project BIM Manager – HASSELL

Revit Scheduling LAB – Room 3.01

This lab session will cover the scheduling of elements from within the Revit model.

We’ll take a look at the basics concept of creating schedule types before moving on to the more advanced aspects of scheduling including the use of filters, calculating and displaying totals and configuring the format and appearance of the resulting schedule data.

Phil Davies has over 20 years’ experience working with design technology solutions in the design and delivery of projects within the AEC industry. This knowledge has primarily been gained from over 10 years as an Autodesk Revit Applications Engineer, and 9 years performing BIM management roles within large multinational architectural practices since emigrating to Perth from the UK in 2008.

The venue sponsor for the year shall be Central TAFE, Level 2, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

Details about our Speakers

David Palmer – https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-palmer-0ba58346/

Sharon Yap – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-yap-ab2aba31/

Phil Davies – https:/www.linkedin.com/in/phil-davies-b7305622/

June Event Wrap

A big thank you to all those who attended BIMWEST/ WARUG last week.
We had a great turn out this month with Deepak Maini opening the session followed by presentations by Richard Currie and Ario Susanto and wrapped up with a hands-on lab session by Gus Purusha.
Richard walked us through a great example of how communication with all parties in your project is integral to streamlining your cross-platform workflow.
Good communication with the software engineer and steel framing contractor about what is required to achieve the end product in the most efficient manner lead to the workflow being revised to a 3 stage cross platform process, rather than 5.
BIM should be an engaging and transparent process for all parties, which evidentially can result in improved accuracy in better coordinated consultant documentation.
Ario gave an engaging overview of the history of OpenBIM and how we can use Industry Foundation Classes to import and export information between softwares. Collaboration has always been one of the key drivers of BIM development. Despite many challenges, success in working with IFC may come down to good project setup and mutual understanding of each party’s import and export requirements from the IFC file. It was a myth busting session to explain common misunderstandings of IFC.
Gus followed up in the lab on the topic of IFC export from Revit. He covered custom IFC parameters, defining classification categories, and setting up Mapping Files to minimise loss of data. He utilised Solibri to show how the exports look on the ‘other side’ and how to re-adjust parameters to get the right results.

Congratulation’s to the door prize winners Malgorzata Blizniuk and Maria Paolini!
They’ve won a copy of Deepak Maini’s latest books “Up and Running with Autodesk Navisworks” and “Up and Running with Advance Steel”.
You can find all of the presentations and lab cheat sheets HERE
Thanks again for those who attended. For those that secured a free ticket and did not attend, please send us a quick email if you are not able to make the event. Even giving notice a few hours beforehand allows us to invite people on our waitlist to join the session.
We are a Not for Profit group relying on attendance levels to secure sponsorship. Thank you and see you at the next events on 16 August and 18 October (Save the dates!)


BIMWest June 2017 Event

Wed 21st June 4:45pm-7:00pm
Starts at 5:00pm Sharp!
Central TAFE – Level 3 30 Aberdeen Street Northbridge

Sponsored by CADGroup

4:45pm – Doors Open
Deepak Maini Author of the Up and Running with Autodesk Navisworks and Up and Running with Autodesk Advance Steel series of books will be giving away a copy of his Navisworks book to two lucky attendees. Please bring along a business card to drop into the box on entry.

5:00pm – Welcome
Starts at 5:00pm sharp!

5:05pm – Colonel BIM – Richard Currie – Oldfield Knott Architects
Richard Currie is a Senior Architect and BIM manager at Oldfield Knott Architects with over 25 years experience in the AEC industry. Richard believes that many aspects of BIM can be used on all projects, regardless of size. He will demonstrate the BIM workflows and varying platforms used to procure a new fast food outlet in Jandakot. This will be an honest account of struggles, frustrations and successes in a fast-paced and complex commercial environment. The lasting message is “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Richard Currie – http://linkedin.com/in/richard-currie-02945935

5:25pm – Bridging BIM: OpenBIM for the Revit user. – Ario Susanto – Hassell
In 2003, Ario Susanto did a thesis on Interoperability in the AEC Industry at the UNSW, Sydney. It was early days when IAI’s IFC just started getting traction. A decade later, interoperability is still a major item on the BIM development wish lists around the world. For us in Perth, working on projects overseas especially South East Asia, working on a non-proprietary method of exchange has become a necessity. This segment will explore what it means to work in an OpenBIM environment for Revit users who enjoy a single platform interface between disciplines. Ario will share current development around the region on interoperability, followed by examples from past projects and workshops he ran in Malaysia and Indonesia. Ario Susanto – http://linkedin.com/in/ariosusanto

5:45pm – Panel Discussion
OpenBIM Collaboration

6:05pm – Networking and Food by event sponsor
Includes door prize giveaway by Deepak Maini

6:20pm – Hands-on Lab – IFC – Gus Purusha – Hassell
IFC – Based on experience with real project experiences The lab will cover: The IFC Export setting from Revit; What if the data from Revit element do not transfer correctly – How to incorporate IFC parameters within Revit and where to get the IFC classification. Gus Purusha – http://linkedin.com/in/gustipurusha

7:00pm – Doors Close

Make sure you get yourself a FREE ticket – www.eventbrite.com/e/warug-and-bimwest-june-meeting-tickets-34738667289


April Event Wrap

There was a great vibe at the first event for 2017. BIM 360 and Infraworks were great topics of discussion.

The lab session on Revit shared coordinates was very well received with attendees really benefiting from the workflows. Lab material can be downloaded from HERE

Thanks again to Jaxon for their support of the event

Our first event for 2017 is here!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm (AWST)
Central TAFE
Level 3, 30 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge, WA 6003

Sponsored by Jaxon

To register click here – WARUG and BIMWest Meeting

We are Back!

This year WARUG and BIMWest have come together to promote the use of BIM in Western Australia. The new format of the group will look at all stages of design and construction process within the architecture, engineering, infrastructure and construction industry. The new format will be a blend of the two groups bringing the presentation of real BIM projects, example workflows and hands-on BIM labs. The hands-on labs will be typically Autodesk Revit for all levels.

The committee is excited this year to host five events, the first being Wednesday the 19th of April.

The new format for WARUG and BIMWest events structure

2x20min presentations
Collaboration for Revit (C4R) by Autodesk
BIM 360 By Shane Brown, CAD Group
40Min Hands-on Lab
BIMFix Framework for Shared Model Establishment by Dale Harrison, AECOM
20min Panel Discussion
The venue sponsor for the year shall be Central TAFE, Level 3, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge.

Details about our Speakers

Shane Brown

Dale Harrison

Event Schedule
4:45pm – Doors Open
5:00pm – Welcome
5:05pm – Autodesk – Collaboration for Revit (C4R)
5:20pm – Shane Brown, CADGroup – BIM 360 Hands-On lab linkedin.com/in/shane-brown-946a0520
5:45pm – Panel Discussion
6:25pm – Break, Food and drinks thanks to event sponsor Jaxon
6:20pm – Dale Harrison, Aecom – BIMFix Framework for Shared Model Establishment linkedin.com/in/infrabimgis @InfraBimGis
7:00pm – Doors Close

Look out 2017!  Revit is stronger and more complex than ever!  We need you help as much as you may need ours.

Thank you for your attendance, contributions and interest in WARUG in 2016. It was a busy year and we have enjoyed being a strong part of the WA BIM community again.  We look forward to 2017 and what it has to hold.

NOW is the time to register your interest in being involved in WARUG in 2017.  This could be a committee placement or an interest in presenting.  We cannot continue without energetic and committed volunteers so send an email to us now.  info@warug.net.

If you missed any of our sessions this year, see below and the NEWS feed.


Here is an example of what we got up to in 2016….

Wednesday 26/10/16 WARUG October Event – 5:00pm to 7:45pm

north-metro-tafe-building-2Don’t miss the next event back at our old haunt, The North Metropolitan TAFE – Building 2, Room 54, Level 3, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003.  Enter off Aberdeen street and ascend the stairs to your left.  Our intimate lecture theater is at the top of the stairs.


P7080068It is shaping up to be another cracker this month starting with a presentation by Kyle Bradley from Multiplex about Revit on a BIG Project from a contractor’s point of view, followed by a discussion including Belinda Thompson and Steve Langley chaired by Ario Susanto



We will then split up into two groups for Revit lab sessions.  We have had requests to provide hands on training at both a basic and more advanced level, so we will see how that works this month.


The beginners lab will be run by Richard Currie, Architect and BIM Manager for Oldfield Knott Architects.  Shane Brown from Cadgoup will take the intermediate lab to show off some more advanced workflows, tips and tricks.  These lab sessions are there for us all to learn so pick a room, get hands on and share your thoughts.

pizza-1260x840For those of you that just come for the grub, and a chat, don’t worry, CADGROUP have kindly offered to cover your needs for pizza and soft drinks after… Thanks again Shane!



This will be the last WARUG event of the year and should be a BIG finish!  But don’t forget to look out for the Christmas Drinks wind up…it will be upon us before we know it!

Save the date:  December 14 at a central location to be advised. Gotta love those BIM_BEERS.


September Event Follow Up – Supplier Content Creations!


Thank you for attending the WA Revit User Group Supplier Content Creations event held recently at The Greenskills Building in East Perth. We hope you found this event informative, engaging and relevant to your industry.
This was  a bit of a step up for a WARUG event with a different venue, mini expo and delicious cocktail food and drink thanks to our sponsors.



It certainly would not have been such a success without them and the near $3,000 worth of sponsorship! Huge thanks again Knauf, Moddex, Dulux and Capral.



2016-09-21-warug-03The speakers and panellists 2016-09-21-warug-05evoked much discussion, which has continued since the event and we would like to hear from you on the topics raised. Perhaps you were unable to ask a question on the night or have had more thoughts since?

2016-09-21-warug-08Our sponsors, speakers and panellists would love to keep the dialogue open and learn more about what Supplier Content and BIM mean to you. And we also seek your input on how we went bringing this type of event to you.  Could we please therefore ask for just 10-15 minutes of your time to complete a short survey as below?  Alternatively, please send us any feedback by email at info@warug.net


More photos from the September Event

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again at WARUG.

SURVEY: 10 questions that mean a lot to the BIM community…



We are always interested in your ideas for future events or feedback on ones past.  Drop us an email. info@warug.net


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