Interview with the Reader

Image courtesy Team Titan AEC

Revit as we know is a moderately deep subject with many successes possible through its appropriate or best possible use. There are also numerous difficulties found, some in the software itself but many that lay outside of the 1s and 0s; namely, people.

If the axiom is true that our teams are only as good as the weakest link, we must address both the good and bad in order to drive productivity and better project creation, coordination and profit. Toward that end I am also trying something different: an interview with YOU. An interview with your internal conversations as it were, your internal voice(s) -you know; the one that is most always keeping up unconsciously and probably commenting at this very moment ;)

Rather than just another interview addressed to a single person, I want to try and elicit your direct participation to explore the answers that you seem fit, whether just in those internal conversations or in writing the ideas out yourself. With that prefaced let’s begin…

Image of Revit model in Enscape | at Midnight

In regard to project delivery and managing submissions, which of the following are considered and to what degree does Revit benefit these efforts?

  1. Design optioning
  2. ADA and other accessibility requirements
  3. Energy efficiency -such as carbon reduction, lighting performance, or are there other building and entourage performance tests either used or necessary
  4. Code requirements
  5. Coordination and Information management (including but not limited to the following)
    1. Quantity assessments
    2. Document production
    3. Internal model coordination processes
    4. External model coordination processes

Is there any other basic requirement that you are leveraging Revit for, at each phase of the project lifecycle?

If these are not addressed within your Revit workflow, what are the main reasons? List and describe as fully as possible. This list will begin to point to upskilling opportunities ;)

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In managing individuals: how do you address the “over modeling” and “under modeling” issues?

  1. These are “a bridge we cross when we get to them”
  2. These are actively addressed in our weekly BIM briefings (or similar)
  3. We constantly teach our staff what is expected and how to accomplish it, plus there are well defined project requirements and LOD matrixes we develop and follow
  4. Threads on screws are not an example of over modeling
  5. Modeling??? We issue DRAWINGS! The model is never correct, and we just cover it with filled regions and overlay CAD Imports instead.

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Does Revit just need better Text tools?

Revit Sheet Image| Schematic Design

How does the team(s) use the Text tool? Or is text rightly only used on General Notes sheets?

Are Revit Tags and Keynotes, along with ‘magic’ Multi-Category Tags and schedulable custom ‘Symbols’ used to reduce the amount of Text to 0% and raise the coordination and communication efficiencies?

Image of Revit model in Enscape BIM View

How much of the process utilizes external programming, such as Dynamo for combining tasks and/or generating the following:

  1. Design & Options
  2. Information management
  3. Geometry creation
  4. Quality control
  5. What-If scenarios
  6. Component creation

What is the status of API development and/or visual scripting usage within your firm; is there an overall plan, is it per-project, ‘as needed’, hired out?

How much of this work may be reinventing a wheel that already exists in the wild? Could we be better using our time (thus money) through partnerships of expertise?

How important is it to build VR and AR, MR, XR workflows in your project delivery chain?

What are the main drivers you find pushing AEC toward the inevitability of creating Connected and Smart Architecture to interface with the burgeoning Smart Cities initiatives, Carbon reductions, etc.? How is your firm positioned to work in these environments?

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End of Interview ;)

I hope these questions and the few comments spur some thoughtfulness and a pause to review your processes, however brilliant they are. Cheers!

Jay B Zallan | AECO | VDC | Design/Construction Technology Conductor| Fine Artist

Jay brings wide-ranging Design, Delivery, Management, Mentoring and Teaching experiences to the readily changing AECO industries, founded on an expansive 35 plus year career.

He has focused on VDC planning, production, process development and research & development to help enable efficiency-generative creative project execution, delivery and success throughout the AECO landscape.

This JayZ is an educator, author and industry lecturer throughout the BIM world; Jz strives to inspire current and future generations to achieve and exceed beyond even their own expectations.

Being a Fine Artist (large format oil & mixed media canvases), Jay adds unique and collaborative insights and perspectives to every team he is part of.

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