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WARUG September Event

5:00pm to 7:45pm

Brought to you by…

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Hear what suppliers are doing with BIM and be a part of the discussion with industry leaders.

Registrations 5pm, for a 5:10pm sharp start. Drinks and supplier expo from 7pm.

Please join WARUG for three presentations and panel discussion on the creation of content by suppliers. Suppliers and industry leaders will cover what’s available, how they’re created and how can suppliers improve to suit the industry standards for project BIM delivery.

The event will start with three presentations from Architectural suppliers; Knauf Plasterboard, Moddex Systems and Dulux BIM Solutions. They will be explaining and demonstrating how they have used Revit to develop families and add-ins for their products for the use of the AEC industry.

Speaker 1 – Nazli Almasirad National Specification Account Manager and William Barrs – Commercial Specification State Manager WA and SA – Knauf Plasterboard and Metal

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Nazli Almasirad is an architect with 14 years of experience in the construction industry specialized in light Weight Systems. She has started her career as an architect practicing in architectural firms and for the last 9 years with Knauf, she has been assisting architects in the specification field. Her employment history includes product management, commercial specification management within health care, educational, commercial as well as other public and private projects. She has a particularly keen interest in construction techniques, materials and innovation.

William Barrs

William Barrs is an engineer who has brought the latest technologies into the construction industry for the past 10 years. He started his career as a Marine Civil Engineer and then more recently moved into Technical Sales and support for composite products before proceeding to his current role. His employment history includes product development, commercial specification management, design and engineering, operations and manufacturing sourcing. The sectors have included civil, marine, landscaping, public spaces and buildings, residential and commercial construction.  William is always interested in developing more efficient systems and enjoys working with all levels – Contractor, Engineer, Clients, Architects and Builders.

Speaker 2 and panelist – Kent Watson – Architectural Technician Moddex Systems

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Kent is an Architectural technician with CAD Management expertise. He has over 15 years’ experience in the AEC Industry and specialises in Structural Engineering, Architecture, and Building Services. He has 10 years’ experience as a support engineer and an extensive history in training, implementation and digital content creation within the AEC industry and many other spaces. Kent provides informed solutions based on the collaboration of industry experience and technical knowledge of Software and Design to overcome challenges within his projects. He focuses on Revit Architecture, Structure & MEP, Navisworks, and P&ID project management. He also has experience within Plant, Civil and Manufacturing Industries and 14 years Revit experience. Kent enables effective and easy use of BIM through his training using Building Information Modelling and Virtual Design & Construct.


Speaker 3 and panelist – Mat Henson – National Specifications Manager Dulux Australia

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Mat Henson is the National Specifications Manager at Dulux Australia. Dulux supplies paints and coatings for many of Australia’s major construction projects. In doing so Dulux was early to realise the role that good manufacturers content could play in integrated computer aided design and how they could contribute to the“I” in BIM.  Mat will not only provide an update on Dulux Revit colour and paint specification content but also share some insights on the journey into the brave new world of BIM from a manufacturer’s perspective.

Panel Discussion

This will be followed by a panel discussion of Revit family creation experts and those involved in BIM solutions chaired by Meg Chute from Cox Architecture. Topics of discussion will include:

  • What should suppliers and manufacturers include in their content?
  • What level of detail and file size is acceptable?
  • What do the users really want from the content?
  • Where can content be “built” and to what national standards?
  • How best can manufacturers provide their content? Through APIs, downloads, subscriptions?
  • Does content help the user select, integrate and specify an item more appropriately?
  • Will it improve sales of a manufacturer’s products?!!
  • What would you ask?

Kent Watson – Architectural Technician Moddex Systems

Kent will join us at the panel to take questions and continue the discussion.

Mat Henson – National Specifications Manager Dulux Australia  

Mat will join us at the panel to take questions and continue the discussion.

Luke JohnstonBIM Content Creation | Specification Strategy – UNIFI, IGS BIM Solutions

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Luke is the General Manager for UNIFI ‘Create’ – a global division of UNIFI that provides BIM content creation services to Building Product Manufacturers (BPM’s), Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Asset Managers / Owners. An outspoken BIM advocate, Luke is an industry authority in communicating the role BPMs play in advancing collaborative BIM processes. His professional background includes 8 years as the Marketing and Development Manager for Britex where he implemented a highly successful and widely referenced sales and marketing strategy centred on the development and distribution of BIM content for Britex products. Luke is currently involved in several BIM industry groups including MelBIM (Co-founder and Executive Committee Member), ANZRS (Australia & New Zealand Revit Standards), buildingSMART (National Object Library) and Collaborate-ANZ.

Adrian Longwood – Hydraulics Revit Designer – Wood & Grieve Engineers


Adrian has over 4 years’ experience in the plumbing industry.  He started his career with WGE as a hydraulic draftsperson and quickly became the lead REVIT Designer.
Constantly finding more efficient methods and developing his own components to ensure accuracy on content Adrian strives to deliver coordinated and buildable solutions within Revit. Adrian takes responsibility for developing and maintaining hydraulic families, methodology and training programs to keep staff up to date with the developing software.

James Whitehouse – Specification Account Manager – Capral Aluminium

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An archer and BarmyArmy member, James graduated as a Structural Engineer, and has been involved in all elements of facades for over a decade. He has worked for the largest systems companies in Europe and Australia, on Glazing and Cladding systems, as well as having been Facade Engineer with LendLease, and whilst working for glazing subcontractors, he has gained an understanding of all aspects on projects.     Now proudly Specifications specialist for Capral Aluminium, offering solutions for facades, urban art and security, the company recently became exclusive distributor of Schuco systems to Australia.     In an industry with a constant requirement for increased efficiency, he has consistently been an advocate of the holistic approach to improved building, of which BIM and Revit are at the forefront.

Networking and Mini Expo…

Join us after for some networking, drinks and nibbles and an opportunity to view some participating manufacturer’s products and BIM content in a MINI EXPO!*

*  If you are a supplier or manufacturer who has already invested in the creation of 3D content and would like to showcase your products in the mini expo space, please email to register your interest.  Space is limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.


Special thanks go to Knauf for sponsoring the delectable delights and Moddex for the drinks. Much appreciated and we look forward to enjoying this with you!

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Make sure you stay until the awesome door prize is drawn! – Win an iPad!**  You won’t want to miss this one… Thanks to Dulux BIM Solutions


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**Conditions of entry – Prize is an iPad Air 2 64GB provided by Dulux.  Entry not permitted to those affiliated with the WARUG organisation. Entrant must be present at time of draw during the mini expo. Contact details will be distributed to event sponsors. For further enquiries, please contact Dulux.”

We couldn’t hold these events without security and who better to sponsor that than Capral’s IntrudaGuard Security Screens?!!  Thanks Capral!

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Revit Users:  It’s time for the AEC BIM community to get behind suppliers and manufacturers and give them feedback on what you want.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to connect and have your say.

Manufacturer’s and Suppliers:  Have you only just started thinking about creating BIM content? Or do you have some experiences to share with the group.  Connect with the ones who specify your products and build your contacts.

Where is it?  Greenskills Building D, North Metropolitan TAFE – 140 Royal St. East Perth. Please note this is not our regular venue.



User Group Meeting

WARUG EVENT – 8th July 2015

5PM to 7PM at Central Institute of Technology (Perth Campus) Level 3, 30 Aberdeen Street, Perth

This month we have another of our popular panel discussions followed by a LAB session! These are held every second month – remember, the seats at the computers for the Lab Sessions are limited so hurry and book yours now!

If you miss out on a computer you can still attend both the panel discussion and the lab – please book a general ticket instead so we can be sure of numbers.

Follow link for Event Ticket

Panel Discussion

Interoperability, Collaboration and Deliverables throughout the life-cycle of the Project

Moderator: Dan Morrison Projects are not delivered by one person or team in isolation. For a successful and efficient project all team members, all stakeholders must work together and have access to the most up to date information they require to complete their tasks. But how does a project achieve this? How do you convey the information in the model to team members who do not use Revit? What is the best way to ensure the design information is correctly captured in the Revit model? What about Costing? Procurement?  Scheduling? Change management? Validation? These are all areas that have caused problems on multidisciplinary projects in the past, and our panel is here to discuss possible solutions for the future.

Panelists: Jane Redford (Gresleyabas Architects)
Jeremy Lim (RSA)
Rishi Jobanputra (ARUP)
Shane Brown (PDC)
Erika Voges (W&G)


Revit to IFC Dan Morrison and Chris Theis

IFC, or Industry foundation Class, is Open Source BIM. This is now a requirement on most state government projects and even on private projects as well. IFC is also a method of ensuring the correct information is being shared across platforms when using different model authoring software. This lab session will give you the basics, as well as some more advanced tips, on how to get a valid IFC out of Revit – avoiding the common pitfalls along the way. We will also take a look at BCF’s and how they can greatly improve communication and collaboration on your project.

Discussion and Networking

WARUG events give you an opportunity to socialize and network with professionals involved in your industry

BIMWest Presentation – Validation and BIM

Without validation, information becomes superfluous.

BIM can help with validation of the design, program, costing and construction. At the same time we need to be able to validate that the BIM is indeed correct itself.

Sponsored by Cad Image – the distirbuters of Solibri, this months BIMWest event is a must for anyone who wants to be sure the information they have is correct.

BIMWest Event: Collaboration and BIM

The second BIMWest event will take place 15/04/2015 5PM to 7PM at Central Institute of Technology (Perth Campus) 140 Royal Street, East Perth

Keynote Speaker Brett Burke, The future of BIM and Joint Venture projects. This is a must see for all directors.

Sub-Contactor Director John Allan, Sub-Contractor BIM Coordination, Hear how Centigrade are coordinating utilizing BIM. This is a must see for all Sub-contractors

Dale Harrison – AECOM, GIS and BIM For Underground Services – The future of all infrastructure BIM workflows.

Deepak Maini, Demonstrating “LIVE BIM SITE COORDINATION WITH THE IPAD – Direct from design/sub-contractor models”

Plus he’s setup an option for any attendee to join in and test live!! See BIMWest instructions

Deepak will be giving away a copy of the Navisworks Book he wrote as a door prize.

Follow the link for more information

BIMWest Event