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The Architects Learning Path for BIM and Revit
With the construction industry moving headlong into the world of 3D, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Digital Twins, Augmented Reality and Cloud, keeping up with the latest developments can be difficult. There are many ways to gain knowledge – industry publications, CPD’s, Seminars, YouTube, etc. – but by far the best way is to have an industry expert share their knowledge with you.
Attending relevant training and having the opportunity to pick the brains of an expert in the subject of interest is by far the most efficient way to gain knowledge and get insight into the latest industry trends.
At Symetri, all of our BIM and Revit courses are aimed squarely at passing knowledge onto clients in a concise and efficient way. We’re often told by delegates that they have learnt topics during a course that they had previously wasted hours researching online, with the associated cost of that time adding up to more than the cost of the training course.
Our standard training courses are run on a Scheduled or Private basis. Scheduled courses are open for anyone to book on to, they cover a pre-set range of topics and are approved by Autodesk. Scheduled courses are the most cost-effective courses for individuals to take.
Private courses allow you to book a standard Symetri course to be delivered for your own company, if you have several people needing training, a private course can be a cost-effective way of purchasing training.
Symetri also deliver bespoke training workshops which allow you to create a tailored course to suit your exact needs, these are very good once you get past the basics as we can focus on specific subjects relevant to your project.
New to Revit and BIM
If you are new to Revit and BIM and need to get up to speed quickly there are several paths you can take.
For new users of Revit, the Revit Architecture Essentials course will quickly get you up to speed with the basics of modelling and producing information in Revit and is the ideal start to your Revit learning journey.
For those intending to create projects full time in Revit, the Revit Architecture Essentials Plus course is the best starting place. This 3-day course will run through the basic principles of modelling, detailing, creating schedules and publishing drawings and is the ideal foundation to build your Revit knowledge from.
If you’re running projects and maybe aren’t hands-on creating models full time, the Autodesk Revit Architecture Experience course is a great introduction to understand the principles of using Revit and understanding the impact it can have on the design workflow. This 1 day course takes you through a guided project workflow from creating models to publishing drawings.
Furthering Your Knowledge
After completing an essential’s course, you will need to add to your knowledge with topics that are relevant to your role. For example, the ability to create Revit families is a key part of using Revit efficiently. The Revit Architecture Content Creation course will provide the knowledge required to create the custom components that are essential to every Revit project. Learn how to create and work with parameters, model family geometry, control detail levels and manage family types.
Revit Architecture Conceptual Design and Visualisation will teach you how to use the early-stage massing tools in Revit to give the most efficient workflow from concept through to construction. Learn how to create basic 3D shapes and forms, analyse the floor areas of those forms, and develop the model with detailed objects to create a building model.
Going further, the Dynamo Fundamentals for Revit course will give you an insight into computational design and how to create efficient workflows through automation with Dynamo scripting. Learn how to automate monotonous tasks, manipulate parameter information, and create complex parametric models via Dynamo’s visual scripting.
Autodesk Revit for Project Managers is slightly more advanced than the Experience course and looks at Coordination and Collaboration within the Revit environment. It’s aimed at giving insight into the workflows of a Revit project, allowing project managers to understand the impact on project timelines and make informed decisions during a project.
For those who need to work on projects adhering to ISO 19650 the BIM & Information Management Fundamentals Incorporating ISO 19650 course will give you invaluable insight to understand BIM and Information Management principles through design, construction, and into operation, and how that might apply to the workflows in Revit.
Delivering BIM projects usually means collaborating with other consultants and brings a requirement for coordinated, clash resolved models. The Autodesk Navisworks for Lead Designer course is ideal to quickly get to grips with the federation of project models and understanding how to use the clash detection tools to produce clash resolved project models.
On a different tack, visualisation is an important part of an Architects output. With the inclusion of Twinmotion software with the Revit subscription, a high quality, free to access visualisation tool is readily available to all Revit users, The Revit Visualisation with Twinmotion course is a great introduction to using Twinmotion alongside Revit for fast, realistic visuals and generating virtual reality environments from the Revit models. More traditional visualisation is covered in depth with the 3Ds Max for Revit Users and 3Ds Max Essentials training courses.
Need a Bespoke BIM or Revit Course?
Symetri have many standard courses ready to be delivered to get you up and running in a Revit and BIM environment, however, there is always the option of tailoring a course to suit your specific requirements.
Our training consultants will be happy to discuss specific requirements, suggest topics and a course duration to meet your needs. We frequently customise courses with a bespoke combination of topics. We often use client specific templates and datasets, or tailor the topics to suit project specific requirements.
So, if one of our many standard courses doesn’t meet your exact requirements, then get in touch, because we’re confident we can fulfil your training requirements, no matter how bespoke.