A year ago, I started the “Thursday Top 5 from ArchSmarter”, a weekly email with links to what’s new and interesting in AEC technology.
I’m constantly scouring the Internet for news and tips related to BIM, design, and architecture. The “Thursday Top 5” was a way to share my findings with the larger ArchSmarter audience.
Apart from missing a week or two along the way, I’ve been surprisingly consistent. In fact, writing the email has become one of my favorite things to do all week.
I recently went through all the past emails and compiled a list of all the links and the number of clicks each has received. It was interesting to see what’s been popular (and what hasn’t).
One thing is for sure, ArchSmarter readers are a diverse bunch! The top 10 most popular links ranged from how-tos to cool drawings to opposite jobs. And while I was pleased to see a good amount of ArchSmarter links in the mix, there was a fairly even distribution of content sources.
So in honor of its one-year anniversary, here are the top ten links from the past year’s “Thursday Top 5” emails:
Ever wonder where Revit is going next? Or if that feature you REALLY need is ever going to get released? Wonder no more! Autodesk just released the first public version of their Revit roadmap. In the roadmap, you can see what big features are coming out in future releases. It’s an inside look at Autodesk’s development process.
I surveyed ArchSmarter readers to recommend their favorite Revit apps. Well, they sure delivered! Over 75 different apps were mentioned. From that list, I picked out the top 10. What apps made the list? Click the link to find out.
Curious about Dynamo but not sure what all the fuss is about? Then check out this article by Matthew Anderle and Ron Allen of AECOM. You’ll learn 20 ways you can improve your team’s efficiency using Dynamo. As you’ll see, Dynamo’s not just creating crazy shapes.
Are you a Revit master? If not, this week’s post is for you. In it, I outline the path you need to take to achieve Revit Mastery. I start with 150+ Revit skills then group them into five skill levels then further group them into specific categories. Take a look at the skills in each level. Have you mastered them all? If not, where are you on your path to Revit mastery?
Need some eye candy? Look no further! This compilation of architectural drawings, courtesy of ArchDaily, will get your creative juices flowing. They’ve scoured the Internet looking for the best 80 images created this year. Click the link below to see them for yourself. What do you think? Any favorites?
Who doesn’t want to get better and faster with Revit? This latest installment from “What Revit Wants” is chock-full-of Revit tips and tricks. Working with linked files? There’s a tip for you. Want to better manage your families? There are a few tips for you. Want to better utilize the project browser? They’ve got you covered.
‘m definitely a “lone wolf” and a “sprinter”. I wish I was a little more of a “schemer”. How about you? What’s your productivity archetype? Click the link to find out!
Templates are one of my favorite ways to work smarter. Why keep re-inventing the wheel for each project when you can do the work one and re-use it over and over. The only issue with Revit templates is they take a long time to create. That and they can be difficult to update once they’re done. That’s why I recommend the C-B-T method to creating Revit templates. What’s the C-B-T method? Click the link to find out.
Think the grass is greener on the other side? Ever wonder what’s the opposite of your current job? The New York Times used data from the Labor Department to create an interactive list of opposite jobs. Just enter your job in the field to see its opposite. Wait until you see the opposite job of an architect! I think I’ll keep my day job.
Check out this list on the top 10 apps for architects from the NCARB website. Which ones are you using?
Here’s to another great year of the Thursday Top 5!