RTC 2016

Recently I had the pleasure to attend the Twelfth Australasian RTC conference, held at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley from 12 – 14 May 2016. The conference brought together BIM experts from around the world to share knowledge, practical methods and new ideas. The conferenced opened by a fantastic and inspirational keynotes from David Rendall. Author of ‘The Freak Factor’, David entertained the audience suggesting that the best way to achieve and maintain excellence is to deviate from the norm. (If you are interested in finding out mode about David, you… Read More

RTC BIM Awards

Last Saturday night, the RTC Australasia 2016 conference wrapped up with a Gala dinner and the announcement of the BIM awards. I am pleased to announce that BVN was the runner-up in the innovation category for our Carlton Connect Initiative project. The competition was open to all registered delegates and judged by delegates. There were eight awards up for grabs, a winner and runner-up in each of the four categories: Integration, documentation, presentation and innovation. For the innovation category, applicants were asked to showcase what is possible using today’s tools – not… Read More

Sydney Computational Design Group

Continuing with our list of international guests, we are privileged to have Fabian Scheurer speak at our next Meetup on Friday 1 April. From 2002 until 2006 he studied the use of artificial-life methods in architectural construction as a member of Ludger Hovestadt’s CAAD group at the ETH Zurich and managed to transfer the results to a number of collaborative projects between architects, engineers, and fabrication experts. In 2005 he co-founded designtoproduction as a research group at ETH to explore the connections between digital design and fabrication. At the end of 2006 designtoproduction… Read More

Code to Production

As part of the build up to the RoblArch 2016 conference, BVN were invited to take part as industry representatives in a research elective at The University of Sydney (USYD) called ‘Code to Production’. Code to Production explored the potential of an iterative design process from parametric variations; to analysis and simulation; to digital prototyping and manufacturing. The course had a two-fold agenda: to examine the performance of complex geometries available through sophisticated computational design processes, and to translate the optimised design by digital manufacturing into robotic experimentation and prototyping.   Based upon the development of a series… Read More


Recently, I had the pleasure in attending the annual ACADIA conference from 19-24 October. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati, the conference theme was ‘Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene‘. The conference comprised of two main parts: a 3-day workshop, and a 3-day conference.   There were 7 workshops offered in total: Open Geo data + Performance (Elcin Ertugrul, Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari & Chris Mackey); Bio-Agency (Igor Pantic & Soomeen Hahm); Dynamo: Intro/Analysis/Optimisation (Colin McCrone & Matt Jezyk); Computational BIM in Practice (Konrad Sobon & Nate Holland); Prototyping Experiential Future (Shane Burger… Read More

Sydney Computational Design Group

Next Monday as part of the Sydney Computational Design Group we have two international guests, Matt Jezyk from Autodesk and Nathan King from MASS Design Group. They will be in Sydney for the Rob|Arch conference, of which BVN is a sponsor. Matt works for Autodesk and was one of the original creators of Revit. He is also one of the software developers of Dynamo. So if you have any burning Revit/Dynamo questions, here’s your chance to get them answered! Nathan is doing some cool stuff with robots at Virginia Tech. His work focuses on the… Read More

Sydney Computational Design Group

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM) This month we have 6 speakers! Annisa, Dominique, Tiara, Shanny and Alex are going to blast through their graduation projects from their unsw Arch Comp degrees. That means indoor tracking, sepp 65 visual privacy, briefing tools for court rooms, vr psychology experiments and daylight factor analysis. It’ll be like a pecha kucha, so it’ll be fast and fascinating! Speaker 6 is Ben Doherty. He’s going to talk about open source and how to make it useful for architecture. To sign up, please visit the Meetup page so we… Read More

2015 in review

Welcome to 2016 everyone – and thanks for making 2015 such a success. Since being launched back in February, ParametricMonkey has received over 6,400 visitors from 109 countries. Most visitors came from Australia with the United States and United Kingdom not far behind. Of the 16,700 views, the two most popular posts were Rhino to Revit workflow (Nov 2014) and Revit Best Practice Tips (June 2015). With now over 30 tutorials and plenty more to come, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better for Parametric Money.

RTC Australasia

Join me in May at the 12th annual RTC Australasia conference where I’ll be presenting a class, ‘Grasshopper to Dynamo: There and back again’. The class will demonstrate bi-directional workflows between Rhino and Revit to boost interoperability and create a fully integrated BIM model.

This is Architecture

BVN have a starring role in a new short film just released by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Filmed in five locations across Australia, ‘This is Architecture’ explores the day-to-day life of architects – from a recent graduate to a principal in a large practice.