Fear not good citizens! As of the 4th of December all of our production staff have had training of one type or another in the usage and implementation of this great new program. So we're fully prepared and ready to make the transition and provide a new level of service to our project partners.
To start I'd like to give a basic overview of how Revit is different than traditional CAD programs and then talk a little about the level at which we will be implementing the software into our production.
Autodesk Revit is more than just a Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD/CADD) program, it implements a newer concept called Building Information Modeling (BIM). What that means in lay terms is that our projects will now basically be a database from which we can extract information about a building to convey design and construction intent to everyone. No longer will a window or door just be a collection of lines that look like a window or door. Revit allows the user to virtually construct a building on the computer using actual product data to simulate the constructed project. Manufacturer's data is married to components and they are used to create the virtual building. This model can then be manipulated in a variety of ways to produce both the construction documents and specifications for everything that could go into the building. The specificity of this data can range from a more general design intent all the way down to modeling the smallest bracket and screw. For most projects that level of detail isn't required for construction but it is interesting to know that this level of detail is achievable.
Of course we wouldn't go into this program blindly or without some sort of formal instruction...
Our team members are very excited about the future for AEDA and our customers. We hope that if you have a project in mind that you will consider AEDA and I personally hope that this blog post has given some clarity and insight into the future of Architecture and Engineering for Plattsburgh NY and the surrounding region.
P.S. I'll have another short entry this week to make up for the gap so stay tuned!