If you go on holiday you put a plan in place and BIM is no different.
When starting a BIM project, consider the end goal you want to achieve? These could be an output of design stage drawings for example. Now work your way back from this point and break it down into simple tasks. You’ll need to know how to:
– Place drawings on sheets
– Create & Place: Walls, Roofs, Windows, Doors.
– Understand Levels
– Create Elevations
Plan your deliverables in a spreadsheet and this will help reduce the hurdles you might come across.
2. Don’t expect your drawings to be identical to your Cad projects.
Revit interprets lines in a different manner to Cad, because it automated line thicknesses depending on the scale of a drawing view. This can be changed to suit your style but don’t expect absolute perfection to your cad process. Think of the great 3D’s you’ll have as a result of your modeling.
3. Start Small.
Don’t try to do everything in Revit at first. Pick a project and plan to only do say the 2D drawings in Revit to allow you to get familiar with the process. This saves you having to juggle getting the 2D & 3D deliverables at once.
4. Leverage the “Information” in BIM.
In Revit you can schedule almost everything you model. By adding a SQM rate to your walls you can see the calculated totals.