Keys to Designing Your Successful Revit 101 Basic Training

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A Blank Revit Screen Can Be Challenging for New Revit Users Once They Leave Class

Below, are common training experiences, that owners and BIM managers have shared with me; after they sent their staff to Revit 101 Basics Training.

We sent our staff to 3-days of basic, Revit 101 training and when our staff returned; they

  • couldn't start a Revit project from a Revit template.
  • didn't know how to load a Revit family from a folder.
  • weren't sure how to print Revit Views & Sheets
  • created TEXT for a room name; without realizing how to insert a Revit Room Tag.
  • understood only a few options for creating & editing dimensions.
  • lacked basic competency for using placing views & sheet layout process.
  • weren't sure how to create Drafting Views or loading of Drafting Family Components.
  • couldn't edit Revit wall placement or components by editing Revit dimension values.
  • were unable to start or setup a basic Revit schedule.
  • could place lights, but couldn't start or edit a custom reflected ceiling boundary
  • had little experience with basic editing commands (copy, mirror, offset, align, rotate)
  • felt the instructor was very Revit knowledgeable; however the training process did not deliver the results of self reliance.

Stop and consider these points when you interview the Revit consultant, trainer or training company that will deliver your Revit 101 training processes.

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Low-Cost Revit Implementation Strategy That Wins Business

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 15, 2016 4:38:00 AM

My BIM article features a creative, business development strategy for any firm to transition from AutoCAD to Revit. More than 15% of my clients initiated and completed this lower-cost Revit implementation strategy; that spans one year.

This process minimizes the initial staff training costs and non-billable time. It positively engages the owner- executive team as we utilize existing software inventory --while limiting the new equipment investment.

--- Key to Lowering BIM Software and Implementation Costs ---

The process features a "Plan B" -- for if or when the initial Revit team is feeling overwhelmed by a tight schedule and can't complete the project in Revit.

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Revit for Restaurant Prototypes | 7 Core Business-Design Values

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 29, 2016 6:51:00 AM

Revit for Restaurant & Dining Prototype Buildings can deliver both business and design value -- IF implemented correctly. While my Revit implementation clients have been Design and construction firms; several have been restaurant & dining chains.

--- Revit Implementation Puzzle – 5 Basic Planned Investments ---

A Strategic Assessment & Revit Implementation Plan; helped more than a dozen restaurant chains, review their potential ROI for transitioning to Revit-BIM processes.

Whether their franchises were selling coffee, donuts, burgers or subs; their visitor traffic was walk-in, drive-thru or both. While it was preferable to begin using Revit for new construction; the final Revit implementation plan needed to include renovation of existing buildings and rental spaces.

We demonstrated how visualization and information-rich Revit models; could assist restaurant chains to achieve these core business and design outcomes for:

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Bradley BIM | Revit Speakers-Authors

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 26, 2016 10:09:54 AM is authored the Bradley Corporation BIM Strategist, Daniel Hughes.

Daniel Hughes | Bradley Corporation BIM Strategist | Specifications Specialist

Daniel joined the Bradley BIM Team in March 2010 as a Revit BIM Consultant; to oversee the Revit family creation, standards & quality control processes for the Bradley Revit Family Library.

The library includes more than 1,000 plumbing fixtures & commercial washroom accessories (specialty equipment) Revit families --representing tens of thousands of Bradley commercial toilet room products.

Daniel joined Bradley Corporation full-time as the corporate BIM Strategist \ Specifications Specialist serving Bradley Sales, Engineering, Marketing and Client Care departments in May 2012.

Autodesk Revit and BIM Project Implementation Expertise

The Bradley Revit Library incorporates a high level of tested quality procedures (efficient modeling, embedded data, materials) leveraging Daniel's hundreds of successful Revit implementation projects. He has documented many of Bradley's procedures for BIM \ VDC Manager review on the Bradley BIM FAQ Page.

  1. Since 2002, Daniel has provided technical and project consulting on more than $5 billion of client Revit, BIM-based projects in the US and abroad.

  2. He has directed the complete transition-implementation processes from CAD to Revit for more than 120 design, construction & facility clients.

  3. More than 700 architects, engineers & construction personnel have received Daniel's Revit & BIM-processes training since 2002.

Author | Accredited Educational Speaker | Knowledge Leader | Blogger

Daniel's printed works and accredited Building Information Modeling (BIM) educational presentations and classes, have served thousands of members from these associations:

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Daniel Hughes | 10 Years Blogging AECO Industry Processes-Technologies

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 29, 2015 6:52:00 AM

It was July 2005, when a call from our Marketing Director positively impacted my career.

"Dan --You've been training our Midwest Revit and AutoCAD clients, delivering onsite & technical phone support and speaking at our AIA educational events & webinars."

"Would you be interested in writing technical and business articles for our new blog?" he asked.

"What's a blog? What would I write? Who's my audience?" I asked.

"We felt you could start by providing customer Revit support tutorials and provide pre-sales\post-sales Revit support for our Midwest clients & sales teams. What do think?

2005-2009: Fast-forward four years -- we had been acquired by IMAGINiT Technologies and I now authored their 'Architectural Blog'. By then, I had written 350+ blog articles; that shared Revit & AutoCAD learning content, industry application trends and Revit implementation strategies --to over 10,000 global visitors/month. In 2006, I started a personal blog; 'Revit Jobcaptain' using Google's Blogger platform.

Basic Blog Tools: In 2005, I authored my articles using a PC HTML editor; while using a FTP client to upload\publish the coded content to our website blog. We validated the final published code thru another website to insure our coding met RSS feed standards. Today Blogger & WordPress blogging platforms do that automatically.

2009-2012: 'Revit Playbook' was my personal blog from 2009-2012; while I was self-employed and marketing my services nationally via Excel Engineering Inc.

Early Bloggers: My article content was linked to and shared between other newbie bloggers like Steve Stafford, David Light and Chris (Mr Spot) Price. Autodesk had maybe 7-8 Bloggers; like Shaan Hurley. Today, Autodesk has over 100 Autodesk Technical - Business Blogs.

2011-Present: In 2011, I began authoring 'BradleyBIM' for Bradley Corporation. It helped market the Bradley Revit Library quality, standards and methodology --for our global clients and rep sales network.

Early Social Media: Autodesk forums, RevitCity, Ten Links & CADDigest helped syndicate our articles and increase our daily visitors. Today we have LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter social media sites to syndicate our articles.

Timing is Everything -

  1. I had the good fortune of learning & applying PC CAD as an AutoCAD 1.x user.
  2. Volunteering to learn Revit from its founders in 2002; when Autodesk first acquired Revit --started another amazing journey.
  3. Blogging was new in our 2005 market. My goal was simple. Provide article content of client-tested processes; that I experienced in my Chicago and Midwest client offices.

Show Feature Benefits\Return-On-Investment (ROI): While software & technology can be 'Scary Cool'...they are only valuable when you demonstrate measured business value within the AECO market processes they are serving.

Success stories, featuring how my peers successfully extracted value from implementing new technology and processes --has been a popular theme over the last 10 years.

However, sharing the 'How To' success stories from working directly with my clients on their projects --remain the most successful educational articles.

My personal thanks to the visitors of the last 10 years; for reading, commenting, referring and sharing my articles. Cheers!

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DIY Revit Workset-Worksharing Performance Checklist

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 18, 2015 8:57:43 AM

A LinkedIn connection recently sent me this message: I'm seeking helpful tips about network and hardware requirements for best performance in Revit model links.

Our model is almost 400MB size and we're trying to find a solution through changes in the network hardware. We have a network speed of 1GB and we are facing a problem of Revit crashing when synchronizing to central model especially the MEP. While we're working with Autodesk, have you any suggestions?

Update: Thank you Daniel, these suggestions were helpful.

Here are the Revit worksharing suggestions that I sent via LinkedIn.

1. Revit performs best with lots of RAM, Fast Hard Drives with a high percentage of open file space, and Fast Network Connections (1GB)

2. Install 16, 24 or 32 GB of RAM on the local PCs, obviously using a 64-Bit OS & 64-bit Revit software. RAM is a one-time purchase. The ongoing mounting costs of downtime and troubleshooting user issues due to lack of RAM --its pays for itself with one "downtime event". The larger firms that I've visited (last 12 months) have minimum RAM specifications of 24-32GB of RAM.

3. Configure the local computer's Paging File, file size --to be equal to the "Recommended" size in the Virtual Memory dialog box.

Control Panel > System > Advanced Systems Settings

(Verify there's enough open disk space & verify w/ IT Manager prior to using this)

4. Selective purging of unused content within the project file to minimize file size. We recommended this process at project milestones: Schematics, DD, CD and/or document releases or document printing.

5. Use a Save-to-Central and select the Compact File Option to reduce Revit project file size regularly. This option works with non-workset configured Revit Project files (RVT) and/or Revit Family (RFA) files -- to reduce file size.

6. Create a schedule for users to stagger their Save-to-Central - so 2 or more users are not waiting or saving to central at the same time.

7. I suggest creating a new local file for each user a few times per month. The local files become bloated and less efficient over time. Note: Save to-Central prior to creating new local project files.

8. The Ideate Tech Support Article; "The Importance of Auditing Revit Models" Tip#3 reviews auditing a Revit to improve performance.

Tip #3: If your Revit model is starting to take its time opening or you notice general performance issues, then auditing it may improve the time it takes to open your project.

9. Consider performing a monthly Clean Disk and Defragment routine on each local computer to remove all temp files. Prior to running this routine, EXIT all software programs and close ALL files.

10. Review your Revit Workset organization against your Revit project workflow. Do they include too much information; that users don't always need to load. If you distributed the Revit content into more, but smaller worksets --does that perform better?

10. Make sure that ALL Worksets don't load when opening a Revit project file. We usually set the structural grid to auto-load so we knew where we were in the building. Then request users to manually load what they need.

11. Make sure each Linked CAD file is assigned its own workset--as CAD files can bog down a Save-to-Central

12. Make sure each Linked Revit model file is assigned its own workset including any terrain or landscaping files.

13. Does the Server have a high percentage of open disk space

14. Does the Server have disk speeds faster than the local PCs

15. Are the Server specifications better than the Local PCs?

16. Are you working in the cloud or remotely? How fast are your web connections to the remote server?

17. Make sure the server is not performing file backup-maintenance or running virus scans during working hours. I've personally encountered networks; that started file backup routines and/or virus scans on the server, over the lunch hour -- which completed later in the afternoon.

18. Verify Folder \ File \ User Permissions; that may block or slow a Save-to-Central. Consider reviewing this tech doc; "File not saved during synchronize with central troubleshooting".

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Download McGraw-Hill BIM Business Value in Australia-New Zealand

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 16, 2015 5:27:13 AM

Download 2014 60-page BIM Report:

McGraw-Hill Construction Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand

This research study focuses primarily on BIM users in Australia and New Zealand and it shows that firms in these countries, though relatively new to the use of BIM, recognize its value and are planning to deepen their BIM investments. In fact, 51% of firms are engaged with BIM on more than 30% of their projects today, and this number is expected to increase dramatically in the next two years.

I authored an article for the Australian design+construction website; --that highlights the BIM Library content investment for BIM Implementation. (Australia) Article

View Complete Article: Pre-built Manufacturer BIM Content Can Deliver Savings

Excerpt: Leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software packages such as Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks provide libraries of free generic BIM content in their respective BIM file formats.

However; without supporting Building Product Manufacturers' (BPM) BIM content, designers will be limited by cost and time to produce construction documents with their BIM software.

Free Pre-built Building Product Manufacturers' BIM content may also increase BIM file sharing between disciplines -- as the model building costs are covered by the BPM.

Download 2014 60-page BIM Report:

McGraw-Hill Construction Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand

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Bradley BIM is expanding access of the Bradley Corporation Revit Library (1,000 Revit families) through a hosting service agreement with

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Thank You Autodesk University Attendees-Bradley Clients

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Dec 10, 2013 6:48:12 AM

Bradley Corporation and I would like to thank the hundreds of Autodesk University 2013 attendees; that stopped at Bradley's AU 2013 Exhibit Desk to pick up your free Bradley BIM flash drives, introduce yourselves and/or review the Bradley BIM Initiative.

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Download McGraw-Hill Lean Construction-BIM Report

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Nov 24, 2013 1:00:59 PM

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) teamed with McGraw-Hill on a survey of the construction environment regarding the use of Lean Construction across the industry.

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Modular Prefabrication | Design-Construction Success for Healthcare Design

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jan 22, 2013 3:33:43 AM

HealthcareDesign Magazine article (Dec 2012): Is Healthcare Next to See a "Game Change" in Modular Building? compares the successes of modular, prefabrication design-construction projects of private developers with recent healthcare projects.

Excerpt: The source of the excitement was the use of modular building components—prefabricated pieces, whether for patient rooms or MEP racks—being built offsite and then brought into a facility for quick installation. Not only did the jurors note the innovation involved in thinking outside the box, but also the inherent benefits that come with it, like shaving time off the schedule, reducing construction waste, lowering labor costs, and heightening quality.

Read the complete article to obtain project links to both the healthcare and private projects successfully implementing modular, prefabrication processes.

Learn how the BIM process, construction prefabrication and modular design are delivering value by downloading this report from our article: Download McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Report | Prefabrication and Modularization | 2011

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