I got an email from one of our Revit Architecture clients. They're looking for Revit Structure & Revit MEP firms to partner with. They asked all the current firms they work with and they all said they only use AutoCAD. This is starting to become a problem.
The architects say they're not moving to Revit because their engineers don't use it. The engineers say they're not moving to Revit because the architects aren't asking them to. The great 2D standoff. So now our seasoned Revit architects are asking us for names of engineering firms who have Revit Structure and MEP. This is great for the engineers who've made the investment and really bad for the engineers too stubborn to start making the transistion. I think every architect should call their engineers and ask the simple question "when do you plan on moving to Revit." It's just a question. Get an idea from them. You don't have to say "you must move to Revit." You don't have to say, "we're only working with engineers using Revit." If enough architects ask the engineers, they'll start to get the message. It doesn't even matter if you're even using Revit or not. It just starts the conversation.
We had a webcast yesterday on the Integrated Environmental Solutions. Their range of different Toolkits means that you can easily and quickly look at energy, carbon, daylight, solar, heating and cooling loads, as well as the impact on local green rating credits. Importantly they are the only vendor to take into account the affect of solar/light penetration on energy and carbon, which allows you to understand better how light pipes, atria and internal/external solar shading devices affect the performance of your building.
If you're getting into Sustainable/LEED design, you'll be wanting engineers using Revit because AutoCAD just can't give you any of the data necessary to do these calculations.
Now, for the reason I started this post in the first place. The signature line of the email...
Architects and Designers
Using Revit BIM Technology
(ask us about Revit and how it can work for you)
It's the first time I've seen an architect advertising their use of Revit in every email they send. It also makes me happy that the local Archicad dealer tried to convince them to move to their product. Good thing they didn't because only Autodesk has an architectural, structural and MEP solution for parametric modeling. Why architects don't ask that question before deciding on software is beyond me, but it should be part of the conversation.
We gave the customer a list of MEP & structural engineers using Revit, so we've now helped another firm move from Little BIM to Big BIM. I can't wait to see the smile on the general contractor's face when he sees a totally coordinated set of construction documents.