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Michael Reuter
Michael Reuter

Michael is the Customer Success Advocate for the Construction Technology Group here at Applied Software. He is a Senior Technical Specialist for the BIM 360 products and Navisworks.

Prior to working at Applied, Michael worked for Walsh Construction as a BIM Coordinator & QAQC Engineer. He also managed some of the Division 9-12 subcontractors, managed the project schedule using P6 and modeled items in Revit or CAD when scope gaps occured.

He primarily worked on large hospital projects, but also worked on a prison, a secure office building & some parking structures.

Michael got his Masters Degree in Construction Management from Auburn University in 2012, and got his Bachelors Degree in Advertising & Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University in 2004.

Fun Fact: Michael is an award winning illustrator and freelance graphic designer.


I've been working for Applied Software for about 2 years now. As I reflected on that milestone, I thought about all of the places I've gone, people I visited, and things I've done to help people in Construction. Things I'm most Proud of: There are a few things that I have done that have really made me proud. I'll share two of those stories: Problem 1: The first month I was on the job, I went to Orlando to visit a major theme park client. They had a big problem on their hands - they were building an insane new experience where everything in the park lit up, moved, and/or was (or at least appeared to be) floating in mid-air, and almost every piece was unique. They needed a way to track & quickly identify every piece and part in the park & confirm the exact spot where it needed to go. Our Solution With the help of their Theming Subcontractor, COST of Wisconsin, we barcoded everything in the park. We trained their factory team to track the shipment of each item and came up with ...

I'm excited to announce 360 Sync for Glue - Applied Software's new app that seamlessly syncs your desktop or server (or Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, etc. cloud service) with BIM 360 Glue. We've had this planned for a while & finally got the time to build it. What does 360 Sync with Glue do & why did we create it? Quite simply, 360 Sync automates the upload process from your computer to BIM 360. We created it specifically with the non-Autodesk user in mind: the Tekla / Bentley / Cadworx / QuickPen / Rhino users who use Glue, and don't already have a Glue button built in to their software. We wanted to eliminate the process of manually uploading your model to Glue - it's essentially double-entry & is a waste of time. You're already saving it to your computer or server, so why not have it upload to Glue as well? How does it work? First, you upload your model manually for the first time to BIM 360 Glue. Next, you open up 360 Sync & create a new configuration. You select the model on ...

It seem like at least once a week, we are asked about how to improve or optimize the size of Navisworks & BIM 360 Glue models - teams Confederated Merged models are getting larger & larger as more data is added to each element. We created 360+ in part to help with this problem. What is 360+? 360+ is a Revit Add-In, created by Applied Software, that helps optimize the viewing & creating of models for Navisworks & BIM 360. We originally created it to help BIM 360 Layout users better utilize their models in the field - we received feedback & learned through experience that most people like laying out points using a 2D system, and sometimes 3D visualization sometimes isn't helpful. But for the purposes of today's blog, we are going to review the use cases for BIM 360 Glue & Navisworks. The Red Button: Create 2D & 3D Views in Revit for Export Always start with the red button. It sets you up for the remainder of the project. Just click on the button, choose a View Template (you can ...

One of the cooler things about my job is the optimism that's associated with it. People come to us with problems everyday, and we solve them. Sometimes we solve a complex workflow problem. Other times, we help teach a client how to better use software. We might even help Autodesk fix a bug in their software. My favorite thing that we do is create something completely new to solve a problem. That's what we did when we created 360Sync with Windows. The Problem People kept coming to us, saying that they really hated updating the BIM 360 Field Library, especially when they had already updated their server, "why can't the Field Library just Sync with our server?" That's why we created 360Sync - to solve this very problem. I've said on just about every blog that I've done that the Construction World is filled with redundancy & double (sometimes even triple or quadruple) data entry, and it is one of the biggest sources of frustrations in the industry. We are aiming to eliminate as much of this as ...

Every so often, one of our clients gets an error in their BIM 360 Field Library with one of their uploaded files. The file is either corrupted or won't upload. There could be any reason as to why this happened, but one of the more consistent issues that pops up is with "Restricted Text Characters." This blog will set the record straight for what characters should & should not be used when making BIM 360 Files.  I would also use this blog as a Rule of Thumb for any computer file, whether on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, the web / HTML, etc. Also, for sake of argument, use this blog for all devices Windows 8 / Mac OSX or greater. USE THESE: It should come as no surprise that upper-case letters, lower case letters, and numbers are OK. Other safe characters include parentheses, underscores single spaces & dashes. You can safely use any and all of these characters in BIM 360 Field and almost all operating systems & web locations. USE CAUTION: Depending on the language of your computer, special characters, characters with accent ...

 Last month I did a post about gathering information for Quality Assurance / Quality Control & how it really revolutionized the way I managed & organized my data (it can be viewed here). This month I'm going to talk about how BIM 360 really saved me a ton of time by reporting on the data that you collect  The Old Way Before BIM 360 Field, I used an Excel file & a marked up 11x17 floor plan as a QAQC reporting tool. It was cumbersome - the data was extremely difficult to sort & custom reports required a ton of extra work. Also, the company responsible, location data, description, pinpointed location (on a floor plan) were in 2 separate reports, so I had to essentially pull double duty whenever updating my QAQC report. It took forever & was confusing & somewhat unhelpful to my team. I was looking for something - ANYTHING - to improve this process. With BIM 360 Field With BIM 360 Field, my process greatly improved. I was already gathering the information in the field, ...

One of the biggest perks about my job is the BIM & Beer event that we host every month. We go from city to city and spread the good word about Construction Technology, and share a beer or two among friends, colleagues & customers who attend the event. If you've never been, and want to go, or we're coming to your area & you want to know what it's all about, look no further...here is your one stop shop for what to expect at BIM & Beer. What is BIM & Beer? BIM & Beer is a celebration of Technology.  Every month, we hold an event in an American or Canadian city and introduce ourselves to the Construction & Design Community. We show off the expertise of our partners and give people a good idea of what is new and what is out there in the Construction Technology industry. Oh, and there's free food. And free beer (sorry, I buried the lead there). What to expect at BIM & Beer? We like to keep it casual at these events so you're not going to see ...

Before coming to Applied Software, I worked for Walsh Construction, and I was tasked with implementing BIM 360 Field midway through our project. I was working on BIM Coordination & QAQC at the time, so I was pretty happy to get away from our old QAQC workflow which consisted of the following:  Printing out an 11x17 floor plan or floor plans of what I planned to walk Printing out our excel sheet that kept track of all of our Discrepancies (it reached 300 at its apex) and sorting it by location & subcontractor manually Bringing my phone or iPad out to the field to document & take pictures After the walk, come back in & make my chicken scratches on my 11x17 presentable, attach the photos & send it to all parties Fight with the subcontractors about scope of work and location of the discrepancy I hated this workflow. Every week I had to rewalk the issues. Every week I had to take new pictures ...

One of the most common questions we get from our Fabrication clients & our Construction clients is "BIM & modeling is great. But how can I take that knowledge & information and apply it to construction?" This blog will attempt to tackle that question. View the video above to see a demo of this workflow. Step 1: Model & FabricationLet's start in Fab CAD MEP. You'll want to design & model your system like usual, leveraging your materials database along the way.  Once you have modeled everything and in most cases completed coordination of a floor, segment, or building, you'll likely start creating spools and creating shop drawings for your pipe spools, duct systems, mechanical equipment (VAVs, AHUs, Pumps, etc.). So far your workflow hasn't changed at all - this is how you're already doing things most likely. Once you have setup your pipe spools, duct systems, etc., that's where our Fab2BIM360 add-in comes in. It's quick and easy to use. Just click on the button in your Add-Ins ribbon and hit "Prep for Spooling." The tool automatically ...

The Current Workflow: When I first started doing BIM Coordination 4 years ago, the typical workflow went like this: The subcontractors created a 3D model using design or fabrication software The subcontractors uploaded their model to an FTP site at a designated time The BIM coordinator downloaded the design / fab models & created a federated Navisworks model The BIM coordinator ran clash tests using Navisworks & generated clash reports The Coordination Team met & discussed the Clashes The process repeats. The Problem: When I ran coordination meetings, this process was pretty successful, but it was slower than it should be. For the most part, coordination moved along, but there were often times where clashes would go untouched for weeks at a time - multiple weeks. The most common answer I recieved about why the clashes weren't promptly fixed, "I didn't know what the <other coordination team member> was going to do with this clash. I was waiting on him." ...