July 30, 2014

Rapid Revit Implementation Fast-Tracks PYATOK to Win New Business

When Oakland based architectural firm PYATOK fast-tracked Autodesk Revit implementation, opportunities expanded in the firm’s chosen market:  multi-cultural communities and multi-housing with emphasis in affordable family and senior, college and university housing, and market-rate developments throughout the western US. 

The mid-sized firm first considered the advantages of Revit for reasons many larger firms express: highest quality presentation and visualization of architectural design, and improvement in the collective understanding of design intent. 

Harrison Street Senior Housing, Oakland, CA - Rendering by PYATOK

Since adopting and implementing Revit with Ideate, Inc. as its software solutions, support, and training source, PYATOK has realized increased productivity and is winning project after project where its BIM capabilities build ever-greater success. Curtis Caton, Principal, PYATOK says, “Fast track implementation started paying off right away.”

The Summits at UC Merced
PYATOK is using Revit for visualization and presentation, collaboration and coordination, interference resolution and clash detection, automation of traditional tasks, regulating project flow, and enhanced design quality.
The firm dove deep into Revit implementation with a HUD funded senior affordable housing project, Harrison Street Senior Housing.  

A student housing project, The Summits at UC Merced, quickly followed with fast deadlines and complex deliverables. PYATOK used Ideate Support and Training extensively to help meet demands for fast-paced projects that would benefit from having the 3D model. 

The Study in Success, “Rapid Revit Implementation Fast-Tracks PYATOK to Winning New Business,” covers an array of PYATOK projects from the firm’s earliest in the Revit implementation process to the most recent. The sampling reveals how PYATOK uses Revit to:

  • overcome extreme timeline compression 
  • respond to unforeseeable project demands and major programmatic changes
  • surmount neighborhood pressures
  • adapt quickly and resolve inconsistencies 
  • diminish the risks of mistakes 
  • reduce conflicts and changes during construction
  • speed approvals processes 
  • provide quality visualizations that assist all stakeholders
  • turn the 3D model into an asset management tool
According to Matthew Bokar, Associate, Project Manager, PYATOK, “When the surrounding community and prospective residents can see what we envision, we gain buy-in and trust. We spark a new and important high level dialogue. Residents can talk about what may be happening in and around their community. We help develop vibrant, sustainable, inclusive communities. And we frame new windows of opportunity for winning more projects."

Ideate has published “Rapid Revit Implementation Fast-Tracks PYATOK to Winning New Business” online.

July 28, 2014

Truth + Being Right

For those of you Jack Nicholson movie buffs, we remember his speech in "A Few Good Men". For a refresher - click here. The memorable line is "You can't handle the truth!" 


We all have some issues with 'truth', especially when 'truth' is pointed at us. We seem to do better when 'truth' is aimed at others (spouse, kids, team members, etc.). 
  • Why is that? We remember all the scoldings we got as kids, and it makes us feel bad. 
  • We feel justified in our actions, so therefore we couldn't be wrong. 
  • We need to lead, so leaders must not ever be wrong. 
Well, if you lead a team of any sort or type, it is deadly to be always right. Especially reminding the team that you were right is even worse. Then, on top of it all, you state that you being 'right' is some universal 'truth', that the team better understand and comply. 

What you get in the end of all this is animosity, reluctance, inaction, and other team crushing behavior. 


First, there are no easy answers. I really believe we only learn when we fail, when we were not right - when sometime we didn't know the 'truth'. So, where is the balance? How can we assist in spreading the 'truth'? 
  • It is now clear to me that you can't stop someone from making the mistake, no matter how much you try. They will learn best from their own mistakes; learning their own truths. 
  • As a leader, be there to support and assist after the fall. Help clean up the mess. 
  • Talk about what we 'wish we would have known before' the problem arose. 
  • Let them come to their own conclusion. It will be a more powerful lesson.
  • Express that you have made the same mistake. You will come off as more 'normal' and less like Jack Nicholson in the movie. 
However, you must, in my opinion, still teach, still counsel, still set team standards, and most of all you must set the example as a leader. Lead by example, by being a good team member also.

David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, virtualization and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and building industry. Follow David on Twitter: @dhaynestech 

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This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]… 

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