January 4, 2011

Autodesk Revit Isn't Just for Architects - Contractors & Landscape Architects Get BIM Ready

From Ron Palma, AEC Solutions Application Specialist:

Happy New Year!

For 2010, the final class I taught was in our Seattle Autodesk Authorized Training Center, the three days before the New Year's holiday. I had a wonderful group of folks from Sellen Construction Company and Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc. The students were a mix of contractors and landscape architects. No architects or designers...a first!

The class was our three day Revit Architecture Fundamentals course, which teaches the essentials of knowing and working with Autodesk Revit Architecture. This particular class was interesting - I had a chance to interact with a non-traditional design group. The contractors were there to get an overview of Revit Architecture and how it works. It is important for them to understand why they are getting the types of construction documents they are, from firms claiming to use Revit Architecture. Although the firms that the contractors are working with claim to use Revit software, the design firms may not be using the application to its fullest potential or even correctly. Our class gave the contractors the knowledge of what Revit Architecture can do and how contractors can create a better working relationship with their clients.

From the landscape architects' point of view, I have had a chance to teach Revit to the majority of Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc. Last week's student from the firm was attending to get an overview of Revit software. She let me know it was a fun class, since she did not know anything about architecture or putting a building together. She not only learned how to work in Revit Architecture, but also got some architecture knowledge out of it as well!

Overall, a very satisfying way to end the year! BIM rocks!

In addition to being one of our senior Autodesk 2011 Certified Professionals, Ron regularly teaches at Autodesk University. At AU2010, he was joined by Lana Gochenauer, LEED AP, Ideate MEP Solutions Application Specialist to present There Is No "I" in Team.

Ron Palma has more than 23 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer and trainer; most recently a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Desktop for a residential design firm. Ron's instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College, and a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture. Ron provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.

To register for an Autodesk Revit class in your city, visit Ideate Training.

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