Tag Archives: ProjectManagement

Streamlined Elevators

Each project has to qualify their elevator spec, which typically means a customized family per project.  I’ve created a prototype lightweight (2.5D) family that can be adjusted per specified unit, with dims ‘locked down’ to prevent modifying away from the … Continue reading

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Reviewing Model Groups

The majority of current projects I’m consulting to are multi-family housing, or patient care.  Both utilize model groups extensively to efficiently duplicate and update the repetitive room/unit layouts across multiple levels.  While good for repetition and update management, groups can … Continue reading

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Process, Product AND Lifecycle Use

There is a lot of debate over the acronym of BIM. I like the ‘brief primer’ from EcoDomus: BIM is an acronym for a few things: 1) Building Information Modeling (virtual design process), 2) Building Information Model (a set of … Continue reading

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Putting the I in IPD

More and more, subconsultants are being provided a Building Information Model rather than traditional 2D backgrounds, and are being asked to return a 3D deliverable in kind.  And with that, comes questions: Q:  Do I have to use Revit, too? … Continue reading

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Is ‘the cloud’ still a dream?

Technically speaking, no.  ‘Working in the cloud’ is already a reality – look at your cloud-hosted email services and customer management tools – a tremendous amount of daily data exchange is already up there.   But should your team’s design data … Continue reading

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Double-clicking files from a browser

Teams new to Revit often fall back on old habits better suited to other programs – a common behavior I see is double-clicking files from a network browser to open them.  Not a good idea for Revit files!  Here’s why: … Continue reading

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BIM and Risk Management

First off, I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve sat through conferences with many of them, enough to know that the legal liability of an architect is at minimum, daunting, at maximum… well, let’s not (hopefully ever!) go there. A client … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Revit .ini

All of the default settings and operations in Revit are controlled by the .ini file in the install.  The ini file is the portal for any customization of your Revit environment, from changing the background color from white to black,  … Continue reading

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Revit/CAD Hybrid Projects

This topic came up in a consulting session today, and it echos an exchange I recently had over LinkedIn, so I’ll recap things here: LinkedIn email from a past colleague: How do you recommend to handle details and front end … Continue reading

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MGMT views – Work those schedules!

It’s taken me a while to get the more senior staff to open up a model file.  They are rarely ever ‘hands on’ in the production aspect of the project, and are (the unspoken truth) a bit intimidated that they’ll … Continue reading

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