Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Essentials by Ryan Duell and Tobias Hathorn and Tessa Reist Hathorn
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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Essentials by Ryan Duell and Tobias Hathorn and Tessa Reist Hathorn

It is an understatement to say that the AECO industry is going through the most profound transformation since Brunelleschi’s Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, circa 1446.1 If we were a less risk-adverse group, we would call it a revolution. But alas, we are not. So we simply call it BIM—building information modeling. BIM is our change initiative. As humans, we are hardwired to fight change; we are born with an instinct to defend ourselves…and our ideas.

So change agents (including you, since you’ve picked up this book!) must think about practicing BIM holistically: BIM is 10 percent technology, 90 percent sociology. As a leadership member of the AGC/AIA BIMForum, I spend a lot of time thinking about the sociology and management science. As one of the Tocci Building Companies’ BIM champions since we formalized our implementation in 2006, I apply frameworks like Deming’s Cycle for continuous improvement (Plan, Do, Check, Act) and Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development (Forming, Storming, Norming).

I don’t spend enough time talking about the 10 percent that instigated the 90 percent and continues to fuel our shared change initiative. The technology is so foundational that it is simply assumed. Perhaps I continue to make the same mistake I did when I was first introduced to BIM. I started using Revit Architecture in 2004. The software was intuitive and logical. Being a novice, I thought that both BIM and Revit were the industry standard! But then and now, we still have work to do.

This is why I’m so grateful that Ryan, Tessa, and Tobias have authored Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Essentials. They are all dear partners in industry transformation. Yes, they are experienced, talented practitioners. But more than that, they are T-shaped2, thoughtful individuals who balance technology, process, and humans who need to master the picks and clicks. Together, they have crafted a guide to Revit 2015 that takes new users from overwhelmed to informed and then project ready.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Essentials isn’t just for beginners, though. I’ve been using Revit for a decade, and I’ll be diving into the pages that follow to refresh my skills. I’ve already flagged the section on conceptual massing ; I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten the hang of which edge to grab! Whether you’re just getting started or interested in polishing your Revit skills, I’m thrilled you’re embracing a practice of continuous learning with Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 Essentials.

Happy reading, clicking, and transforming!  For the 2015 version, Autodesk continues the two flavors of Revit: the first is a “one-box” solution that has Revit Architecture, Structure, and MEP inside the same application, referred to as Revit 2015. The second is the Revit Architecture software you may be used to using, referred to as Revit Architecture 2015. There are some small differences between the applications, but the majority of the user interface is the same.

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