Healthy Revit Templates – a solid foundation to BIM efficiency.

Over the last year, there has been a marked increase in the number of engineers and technicians using BIM.  Much of this increase reflects the arrival of Level 2, and companies reacting to recently-acquired projects with BIM deliverables.  To keep pace with this, businesses are turning to one of the many training courses available to give their staff a basic understanding of Building Information Modelling – with the hope that they can pick up the rest as they go along.

This approach has some major flaws.  It runs the risk of those at the sharp end not fully grasping the process or the deliverables required.  Too late they realise what they’re up against, and already tight timescales and delivery programs become even tighter as they struggle with BIM and its complexities.

There is a way to bring order to the chaos.  Although not the entire solution straight out of the box, a good place to start is with a well-designed Revit template.  Despite often being neglected, the template is the key to speedy modelling and consistency across the project.  This is equally true if you are an experienced BIM technician or just beginning to learn what the technology can do.

A well-designed, adaptable template – in any industry or within any application – is critical to streamlining workloads, increasing productivity, and ensuring efficient QA.  For any project involving BIM, a good quality Revit template should be your starting point.  I would probably go so far as to say don’t do anything else until you address this – and get it right!

If you’re sceptical about the efficiency this can bring, or baulk at investing time and money in a Revit template, remember that this is one investment that can offer you a ROI from the first time you use it.  It will help ensure that standards are met and presentation is always consistent – across teams and across all projects throughout the company.   And the more users, and the more projects, the greater the level of efficiency they can achieve.

As with any template, it should help – not hinder – the process.  The Revit template must be well-managed and nurtured.  If neglected, it can quickly become confusing and inefficient.  If users begin to find it time-consuming and frustrating, they will stop using it.  Delays and inconsistencies will begin to creep back in.

It must be remembered that the template is exactly that: a template.  It won‘t do everything straight away.  It should be an on-going process of development, progressing with each project delivered.  Good house-keeping, good management, and regular updates and audits by the BIM Manager will ensure it continues to deliver to its full potential.

A good Revit template should allow for flexibility so it can be easily customised and adapted to any practice and/or standard.   All users and technicians should be given a comprehensive introduction (together with guidance on best practice), but the template must be intuitive enough to understand with minimal guidance.

BIM software can be expensive, especially for small businesses, but a well-designed Revit template is great first investment.  At Digitalinc, we offer fully-bespoke Revit templates, tailored to your exact requirements.  For relatively little outlay, this template can enhance your team’s productivity and efficiency, and ensure you achieve current standards on every project.  Not only that, we offer comprehensive support in the form of training courses and workshops to make sure your business makes the most of its BIM investment.

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