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November 2014 Meeting is Set

November 15, 2014

James Moore with Shive Hattery has graciously agreed to host the November 2014 meeting.

Location: Shive-Hattery’s “New” Offices – 4125 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines
Topic: A Basic workflow for creating Parametric Families in Revit
Date/Time: Thursday, November 20th @ 6:00PM

Hope all can make it.

Thank you,


September 18, 2014 Meeting

September 14, 2014

Welcome to a new and exciting Revit User Group Des Moines meeting. Our topics will be Coordinating Architectural and MEP models (best practice approaches). Also we wll discuss BIM Project Kickoff Meetings and if time we will discuss some of CTC’s Revit Utilities for Revit 2015. Hope all can come and enjoy the evening.
We will begin at 6:00 pm at CTCs Office in West Des Moines, 6150 Village View Dr.


June 16, 2014

Just wanted to get the word out that registration is open for the BIM Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska
The workshop is August 21 & 22, 2014. Please visit the link below for all the information.

Thank you,

March Meeting Attendees

March 31, 2014

2014-03-27 DMRUG Attendees

March 2014

March 27, 2014

Great March meeting.  Thank you to James Moore with Shive Hattery for the presentation.  James talked about the processes involved in setting up models correctly for Program Clients.  These are great clients who keep coming back wanting more and more work done.  The skills involved to coordinate and maintain the model in an efficient way are quite complicated.  Multiple buildings on multiple sites with multiple projects going on at the same time.  Some being built, some being designed, some being finished, What do you do. Click the link attached so you can watch and listen to his presentation.

Next month we will have our meeting the 3rd Thursday in April at R & R Realty in West Des Moines.  We will discuss R & R’s use of Revit software along with some information on estimating in Revit.  Also, the new software is coming and hopefully we can talk about some of the new features.

Hope to see you then.

Feb 2014

March 26, 2014

Thank you to Rapid Reproductions for the wonderful presentation at our February meeting.  They showed off one of their many 3D printers to the group.


January 19, 2014

Revit Users attend meeting despite freak blizzard.  Seven people fought poor road conditions and long lines at each intersection to attend the first meeting of 2014.  Many decisions were made during the meeting to set up a terrific year.

New leadership is in store for this year.  A huge thank you to Todd Bishop who has been our President for the last couple years.  Good luck to Todd as he advances his career in the Seattle area.  Our new Leadership committee consists of Brad Smith with Bluestone Engineers, James Moore with Shive Hattery, Diane Munch with FEH Associates and Dave Liebe with Design Engineers in Cedar Rapids.  These people have many years of experience in Revit and will be helpful in answering any questions that our Users have.

We discussed possible topics for upcoming meetings this year.  Many good ideas were talked about from 3D Printers presentations to 3rd party software to Revit Upgrade discussions.  We also discussed having meetings at different locations around the city.

Our next meeting however, will be held at the ImagineIT office on the 3rd Thursday in February 2014.


Model Element Matrix

February 12, 2010

In today’s industry, trends and technology are constantly reaching new levels of control and flexibility for it’s users.  Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the catalysts driving this ever changing profession.  For Engineers, architects, contractors, and consultants, BIM has finally taken hold and will soon be the driving force of our everyday responsibilities.

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Project Browser Organization – Part 2

September 22, 2009

I hope everyone has had a chance to play around with naming conventions and project browser organization.  This is a very important tool when it comes to project management and productivity.  Although it seems very insignificant, this is probably one of the most important Revit customizations a firm could do to improve current drafting processes.  So we’ve tackled the naming conventions of the project views, but now we need to organize them in a meaningful manner.  Of course, this is completely custom to your firm’s standards, but for this example I will make use of my everyday work flow.  Hopefully this will translate some of the help files provided with Revit and even provide examples in a real working environment.  So let’s get started.

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Project Browser Organization

September 16, 2009

One of our fellow Revit users and user group attendees has posted a great article about view naming and some standards to apply to help faciliate great project browser organization.  I wanted to highlight this article to ensure everyone gets a chance to view it along with many other topics provided in his blog. 

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