I got a random phone call today from a man named Wade. He's working on a project and was so frustrated after spending 8 hours trying to build a tension rod Revit family. I didn't ask him what the search term was he used, but he found me on Google and called me to see if we could help.
During the conversation, when he told me what town he lived in, I asked him how the heck he was using Revit when I can't even get firms in a major city like Miami to use it. He said quite simply that he had been used AutoCAD LT and found that he needed full blown AutoCAD. When he was looking to purchase it, he found Revit and said that as long as he was spending the money, Revit looked like it would solve a lot of problems and it looked like Revit was where the technology was headed and he may as well make the investment now.
He taught himself Revit and I asked him how much time it saves him. He said Revit saves him at least 20% of the time it used to take him to do work in CAD. I was so happy to hear that.
I almost hate to say this, but Wade lives in the middle of nowhere. He has no support system, no reseller close by and no other architects near him to offer peer support. I told him we had a Revit family building class that he could take live over the web. I also told him that any problems he runs in to, we can provide him support for $125/hour. He was thrilled to hear that and have someone to provide him solutions to all of his problems.
It's these little stories that make it all worthwhile for me. I don't do what I do to just be able to say I sold so many seats of Revit. People like Wade have no one to turn to. It's the little guys that can't afford all of the technology, training and in house support of the big firms. He said that he ended up spending $8000 to buy Revit and a new computer. With his increase in productivity, it was well worth it for him.
I was trying to search for him online this afternoon and came across the article below. I highlighted below my favorite part of the article. He got free press for specifically mentioning Revit and BIM. Awesome job Wade and I hope someone reads this and gives you a new project.
To put things in perspective, look at these Google Map screenshots I took. Wade lives in a tiny town. It's in the panhandle of Florida. If you've ever driven from New Orleans to Miami, you cross the state line into Florida and woo hoo, only 14 more hours to drive to Miami.
If Wade Squiers can find Revit on his own and be successful with it, then there's hope for the rest of you 2D year olds out there. Of course, Wade doesn't want any other architects in his area using Revit so he can get all of the business. I don't know if that's possible since he has one of his main website links promoting Revit. http://ss-designgroup.com/BIM_TECHNOLOGY.html. I do so love firms like this. They can make a decision quickly and be successful because of it. Wade Squiers, you're my BIM success story of the day.
July 01, 2009
South Walton Business Spotlight: The Squiers Studio in Santa Rosa Beach
The Squiers Studio
Owner: Wade R. Squiers, AIA
5365 East Cnty. Hwy 30A, Suite 107
Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. 32459
p.850.502.4727 | c. 850.420.2095 |
f. 813.464.2329 | TheSquiersStudio.com
I enjoy spending time with my family and driving around in my 1991 red Alfa Romeo convertible. One of my life passions is Italy. While attending Clemson I spent a semester studying Architecture at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Urban Studies in Genoa. Like most who visit there I fell in love with the country, its people and its food. Luckily I’ve managed to make it back 6 or 7 times and hope to some day retire in a small village along the Amalfi Coast." (CONTINUED BELOW >>)
● What was your inspiration to start your biz in South Walton?
● What else do we need to know about your business?
"Besides designing residential projects in the area, I have a large commercial background as well. While in Atlanta I worked for Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart & Associates who is ranked among the biggest firms in the country. While there I had the opportunity to design large hotel resort projects all over the world. This experience gave me some very important lessons in understanding complex building types and working with large teams of consultants and employees. It was a wonderful training ground.
I really enjoy the balance of designing both residential homes as well as larger commercial projects. I’ve also started to spend some time on entries for international competitions. I recently submitted a design proposal for the National House of Arts & Culture in Beirut, Lebanon. It not only allowed me to expand my design sensibilities with a large project, but it afforded me the opportunity to compete for a project we would not otherwise have seen."
South Walton Business Spotlight: The Squiers Studio in Santa Rosa Beach - South Walton county, Florida & Scenic Hwy 30A - SouthWaltonScene.com™
Other articles that he got to mention Revit in: