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Robert Manna

BO3158: The Business Proposition for Developing Custom Tools

(Duration 01:25:59)

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Key Learning

Key Learning

  • Convey the value of custom tools for Revit
  • Explain the difference between tools and utilities in Revit versus CAD
  • Develop an internal strategy for development
  • Review resumes of potential candidates who develop Revit tools

Materials

Materials

Description

Description

In the era of 2D CAD, many firms invested in custom tools and development staff to write and maintain them. A firm's overall experience varied in terms of the success of this investment and just about everyone has a story to tell about being burned from spending money developing custom tools. However a number of market forces are coming into play that continue to drive the need to customize the Revit® software platform, and the question is, Do you rely entirely on third-party software or go back down the road of customization? This class explores the benefits of investing in the development of custom tools for your firm, and shows how Revit is really different this time for those who have a horror story to tell. This class looks at the tools Stantec has developed in the last year and the return on investment we have already seen. We also examine our overall strategy and approach to development.

Target Audience

Target Audience

Those who provide advice on a firm's direction in terms of practice or design technology, people who think their firm should be investing in custom tools, or people who have the decision-making authority to have a firm invest in custom tool development

Speakers

Speakers

Robert Manna

Robert works for Stantec in the Boston office, he has been a key team member on multiple projects, and he now serves as the BIM R&D leader for the firm as well as providing business consulting services for clients implementing BIM. He has taught internally, provides high level support as well as planning and implementation of new tools. In 2013 he led the organization of the first annual RTC Design Technology Summit, he has spoken at: RTC NA, Autodesk University, has been a guest lecturer at the BAC, and has presented at BIM events hosted by the AIA, ACEC, Autodesk and resellers. He has written two articles about Revit for the AUGI AEC Edge magazine, and has written assessment questions for KnowledgeSmart. He maintains a personal blog dedicated to Revit & BIM. When he has time he hangs out with his wife and two year old daughter, and enjoys skiing, swimming and biking

david spehar

David is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience on a wide range of architectural projects. He has been a Revit user and BIM advocate since 2003 and is a Revit Architecture Certified Professional. David is currently Stantec's Corporate BIM Leader overseeing the firm-wide practice integration of BIM through education, development of best practices, project management support and multi-discipline BIM collaboration. He is a leader in helping Stantec transition from a document based design process to an intelligent model based design process.David has a strong background in architectural project management and project BIM management. His strengths include BIM planning, project cost control, overall project coordination, and schedule management. Throughout his career he has been responsible for a range of responsibilities from complete project design, documentation and management of smaller projects, to management and coordination of large, complex projects.

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Published

  • 2013
  • BO3158
  • AU Las Vegas

Software

  • Building Design Suite, Revit Products

Industries

  • Architecture Services
  • Utilities & Telecom
  • Engineering Services Providers

Topics

  • Business Ops