Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, first night at Brisbane

After the long flight from London to Brisbane, we finally arrived at our hotel/apartment via couch will will transport you from the airport to your hotel/apartment entrance. It cost us AUD31.00 by the way for 2 persons, single journey.

After arriving at the hotel/apartment, we were surprised!, there was no one at the reception desk because the office hours ends at 6PM local time obviously. We arrived 7:30 pm and we missed the BILT ANZ 2018 welcome function drinks.

In order for us to get in, we have to wait for someone from outside to come in with their building entrance access card and read the notice letter next to the Manager’s Office.

I called the number and the, the Manager I guess, sent us back a text message of combination key to unlock the post box, just right next to the glass main entrance, where I can find an envelope with my welcome letter and building/designated room access card.

#selfservice #checkyourselfin

Here you’ll find some photos of the apartment: CODE APARTMENTS

Tomorrow will begin the first day of a 3 day BILT ANZ 2018 conference event and I am looking forward to learn new stuffs.

The venue of the conference is just 8 minutes away from our hotel.


Oh, we missed our children back in London. We hope they are having a good time with their uncles. I am so glad to have them around to help us to look after the children while we are away for 9 days. May God reward you back and continue to bless you.




Session 2.5: Structural Data Mining Using Revit-Dynamo-Power BI Workflow

After 21 hours of long travel (7 hours from LHR-AUH and 14 hours from AUH-BNE), my wife and I finally arrived at Brisbane airport.

Tomorrow will begin the BILT ANZ 2018 which is expected to break the past BILT ANZ attendance. My understanding is, the current attendance already reached 490 and still counting.

If you are looking for a session where you are interested in transforming your Revit data to life, please come to my session and I’ll have a live demonstration of the workflow.

Here is my agenda for the session:

First, I’ll demonstrate the process of preparing the data you need using Revit schedules. I bet this part is the easiest one for all of you. Nothing is so much exciting about this.

Next, since Power BI works smoothly with Microsoft Excel, I’ll use Excel to store our data mined information from Revit.

After that, I’ll create a simple Dynamo graph to automate the process of sending the information from Revit to spreadsheet. Thus, eradicating potential human error caused by copy and pasting or manual typing.

And finally, I’ll bring the data to life using Power BI. You’ll all learn a basic understanding on how to build your Power BI project.

I hope to see you all in my session.

Once again, here are the details:

Date: Friday, 25 May 2018

Session: 2.5

Presentation Topic: Structural Data Mining Using Revit-Dynamo-Power BI Workflow

Presentation Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Duration: 75 Minute Presentation (including question time)

Categories/ Level: Structure, Data Management, Autodesk Revit | All Levels

For the complete program, please visit:


Allan Cantos

My Eldest Son Voice Recording

Hello everyone! Today, we’ll have something different. Let’s have some music!

A lot of people are praising him for having a great singing skills and today, I managed to convince my eldest child (10 years old) to make a recording of 1 song, just 1 song for now. He will be singing “This Is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman”.

Well, here is the finish product. I hope you enjoy it.

Adriel Lance Voice Recording for the song “This Is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman”

Have a lovely rest of the weekend.



Dimension Style with Tick or Arrow & Dot

I came across one question on the Revit Forum about how to create a dimension where both ends have different tick marks. One end could be a DOT and another end could be an ARROW or TICK.

Here are my steps:

1. Create a new Family – Metric Generic Annotation.rft

2. Draw a line and lock both ends to the dimensions (make them equal from the center vertical reference plane).

3. Add dimension for the total length and assign a parameter, call it “Length”. Make it instance parameter.

4. Save this as Arrow_Symbol.rfa (name it whatever you want).

5. Create another Metric Generic Annotation family for the arrow head and, in my case, dot tail, then load them both to step number 4.

6. Assign Dimensions to the newly loaded families. Again, make these instance parameter.

7. Assign parameters to the dimensions on step 6 and call it “Half_Length” with formula equals to “Length/2”.

8. Add “Label” reference text so you can specify a text note you would like to write, for instance “Slope Down”.

9. Save the family and load it to your project.

Here is the finish product: