Monday, August 29, 2011

Revit Futures AU2011

AU is just around the corner, and I'm going to give this Revit Futures format another shot.

Last year we had some great feedback about categories, and some of that information made it up to the right people at Autodesk. The joys of NDAs prevent me from spilling the beans about what, when, where, why, and who - but the class and the people involved did result in some additional weigh behind the words.

So, with that in mind, I'm trying to pull some people from Autodesk into this year's discussion from the get-go. I've solicited some topics from our friends at the factory, and here are what I've come up with for possibilities for this year's class:
  • Modeling and Massing in Revit - what can't you model (or model easily) and what are the major workflow challenges you face modeling (designing) in Revit?
  • Energy Analysis in Revit - what are the primary analyses you feel need to be included in the platform (as opposed to in separate programs)?
  • Collaboration in Revit - how can the platform (including Revit Server) change to improve collaboration on projects?
  • User Productivity - BIM managers are constantly challenged to increase the productivity of the workforce they support, and Revit has gone leaps and bounds to improve productivity over CAD platforms. However, what major improvements can we make to the platform to increase productivity further?
I'm game for tackling any of these topics, although the last may take some narrowing down. If you've got an opinion on which we should do, post a comment. If there's a strong trend we'll go with that item. If it is a mixed bag, I'll do my best to pick one. Regardless, whomever from Autodesk brought up the subject has signed in blood to be present for the class (even if they don't remember it!). 

So with that, let it begin. Hope to see you all at AU again this year!



  1. As opposed to "productivity", how about a strong focus on refinement? Stuff that's nearly there, sitting in a corner wishing someone would play with them again? Instead of trying to be "lovable", how about less "annoying"? Remember that conversation? :)

    I don't think I need to start a list for you, if you need can poke "A"...

  2. Hehe... Well, while Simon and a few others would no doubt show up for this, I think we'd spend an entire hour on just reading that list. I think I'd like to keep it focused on a topic that can be forward thinking rather than "stuff that is close but not quite there". I have a feeling that might degenerate into a complaint session despite my best intents...

    Besides, thinking about the future is so much! Or, perhaps that is my own weakness for "Blue Sky" thinking. ""A"" would probably tell me that I'm not going to get anything done that way, and he's probably right. But, so be it...