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|Ever open a Revit model and get that uneasy feeling that something is just a little bit. . . off? Like when you scroll through the Project Browser and your “fight or flight” reflex starts to kick in. And you suddenly feel like that person in the horror movie who’s about to walk into the haunted house?
Yeah, that kind of Revit project.
Fortunately, a bad Revit model is pretty easy to spot. Like man in a hockey mask holding a machete, here are some tell-tale signs that a Revit model is in trouble:
The good news is that many of these items are easy to resolve. With a little standardization and some elbow grease, that bad model can be reformed into a model citizen. The challenge, of course, is making sure it doesn’t get that way in the first place. To keep that from happening, make sure you check out Dan Stine’s best practices below.
So how about you? Do you have any Revit horror stories to share? What’s the worst model you’ve ever seen? That’s this week’s Question of the Week. And while you’re thinking about that, here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Revit Model Maintenance Best Practices
If I say “routine maintenance”, what does it bring to your mind? Perhaps, changing the oil in your car? Seeing your dentist twice a year? How about your Revit models? Dan Stine walks us through his recommended weekly best practices for keeping our Revit models running smooth and in tip-top shape. Thanks, Dan!
#2: Software Costs for a Solo Architect
Do you work for yourself full-time or maybe have a side gig? If so, check out this article from ArchiSnapper. In it, they make their recommendations for software tools that will streamline your business without breaking the bank. How many of these do you use already?
#3: The Seven Year Career
You may want to carve out a little bit of quiet time for yourself to dive into this deep and thought-provoking read from Randy Deutsch. It is well worth the time and may have you looking at your life and your career differently. In the article, Randy posits the idea that we should always have two careers, a major one and a minor one, and we should change our minor one every seven years. What does this mean for you? Click the link below to find out!
#4: 7 Habits That Actually Seem Lazy (But Let You Get More Done)
Scott H. Young is at it again with another on-point article encouraging us some small tweaks we can all make that will lead to positive, game changing results. A mid-afternoon nap? Yup, that’s on the list! I am definitely going to be looking more closely at implementing some of the others as well. Great thoughts, Scott!
#5: Legos for Adults
I may be dating myself here, but Legos first came to the U.S. the year I was born. Those little bricks quickly became a staple of my childhood and now, my kids’ childhood too. I have to admit, there is a zen-like feeling that washes over me when I sit down to build. Apparently I’m not alone. In this article, the Washington Post taps into the stress reducing abilities of Lego and how more adults are waxing nostalgic and finding enjoyment, connection and meditative mindfulness in those fun little bricks.
Question of the Week:
How can you tell a good BIM project from a bad one? When you open a model, what are the telltale signs that the project is on the right (or wrong) track? Any stories of good models gone bad that you’d like to share? Click the link below to share your thoughts!
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.