New Years Resolution: Improvement in Production and Quality documents

“Everything should be made as simple as possible by not simpler”  – Albert Einstein

When you start working with BIM you have to change how you approach a project, how the project is setup, and how the team must change its thought process when creating the model.  The key is to focus on the project deliverable’s.  This goes for the Project Managers also, they can’t assume Revit will catch any problems.  Do you ever get the question from Project Managers: “Why doesn’t Revit tag Rooms and Doors correctly?”

This is the epidemic I have been faced with in my office regarding follow thru when modeling in Revit.  It has become second nature to simple place a door or a room in Revit, and why not it’s so easy.  However this comes with a large problem, placing a door or a room doesn’t mean it’s numbered correctly for your specific project.  When we drew “dumb” objects in AutoCAD we had to manual add these numbers. So when did we start thinking that Revit could do it for us?

Now the question is how to do we remain productive and efficient in Revit but still produce a quality drawing set.

My New Year resolution for the office is to try and come up with teaching strategies to help focus all Staff including Project Managers and Principals.  This year’s goals will be all about identifying, using and believing in the QA and QC processes, Teaching of the Deliverable’s, and a refocusing of tools and enhancements in the modeling environment.

Enjoying the Support Role

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.   Albert Einstein

I truly enjoy my job in BIM Support, and I would like to pass on some wisdom I have learned after my 20 hard fought years in Support at Architecture Firms.

It took me a long time to find peace while doing my job. There were a lot of hard times, they always seemed to block out the good.  As I said in my previous blog Fighting the Battles to win the BIM War , Support in Architecture is the dirtiest job.  To make the job something you can do for a long time, and something you can truly enjoy you need to find that key.  The key for me as always been, for lack of a better word, swag.  Yep that crap you get from those conferences, resellers or in the mail.  I put it out on my desk, and it makes me smile, it helps remind me of the simple pleasures of my job.  Like that one time I helped someone and it made a huge difference on the project.  Also that time was struggling because it couldn’t complete a task, and I was able to show them a simpler way

We are never going to be the ones who are mentioned in the emails or articles as one of the important keys to a project.  We are not going to toast that champagne at the opening of the building.  Nope we stand proudly behind those that do, knowing that without our support and hard fought battles this building would not have been as successful as it was.

You need to hang onto those successes, and every time it gets hard and you ask yourself “Why am I doing this” pull out that piece of swag that makes you smile and remember that project that without you would have failed.

I’m okay with that, I never really liked champagne anyway, and sometimes the swag is pretty cool.

Have a Successful day 🙂