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Cloud collaboration for all, no matter how small

Not so long ago, coordination between team members was a major issue. Not only everyone had to adjust their schedules, but also be fully aware of the project’s latest updates and modifications. This often led to confusion, lots of hours spent in old versions of a project, and the worst part: shuffling of deadlines.

Luckily, the scenario has changed. You know about BIM360 and other cloud collaboration platforms. We all know that cloud collaboration is here to make our life easier, especially in a post-pandemic world where many employees will work from home. But what if your organization is smaller, or does not have the budget to pay for high-cost licenses? 

Last year, many of our clients and our company changed the way we worked. For our larger clients already using Bim360, there was not much of a shift other than the space's employees were collaborating from. The software allows models to be collaborated on, simultaneously, by many team members, in real-time. Changes, suggestions, and improvements no longer take long periods of time. They can be discussed and implemented in minutes, and of course, this means quicker project delivery.

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10 Tips to creating the ultimate Revit Training Program

As my first piece of advice, the key to success in any training program is to balance and give importance to organization and methodology along with technical and practical training content. 

Ideally, your staff training should be thought of as a program rather than an isolated one time event. Your program should contain specific objectives that your training program aims to achieve. 

For this reason, I’m dividing these ten tips into five generic ones (tips that apply to all training programs) and five specific to Revit

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Have you considered just scanning it?

I saw a post on a forum the other day of an architect who sent a marked-up drawing as part of a CAD to BIM project. It was a relatively small structure that was being modeled. Maybe 1500 square feet. This got me thinking, why did they not just bother to go out and scan the structure? Laser scanning 10 years ago may have seemed exotic. Today it’s commonplace enough that I have a small lidar scanner in my phone. I use it to measure things in my house or create simple 3d models. 

This got me thinking… maybe the architect in question was simply unfamiliar with this technology, so I decided to write this post explaining the concept for those new to this way of working. Before you jump in, it’s essential to understand two key concepts: Point Clouds and Survey Points are central to working with BIM. If you are just getting familiar with Scanning technology this is an essential concept to understand. 

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Revit Server Collaboration

Last year, at the beginning of the COVID crisis. Voyansi started experimenting with the latest version of Revit Server (2020) for smaller (>10 person) teams. Our conclusion was that it's a powerful tool and a viable alternate to BIM360, but does not offer the same overall functionality or ease of setup. Often, our work standards are dictated by our clients and end users, so BIM360 is our most commonly used collaboration tool, however there are instances when this may not make the most sense for a small number of users. 

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Logic: the intangible building block

Think for a moment about your chest of tools as an architect, engineer, or designer. You have a variety of software systems, years of experience, and training. Experience tells you when things won't work well, like that element can't go there, it will cause a clash. If you are new to BIM, drafting in 3D, or using Dynamo, this probably sounds like a bright future, but how do you get to that level?

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Barrio 31: Team Collaboration in Revit

Recap: This post is our 2nd installation of our series of blog posts covering the Barrio 31 Project. Villa 31, one of the largest poverty stricken neighborhoods in Argentina is undergoing a massive renewal into an official city neighborhood: " Barrio 31". Key project challenges include a lack of as-built documentation; the scope and size of measurements needed; short project timeline; and need for quality and consistency of data during hand-off. Our post today covers the development of custom applications to reduce manual effort in measurement & design.
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Barrio 31 Case Study

Recap: This post is our 2nd installation of our series of blog posts covering the Barrio 31 Project. Villa 31, one of the largest poverty stricken neighborhoods in Argentina is undergoing a massive renewal into an official city neighborhood: "Barrio 31". Key project challenges include a lack of as-built documentation; the scope and size of measurements needed; short project timeline; and need for quality and consistency of data during hand-off. Our post today covers the development of custom applications to reduce manual effort in measurement & design.

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Revit Training Strategies: 5 tips to reduce technical debt

Over time employees come and go, Autodesk releases new features in Revit, and your team is called on to build in new ways. Creating a strong Revit training strategy and program is essential to your team's future. Successful companies have a training plan in place to ensure that staff are continuously up-skilling. Here are our top 5 tips for creating a successful Revit training program:

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Generative Design in Revit 2021

As with years past, Autodesk has once again launched a new version of Revit. This new version contains many features that users have been waiting for in previous versions, such as the possibility to create slanted walls or realistic 3D walk-throughs. We will be focusing on a feature that we think will open up a lot of doors for designers that are leveraging BIM in their workflows: Project Refinery, an Autodesk generative design solution.

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