Thursday 2 August 2012

What to watch out for when managing a Revit Project: Part 1

I recently found these great little "nuggets" of information while going through some old Autodesk University (AU) handouts.

By the way I do go through my old AU handouts often as they contain great information such as the following taken from a 2009 class called "Autodesk Revit for Project Managers" by James Balding and Scott Davis.

What to watch out for when Managing a Revit Project

The "Overmodeler": In Revit there is a saying that says "just because you can model it doesn't mean you have too". Be careful to watch out for those that want to model everything down to the smallest details. Think about what needs to be shown in a view at a particular scale and only model to that level of detail. Detail items should only be shown as 2D detail items. Unnecessary modeling makes the models large and will slow the project down.

Sloppy Modeling: There is a correct way to model in Revit, and a wrong way to model. Items should be drawn using the appropriate category. Do not use Massing in Revit to model items that are not massing. Do not try to "fake" things in Revit. you are building a virtual version of the building. Sloppy modeling leads to sloppy construction.

Atempts to tun Revit into AutoCAD: Revit is NOT AutoCAD. It's not based on AutoCAD and its functions are very different from AutoCAD. Do not attempt to compare the workflow in Revit to that of AutoCAD. For example, "In AutoCAD we would just do it like this...." Statements like this will just undermine your efforts. The sooner you can understand this, the more successful you will be in Revit.

Cutting Corners "to get the job out the door": Don't cut corners! Once again, the process in Revit is different, It my take a little longer initially to get a piece of the model designed but in the end, the process is faster.

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