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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A story straight out of the BIMuda Triangle - Revit MEP true story

We have an MEP engineering firm in our office this week for Revit MEP training.  There were seven people including one of the principals.  There were just so many strange things I learned during a conversation I had with the group.

Did I mention one of the principals was taking the class?  When's the last time you saw the owner of a firm using AutoCAD or Revit. Yeah, I thought so.  Here's where it gets really creepy.  The principal was mad.  Mad that they owned Revit for over 2 years and no one had touched it.  He started learning it on his own, and wow, he really liked it.  Guess what he did?  He mandated that everyone in the company learn Revit or they were fired.  We now have group of AutoCAD users with the crap scared out of them that they principal, of all people, is making them learn Revit.

I commented on how so many Revit newbies turn the background back to make it look like DOS, uh, I mean AutoCAD.  He said that anyone caught without a white background for Revit would be fired.  It was really the most fascinating group of students I had ever met.  

I had a long private chat with the principal during one of the breaks and he sees a huge benefit to using Revit.  His biggest frustration?  You, the AutoCAD using architects who haven't switched to Revit yet.  Guess what he's going to do?  He's going to go to owners and contractors and offer additional services for clash detection, design and energy modeling.  That, and that he'll convert a CAD set of plans into a model so he can do his work in Revit.

This is just the kind of proactivity you'd want from someone who gets it.  He's asked me for a list of firms using Revit.  Larry, he's going to call you.  

On a side note, we showed them Ecotect and IES.  They were blown away with what you could do for energy modeling and daylighting calculations.  Of course, I asked how they do that now and got the standard blank look.  They were using some other clunky software and it's only a matter of time before they kick their competitors butts with increased services.

They said how everyone wanted everything cheaper and faster.  What better way to do that and increase quality than with Revit MEP. 


Anonymous,  April 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

I'm sorry but this "principal" sounds like a real jerk! It would be a cold day before I would work for the likes of him . If he bought the software and no one used it for 2 years, then shame on him. And maybe he should hire motivated people so he doesn't have to scare them into learning new skills. And the bit about the black -vs- white screen, are you kidding me with that crap!?! We need to do a quality job for our clients weather it is with AutoCAD, on a Drafting Board, or yes even useing Revit on a black screen. Sounds like this guy should run a McDonald's rather that an engineering firm.

Mike April 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Someone missed the ENTIRE point of the article!

Anonymous,  April 29, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

Enlighten us, what is the point?

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