Having worked to introduce and expand Revit software into many different offices, I have often found there is a “soft spot” for the introduction, made up of individuals wanting to learn and use Revit software. There is also a typical progression into different phases of projects, usually starting with design development, which is typically regarded as “appropriate” for Revit software. While getting this initial implementation is important, it is trickier to increase the use of Revit software by other staff less willing to give up their tools, either in early stages of design or in the more technical later stages. I have developed a variety of presentations, workshops, and strategies that have helped to increase Revit software use throughout the office and throughout project stages. This also provides the additional benefit of increasing everyone's capabilities in our central building design and development software, and it creates an environment of sharing and creation.
BIM Directors and Managers who are struggling with leadership and staff to achieve a greater use of Revit and BIM
Mark Schmieding works in Chicago as a licensed architect/designer and consultant in digital design. He received his Bachelor in Architecture degree from The University of Kansas, and he spent years studying and working in Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. Over the last several years, Schmieding’s design work has ranged from high-end residential and retail interiors to large-scale commercial towers. In addition to leading interior, architecture, and planning design teams with an emphasis on an integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, he has provided training, implementation, and hands-on project assistance for many small, medium-sized, and large firms. Schmieding’s diverse experience within architectural firms, as well as his longtime history with BIM from the original Revit Technology Corporation, is a true testament to his mastery of digital design. Schmieding is currently director of BIM applications at Goettsch Partners, an innovative architecture firm with a global perspective with offices in Chicago, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.
How can Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows reduce the disconnect between document production and design intent visualization? This discussion will focus on taking a Revit BIM model into visualization and the production effort required. We'll cover a variety of visual communication platforms, from still images to panoramic images to interactive, dynamic virtual reality (VR). This roundtable will cover methods of accurate BIM visualization as well as isolated visual efforts with respect to production time and quality.
Transitioning to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Revit software can be a complex process. Studies show that BIM workflows save time and money, but the initial training and implementation process poses a considerable cost to the firm, and office owners are concerned with the effect on project deadlines. This class will present a flexible and integral implementation process, built on adapting firm standards and workflows, and practicing from Day One on real-life design projects. As an architect, Revit teacher, and BIM implementation consultant, Yael has insights from multiple design firms, which vary in terms of project scopes, management, human resources, and prior knowledge. The class will contain examples from various case studies, pros and cons for different strategies, and aspects to consider while deciding on the path to a successful and smooth implementation process. If you're interested in convincing your firm to make the inevitable transition, come hear from experience how to create the process that is right for you.
This roundtable discussion will focus on how Collaboration for Revit cloud service changes the way we collaborate on delivering a building design. We'll discuss the benefits and pitfalls with this platform. In addition, we'll compare Collaboration for Revit with other platforms to learn why it stands out. We'll learn whether Collaboration for Revit defines a new standard of how we work as a team.
3D technology has historically been reserved for large, exclusive, purpose-specific platforms. Users have been required to have advanced knowledge of laser scanning to operate high-tech scanners. As technology continues to evolve, laser scanning is just one piece that is moving to a smaller, inclusive, all-encompassing platform.<br/> <br/> In this presentation, Hexagon Geosystems CTO Burkhard Boeckem will take you through the journey of how this evolution led to the creation of the Leica BLK360, the world’s smallest and lightest imaging 3D laser scanner. Moving from the belief that AEC professionals couldn’t access the technology due to the high barriers of entry to democratising laser scanning for anyone with inspiration and desire to embrace new possibilities, the development of the BLK360 is opening opportunities previously thought unobtainable. Don’t miss this future-looking presentation and your chance to experience the latest in laser scanning technology.
IQL will show how there are different ways of working/interacting with the built environment and explain the integrated project delivery: client, project manager, and main contractor being 1 team with the same goal approach. We'll explain how we developed a strategy, managed the design, and delivered from concept design to project handover using different digital technologies at different stages. This class will demonstrate how we've created a strategy and EIR for a project that will run for the next 8 years and which will attract future tenants. We’ll show this from a project management point of view: management of the design stakeholders, management of design, BIM for master planning, quantification, the use of BIM for visualisation/VR, and BIM as a product to attract tenants. From a construction management view, we'll demonstrate trade design coordination, supply chain management/education, BIM on-site, 4D sequencing and construction optimisation, and BIM use for tenant engagement.
Over the past few years, there have been 2 or more releases of Revit software each year. Were you able to sit down and look through all of the new features? How are you informed about what the new features are and how they work? In the midst of your busy workday, you may have missed quite a bit of information about all these updates-like how to harness the power of scripting with Dynamo Player. In this session, we'll cover 30 of the most recent Revit updates, and you'll learn how you can use them right away. Join us and make an impact on your day-to-day workflows!
Calling all architects! Want to add more than basic railings for your monumental stair in Revit software? This class is for you. Custom railing paneling can be fun to design but challenging to model, even with a good fundamental knowledge of Revit software's railing systems. In this session, you will learn to create the custom parts you need and put them together in an accurately modeled railing that will look great in 3D and still be easy to document in your drawings. We'll also cover some shortcuts and ways to avoid common issues throughout the process. At the end of the class, you'll be able to take home all sample files and family templates for your own use. Prerequisites for this course include a working knowledge of railing systems in Revit, as well as some experience with the family editor. It is highly recommended that attendees watch AR18637 "Handrail Hacks" using Autodesk University online prior to the class to ensure maximum benefit.
Adaptive components and advanced mass-modelling tools have been implemented in Revit since 2009 but are still ignored by many architectural practices assuming that Revit is a mere BIM tool for the detailed design phase. In this class, you will experience the potential of Revit for practical early stage design through a real case study: the A1 building in the new Baoshan Park in Shanghai, the landmark of the whole urban development. We will go through the design process used to manage the design of the complex shape and of the advanced façade. You will learn how we managed the design merely inside the Revit environment with massing, divided surfaces, surface patterns, and adaptive components. You will then learn how the same model could be created using Dynamo visual programming. Finally, you will experience how to create enhanced curtain panels with embedded sun-shading using Dynamo and Radiance. This class will demonstrate simple workflows in Dynamo, Python, and Revit.
The concepts of BIM strive to the ideology of design teams working together collaboratively within 1 model across all disciplines. As fantastic as Revit has been to support architectural design delivery, the realities of this are not quite there yet when projects reach a certain scale or teams are to be spread across geographical locations. This class isn’t looking to solve all these challenges, but will highlight the different approaches that CallisonRTKL has learnt from experience having worked with Revit technologies since as early as 2003 globally and in the UK since 2006. We will also highlight other applications that we are using to address some of these challenges such as Windows Remote Desktop, Cisco Xen App, and Collaboration for Revit with A360.
We will cover the concept of 3D laser scanning and how to take it from a raw scan-a quick overview of processing to modeling of architectural, structural, and mechanical systems. The main portion of the class will be the import and the use of the 3D point cloud data in Revit software. Topics will be how to orient the data for use and how to work with the point cloud data visually, as well as the use of clipping boxes, section cuts, and view ranges to declutter and clearly see the point cloud data. We will show how to model walls and structure and also how to model in piping and mechanical equipment. Finally, we will cover a case study of how 3D scanning and using the data with Revit saves us time and money-and also helps us deliver a product that is accurate and greatly reduces the chances for addendum and change orders in a project.
This class will cover guidelines, best practices, and workflows to capitalize on the time spent modeling in Revit software. Attendees will learn how to generate various types of visualizations that will lead up to rendering in the cloud, and then how to use them for virtual reality (VR). They will learn best practices on proper modeling techniques, workflows, and some of the tools available in the cloud render service. Topics covered will include the various types of visualization available, A360 rendering (what it is and why use it with Revit), what it takes to get a great render, best practices for loadable and system families, light fixture use, setting up scenes, materials overview, preparation of the view, render settings, cloud tools, benefits, and tips and tricks.
The Design Automation for Revit API lets you build web applications that create, read, and modify Revit models. We'll review the kinds of apps you will be able to build, and review the API architecture so that you can get ready to use Design Automation for Revit in your own applications.