Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
I’m on the road again today, though this time for fun. A friend of mine from college is getting married, which is always a big occasion. There’s a whole group of us heading to Portland, Oregon for the festivities. In addition to the wedding, this weekend also marks another momentous occasion for my wife and I. It’s our first weekend away without kids since our oldest son was born thirteen years ago. Seriously! A big shout out to all the family and friends who are helping to make this possible. Though I’ll certainly miss the little buggers, I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.
Alright, our flight is about to board. Wish us luck! Here are 5 things to check out this week:
#1: 5 Essential Superpowers Every BIM Manager Needs
BIM managers need to juggle a lot of responsibilities. From learning new technology to leading user training to troubleshooting complex problems, there’s more than enough to keep one person busy. If you’re juggling project work in addition to BIM management duties, you’re even more squeezed for time. Next Thursday, September 26th, I’m teaming up with veteran BIM Manager, Jordan BIllingsley to bring you a free workshop at 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific). In this one-hour workshop, we’ll share with you the 5 essential skills every BIM manager needs to stay sane and excel in this challenging role. Spaces are limited so sign up today!
#2: How to Simplify Your Life With Revit Key Schedules
Let’s talk keys, or more specifically, Revit key schedules. These handy schedules can save you some serious time on the data entry side of Revit. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process for using key schedules, from how to create the parameters to setting up the key schedules to applying them to elements in the model. As you’ll see, these little-known schedules can really speed up entering data for your schedules, especially in larger-scale projects.
#3: The Future of Architects: Convergence and Superusers
Sit back with Architosh’s recent interview with professor, author and architect, Randy Deutsch. In the interview, Deutsch elaborates on his two recent books, “Convergence: The Redesign of Design” and “Superusers: Design Technology Specialists as the Future of Practice”. Deutsch discusses learning from failure, the lack of productivity in the AEC industry, and how architectural schools will need to adapt to the changing landscape. If you’re a fan of Randy’s books like I am, you’ll definitely want to check this out!
#4: Transactional Incompatibility
In the first of a series of five articles, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer at Yale University, Phil Bernstein highlights his recent role as “observer and provocateur” at six workshops that focused on the AEC industry, what it is doing well and where it needs to improve. A very insightful read. I look forward to his follow-up articles.
#5: Tools of the Job Hunt:
Last week, I shared an article with tips on how to increase your architecture salary. This week, a slight shift to look at some tips for when it’s time to look for that next job. Archinect’s Sean Joyner explores the job search and the interview process, pointing out that it’s not just about who you are and what you offer. Rather, the focus should be on who the company is, what they’re looking for, and how you fit into that equation. Joyner offers great advice and examples on things we can do to help potentially elicit that “Aha! They’re perfect for the position!” response.
Question of the Week
Today’s question comes from ARK member Jakub Skalik. Does your firm use keynotes in Revit? Do you use element keynotes, user-defined keynotes, or both? Jakub is interested in learning how to best accommodate the various types of keynotes in an office environment. Click the link below to share your experiences.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.