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Actually, I am more concerned with impressing my present clients than seeking new ones familiar with BIM (although I’d not turn down the opportunity).


I think the more we (structural engineers) can do to “unveil” the bones of the building, the better we’ll be at promoting our concepts of tying things together and avoiding structural gymnastics.


Barry H. Welliver


From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 2:38 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Revit Structural and BIM




I agree after my limited experience.  It seems the software will pay for itself (in time saved) within a few project if used just for construction documents and with one large project if the analysis model created by the program can be used in the compatible software. 


As far as working with architects that don’t use Revit Building, my thought was that it may open doors with those architects that do use it.  Generally the ones who are on the “cutting edge” will have been using Revit Building for a while now.  Since you will be using Revit Structural do you believe you may have an “in” with those architects?  You can tailor your marketing strategy to target those architects. 


Jeremy White


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From: Barry Welliver [mailto:barrywelliver2(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 4:22 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Revit Structural and BIM




I had the same curiosity you seem to possess and after doing four or five webcasts on Revit and using the demo, I finally took the plunge about three weeks ago.


I can report that I am no less enthusiastic at this point even after setting up a daily regime for myself which includes one hour (sometimes one-half hour) of working through the help tutorial. While I am stunned by the depth of information stored in this program, it is well organized and represents a coherent way of thinking through working drawings and modeling.


Among the most exciting reasons for me to use this program are the ability to allow easy cross section generation and drawing sheet organization. There literally is no reason not to show ample information on working drawings all at very little cost and effort. The structural modeling integration was not my primary reason for selecting the program.


Some of the drawbacks right now are of course the learning curve and the fact that no architects I presently work with use the companion product, Revit Building. This of course means I’ll spend more time in developing a structural model from 2D cad files, but if my progress so far is any indicator, the learning curve will not be an inhibitor for long. Much of what we presently use in AutoCAD is replicated in terms of conventions making the transition fairly easy.


All I can say is….’try it, you’ll like it!”


From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 11:22 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Revit Structural and BIM


Is anyone on this list using Revit Structural?  I’ve read through a bunch of their info, went to 2 seminars, and played around with it a little.  I think it’s a pretty great tool.  I was wondering if anyone else had an opinion on Revit or any other B.I.M. technology.  B.I.M. is a topic that I am very intrigued by which is why I venture to ask.  Any other B.I.M. aficionados out there?