Profitability around Revit. A view



Best Practices for Collaborating in Revit

October 5th, 2012


I have been using BIM on projects since 1998 and from these experiences I have created a list of best practices that I follow when collaborating between different design team members. This article, based on a presentation I gave with Erleen Hatfield at Autodesk University, is a collection of some of those best practices that can help ensure a successful BIM project.

Note: The definition of a successful BIM project is one that delivers a good quality product and one that is profitable.

Part 1:    Managing Expectations

Establishing and understanding expectations from each design team member

A successful Autodesk® Revit® project goes beyond knowing the technical side of BIM software. There are important topics that need to be considered at the beginning of each project, long before the first element is even modeled. Some of these important topics and questions are listed below.

Revit models contain extensive amounts of rich and intelligent data, and the use and application of these Revit models are virtually endless. Therefore, it is extremely important to establish boundaries for the Revit models with the architect, owner, and contractor. This means that you will need to come to some understanding and agreement of the expectations among team members for what the Revit model contains and what it is to be used for.

Critical questions to ask at the beginning of each project:

  • What is the intended use of the Revit model?

Coming to an agreement on the use of the Revit model with the architect, owner, and contractor will establish how much modeling effort there needs to be. Is the Revit model to be used just for architectural and structural coordination, or are there other disciplines involved in the 3D coordination effort? Will the Revit model be part of the deliverable as a contract document in which the contractor uses it to build from?

  • What must be submitted at each phase of the project?

Is the Revit model expected to be delivered with the 2D drawings at schematic design? What about at development design and construction document phases?

  • Between the architect and the structural engineer, who is modeling what?

The architect, structural engineer, and other design team members will need to come to an understanding about who is modeling which elements in each of their respective models. This could be done by a checklist that simply lists all the elements on the project and then assigning an element to each design team member.

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