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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I Love #Revit Training Days

During one of the breaks yesterday during our Revit Architectural Essentials class, there were 3 students sitting in the lobby. I'm always amazed at the diversity of people learning Revit and these 3 were quite the bunch. First, there was the unemployed project manager from an international construction company. Next was a designer from a yacht interiors company whose company had purchased Revit, paid and received one day of training, but most of he and his staff were laid off, so I gave him free training for this week's class.

Lastly, there was an older gentleman. I asked him his name and what he did. He was an architect in his sixties. I asked him why he was taking the class at his age. He said he wanted to keep up with the latest technology. We had an interesting conversation about learning Revit, BIM, the workflow of CAD vs BIM and he was quite excited to be learning Revit.

One thing he said, was that during lunch, an MEP engineer of his called him to ask a question about a project. The engineer asked him where he was and he said he was taking a Revit class. The engineer then said "why are you wasting your time doing that?".

Of course, that was right after I told the architect he should make sure he asks all of his engineers when are they planning on moving to Revit as well. He'd been working with this engineer for 20 years.

Remember, loyalty is a two way street. What are you consultants doing to help you be more efficient and make more money? Are they working with you or against you? This can even be said for CAD. Are your engineers all on the 2011 release or still using R14 that you have to save your dwgs back to their version? How much time does that take to do every time you send them drawings?

Just a little something to think about. Well, that's it for this post. I'm flying to Orlando for the day for an AGC conference and to meet with some more contractors and a few Revit Architecture architects and the lovely flight attendant keeps staring at my iPad.


Anonymous,  December 7, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

We (an MEP) had Revit years before any of our Arch clients did, so we didn't use it as we had no one to play with and lost our skills. :) Now we're waiting for others to catch up. It's hard to be forward thinking / on the cutting edge when others on the team are not.

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