Transitioning to BIM-based construction design and documentation processes and applications is no longer an alternative to ponder upon for architectural practices. With the higher end of the entire AEC supply chain, including facility owners and general contractors demanding information-rich and accurate models and drawings, it is indispensable for small- and medium-sized architectural firms to embrace 3D BIM-based construction documentation processes whilst keeping intact their conventional CAD drafting and modeling methods. As a result, such firms need a carefully planned training methodology on BIM applications that seamlessly integrates with their current workflows and does not affect the project work at hand. Since BIM-based processes have a steep learning curve, meticulously designed Revit Architecture training courses which fit the specific needs of the organization are the need of the hour.
A three-pronged approach involving self-paced online Revit training, instructor-led onsite training and live virtual problem-solving sessions play an important role in helping firms deploy parametric model-based design and documentation processes. Depending on the architectural firm's size and training objectives, some elements can be given more importance than others. However, by and large, the role of each training methodology in the above mentioned blended approach is outlined below:
1. Self-Paced Online or Computer-Based Revit Training
Internet-based or computer-based video and interactive tutorials play a crucial role in getting the firm's CAD team familiar with the nuances and capabilities of a BIM software application, such as Revit. Moreover, during transitioning to BIM-based design processes, companies should apply this methodology as it can be accessed at any time without disabling the current project schedule and affecting team productivity. These self-paced training modules are the most convenient and affordable way to get the team to grips with Revit fundamentals, including setting up projects, making templates, creating and using families, working in 2D / 3D views with parametric design tools, and use model presentation tools. As this method takes an asynchronous approach in that they can be completed by organizations at any time and at any location, candidates can review any previous lessons.
2. Onsite Training Led by Experienced Instructors
Once the CAD production staff members are clear with Revit foundations, the organizations should undergo a short-term instruction-led orientation on how to migrate to using Revit Architecture on actual projects parallel to using 2D / 3D CAD methodologies for design and documentation. Onsite sessions by an expert instructor bring Revit training classes at your firm's door except that they offer you flexibility to choose the time of training. Furthermore, these interactive sessions bring the real-world knowledge and expertise of the instructor on how to gain a strong footing in the world of BIM-based parametric design and documentation projects. From the organization's point of view, this method also eliminates project downtime whilst helping the firms set up internal processes according to the demands of BIM-driven workflows.
3. Live Virtual Problem-Solving Sessions
These sessions are usually moderated by instructors using online collaboration tools and focus on solving first-hand problems or questions that the team members may come across once they start applying Revit knowledge to their existing projects and deliverables. At this stage, the staff members get exposure to using Revit, keeping in mind the company's internal processes and project's demand. An Instructor-led online problem-solving session is one of the most important stages before full-fledged BIM deployment and helps resolve teething problems and initial roadblocks that may come in the way during transition from nonparametric to parametric model-based design and documentation.