Monday 28 March 2016

Training Strategy Part 4

Software training consists of hands on training on the relevant software such as Revit.
Training should be specific to the users needs which can be assessed a number of ways.

·       Skills Evaluation – Questionnaire
Completion of a questionnaire based upon the self assessed skill level including, Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced.
Based upon the results you should be able to asses the participants knowledge of the software.

·       Skills Evaluation – Hands on
Completion of a series of assigned tasks within the software.
Sitting with the participant while asking them to go through a series of tasks to asses their knowledge, e.g.; opening project, changing view templates, worksets, manipulating model components etc.

·       Discussion
      Conversation with recipient discussion their use and understanding of the software, monitoring their use of the terminology and discussing how they use the software.
     Part 5: Training Follow-up

Monday 21 March 2016

Training Strategy Part 3

Software training is only part of the learning process as software is typically only part of the production process and should be accompanied by instruction on how the software is used within the organization and it’s part in the production process.

Instruction on process for using the software should follow software training. It is important to establish the correct protocol on how the software is being utilized and how it fits into the process of production at each stage.

Process includes explaining the project structure, software use and team structure including roles and responsibilities.

Part 4: Evaluation

Monday 14 March 2016

Training Strategy Part 2

Software training consists of hands on training on the relevant software such as Revit.

Training may be conducted “in-house” by skilled instructor from within your organization or by a qualified instructor sourced from outside your organization. Instructors must be knowledgeable on the requirements of the students and customize the training material specific to the relevant needs of the students understanding of the software as well as the needs of the organization.

Training may be held over a defined period of time such as three consecutive days or incrementally such as a period of half days throughout a work week followed up by periodic short topic specific sessions.

Part 3: Process

Friday 11 March 2016

Custom Crop Region - Known Issue Printing extreamly slow

There seems to be a known issue with Revit 2016 printing extremely slow when there are “custom crop regions”.

A custom crop region was brought into Revit in 2014 and apparently this has been an ongoing issue.

Here’s a link to Autodesk’s Knowledge Network, however I really don’t think their proposed solutions are much of a solution.

My suggestion would be to avoid the use of “custom” non rectangular crop regions.


Monday 7 March 2016

Training Strategy Pt 1

Here are some tips when developing a training strategy for your office or organization.
This will be a five part series and is applicable to all types of software and process.

Training Strategy
Training includes two components:
1: Software
2: Process

Each component should be customized to suit the students and organizational needs.

Evaluation of students needs can be accomplished by meeting with the individual or group to verify their needs and understanding of the software. Software understanding can typically be categorized into five groups: 
(I've used Revit as an example but any software would be applicable).

1.     Introduction to BIM using Revit
Little to no experience with Revit – No follow up Revit specific training required.

2.     Non Power User Training
Little to no experience with Revit – followed by Revit fundamentals training if required.

3.     Required Revit User Training
Little to no experience with Revit.

4.     Advanced Revit User Training
Advanced experience with Revit – Intermediate or Advanced users.

5.     All Revit Users – Follow up training
All levels of Revit users, topic specific.

Once initial training is complete, where possible the participant should be paired with an experienced user(s) in a “non critical” role where a more experienced user who is in a supportive role. 

Part 2: Training Software