Friday 31 August 2012

Managing a Revit Project the Do's: Part 2

Here is the final part of "What to watch out for when managing a Revit Project" a continuation of the last series of post's but now we'll look at the Do's.

Once again this was taken from a 2009 class called "Autodesk Revit for Project Managers" by James Balding and Scott Davis.

Get consultants, GC's and owners involved early and often: This is very important. The earlier the entire team is on board the most successful the project will be. It's easier to make design decisions early in the process and if everyone is on board decisions can be made together.

Model for change and VE: Swapping out objects in Revit for other objects is easy, as long as proper standards are followed.

Keep the design team close: As PM's, keep the team in close proximity to one another in the office. Revit facilitates communication and changes can happen quickly that impact the entire team. Keeping them close together allows for better communication faster.

Set Goals (by project): Goals in any process are important to measure success. Set the goals, reach for the goals and then be sure to determine if you met the goals. If not, find out why not and learn from your mistakes.

Use your reseller as a resource: Resellers have teams of people for training and support. Many of them have industry experience, use them for questions, support, advice etc. They are there to help you.

Understand constraints: Revit creates relationships between objects, users can add relationships to constraints. Understand what these constraints are and how they work.

Levels and Grids etc.: Know what levels and grids do, and how objects get constrained to them.

Support the best hardware: Revit needs power! Support Revit by feeding it processor speed and RAM. Don't expect a tool like this to run well on an old underpowered hardware.

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