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Saturday, August 2, 2008

For the AIA Florida convention visitors who've never seen Revit before....and any other first time Revit visitors

So, you've been reading about Revit or saw a demo and you really wish your firm would switch, but for whatever reason they won't? Remember when you had broadband at the office, but dialup at home.

Painful wasn't it? We had the first designer from a firm in Miami come in for training last month. After every new lesson during the 3 days of training, he looked like a 6 year on his first trip to Disneyworld. It was "wow" or "that will save me so much time" or "this is so amazing." Well, the firm wanted him to be the Revit inductee since he was the only one who knew anything about 3D. He was so disappointed at the end of the class because he knew they didn't have a new project coming up soon enough for him to work on in Revit.

Well, you can be the first person in your firm even if they're stuck in 2D.
  1. Download and install Revit.bimbuilder.com/start
  2. Click Help and open the Getting Started Guide Revit3d.com/guide
    Note: This will download Revit 2010 w/the Ribbon toolbar. The Guide is written for Revit 2009 w/o the toolbar. You'll need to download the Ribbon Hack to open Revit 2010 as 2009. Just visit
    www.revit3d.com/ribbonoff to download a little zip file w/instructions to use the 2010 as 2009 desktop shortcut. It takes 30 seconds and will cause no harm to your computer. It's just a batch file.

  3. Build the house in the Guide in 4 hours.
  4. Rinse and repeat. Practice makes perfect.
  5. Click here to download the Help Tutorials
  6. 1,000 pages of tutorials. Don't stay up too late. In Revit, click on Help and there they are for 2010.
  7. After the 30 day trial expires, YOU CAN STILL USE REVIT. You just can't save or export. This means you can practice until you're perfect. Revit becomes a free viewer at this point as well for your contractors and owners.
  8. On my Samples page link here, download Revit sample files, play around with them and disect them.
  9. Tell everyone in your office to do the same.

  10. Once you've all learned Revit on your own, create a mob, walk into your bosses office and tell him that you're all ready to make the switch. Now push the that was easy button. It will start the Revit Building download.
  11. Come back here often. There's an ever growing list of resources for Revit. www.Revit3D.com or I really recommend you subscribe. You can visit the monthly archives to skim through past posts. www.revit3d.com/archive
  12. Step 12. Send me an email and let me know how easy it was to learn Revit.

You've just solved another Piece of the Puzzle! I know all of this is overwhelming. You either want to learn Revit or are being forced to. Quick little piece of advice. The less you know about AutoCAD the better. Learning Revit is easy. Transitioning the CAD workflow and processes to Revit is not so easy. We have an implementation program that helps make the transition much easier. Bottom line is, you really don't have a choice. Revit, BIM, LEED and IPD are rapidly taking over and the sooner you make the decision to move to Revit, the sooner you'll be making money and having fun again. I guess that's why you're here in the first place.

Good luck and keep me posted about your progress. I really want to know how you like Revit.
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Listen to him, I almost mastered Revit due to his instructions. :)
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    Van August 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

    Great Revit info, thanks!! You might be interested in my site which is a little more BIM focused, but would benefit tremendously from some of your examples. If you are interested you can see it at http://bimwiki.com

    Gregory Arkin August 8, 2008 at 7:44 AM  

    Thanks. I make a post about it. Can you link revit3d.com in on the site?


    Van August 10, 2008 at 7:52 PM  

    Thanks, will do. Since it is a wiki, you can also add whatever else you want (as long as it is BIM related of course :)

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