The future of Revit looks good. Autodesk is continuing to work on refining Revit Building to make the product more efficient in what we do on a day to day basis as Architects. Today, I went to the Autodesk facility in Waltham, MA to test out some refinements to the program. While I did not sign a Non-Discosure, since the revisions I tested are not slated for use in a specific release, it is understood that I can not release too many specifics. This test of the program was a follow up to Autodesk observing me and asking questions about Revit in my office in Lexington, MA. Autodesk believes that customer contact is key to developing the product and it shows. Basically, Revit in the future will be faster and more efficient while other programs just get slower as they add features to be more like Revit.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Reading Architectural Record this weekend, I came across an interesting article on prefab houses written by Russell Fortmeyer. In this article, the architect KieranTimberlake Associates, uses the Revit Building software to create a BIM model that they can precisely order the aluminum frame from in addition to many coordination items. While the actual design of the prefab house can be debated, the use of the software is great and should be recognized. The following images are part of that article http://archrecord.construction.com/resources
The Revit Building Customer Council is a great way to help the product that you use grow and develop. I signed up for it, and while I can not reveal what was discussed, I have had a phone conversation with Autodesk last week and I will have someone video taping me this week to see how I work and use the product. While it seems invasive, I believe that it is powerful to help inform Autodesk how we use the product and by this information get a better end product. During the interview and filming this week I will ask how much I can discuss with the public and will share what I can later this week.
Monday, November 06, 2006
This is my initial post as a blogger. As you can see from my description, I have been using Revit Building for over a year. Most of the projects completed during this time have been residential projects. Currently, we have a project about to start that is 2 small commercial retail buildings. We are putting together a consultant team that will be comprised of Revit users. I plan to keep this blog up-to-date with how coordination works between Revit Building, Revit Structures, and Revit Systems. In addition to this project I will blog about tips & tricks, links, and other useful information that any level user can use. Below is an image of my first residential project completely done in Revit and a commercial building refacing. Visit my company's website for even more projects: http://www.colinsmitharch.com/