My role in ANZRS has changed

BIMBOOMBAM_Revit_NewOpportunitiesThe biggest change in recent weeks is that I have officially resigned from ANZRS as Project Facilitator and as part of the management board. I remain interested in ANZRS and completely supportive of all the work that we have put into this project.

Chris Needham and Belinda Hodkinson will now be the primary deciders on the future direction of ANZRS. I am unwavering in my confident that whatever choices they make on behalf of ANZRS will be well-considered, responsible and with the most appropriate outcome in mind.

ChrisNeedham      BIMBOOMBAM_Revit_ANZRS_Belinda_Hodkinson

I would like to acknowledge and thank Chris and Belinda for bravely joining a project that they never signed up for in the first place. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with them both. I remain proud of what we have already accomplished with this initiative. I am delighted to say that the quality of shared and sold Revit content is improving slowly, but noticeably, so all our effort was not in vain. There is still much work to do in this sector to improve the integrity and quality of Revit content and I will do my part in creating further awareness on this blog.


For me, personally, I feel that it is important to remind the industry (and this committee of volunteers) that ANZRS was always intended to be issued as 95% complete in version 3. The reason for this strategy was clearly defined early on in the project. Our promise to the industry was that no more than 5% of all ANZRS content would be refined or altered once the official completed version (namely version 3) had been released.

I wish Belinda, Chris, ANZRS and the ANZRS volunteers all the best for 2015 whilst I look forward to a year of change and much-needed variety.

Regards, Michelle


Fortunately my Co-Author of ANZRS title remains after all those years of enormous effort ! “That’s Mrs. Author, thank you very much”


Revit & Business systems by Michelle Louw [Implementation Article – AUGIAECEDGE]

For those of you who have not noticed I’m a bit of a system fanatic ;-p

Recently I was asked to write an article on Revit and Business systems for the brand new E-magazine in the USA called AUGIAECEDGE

Here is a shortcut to my recently published article:  (Page 9 & 10)

Here is the link to the AUGIAECEDGE:


Welcome to my blog page and I encourage you to use this and other forums to begin to challenge our understanding of BIM (Building Information Modelling) to move beyond 3D modelling, automated drawings and some sexy schedules or dare I mention the promise of the golden egg… “ODBC”(Ahem…. I’m not convinced – yet)

To those of you who have just started the BIM journey I congratulate you in your steps to do so. It is an exciting time. I would also like to invite you to consider these snippets of dialogue in this blog as a way to consider what lies beyond “small BIM” and what it would take to create an explosion of consciousness in regards to Business solutions, Industry ego’s and territories and how BIM fits into that equation? (Across the life-cycle of a project from Design to Facility Management and beyond)


I don’t know about you…. but I feel like a change….

I have been in the world of Revit for 6 years now and I am a big fan of the software and still use it at work and in business but I really feel it’s time for me to expand way beyond just Revit. I’ve been swimming in the world of automated drawings, virtual building masses, live schedules and data base formulations for many years now. But I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of what is possible… and only had a glimpse of how Systems could change our world and how we function as a whole within the industry, how we communicate and interact and move forward into a more cohesive, streamlined and efficient response to designing, simulating, analysing, building and managing our built environment.

In my previous posts I have tried to collate some sort of archive of some of the knowledge and experience that I have gained in the Revit arena through Family creation and content and System development that is floating in this head of mine. I have taken the time to list many of my thoughts on Family creation on this blog in the hope that some people may find my notes useful.

From time to time I will still add a trinket here and there of Revit specific insights but I have set this blog up with a different agenda in mind…. and that is to invite some colleagues, strangers and friends to work with me to elaborate on where BIM ( in the context of an Industry solution) may evolve.

This research project is about looking beyond a firm based solution and I am engaged and intrigued by the enormous challenge that lies for the industry as a whole and how we intend to deal with the information overload and congestion that is already rife in our industry.

So feel free to join me on this debate if you wish as I grab a warm coffee, or smooth glass of wine and recline for a while and wonder what the future brings and how I, how we, can be a part of the solution….