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March 22, 2013

Revit A Tool in Framing Expectations
By: Joann Lui and Jordan Mrazik
KSS University KSS' continuing education program convened this week for a roundtable discussion of the office's utilization of Revit. Led by Nicole Hollenbeck, the lunchtime forum focused on understanding the role of BIM technology in the architect's ever expanding toolset; framing its strengths as a primary means of design and production as well as its implementation in conjunction with other methods of working.

The cross disciplinary conversation, spanning both offices and all market sectors, allowed us to talk about how Revit can be used in different stages of design. It also provided us with an opportunity to ask questions of our peers and suggest ways of approaching the program in the future.

Overall the group felt that with the help of BIM we can spend less time drafting and more time designing. Some describe Revit as a magic tool, but a different type of draftsmanship is then needed to achieve visual clarity. Nicole proposed a series of questions on how to establish expectations while using Revit in a project. How do we communicate with clients on what we can deliver? Do we rely on Revit for its accuracy or do we keep the same rigorous design process? What are the graphic expectations associated with each project phase and what can the technology provide to reach them? The conclusion: Not only should we have design discussions on project by project bases, but teams should always have Revit conversations on how it could benefit our daily practice.