Wednesday 29 August 2012

Managing a Revit Project the Do's: Part 1

Here is a continuation 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.

Relinquish upon STC: Be sure to always relinquish control of objects when you save to central. This allows others on the team to access them while you are out.

Have a Kickoff strategy session: You cannot plan enough. Be sure to kick off the project right. Use this meeting to set expectations and get the project heading in the right direction.

Focus on the deliverable: What do you need to get the project done? A well designed, well coordinated set of documents. Know what you need and focus on making it happen.

Be open minded: There will be times in a Revit project that things don't "work the way they did in CAD". Be open minded to change and realize that CD's don't have to be the same that they have for the last 25 years. change is good!

Expect training: Proper training and ongoing training are the most important aspect of a Revit project and implementation.

Detach from CENTRAL: Detaching a file from the Central file allows the PM to make any changes without affecting the Central file. Detaching from Central allows you to safely play with the model without affecting the rest of the teams work.

Have whole teams on the same build: Builds in Revit are "versions" in between the main releases. If the Architect is on Service Pack 2 then make sure the MEP and Structural consultants are also on Service Pack 2.

Use a "Sketch Project" to experiment: A sketch project is a new separate project, where you can cut and past back into the main model if you like.

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