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Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 8:35:00 AM | What are ya'll plans?



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I was just wondering what do you guys plan on doing the rest of your ife?  As far as being a Revit or Autocad designer.  I asked this question because I am a Architectural Designer (fancy word for Cad person).  I plan on going back to school for Construction Management.

Just wondering if you guys was using your current job as a stepping block to a other job.

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Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 8:57:12 AM | What are ya'll plans?



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I have been a draftsman for 10 years now and I love it. I went to work right out of High School and been doin this ever since. The company I work for is alway looking at each employee's skill levels. The Revit Knowledge will help me move up in my firm.

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Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 12:27:07 PM | What are ya'll plans?



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I am currently working for a design firm and going to school, I just got my Associates of Architecture, and am now going for my BFA.  After that hopefully going somewhere to get my Masters but not sure where yet.  Since I've been working for this firm I've learned alot of programs and improved my skills in others but the one program that seems to be helping me the most and moving me up in the firm is REVIT!  I'm thinking about becoming an Architect but still leaving my options open to other opportunities that may arrive.



 Licata Hansen Associates Architecture

Reno, NV USA

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Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 1:33:53 PM | What are ya'll plans?




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I'm a professional engineer doing mechanical design & drafting.  In general, what I noticed is the more letters you get after your name, the less $$ you take home, and the more you are liable for.  This sucks.  And I don't buy into the theory that putting money into RRSP to defer taxes is going to benefit me.


I am hoping to take this Revit stuff private working on smaller scale stuff.  But then again, Revit is really geared for large scale building construction isnt' it?  Well that's what it appears to be.


Any ideas on how to scale things down, work local and in Revit, and more on the private contract arrangements?



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Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 1:54:31 PM | What are ya'll plans?




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I've pretty much been a draftsman, and that's been ok for me. What is working out awesomely for me at the moment though is a combination of training and production work. I got hired at a foodservice design company to get them up and running with Revit, so my job is part training other people in the office, part setting up new standards, and part production work. I'm thinking I'd like to keep going with this, I'm really enjoying it.

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Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 4:56:19 AM | What are ya'll plans?



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consider the big picture..

all types of construction have been completely

dead for several years now..


other than a little construction activity in texas

and utah..


because the money is all gone.. and there is no more

credit left..


most commercial buildings built in the last 4 years

are all nearly empty..


nothing can possibly turn around this huge debt

that the whole country is in..


the 50 year-olds from the baby-boom generation- (nearly

half the population)- will work hard just to keep

the country out of bankruptcy for the next twenty

years.. but nothing can be built- no money for it..


EXCEPT one thing..


high-end residential..


that's because half of the population has people

who made money in the digital era and have always

planned to build their dream home one day.. and they

will.. and there is lots of them..


revit is ideal for residential- and it's more fun too..


also if you know AutoCAD- you can use that too..


if you know AutoCAD- you can use AutoCAD LT

with revit for as much 2D finish-up work as you want..


you don't have to be in a BIM workflow with residential..







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Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 3:23:00 PM | What are ya'll plans?




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Hired as a CAD drafter in 1991 while still in tech school. Now I'm the systems manager for a medium size architectural firm doing commercial and institutional projects. A lot of the Reviteers know how to run Revit, but they lack construction knowledge and contract document experience. I've learned mostly from the 80 year old guys who still draw with pencils.

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Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 6:37:50 PM | What are ya'll plans?



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you hit the nail on the head..


the majority of revit users are only architectural design

artists who just build models.. and i shouldn't say

"only" because a talented artist is worth their weight in

gold.. i think using revit as just a design tool instead of

sketchup or bonzia3D or 3Ds Max or even revit massing-

is the way of the future..  i'm not a designer- but it looks

to me like they do quite well using revit for that..


now back to the point you are making..

designers may like using revit to create their

model- but revit is primarily a virtual construction

and documentation program..


i cannot use that beautiful revit model as an

actual part of the construction and documentation

of it.. i have to treat it just like i would see it in

3Ds Max or any other design program.. in other words-

i have to build that model from scratch- referring to

that model in a separate session of revit to

actually build and document it.. BUT this is GREAT..

way nicer than referring to that same model in

another design program.. so in my opinion- revit

is king all the way through..


but what ABOUT using revit to build and document

the model like you say? well THAT is a horse of a

different color.. for that purpose revit is only the

hammer and the nails- USELESS if you don't know

how to build in the real world..


thanks dbillings3 for this great discussion..











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Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 6:06:07 AM | What are ya'll plans?




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I have found that the best way to advance beyond being a drafter is to go above and beyond the call of duty. Be innovative, hard working, and learn from your mistakes with humility and grace. Any decent employer will recognize these qualities and find a better place for the best workers. Be the "Best" drafter and people both in your company and your community will see you as that. Remember that there is no short-cut to experience. It takes time to build the skills to make yourself marketable, regardless of education.

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Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:47:49 AM | What are ya'll plans?



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I'm an intermiediate Revit tech at the bottom of the food chain.  I work in a comapny of 25000 people worldwide.  I hope to end up on the visual concepts side of things.  Cutting my teeth on MEP and Structure, versed in Revit Arch.  I also am working on a patent, hopefully a ticket to the big leagues!


Homey don't play that.

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Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 11:26:51 PM | What are ya'll plans?




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I want to get the fame as Bill Gates. :D

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