Revit standards analytics

At the Design Technology Summit we discuss a wide variety of topics and challenges relevant to our firms success. Recently member firm Francis Cauffman wanted to get an understanding and baseline of Revit progress within the firm. They began analyzing their Revit projects and usage of firm standards within their models. The approach taken was to create a new blank Revit file and load into it 20 recent or current projects, then query these projects using schedules such as Wall, Door, Floor, Ceiling, Specialty Equipment, and so on. The schedules would show total count across all the projects, sorted by Family and Type and revealed some very interesting information about the difference between what was considered standard content in the firm’s template and what should be included in the template. It also revealed the usage of best practices in projects and identified teams that needed some attention.

This kind of tactic is one of many that are often discussed at the Summit. If this kind of strategy is of value to you, then you will find DTS is a great resource. Come and join the discussion at the Summit!

Attendance at DTS is by invitation only and limited to 40 registrants. We feel that his number will better foster an atmosphere of active and meaningful discussions between everyone.

If you received an invitation, we are hopeful that you are able to join your fellow invitees.
If you have questions feel free to contact [email protected]
If you think you belong at this event, but did not receive an invitation, please email [email protected] to sign-up for future follow-up and communication (Please include your name, e-mail, title, company, company size, address (optional), company website and a brief response on “why you belong at DTS”?).

DTS:Management – Billable/ Overhead Op-Ed published!

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We’re all really excited to announce that we’ve released our first piece! DTS:Management’s ‘Billable/ Overhead Op-Ed’ is a featured article in the July/ August 2015 issue of DesignIntelligence.  You can find the article in its entirety by clicking the link at the top.

 

Leadership is a key theme of this issue, especially as it relates to how firms handle leadership change across generations.  Our billable/ overhead dialogue contributes to the already formidable roster of articles.  If you’d like to order a copy of the entire publication you can do so here.

 

We’re very much looking forward to hearing your feedback!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A message from the Chairman

An update from the Design Technology Summit Chairman:
As I write, the Design Technology Summit (DTS) is only a month away! It is hard to believe that the time since the summit in San Diego has flown by so quickly! The good news is that in a few short weeks our first official documents will be published and released! This is our first opportunity to go “public” in a big way and the Management group under the leadership of Robert Yori (SOM) have secured a spot in a well circulated print and digital magazine for their first OpEd piece. Second, our Innovation group is going to recognize the spirit of Innovation at RTC NA with the innovation aware. So far we have a number of people who have submitted entries. If you’re attending RTC NA and would like to submit (but didn’t) you can update your registration information (for assistance e-mail [email protected]).

Lastly, we still have seats open at DTS, so if you are already a member, please register, we would love to have you back. If you’re interested in becoming a summit participant, please let us know how you qualify. If you are on our mailing list and you missed it, we sent out a registration reminder a few weeks ago, just search in your inbox for “DTS 2015 – Elevator Pitch”.

We look forward to seeing you in a month!

Cheers,

-Robert

Innovation group update

The Design Technology Summit is quickly filling it’s 40 invite-only seats. As you may know by now, this gathering of AEC technology and BIM leaders has three subgroups. We updated you on the collaboration and management groups and this is a quick look into what’s happening in the Innovation group.

Every firm mentions it in their mission statement; being innovative. It isn’t as easy it may seem, however. Researching leading design firms from the inside out, we’ve begun to identify key components of what makes them innovative and have asked tough questions about how they got there and the one answer that kept coming up was, in hindsight, a very simple one:

“We have a culture of innovation”

While we have identified the key trait to innovation, we continue to try to answer the question of,

How does a company properly foster a culture of innovation?

Taking some of what we have learned since the innovation group’s inception, our first major initiative, “The Innovation Project”, will be kicking off this summer at RTCNA and you’ll want to be sure you’re there to hear all about it!

Seats at the summit are filling up. Come and participate. If you would like to become a member of the Design Technology Leaders Group please contact [email protected] and include your name, e-mail, title, company, company size, address (optional), company website and a brief response on “why you belong at DTS”?

The Management Group update

The Design Technology Summit is another week closer. This gathering of AEC technology and BIM leaders has three subgroups. We updated you on the collaboration last week. The other two groups center on management and innovation. This week we summarize what’s happening in the Management group.

 

The management group is focused on advancing and maximizing the benefits of technology through successful and innovative management practices.  Efforts are centered around three related categories:

  • People – managing personnel and teams
  • Projects – managing the work of our firms and our departmental initiatives
  • Models – managing model content and integrity, libraries, and knowledge

The core value lies in the issues we share with each other in these meetings.  While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, we can gain much from each other by being part of the dialogue; perspectives, suggestions, and criticisms are offered and debated, and we work to capture and share our conversation with the AEC community.

 

Our first projects will be published shortly.

  • The first is a review of how firms organize their Design Technology Groups
  • The second an Op-Ed style article weighing the benefits of billable and overhead positions.
  • Two new projects have been started that arose from February’s meeting.
    • We will continue the Op-Ed theme with a “Deep Expertise vs Nimbleness” article.
    • Second, develop the first in a series of briefs that distill relevant topics down to five key points.  “Five Questions to Ask About Training” will provide strategic questions for starting or overhauling a learning initiative.

Seats at the summit are filling up. Come and participate. If you would like to become a member of the Design Technology Leaders Group please contact [email protected] and include your name, e-mail, title, company, company size, address (optional), company website and a brief response on “why you belong at DTS”?