There is a learning curve associated with any improvement to your business, and moving to Revit is no exception. But there are certain ways to make the transition smoother, both for your budget and your sanity. Here are five ideas.
- Start with small steps. Everyone talks about the leading-edge advantages with Revit and BIM, like clash detection, 3D presentations and 4D tracking. But the best way to begin is more simple – concentrate on learning how different “parts” of the building talk to one another. Revit is a fully parametric software, meaning that a change to one portion (like moving a wall) will have a ripple effect. This can be great (the change will happen everywhere) but it also can make changes you don’t see at first. So before you dive into a project (which we all want to do) begin by fooling around with some of the standard Revit “stuff” like walls, doors, and cabinets. Place a wall in the model, put a door in in, move it around. Try to look at it in elevation, in a section. Change the scale, and see what that does. Learn how to add text and dimensions. It’s better to experiment with this on a smaller scale before jumping into a more complex model.
- Begin to build your Revit libraries and standards. Many of the more common “families” come with the program, but there are many that you will want to build yourself, so that they match your company standards. Annotation symbols, for instance, usually need some work to get up to standards. You will also need to begin building doors, windows and other things that will work better for your individual projects.
- Begin a “pilot” project. This is a real and current project, ideally something simpler that you can practice on without getting over your head too soon. The perfect pilot project would not have a real tight deadline either, but you don’t always have that luxury. But try to find a project – maybe a residential project or a small commercial one – that you can commit to starting and finishing in Revit.
- Create a template file. In the AutoCAD world, the workflow often means saving files as you go and re-using them as needed. With Revit it is more effective to create template files for different types of projects. These templates include all the items you will need to start on a project – the wall types, doors, windows, etc . . . and also your title block and standard annotation tools. It takes some time to set these up, but will save you hours of time when you need to get up and running on a project.
- Don’t start with a renovation project! Although Revit is a great tool for renovation work, and this type of work is very common, you will find a bit more advanced work is required. Revit has phases for the different parts of a renovation project (like demo, existing and proposed) but this takes some time to master. And also, if you begin a renovation project without knowing how to use these tools, it can really slow you down later when you need to plot the drawings. So it is best to start off with a cleaner, new building until you can take the time to learn phasing.
Revit is a great program, and you will soon be taking advantage of its abilities to connect all the views and drawings into one cohesive project. Hopefully you can use these suggestions to make your transition to Revit faster, more effective, and relatively pain-free.
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