CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS IN 2 MINUTES

“We understand that the one tool isn’t right for everybody, and it’s really important to keep abreast of all of the new technologies in the new software, that can help businesses work as efficiently as they possibly can and give them insight to their projects and staff skills.”

Guy Smithers (Director – Viewlistic)

The Architecture and Construction Industry: A Balancing Act

The architecture and construction (AEC) industry is a complex and ever-changing landscape. Architects and construction professionals are constantly juggling a variety of challenges, including:

  • Personnel: Finding and retaining qualified employees is a major challenge for many AEC firms. The industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers, and the competition for talent is fierce.
  • New and changing skillsets: Technology is rapidly transforming the AEC industry, and professionals need to be able to adapt to new skills and technologies in order to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Financial: AEC projects can be very expensive, and managing costs effectively is critical. Firms also need to be able to deal with unexpected financial challenges, such as material shortages or delays.
  • Infrastructure: AEC firms rely on a variety of infrastructure, both internal and cloud-based. Ensuring that this infrastructure is reliable and secure is essential for smooth operations.
  • Hardware and software: AEC firms use a variety of hardware and software to design, build, and manage projects. Keeping this technology up-to-date and secure can be costly and time-consuming.
  • Client expectations: Clients expect AEC firms to deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget. Meeting these expectations can be challenging, especially in complex and demanding projects.
  • Competition: The AEC industry is highly competitive. Firms need to be able to differentiate themselves from their competitors and offer clients a unique value proposition.
  • The future of the AEC industry: The AEC industry is being shaped by a number of emerging trends, such as sustainability, digitalization, and automation. Firms need to be able to adapt to these trends in order to remain competitive and successful.

Why You Need a Discovery Session

A discovery session is a great way to learn more about the challenges facing your AEC firm and to develop a plan to address them. During a discovery session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and goals with an experienced consultant. The consultant will then work with you to develop a customized plan that will help you achieve your objectives.

Conclusion

The AEC industry is a complex and challenging one, but it is also an exciting and rewarding one. By understanding the challenges facing the industry and by developing a plan to address them, AEC firms can position themselves for success.

"Talking with clients about the tools that they're using in their workflows, we always look at the best tool for them. We understand that the one tool isn't right for everybody, and it's really important to keep abreast of all of the new technologies in the new software, that can help businesses work as efficiently as they possibly can and give them insight to their projects and staff skills."

Watch Guy Smithers (Director – Viewlistic), Joe Keogh (Director – Viewlistic), and Nick Lukas (Director – Architecton) reveal some of the challenges facing the architecture and construction industry below.

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Still struggling with multiple Revit files?

RTV Drawing Manager for Autodesk Revit is a tool designed to manage and streamline workflows, particularly when working with multiple Revit files in a project. This can save significant amounts of time and reduce manual work in various aspects of a project.

Maximize Your Revit Efficiency with RTV Drawing Manager!

Hello, Viewlistic readers! If you’re knee-deep in Autodesk Revit projects, we’ve got some exciting news for you. Let’s dive right in.

What’s RTV Drawing Manager?
It’s like a Swiss Army Knife for your Revit projects! Imagine all your tedious tasks being handled smoothly in the background.

Here’s How It Can Revolutionize Your Workflow:

  • 📘 One-Stop Dashboard: See all your drawings in one place. No more hopping between files!
  • 🖨️ Click & Print: Batch print sets of drawings. Say goodbye to manual print jobs.
  • 🚀 Auto-Pilot Mode: Auto numbering, auto revisions, and even auto naming/exporting. Yep, it’s that smart!
  • 🔄 Stay Synced: Keeping data consistent across projects? Consider it done.
  • 💡 Design Focus: Spend less time managing and more time creating.

In short, RTV Drawing Manager takes the heavy lifting out of Revit projects. It’s a game-changer for any Revit enthusiast. So, why wait? Dive in and let tech do the work! (Details below)

Happy designing,
The Viewlistic Team

RTV Drawing Manager for Autodesk Revit is a tool designed to manage and streamline workflows, particularly when working with multiple Revit files in a project. This can save significant amounts of time and reduce manual work in various aspects of a project. Here are some ways in which RTV Drawing Manager can save you time:

  1. Centralized Management: The Drawing Manager offers a consolidated interface where you can see, review, and manage all your drawings from various Revit files. Instead of opening each file individually, you can streamline actions across multiple files.

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  3. Batch Printing: With RTV Drawing Manager, you can batch print sets of drawings from multiple Revit files. This reduces the need to open each file and print them individually.

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  5. Automated Sheet Numbering: Instead of manually renumbering sheets, RTV Drawing Manager can automatically renumber sheets for you based on criteria you set. This is especially useful for larger projects with many sheets.

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  7. Revision Management: The tool helps in automating and tracking revisions across multiple drawings. This means no more manually tracking which drawings have been revised or needing to cross-check various revision numbers across files.

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  9. Document Transmittal: RTV Drawing Manager can automatically generate document transmittals, saving you the time of creating these manually.

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  11. Sheet Issue Records: The tool can create and manage a record of sheets that have been issued. This is essential for tracking and project management.

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  13. Sheet and Project Data Synchronization: Instead of manually updating sheet or project data across multiple files, RTV Drawing Manager can synchronize this data for you.

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  15. Automatic Naming and Exporting: RTV Drawing Manager can automate the naming and exporting of files, which can be a massive time-saver when dealing with numerous files or versions.

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  17. Issue and Mark-up Management: The Drawing Manager also provides tools for issue and mark-up management, centralizing the feedback and corrections process, and ensuring you don’t overlook any notes or changes.

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  19. Template Management: For those frequently starting new projects or needing consistent sheet setups, RTV Drawing Manager provides template management. This ensures that every project starts with the same settings, sheets, and setups, reducing the manual setup time for each new project.

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  21. User-friendly Interface: Its intuitive interface reduces the learning curve and makes it easy for users to access and utilize its features.

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  23. Integration with Revit: Being directly integrated with Revit means there’s no need for complex export or import processes. This tight integration ensures consistency and efficiency.

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In essence, RTV Drawing Manager takes many of the manual, time-consuming tasks related to managing multiple drawings in Revit and automates or streamlines them. The cumulative time savings across a project can be significant, allowing teams to focus more on design and problem-solving rather than administrative tasks.

Revit 2023: Content Creation Essential Tips

Mastering the process of Revit Family content creation is essential for success in the AEC and BIM industries. By following these 12 essential tips, you can significantly improve your content creation workflow and boost the overall efficiency of your team. Stay ahead of the curve and consistently deliver high-quality content with these best practices.

12 Essential Tips to Enhance Your Revit Family Content Creation Workflow

Revit content creation has become essential to the AEC and BIM team. Mastering the process of creating efficient and effective Revit Family content is crucial for the success of any project. In this blog post, we will explore 12 essential tips to support the Revit Family Content Creation Workflow.

Essential Tips 1, 2, 3

TIP 1: The Importance of Planning Before Modeling Your Content

Before diving into content creation, take the time to plan your project. Define clear objectives, identify necessary Revit Families, and establish a suitable naming convention. Proper planning helps to avoid duplicated efforts and ensures consistency across your team.

TIP 2: Always Review the Location of the Origin Point

Be mindful of the Origin Point when creating or modifying Revit Family content. Ensuring that the Origin Point is in the correct location will help maintain consistency in your project and make it easier to insert the content into the model.

TIP 3: Relocating the Origin Point – A Fix for Families

If you discover that a family’s Origin Point is not properly located, take the time to relocate it. This fix will improve the family’s usability and prevent potential issues when placing it in your project.

Essential Tips 4, 5, 6

TIP 4: The Importance of Using the Correct Family Category

Using the appropriate Family Category is crucial for creating efficient Revit content. Selecting the correct category ensures that your content behaves as intended within the model, improving overall project functionality.

TIP 5: How to Change a Generic Family Category to a Different Family Category

To change a family’s category, open the Family Editor, navigate to the ‘Family Category and Parameters’ dialog box, and select the desired category from the list. Click ‘OK’ to apply the change, and don’t forget to save the family file.

TIP 6: Practice Consistent Naming Conventions

Consistency is key when naming Revit Family content. Adopt a clear and systematic naming convention for your files to facilitate easy identification, organization, and retrieval of content.

Essential Tips 7, 8, 9

TIP 7: Creating a Visual Revit Family Content Grid Catalogue for Quick, Easy Access

Organize your Revit Families in a visual grid catalogue for quick access and improved efficiency. This allows your team to locate and utilize the necessary content faster, reducing time spent searching and improving overall productivity.

TIP 8: Not Strictly a Content Creation Tip, but Hey! Still Need to Know About Solar Study

While not directly related to content creation, understanding the Solar Study feature can be useful for Revit Family design. Solar Study allows you to analyze the impact of sunlight on your design, helping you create content that better integrates with the building’s environmental performance.

TIP 9: The Close Inactive Views Button to Help Speed Up Your Workflow

Speed up your workflow by using the ‘Close Inactive Views’ button in Revit. This feature will close all non-active views, helping to optimize your project file’s performance and keep your workspace clutter-free.

Essential Tips 10, 11, 12

TIP 10: Reference Planes, Parameters, and Dimensions

Master the use of reference planes, parameters, and dimensions when creating Revit Family content. These tools help you create accurate, flexible, and adaptive content, ultimately improving the efficiency of your design process.

TIP 11: Flexing the Model Thing

Regularly ‘flex’ your Revit Family content by adjusting parameters and dimensions to ensure the family behaves as intended. This process helps to identify and resolve any issues that may arise in various configurations, ensuring that your content is reliable and efficient.

TIP 12: What are Cuttable and Non-Cuttable Categories?

Understanding the difference between cuttable and non-cuttable categories is essential for creating efficient Revit Family content. Cuttable categories are those that can be sectioned, while non-cuttable categories cannot. Be mindful of this distinction when designing your content to ensure it behaves as intended in your project.

 

Mastering the process of Revit Family content creation is essential for success in the AEC and BIM industries. By following these 12 essential tips, you can significantly improve your content creation workflow and boost the overall efficiency of your team. Stay ahead of the curve and consistently deliver high-quality content with these best practices.

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Discovery Session – Nuts & Bolts

“we quickly realized that one day we would have to move into the big space, so the discovery session for us was a way of streamlining that process and making it simple and as efficient as possible. ”

Nick Lukas (Director – Architecton)

"Talking with clients about the tools that they're using in their workflows, we always look at the best tool for them. We understand that the one tool isn't right for everybody, ..."

 

Unveiling the Essentials: A Glimpse into Our Discovery Session

Embark on a journey to optimize your workflow and design technology needs with our insightful discovery session. Through a three-phase approach, we’ll delve into your aspirations, identify areas for improvement, and craft a roadmap tailored to your business goals.

Phase 1: Uncovering Your Aspirations

We begin by understanding your aspirations, the driving force behind your business objectives. This deep dive into your vision allows us to align our efforts with your desired outcomes.

Phase 2: Assessing Your Workflows

Next, we meticulously examine your existing workflows and processes, identifying strengths to leverage and areas ripe for enhancement. This comprehensive assessment ensures that we capture every aspect of your operations.

Phase 3: Charting Your Roadmap to Success

Armed with insights from the previous phases, we meticulously craft a roadmap that blends your unique needs with our AEC industry expertise. This roadmap serves as a guide to propel your business forward, addressing key aspects such as workflows, content, templates, infrastructure, hardware, software, and skills training.

Phase 4: Implementing Your Personalized Strategy

In the final phase, we collaborate closely with you to review and implement the roadmap. Your involvement is paramount as we translate the roadmap into tangible actions, ensuring a seamless and successful execution.

Embrace Clarity and Embark on a Path of Progress

Our discovery session is designed to provide clarity and direction, empowering you to optimize your workflow and design technology needs. Through a collaborative approach, we’ll guide you towards achieving your business aspirations.

 

Also watch out for Part 1 of Reasons Why You Need Discovery

Digging deeper into the delivery session with Nick Lukas (Director – Architecton), Guy Smithers (Director – Viewlistic) and Joe Keogh (Director – Viewlistic)

Moving to Revit? Creating Content

“So content creation is tackled right at the start before we start any training of anyone working in Revit. We try to develop as much of your standard content. That you’re going to need for every project right at the start. ”

Joe Keogh | Director Viewlistic

What about Revit Content?

Once you have made that decision to move from AutoCAD to Revit, the logical next step or question is what about Revit Content.

This is an important issue because having good reliable content is one of the key factors that will impact on productivity. By this we mean the amount of time you save having Revit content at hand.

Our video below will highlight how Viewlistic and Detail Studio work together to tackle the issue of Revit content and Revit Content Creation. Looking at Revit Families and Revit Templates, which contains your documentation standards (unique to each practice).

If you are still considering the move from AutoCAD to Revit, check out our video, also with Detail Studio on their experience of the move. Link here.

If you have made the move and are in the middle of that transition and want tyo know more about how you management and distribute your Revit Content Library, we highly recommend Kinship. Link here.

"Obviously moving to Revit was quite cost prohibitive as a a small to medium sized firm, but we certainly assess the value, in that we had previously tried to in-house move to Revit unsuccessfully, the upscaling and training in staff was was paramount for us to do it properly. "

AutoCAD to Revit Content Creation: How did Design Studio tackle Content Creation in Revit

AutoCAD to Revit isn’t that hard

“We felt the need to move to Revit
It’s almost become industry standard as well. We didn’t want to be left behind, we’re always trying to be proactive and forward thinking. ”

Matt Martin | Director Detail Studio

AutoCAD to Revit isn't that hard when you have a guiding hand.

If you have ever considered taking that step from working in 2D in AutoCAD to 3D Modeling in Revit. Check out our story below. 

Matt Martin (Director) and Lauren Rollinson (Architect)of Detail Studio Adelaide, generously let you in on their move from AutoCAD to Revit .  You will hear sound advice to consider when you decide to take that journey. Not a decision to be taken lightly, but one you will make.

Joe Keogh, our Design Technology Leader, Director is there to give a guiding hand. 

We hope this will help you start thinking and asking some important questions before you make that move.

Also watch out for Part 2 of AutoCAD to Revit: about Content Creation.

"Obviously moving to Revit was quite cost prohibitive as a a small to medium sized firm, but we certainly assess the value, in that we had previously tried to in-house move to Revit unsuccessfully, the upscaling and training in staff was was paramount for us to do it properly. "

AutoCAD to Revit isn’t that hard