Dubai Bound | Revit-BIM Design+Construction Meetings in 2015

View Video of 10 Most Aambitious Design and Construction Projects  in Dubai

I’ll be traveling with the Bradley International Team in Dubai to meet with several Revit\BIM-based design, engineering, and construction firms with their building owners.

The Bradley International Team will be presenting at the May 2015  Dubai Airport Show –my visit will be scheduled after the show. Watch for future announcements.

Dubai BIM Mandate: Dubai Municipality became the first public authority in the Middle East to mandate the use of building information modelling (BIM) for most large-scale projects in the Emirate.

View Masdar Headquarters Website | Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Our meeting agenda will provide me with the opportunity to visit a project; where I served as Senior Revit Training and Technical Consultant for the Masdar Headquarters.

I provided the initial training for 30+ Chicago architects, while configuring and documenting the initial Revit project standards. As a technical adviser to the IT Manager and BIM Manager; I served to define server, systems, software, network, and Revit workflows-workset configurations.

My project goal; provide a foundation of best practices, Revit training, project standards and support; upon which the project team could become self-sufficient.

View Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Website

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New Revit-BIM LOD Standards Mean Business

View Articles #1: Early Level-of-Detail Transitions to BIM Level-of-Development and Article #2: BIM Level-of-Development (LOD) Driving BIM ROI

I authored two articles for an Australian design + construction news site; that demonstrate Revit-BIM Level-Of-Detail (LOD) standards are not very new and how they’re driving business.

Revit-BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD) standards integrated our initial BIM Level-Of-Detail standards; which now has LOD functioning as a lightweight project management tool.

— Design – Construction Processes Trending BIM-Dependent —

LOD is measuring\monitoring the projects’design + construction progress and completion deadlines. LOD is becoming a functional ingredient to Owners’ BIM Execution Plans; while improving the model-building communications between project team members.
LOD is demonstrating its potential to measure Return-On-Investment (ROI) for individual Revit and/or BIM processes.

Here are the links to both articles:

Article #1:

 Early Level-of-Detail Transitions to BIM Level-of-Development

Article #2:

BIM Level-of-Development (LOD) Driving BIM ROI

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Revit 2016 – AutoCAD 2016 Software Licensing | Reducing Cost of Ownership

View Autodesk Desktop Subscription Plans and Programs

Revit 2016 and AutoCAD 2016 will be the last versions offered with Perpetual Licensing for Stand-Alone Desktop Software.

Revit 2016 New Features

Videos-Downloads-System Requirements

Autodesk Software Licensing  for standalone desktop software will transition from perpetual licensing to desktop subscription licensing on February 1, 2016.

Perpetual Licensing for Autodesk Suites Licenses Will Remain Available After February 2016.

February 1, 2016, marks the end of “perpetual licenses for standalone desktop products,” clarified Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk Senior VP. “The suites [such as Building Design Suite, Product Design Suite, Entertainment Creation Suite] will continue to be available as standalone desktop products for some time, but that won’t last forever.”

Customers with perpetual licenses purchased prior to the cutoff date can continue to use their products with support from Autodesk. If these customers are on maintenance contract, Autodesk is expected to keep their perpetual desktop titles current with updates.


Robert Green’s February 2015 article; How Will You Buy CAD Software in 2016?  — defines the terms of what licenses will be affected on February 1, 2016.

Defining License Terms and Costs

Perpetual License: A software license you own that runs with no time limits. A perpetual license for one seat of standalone AutoCAD 2015 is $4,195.

Maintenance Subscription: An annual maintenance contract that you can purchase with a perpetual license to keep the software up to date. Maintenance Subscription for AutoCAD is $545 per year.

Desktop Subscription: An annual or monthly rental contract that entitles you to run the latest version of the software. At the end of the rental period, if you don’t renew, the software stops working. Desktop Subscription for AutoCAD is $1,680 per year or $210 per month. View Robert’s complete article with sample cost structures.


In the first phase of this transition, new seats of individual desktop software products, excluding Design and Creation Suites, will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription after Jan 31, 2016.

View Perpetual Licensing Changes | Revit 2016 - AutoCAD 2016 Software Products Last Version for Standalone Perpetual Software Licensing

Desktop Subscription is available as monthly, quarterly, or annual plans. Autodesk will introduce 2-year and 3-year multi-year Desktop Subscription plans in March 2015.

Autodesk Desktop Subscription Explained - Desktop Subscription lets you access Autodesk software on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, so you can control your costs and your commitment.

If you have standalone desktop licensing, engage your Autodesk Reseller on your options prior to renewal of your Revit 2016 or AutoCAD 2016 Maintenance Subscription.

Autodesk has been educating their client-base on this transition for several years. Several Autodesk licensing processes have also pointed towards this transition:

  1.  Autodesk Software Rental Plans | Monthly – Quarterly – Annually
  2. How the Cloud Changes Everything | Licensing, Workflow & Procedures
  3. Autodesk Suites provide more software licensing functionality for a packaged price.
  4. Autodesk will only support the last 3 versions of a software product
  5. Annual Maintenance Subscriptions is a budgeted method to keep software updated.
  6. Autodesk Network Versions  Provide Free Home Software Licensing (1 year license)

My career background is rare. I’ve been self-employed for half of my career and have been using Autodesk software since 1984. I sold, trained and supported Autodesk software for more than 25 years –personally serving the executive and managerial teams of more than 500 companies.

My next article (Let’s call it Part #2) will share what Autodesk users have mentioned to me and where Autodesk software functionality will logically grow. These users and managers’ comments –were forward thinking towards expanding their use of Revit-BIM processes.

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