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Revit Will Make You a Better Architect

ISSUE

The last place I worked at one time was the design / construction of a thriving firm. On several occasions brainstorms from the Architecture and Construction departments will gather their donuts and coffee and meet in the conference room to discuss the quality of our construction drawings and how to improve them.

Our paintings have common problems due to the stress of working in a busy work environment; missing information, conflicts, coordination issues, CAD anomalies, and more

Remember the days when firms were drawing dams? There doesn't seem to be any more painting sessions; there is only time in the schedule or budget. Now we call that process. It definitely makes the construction guy angry. We are sensitive about our design work, but they are sensitive when it comes to money. Some people are just so materialistic.

As a CAD manager, I would sit and take notes at this meeting, trying to balance coffee, caffeine and two donuts in my lap. After about an hour and a half everyone said that. Although I have a ton of notes, they are just details that point to the issue. The problem is surprisingly simple, the painting is not straightforward.

DESKTOP ARCHITECTURE

As a CAD manager, I'm really sad about this. We use Desktop Architecture for all our work. We use it as a BIM tool, build 3D models and produce all 2D drawings. Very cool but difficult to do, years of training required on my part, years of preparation and solving and training new people. Some newbies are very resistant to working in 3D and with tools they are unfamiliar with. Some are actually subversive. I call these people flat-landers because they want to experience 2D architecture. I think it's better than calling them what I want.

As difficult as it was, we made good decisions. We were able to put it live, we knew what the building would look like, and we knew where the design problem was growing. We also make money at our architectural costs occasionally. So how did this happen?

As the project gets closer to completion and finer resolution becomes finer, Desktop Architectural becomes more difficult and refined. When the crisis hits, subversive flats will blow up the project. When it explodes into a line, the inexperienced will uncover coordination in an attempt to create the illusion that the project is complete. When inevitable changes come, CAD data declines further.

ARVITEK REVIT

Then as long as Revit came. The program fulfills the promise of what Desktop Architecture should be. Don't get me wrong, it was a huge pain to execute but I knew that if I could do the Desktop Architecture work for us, then I could do Revit. Management is not necessarily supportive, does not provide training and does not have the time to set it up, but they do offer some doubts and criticism. At least they pay for the hardware and software they need.

In Architectural Desktop you need to create complex systems for managing projects. In Revit this has been taken care of. In Architectural Desktop you need to create complex CAD standards and their programs into your system, and then train users and enforce those standards. With Revit, standards outside the box work for us. This is amazing. I can go to any office with Revit on my computer and start working. Imagine that? I can't even begin to tell you how many CAD adjustments I've made in the last 20 years. I didn't do anything for Revit except to create a family, (their term for parametric block style) shared parameters and project templates.

Rough architectural desktop, Smooth Revit. Desktop Architectural is fragile and fragile, Revit is strong and solid. Desktop Architecture Upgrading is a multi-week process that involves breaking down all the tons of customization and rebuilding after you buy a few books, e-mail some teachers, and discover the hidden cache of information on what's really going on in a stupid program. It does not require one but at least three programming languages ​​to make this work properly. Then of course you need to retrain the user.

Upgrading Revit can be done through lunch, with no training. I don't even see the readme file.

BUILDING INFORMATION MODEL (BIM)

BIM? I really don't like that abbreviation. I like SBM (Single Building Model). It doesn't seem to fit into any of Autodesk's marketing plans at all. No one asked me. In fact, I believe that information about every magazine today and on every website about BIM is mostly nonsense. All these experts who don't use Revit say you can do this, that and other things. I didn't do anything. I'm not sure what they have. Maybe we'll see in the future.

But here's BIM and Revit rock architecture. You cannot explode the Revit model. This means that geometry will always adjust. Reference tags and sheet numbers cannot be edited separately from the model. This tag is not fragile; they are solid rock, associated with models and tables. I'm not sure you can put the Revit project out of coordination even with great effort. So like that, most of our painting problems are gone. This is also proof of how smart software can make you a better architect. Yes I say; Revit will make you a better architect.

At our firm, Revit is no longer an office joke because of our improved efficiency. When we had to hire someone for our architecture department, Revit's experience was our top priority. It began to be our marketing focus at the time I left. The first thing that gets people excited about our Revit decision is that we solve design problems that we may not have seen in the past. Our solution was valid from the beginning. In a design / construction office where construction men are looking over your shoulder, this is important.

CONTINUE

Throughout the design process, you can place the camera and make the rendering almost perfect. Unique rendering capabilities as well as materials and links are compatible with 3DS Max if you choose to use it. The very simple Mental Ray dialogue framework produces great results with little effort. Any Revit user can now make a great appearance with a few minutes of practice. Not only can you make high-quality presentations quickly, but now you can also have lots of pictures provided in the project to clearly convey your design to your customers. Revit will make you a better architect.

When I printed out the help system for Viz Render, a rendering tool in Architectural Desktop, it filled two volumes and over a thousand pages, and took a lot of time to master.

PARADIGM SHIFT design

Between working in a seamless 3D interface and displaying an array of views, architects now have a new one. They have the ability to easily see every exposed surface in the design of buildings - walls, floors, ceilings and roofs - inside and out. For the first time we can see everything before it's built. Wow, can you see the implications?

There is currently no reason for poor design or design error. Most people don't know this but the majority of architects and designers really don't know what it looks like in the design. Sure they have ideas and some ways are better than others, but this is a fundamental problem especially where design costs are low and everything is black and white and 2D. After designing some duct work, I made MC Escher like a statue. My boss is tickled because he caught it, but that could be a big problem.

Revit will make you a better architect simply because you get immediate feedback on your design. If you see an object as it happens, then you will correct and optimize it. It doesn't make sense. You will not be able to sleep knowing that defects are in your design. I think what average-landers like them can see in their 2D black and white paintings and can think perfectly and do it well because it matches their imagination. 3D and color are just too much information for them.

Drawing architecture without 3D is like typing letters on a computer without a monitor. You probably got most of it right. You probably won't be able to change it. You can repeat this several times. Isn't the feedback from the monitor good?

I find that many of the contractors are moving to BIM because of the collision detection tools and the money they save to prevent construction errors and to identify design errors. Some contractors have their own Revit internal model that creates architects' 2D construction documents to capture their design flaws. Follow the money.

Didn't the architect lead this? I want to believe that architects who do not use Revit simply do not know better. They don't know about its coordination feature, rendering capabilities, and detailing tools. They didn't know it could replace AutoCAD completely. They may think that drawing in 3D wastes instead of saving time. I didn't know all this when I started with Revit and I had to figure it out myself.

Architects keep hearing about how BIM will benefit everyone except them. They may not know it will benefit them as well, and consider it a burden.

Unfortunately we all know architects who use AutoCAD 14 and would say "if it's good enough for Frank Lloyd Wright to use when he designed the pyramid, then that's good enough for me." These people are usually very fast and do very specific types of work. They are also slowly losing market share, developing carpal tunnel syndrome and one day they will find that people no longer need their services. See any good ink on the production of vellum hands lately? What about a newspaper, mylar registration pin, leroy lettering set, or a rule pen?

CAD really let go when Bob Villa showed an architect using the system on "This Old House". The tool was a $ 80,000 Silicon Graphics workstation and was not a realistic option at the time, but it created a perception that resonated with the public. Not including CAD is the end of many design firms.

Frank Lloyd Wright works in 3D and colors.

SKETCHUP

Sketchup has become quite popular among architects recently. The architect is smart enough to know the value of color and 3D. It's their workflow that I don't like. Most firms that use Sketchup also use AutoCAD. So basically one group works on design with Sketchup, the other group works on construction documents with AutoCAD. (More on AutoCAD later.) Little or no data reuse between the two groups. It also looks very difficult to model the interior and exterior of the building in Sketchup. To get realistic photo pointers in Sketchup, you'll need to add add-ons. Still with Sketchup, you provide your customers with drawings that you can relate to, and that's a great step in the right direction. Can Sketchup make floor plans now?

INCREASING WORKFLOW

In Revit, you can start modeling with walls, doors and windows or you can use their amazing mass modeling tools, extract volume and area data, and then parametrically attach walls, floors, roofs, and more. All Sketchup can do, Revit can do better.

In Revit, you have one database and all the drawings and tables out there. You don't have to draw an arbitrary line in the sand and say it's a design drawing and construction document. They are one, advanced together in perfect Zen. In fact, don't architects continue to plan through the construction document phase? Most continue to do so in the construction phase. Revit makes it easy to do. This is a great opportunity for profitability based on Revit's workflow vs Sketchup / AutoCAD workflow.

FLEXIBILITY

One of Revit's best features is not easy to see. It's data flexibility. For example In AutoCAD someone will create a door table. Assuming he had office standards, and door knowledge, he blew it! The schedule has no connection to the project. Then if you delete the door from the plan, it's still on the table. It is still at the height of the wall. With sufficient editing over time, the whole table schedule will need to be re-examined for coordination problems.

In Revit, the door object contains its data. If you delete a door, it comes with tables and heights, sections, related details, relevant specifications, and more. All data is live. Changes occurring in one place above the model are automatically released to release the set of drawings. Not only do the drawings stay tuned but this is a level of relaxation we have never done before.

The flexibility to make various changes is not only possible, but easy and fast without breaking the model. Now when your customers need to cut their budget significantly after construction documents come out for offers, (common in church work), you can cover them without abandoning the project and starting over. Drawings are still in sync.

TELECOMMICAL IMPLICATIONS

In regular Sunday school classes, the expression WWJD (what would Jesus do?) Is thrown around so that our children have very good standards for their actions. (One of the consequences is that they have standards to assess their parents' behavior.)

So what will Jesus do? I have no real clue, but as a reality creator I believe that the Lord of the universe does not use 2D and black and white. I can speculate endlessly and create some strange heretics, but this is a lot I know. At the very least, reality has at least 3 physical dimensions, reality has movement (over time), reality has color, and it has sound (maybe 5 Dolby surround sound?). The more accurately you represent the design to your customers and yourself, the more honest you become, and truth is a great standard to look for. I'm pretty sure that Jesus would also tell a great story about the building or its users.

To represent the most accurate architecture for your customers at this moment in history will use Revit-based 3DS Max animations with V-Ray 2. 0 plug-in for high-definition Blu-Ray video with surround sound on the 55 "Samsung LED TV with James Earl Jones tells the story as told by Tom Clancy. A 12 "350 watt Klipsch powered subwoofer will also be useful.

DOCUMENTS BUILDING

The design of the Church is moving slowly. It is a fundraiser between the initial design and construction documents that can take years. Two and a half years after implementing Revit, we have prepared our first construction document.

I don't think these paintings are all that special. We have a lot of problems not Revit. There are some engineering works that are reworked and valued and the construction is too complicated. But in the end, the painting was professional and adequate.

A few weeks passed and The Director of Construction told us that this is the best set of drawings he has ever worked on. I was a bit surprised. The guys who do Revit work are the best guys, but what I believe the directors are happy about is that they are perfectly aligned. This is the Revit contribution made to this project.

When the project was under construction, everything went smoothly. The basics were so complicated that we added isometric to the set of drawings with elevation tags and dimensions that took their data directly from the model. It only takes a few hours. The concrete man was blown away. The only problem with this project was from some subcontractors who made the mistake of not relating to painting.

WHAT IS ARCHITECTURAL

I do not understand why the whole world does not expect Revit to come and those schools are not crowded with people trying to learn. Book revisions should be the best seller. This needs to be talked about on CNBC as well as on the evening news. This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to the professional practice of architecture. And it's really the beginning of the BIM revolution.

According to an article in the Professional Builder, Warren Buffet has invested heavily in BIM as he thinks there are inefficiencies and wastes in the American home building industry and that there is money to be made using BIM to make it efficient.

OUTSOURCING

I really do not understand the obstacles among American architects to not miss the opportunity to excel, master and lead this new technology. The whole world is using Revit and they are using the current version. Maybe we think they used DOS on the 80386 CPU with 5 years of software?

Do some Google search and you will see some amazing work being done in South America, China and India. As Revit makes you a better architect, Americans soon outsource their outsourcing to foreign countries where not only are they cheaper, but they are also better.

Like it or not, outsourcing is here. How will American architects respond?

Investments

It took ten years to become a real architect. To be able to design and then describe the building in detail can be constructed using standard construction that meets the building code and zoning rules and to do it well enough to earn a living. This is quite an investment.

So tell me why you don't want to take a four-day class to go and a three-day class to start mastering tools that will change your life, protect your career and make you a better architect, and bring you joy? Why can't you lose your initial productivity when you switch to Revit when your productivity gains will be made at the end of the first year, instead of making it fit for all your hardware, software and training investments and giving you 25% productivity?

People who oppose BIM today and cling to CAD are the same people who oppose CAD and hold a pencil. When CAD took over, it radically changed the architecture business world. Many old companies are out of business and new ones are taking advantage of the opportunity. Do you see that opportunity?

Did you know they teach Revit in most high schools?

ADVANTAGE

I imagine there are two very good reasons for this match. The first is "The economy is robbed, I cannot afford to invest in anything, I do not know if it will come back. Every building that society needs is built, I will wait until the economy gets better." The second reason is "I I have a lot of work to do, I don't have time to study right now. Maybe I'm not too busy? " Consider the down time as the economy is a gift so you can practice for the days when you're busy.

In the meantime, architects with a vision and perspective realize that as the economy grows, it will be too late. Customers will demand BIM / Revit and if you are unable to provide it, you will not get a job. Currently, almost all government projects require BIM. Larger architecture firms like HOK and SOM are leaders in Revit. The construction world demands it for cost savings (which is often higher than the architect's fee) and if the architects won't do it, they will.

AUTOCAD

I think I could write a book on why AutoCAD is just great for architecture. But I'm trying to make sure it's positive and rewarding.

So today I was looking for work and I read some ads out there for architecture work and I saw "must know AutoCAD" repeatedly. Why not? Does anyone out there really draw a floor plan using lines to represent a wall? Block for door? True? I'm sorry but that's just ridiculous. I can't work there because I can't stop calling fools. I probably won't miss the first phone interview. I'll ask why. Rock and stone tablets are nearly as efficient.

I left AutoCAD in 2001 after using AutoCAD 14 to do the BIM project. It takes some time. I kept repeating the line from The Money Pit movie, "two more weeks" and 16 weeks later I had a great BIM 3D project on AutoCAD 14. My boss wasn't upset.

In 2001 Architectural Desktop won my heart and not since I regretted leaving AutoCAD. Drawing a building with lines is just silly. I'm sorry but it is, and if you do, someone has to tell you.

I haven't manually taken the height for over 10 years. I'm not sure I'll know how. Why do you want to do that? Let the computer do it for you. It's like using a spreadsheet for accounting but doing calculations on calculators and entering data into cells. Yeah, that's stupid. Stop right there!

Sketchup only works to enable AutoCAD architecture users.

AUTOCAD CULTURE

So AutoCAD comes out of the box with 500 or more variables set to the worst of the options. (Or at least, I haven't seen her in 10 years.) Setting the variable is worth a month. In AutoCAD there are 15 ways to do something. With great effort, you can find the best way and it will just be mediocre. Then you learn 3 programming languages ​​(or more) and you can customize them to do well. If you're a geek, you can be a teacher. Then you don't have to draw anymore, you just walk around pulling others out of the field.

I think I have 50 AutoCAD Books. They are very expensive. I learned AutoLisp. I have 4 books on it. I saw Lynn Allen deliver the famous AutoLisp in 45 minutes of live talk. As a geek, I find it strange erotic. I trained people at AutoCAD while working for an Autodesk reseller. I like it better than leading the plastic in mylar with an electric extinguisher. But come on, it's a new millennium, out of it.

In the AutoCAD world, teachers make good money, have control and job security, write books and don't share their knowledge quickly. My favorite is the unauthorized instructions, real geek stuff.

AutoCAD is completely wrong because there is no automatic AutoCAD. All this just to draw a line? I do not think so.

AUTODESK

Autodesk gets some of this error because they compete with at least four different products for architecture; AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Architectural Desktop (Now called AutoCAD for Architecture, and Revit.It's been tricky. For the past, they've sent lots of mixed messages. Is it best for what I do? Help me meet women and drive sports cars. And I'm not even mentioning the consulting engineers and competing products they use.

One thing Autodesk has done right is to try to restore the architects towards Revit (like a shepherd cat). At first I was angry that I was dedicated to Desktop Architectural. There are some things in life that are frustrating because of changing the CAD system. When Frank Heitzman set up the BIM program at Triton College and Paul Aubin wrote a book about Revit, it was time for me to take a good look. In the first grade Frank says Revit is a video game for architects. By the end of my first grade, I had drawn the sheets with plans, heights, sections and furnishings. I've been sold.

Autodesk has said that their future is with Revit. Every year they come out with a new version. It always has some amazing new features. It was the most exciting day of the year for me. When I got my hands, I upgraded. I also like the subscription system, it works well for Revit. There is no reason not to ride it and ride the sweet new technology wave.

CULTURAL REVIT

Oh my, how great the world is. It is ready to use out of the box. Autodesk has created many tutorials and white papers. The Internet is full of blogs and websites for sharing family and knowledge. Subscription sites let you see many of the past classes at Autodesk University. YouTube has hundreds of video tutorials. The whole world posted their work and it was amazing.

In Revit, if you take more than 15 minutes to perform your first task, you are using the wrong approach. Offer the correct vocabulary words and Google. The solution will be there.

In Revit you don't model every nut and bolt, there is a balance to 3D / 2D that you will learn as you see what others are doing.

My response to those who told me "3D is a waste of time" and my other favorite "They will do it in the field" I say this "If it's too difficult to model in 3D in Revit, it's too difficult to build. Your fake 2D drawing is a lie and a detriment to your customers. "

In my 21 years of drawing on computers, I have struggled to come up with the right approach to digital architecture. I think it's Revit. It's also just the beginning of a rapid change that will allow computers to do more work. Vertical applications only make sense.

SIMULATION

While realistic rendering of photos is great, the next step is simulation. If your interior looks bad, you can adjust the lighting in an artistic way to make it beautiful. If you use Revit's photometric lamp and your rendering looks bad, don't change the rendering, determine the design of the lamp and gladly capture it before you build it.

On one of our projects our interior designers gave me materials and color pallets. I went to the materials supplier's web site and downloaded the exact color and material samples and redone the interior. Customers and interior designers see the room just as they would.

In another project, I used landscape painting as a background to put 3D crops in the model for presentation. Instead of releasing random plants in an artistic way, it's a simulation. If the design doesn't look good, the solution is to design the design instead of the artistic look.

The number of things that can be simulated is huge. Sun studies, light, energy use, collision detection, optimum building rotation, various LEED items, construction logistics and staging. Use your imagination.

CONCLUSION

There is a lot of information about the benefits of BIM to other AEC industries; I only deal with architects who draw design and construction. Not architects think we have used software like this all the time. They did not know that we filled the door tables by hand and used the walls. You become an architect to design buildings and solve problems, not as a coating or a training curve as fast as you can in the repetition without wasting.

My favorite part as an architect is seeing my design being built. This is actually rare and can take years. Working at Revit, I get daily satisfaction. Imagine the joy that will bring you life. (If only I could find some work)

If you are an architect and you need to design buildings and draw architectural drawings, you need to know that with the right training and experience, Revit is the best way to achieve it. The quality of the painting is superior, the writing is amazing, the coordination is solid, it's very efficient, in one year you will be 25% faster and have paid for the learning, software and hardware curves. You will be better, faster and cheaper and you will become a better architect.

Revit is a complete system. It is the only tool you need to make presentations, design drawings and construction documents. There are several other BIM tools that are similar to Revit and are quite good, but from what I see Revit is superior, has a larger market share, is the most compatible and has the most number of partners.

Arkitek, inilah momen kita dalam sejarah, marilah kita merebutnya.



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