Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
The benefits of regular maintenance are well documented. Do a little bit regularly and you won’t have a catastrophe. It’s simple logic, right? Whether it’s your Revit model, your health, your car, or even your career, a little maintenance goes a long way. But why is it so hard to get on a regular maintenance schedule? I think it’s because maintenance is one of those undervalued yet crucially important acts. It takes time away from getting things done so it’s easy to put off until some future time when you’re less busy.
Case in point, I had a vivid (and wet) reminder of the importance of maintenance last night. I’ve known for a while that my roof is in need of some TLC but I’ve put it off because it hasn’t really been an issue. Or so I thought. We were eating dinner last night when a mysterious drip landed right on the dinner table. Fortunately, it missed the broccoli but when I looked up, I saw a steady stream of drips ready to make their plunge. After a mad rush for pots, we managed to keep most of the water off the table, but the drips continued through the night. Needless to say, I spent most of this morning looking for a roofer. Not exactly what I planned for my day.
How about you? Do you have any maintenance items (work-related or otherwise) that you’re putting off? What will trigger you into action to address them? I’m going to revisit this theme of maintenance over the next few weeks. As I said above, it’s easy to overlook maintenance tasks and put them off, at least until they ruin your dinner.
Alright, time to get to work. Here are five things to check out this week.
#1: Finish Floors, Rooms, Spaces and Revit
In this article from CAD Community, Jason Kunkel writes about a recent experience he had with finish floors and room bounding in Revit. In this case, the workflow had a curious result. As Jason explains the particular scenario, he also shares visuals of what happened and his remedy for setting things straight. Revit is still full of surprises!
#2: Free Guide to Revit Family Creation
A big thanks to the folks at BIMsmith for sharing this series of tutorial videos they created on creating families in Revit. Ranging in subject from “families 101” to creating complex walls to constraining Revit parameters, this is a good post to bookmark for future reference. If you’re a family newbie or even an experienced family master, there’s lots of good stuff to learn here.
#3: The generation game
AEC Magazine reflects on the evolution of technology through the decades and how the industry is now embarking on a generational change. With this change of guard comes a reevaluation of the processes and technologies we use everyday. As always, change is inevitable but how we react to that change can have big consequences. Does this generational shift signify the time to adapt new, emerging technologies? Read on and decide for yourself.
#4: Inhibitors of Trust
Last month, TT5 highlighted part one of a five-part series by Phillip Bernstein on the inefficiencies in current methods of project delivery. In part two, Bernstein sheds light on technical, procedural and cultural challenges inherent when seeking change and improvement to workflow within the AEC industry. Good food for thought!
#5: Architecture and Math
OK, here’s a joke for you: what kind of tree does an architect climb? Wait for it. . . a Geometry! <insert groan here>. So yeah, that was a bad joke, but it does set the stage for Bob Borson’s recent article and podcast episode about his experiences with math in his architectural career. Taking an honest approach on the subject, Borson muses on perceptions vs reality when it comes to math in architecture and how much he REALLY uses on a typical day.
Question of the Week:
Revit best practices. What defines them and who gets to determine them? That’s the question of the week from ARK member Tim Childress. Who sets best practices in your firm and how do you document them? What happens when someone disagrees with one of your established best practices? Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.