Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
Happy New Year! I hope you had some time off for the holidays.
I’m just back from a couple of weeks off myself. It was great. No email, no checking in, just some time off with the family. We visited family, went skiing and ice skating, cooked a lot, and even saw a couple of movies. It was seriously relaxing. I hadn’t realized I needed the time off. Sometimes we get so used to the fast pace that we don’t realize we need some time to slow down. That was definitely true in my case. It was only when I had stopped working that I realized my body and brain needed a break. That made the time off all the more valuable.
But now it’s back to work. I’ve already rearranged my office and cleaned off my desk for the New Year. Today, I’m writing up my 2019 yearly review. As part of the process, I’m looking at ArchSmarter’s statistics. 2019 was a good year! In all, 385,000 readers visited the ArchSmarter website and read a total of 476,000 pages. These numbers are on par with last year, which is good since I didn’t write all that many new blog posts. In addition, the ARK Network has grown considerably since it launched in April of last year. ARK is nearing 2,000 members and has evolved into a very generous and supportive community. Thanks to all of you that have joined ARKS and are participating in the conversations. Not a member? You can join here.
Alright, let’s kick the year off with five things to check out this week:
#1: The Best Strategy for a Super Effective Revit Template
Ready to start off the new year on the right foot? Time to give your Revit template a good once-over! Templates are one of the best ways to get more efficient with Revit. Why redo the same work when you can do it once (and do it right) in a template. In this article, I share my framework for developing effective Revit templates. Give it a read then start planning your template makeover!
#2: Cost Estimating Directly in Revit
Want to use Revit to develop cost estimates? Check out Dan Stine’s comprehensive tutorial complete with screen shots as well as a trick or two to help ensure your next estimate is spot on. This post was a personal favorite of mine from 2019. Turns out, I wasn’t alone as it made Dan’s top 5 most popular posts for the year. Thanks again Dan!
#3: 10 Tips for Effective Project Management with BIM
Is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2020 to become more effective at work? If so, read on and discover ten tips for fine tuning your BIM practices to create more efficiency, get better results and save more time. Good thoughts to start the year!
#4: The Foundation of Codes – 3 Fundamental Questions
Does reading through building codes leave your head spinning? If so, you’re not alone. Codes and standards across the industry can be tricky and complicated. But as Lori Greene explains in her recent article, there are easy ways to determine which codes apply to your project. In this insightful article, Greene reviews the three fundamental questions you should ask when starting a code review for your project. Definitely worth checking out!
#5: When Generative Design Backfires
If you attended last year’s Autodesk University, you may have seen the display highlighting the design collaboration between Autodesk and Volkswagon. The commemorative 20th anniversary VW Microbus was no doubt a show-stopper, with its generatively designed (and bright orange) wheels. But are those wheels really innovative? In this article, Roopinder Tara muses on whether this concept design is a success or perhaps just an artistic misfire. What do you think?
Question of the Week:
Today’s question of the week comes from ARK member Bryce Lien. He’d like to get your thoughts on the use of areas vs rooms in multifamily projects. Have you used areas for code and area calculations? What are some good workflows for putting this to practice in a multi-family project? Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.