[the number of weird Revit conversations I hear are not to be believed]

Bryan: Check this out – I got the angled curtain grid to work on this guard rail.

Smorgan: You got it to work? Awesome!!

Bryan: Yeah, I just went down here (pointing at screen) and entered the

Smorgan: (interrupting) You entered the angle, right? That is fantastic!!

Bob: [shaking head] … You two should start making out

The names of the “Bryan” and “Smorgan” have been changed to hide their weirdness

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  • Mike

    I am an architectural technology lecturer, however our focus is on computer aided design. Our students are experts in revit and other CAD software and currently sit 1st in Europe and 5th in the world for CAD skills (see world skills competitions). If you know how to use it and receive proper instruction, it should be a design tool that doesn’t limit what you want to do. I recommend everyone to have proper instruction at some point.

  • Vincent Ribeiro Benvenuto

    Often times I would hear a loud groan from behind a computer screen in ‘Sterile Lab’ (due to its fluorescent lights and white walls and floor), where I preferred to work over the other labs, ‘Airplane Lab’ (due to its lengthy but narrow dimensions and constant hum of computers reminiscent of an airline engine) and ‘Intimate Lab’ (the smaller, hotter, more condensed and usually stinkier of the three labs meant you should be intimately comfortable with those around you in terms of your natural musk as well as theirs), only to find my buddy (a good friend of mine, let’s call him Drue, came up with this catch phrase) as author of this call for help. Usually on any Adobe or Autodesk product but especially with Rhino, his groan would follow up with the idea of his computer defecating itself with confusion and struggle due to the heavy number of commands he was giving it: “Ah! Revit just decided to shit itself again.”

  • The conversation around our office usually goes:
    “It would be great if we could get X” (with X being things such as material take offs, automatically showing room sizes [length x width], etc)
    “I’ve heard that Revit is supposed to be able to do that, but I don’t know how to make it happen”
    Being a small office, we don’t have an in-house Revit guru either, so the conversation usually ends at that point…

    • In our office, the conversation tends to drag on a bit longer, at least until I say “move on, we can’t spend an hour talking about how we can’t figure this out. Time to try something else”

  • Dzintars Berzinskis

    We learned Revit in uni, but now i haven’t used it for a while, and picking it up from time to time does create these weird moments… Sometimes it’s a guessing game, or even some weird magic when something works out and you have no idea how you did that. >.<

  • Dana

    I’m taking a class where we use Revit and I have basically taught the whole thing to myself because our teacher doesn’t know how to use the program any more than we do. Needless to say, I have made it my bitch.

    • you do realize that “needless to say” means you don’t need to say it right? Ahh – who am I kidding, I say needless to say things all the time. Welcome to the club!

  • Friedlt

    “Why you gotta be a bitch Revit?” was our standard response when our office first started using Revit and it wasn’t working the way we wanted. I don’t say it as often now but every now and then it acts up.

  • Simon Barrow

    In our office Revit is personified. We simply attribute all of its quirks to character flaws and reply to frustrations with, “Oh, it’s just her personality.” (No offense intended by referring to Revit as a female, it just kind of happened as you would refer to a classic old car)

    • to the non-Revit user (or “barely using Revit” user) I can still appreciate those moments, I went through them in AutoCAD. I also like the fact that the software is attributed with good days and bad days (i.e. “Revit is sucking today”)

  • Adriana Mouser

    Haha! This is great. I do this all the time at my work and I understand the joy they feel…

  • David Conley

    Here is how we are learning Revit in my school…. Instructor: “OK, to do “such and such”, all you have to do is click on this tab, go to “blah-blah” and you’ll see the object….no, wait…hold on…uh, wait…uh…it’s not working. Hold on, let me try….well…hum, well…it worked fine this morning!” Moral of the story is that the student should always read the book and know how to google!!!

    • Too true!

      I think they all have website shortcuts to chats rooms and Revit sites on their desktops. The open studio we have really lends itself to these conversations since not all users are at the same level of proficiency.

    • Jessica Breitbach

      This is exactly how my class is taught! Most times it ends with “well, I’ll have to get back to you on that” or a “you’ll never have to do this anyway.” Fun times!

      • David Conley

        So far I had to show him how to rotate the drawing on the sheet page and how to turn on hidden objects. We are both trying to figure out how to place lights on a cathedral ceiling among a few other things!

        • Sean David Burke

          That’s unfortunate. If you need additional assistance beyond what your instructor can provide, drop me a note. I’ve been teaching Revit for 8 years and am happy to help.

          • David Conley

            Thanks for the offer! I can use all the help I can get. The only thing that puzzles me right now is placing lights on a cathedral ceiling. Revit doesn’t like anything that’s not flat to place object on. We’ve tried to create a work plane but we couldn’t get that figured out so my bathrooms will have no lighting at night – it will just be a hit and miss ordeal. I’d hate to be the janitor of that place!!

          • Sean David Burke

            Are these to be pendants, recessed or surface-mounted lights? If pendants, it’s a bit tricky to get them to both be plumb and attach. For other types, the family should be created with a face-hosted, rather than ceiling-hosted template. DM me on twitter @seandburke and I will send you a sample.

          • David Conley

            I tried twitter but it wouldn’t let me DM you. And, sadly, I’ve never used twitter and I really don’t know what DM means.

          • Sean David Burke

            No problem. Email me here: web [at] seandburke [dot] com

  • Kerry Hogue

    I have a sign in my office, er ah, space, given to me by a young superstar in our Detroit office that says “No Whining – especially about REVIT!” The no is the ubiquitous big red circle with a slash laid on top of the word whining.

    • Yes – we have drunk the kool-aid and this is the evolution of how work is generated in the office. Those moments when the folks in the trenches discover a new technique or process is exciting … and weird to overhear