I talk with Brian Andresen about BIMServiesInc.com, how to start a Revit users group, how to be billable as a BIM manager, and of course his #BIMTiwtterTips. We also talk about how he started with Revit and how he is helping the Revit community grow.

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@CADBIMManager First 100 #BIMTwitterTips

  • #100! It’s official, you guys rock! Thanks for the love/support! Now everyone reading this has to take a shot! 😀
  • #99: Check out BIMThoughts.com for awesome content, interviews, and the latest BIM talk/info around! #BIMThoughts #BIMTwitterTips
  • #98: When using the Revit modify tools (Move/Rotate/Offset) hold down <CTRL> to check/uncheck the COPY option. Cool! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #97: I’ve always appreciated the global #AEC #BIM #collaboration. More openness, less #BIMsnobs 🙂 #thankyou #teamwork #BIMTwitterTips
  • #96: Try View Templates, even if you think you don’t need them. It’s a good habit, and chances are you’ll want them later #BIMTwitterTips
  • #95: Love Revit’s “Load By Category” as much as I do? 😉 Instead, just open the fam & pick “Load into Proj & Close”. Done! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #95A Use the same process…but change the option to include Sheets. (See image) ow.ly/i/avhVR #HugeTimeSaver #BIMTwitterTips
  • #94: Many know of “Insert From File” to copy details from proj’s, but not that you can do entire sheets of details at once! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #93: Follow these people ASAP: @cridder_ @TheBIMsider @MattJezyk @caddguru @BIM4ScottC #BIM #Mentors #MustFollow #BIMTwitterTips
  • #92: Training only works if the student cares, and the teacher cares even more! #BIM #training #support #experience #BimTwitterTips
  • #91: Follow these people ASAP: @TroyGates @lukeyjohnson @BillDebevc @seandburke @SteveDeadman #BIM #Mentors #MustFollow #BIMTwitterTips
  • #90: If you truly do your best, there’s a sense of peace you get from not having to worry that you could’ve done better #BIMTwitterTips
  • #89: Client: Aren’t you teaching your way out of a job? Me: If I’m good enough you’ll refer me to a new one! #RealSupport #BIMTwitterTips
  • #88 ”Be Kind, & Relinquish!” Am I showing my age?! Collab
  • #87: After 15 yrs in #AEC, most project issues aren’t w/the model, content, or software, but simply a lack of #communication
  • #86: Learn Revits Object Override Tiers: Line Weights>Obj Styles>View Temp>View Override>Obj Override
  • #85: Keep learning, you’ll never know enough! And make sure the excitement of opportunity overshadows the anxiety #limitless #BIMTwitterTips
  • #84: I’ve noticed a fine line between finding ways to be lazy and finding ways to improve efficiency 😉
  • #83: Avoid hybrid CAD/BIM projects if possible. Yes it’s a step forward, but if the team isn’t ready don’t rush it! #trustme #BIMTwitterTips
  • #82: Yes text in Revit can be opaque. Yes it can be added anywhere. No you may not cover dimensions or tags w/them #really #BIMTwitterTips
  • #81: Revit Grid Guides work great for sheet placement, but how do you line up plan regions? Visit http://ow.ly/L2AU6  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #80: Open a 3D Perspective, right click on the Navigation wheel, & pick Increase/Decrease Focal Length-Thanks @TheRevitKid! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #79: Check…then check again, that the team fully grasps the concept of Revits 2D-vs-3D extents for levels/grids #trustme #BIMTwitterTips
  • #78: Revit keynote, tag, or text? Don’t rush this decision! This alone can save/waste major project hours #plan #efficiency #BIMTwitterTips
  • #77: Some think Revit Materials only apply for renderings. Cut & Surface Patterns are here too, along with color info #BIMTwitterTips
  • #76: Doc6: BCC (BIM Content Catalog) Digital & Print for content reference (See BIMTwitterTip #34) http://ow.ly/i/6aRxy  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #75: Doc5: SCM (Software Coordination Manual) Define best workflows/transitions between software types within your firm #BIMTwitterTips
  • #74: Doc4: CCM (Consultant Coordination Manual) Provide insight of standards & best practices for workflow/collaboration #BIMTwitterTips
  • #73: Doc3: BEP (BIM Execution Plan) Implement this into your project kickoff meetings to help coordinate/define BIM items #BIMTwitterTips
  • #72: Doc2: BSM (BIM Standards Manual) Update CAD Standards to include everything BIM, providing efficiency/coordination #BIMTwitterTips
  • #71: Doc1: BIP (BIM Implementation Plan) Help you & Owners get on the same path/schedule, work together, and succeed #BIMTwitterTips
  • #70: Consider the following BIM documentation for your firm. If interested, message me for more information (1 of 7) #BIMTwitterTips
  • #69: If you don’t know what a single checkbox can do in Revit, please don’t pick it “just to find out” #SingleSource #BIMTwitterTips
  • #68: Figure out the Revit Project #Workset & #Linking strategy BEFORE anyone draws a single line #BEP #Coordination #BIMTwitterTips
  • #67: Being respectful/courteous is important, but speaking up when noticing errors/omissions is more important #Diplomacy #BIMTwtterTips
  • #66: Each week choose 1 resolved support issue & email it firm-wide. Chances are others will benefit from it just as much #BIMTwitterTips
  • #65: Back from @RTCNA -let the #BIMTwitterTips continue! So you’ve provided training to your firm…now what? http://ow.ly/yuoHH  #Training
  • #64: Set up a company searchable database. It’s great when you’re not around…like at #RTCNA & consider an FAQ #Support24/7 #BIMTwitterTips
  • #63: Remember there are many parts to a BIM MGR: BIM, IT, User Mgmt, Diplomacy, etc. Don’t just focus on the first one #BIMTwitterTips
  • #62: Do your best to be proactive, not reactive to the transition to BIM/Revit http://ow.ly/xQyQL  @AUGI #BIMTwitterTips
  • #61: Offer training for diversity/support of ALL software. BIM requires software collaboration! @bluebeam @office @autodesk #BIMTwitterTips
  • #60: Larger Firms: Promote “BIMtors”=BIM+Mentors. Best users offering minor support, info for training needs, & some relief! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #59: Give newbies a 1pg PDF “Placeholder Family Maker in 1 min.” They can go on w/design & you make the real deal to swap #BIMTwitterTips
  • #58: Please don’t wait until the week before an deadline to set up sheets in Revit…unless you don’t like sleep #PlanAhead #BIMTwitterTips
  • #57: Don’t be that user; too cool for teamwork or to ask for help. Communicate & collaborate! It’s vital to BIM projects! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #56: Keep learning, and continue moving forward. Strive for leadership and once there…strive to keep it that way! #Success #BIMTwitterTips
  • #55: Do you think a BIM Standards Manual is it? Check out more ways to standardize for success   http://ow.ly/xDfpl  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #54: Firm Standards/Training Manuals are typical…consider compact FAQ booklets w/Q&As for new users #headstart #innovative #BIMTwitterTips
  • #53: Try setting up Team Focus Groups in your firm. Each week focus on 1 teams projects, users, & issues #Divide&Conquer #BIMTwitterTips
  • #52: Make digital lists (old school paper/pencil work too) 🙂 to coordinate, prioritize, & most importantly not forget tasks #BIMTwitterTips
  • #51: Create Component Standards w/detail level & object style MGMT. This can significantly increase efficiency/productivity #BIMTwitterTips
  • #50: 50 down!!! 🙂 Thank you for all the positive support! Please tell others to follow @cadbimmanager Feedback appreciated! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #49: Want to experiment with the tools of tomorrow? Check out @Autodesk Labs: http://ow.ly/xlRjy  #FutureTech #BIMTwitterTips
  • #48: When times get hectic, realize you’re one of the few people in this world that is able to do what you love! #BIMTherapy #BIMTwitterTips
  • #47: When training, avoid the label “Advanced”. Some may feel threatened by the title. Instead, consider LEVEL 2 #SadButTrue #BIMTwitterTips
  • #46: When training, avoid an Intermediate course. User “down time” = $$$, & extra material to maintain = BIM MGR nightmare #BIMTwitterTips
  • #45: When training, avoid the label “Beginners” for 2 reasons: Users may feel too advanced, or too embarrassed #SadButTrue #BIMTwitterTips
  • #44: BIM Managers have MANY resources! Luckily most still work together between firms & industries. Thank you all! #Passion #BIMTwitterTips
  • #43: Implement a digital Support Request form. Users enjoy asking instantly, & you get a record of it http://ow.ly/i/5HIRr  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #42: Create a read-only network folder for “Standardized” items (Families, templates, etc.) Users like content w/consistency #BIMTwitterTips
  • #41: Consider In-house training. Yes it’s a lot of work! But it saves $$$, allows for custom materials, & easier scheduling #BIMTwitterTips
  • #40: Highly recommend @TechSmith products: @Snagit (Screen capture) & @CamtasiaTips (Video Training) http://ow.ly/x1Y1G  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #39: Reference existing CAD Standards when creating BIM Standards. Many items can be salvaged to save time & stay consistent #BIMTwitterTips
  • #38: Make “Content Creation” a top priority when learning Revit. In the end, that is where most model information comes from #BIMTwitterTips
  • #37: The moment you realize the same users demanding Standards, also feel they are above following them #WTF #BIMTwitterTips
  • #36: Talk to your consultants and take care of collaboration/coordination issues. This is vital to a BIM project’s success! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #35: AUGI is a great source of free support! And if you’re a pro, consider helping others http://www.augi.com/  @AUGI #BIMTwitterTips
  • *#34: Create a Firm Component Catalog w/image, name, category, & file location. Users will love it! http://ow.ly/i/5AeoZ  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #33: If you are a BIM Manager of a firm over 100 users…look up the word ‘Delegation’ 🙂 #BIMTherapy #BIMTwitterTips
  • #32: This ones from @TITANAEC – “Friends don’t let friends put AutoCAD blocks in Revit Families.” Well said guys! #pureBIM #BIMTwitterTips
  • #31: Autodesk wants our feedback: Register for interviews, visit the “labs” site, and Feedback forums http://ow.ly/wKJWw  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #30: Consider Training for ALL software. Example: Users spend half their day on MS Office, but may only know about 5% of it #BIMTwitterTips
  • #29: Make yourself noticed > in demand > secure in your office. The easiest way? Just do your best! #StraightForward #BIMTwitterTips
  • #28: Join or start a Revit user group in your area. See #AUGI for more info. You can thank me later! http://ow.ly/wKL3Q  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #27: Does your firm have a Production Procedure Manual? Learn how they developed their beliefs/standards in the first place #BIMTwitterTips
  • #26: Take time to support/work with your IT Dept. Get on their good side…at some point you WILL need them #Diplomacy #BIMTwitterTips
  • #25: The concept of “Standards” shouldn’t hinder/restrict users (bad), but enhance/improve productivity/efficiency (good) #BIMTwitterTips
  • #24: You will never be “Done” as a BIM Manager. The solution: It cannot be finished, but it can be controlled! #BIMTherapy #BIMTwitterTips
  • #23: Take your standards further by collaborating your components http://ow.ly/wAh2R  #Standards #BIMTwitterTips
  • #22: When updating CAD Standards to BIM, don’t forget the many new items: Worksets, Object Styles, View Templates, etc. #BIMTwitterTips
  • *4faves*#21: Get creative with anything you customize. There is always something that can be improved upon or done better! #Innovate #BIMTwitterTips
  • #20: Get into a position in your firm that allows annual meetings with owners. Know and support their direction together. #BIMTwitterTips
  • #19: Blog Awesomeness: Steve Stafford’s been a huge Revit resource before Autodesk was even involved! http://ow.ly/wAd9e  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #18: Stay on top of your Revit Template. Every time you think you’re done, there will be an update/change needed…guaranteed. #BIMTwitterTips
  • #17: As a CAD/BIM Manager, R&D (BIM+Technology) is something you NEED to make time for. If not, you will fall behind. #BIMTwitterTips
  • #16: Are you a CAD/BIM Manager with firm training needs? There are more options that you might think! http://ow.ly/wq43H  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #15: Don’t forget about other software, when implementing a new one. Coordinate and Collaborate! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #14: “Install the latest Service Pack” to Autodesk is like “Restart your computer” to IT…so check that first to save time #BIMTwitterTips
  • #13: Knowing the projects is important, & knowing the process is more important, but knowing the users is the most important #BIMTwitterTips
  • #12: Blog Awesomeness: Marcello Sgambelluri modeling complex…well…pretty much anything! http://ow.ly/woeKZ  #BIMTwitterTips
  • #11: As a CAD/BIM Manager, it’s best to be billable. Owners love it, users appreciate it, and your skills stay sharpened! #BIMTwitterTips
  • #10: Provide lunch seminars (lecture + open Q&A). You’ll get an increase efficiency/productivity firm-wide…and a free lunch! #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#9: Keep in mind Revit’s three command/process-driven parts: The Properties Palette, Options Bar, and Contextual Tabs #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#8: Implementation requires major work! Consider this simple, yet highly effective technique http://ow.ly/wjbbt  #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#7: Don’t put off customizing your firms Revit Keyboard Shortcuts. Many users depend on these more than you think! #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#6: When installing the latest version of Revit, don’t forget the extras: (add-ons, subscription extras, macros, etc.) #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#5: Considering not attending RTCNA coming up? Read this before you miss out   http://ow.ly/wbo2O    #RTC #AU #AEC  #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#4: Training is vital to a firms BIM transition. It allows you to become a proactive, not reactive manager #Training #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#3: When deploying a new version, include a handout of new features that matter most to your firm #ImmersiveTraining #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#2: BIM Implementation…does firm size matter? Read here and share your thoughts http://tiny.cc/7d9tex  #BIMTwitterTips
  • BIMTT#1: BIM Managers need to understand their firms foundation (Goals/Needs/Wants) BEFORE doing anything else #BIMTwitterTips
 

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  2. I think #93 is the best tips! Love the Podcast, keep up the great work!

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