Does this sound a bit like Revit’s history?
“A team of scrappy entrepreneurs, eking a living out of a bit of venture capital, working 80 hours a week will introduce something that is incredibly and overwhelmingly elegant in concept and use (even if a bit rough around the edges).”
“position yourself to acquire this new technology. Pull out the checkbook. Done. This solves the hiring process and getting new teams to gel together issue (they’ve likely been together for years)…an acquisition is fast and quick; what’s done is done.”
Arch | Tech: Please Give Me Another Chance! I Can Change!:
And to me, this is why Autodesk will succeed where Graphisoft and Bentley and those other BIM companies will fail. They just aren’t big enough to acquire all the nice new technology. Any thoughts?
Phil Read has posted a confronting analysis of the current state of the BIM software industry.
Here are some quotes I found particularly stimulating:
“When I demonstrated Revit during sales presentations, people were very quick to raise the numerous objections:
- 3DMax was a better tool for modeling
- VIZ was a better tool for rendering
- AutoCAD was a better for detailing and documentation
- Excel was a better for creating spreadsheets and schedules
And you know what? They were right. And they still right. Compared feature to feature, Revit can’t compete with those kinds of tools.”
” Applications create silos. Exported data means that the everyone is working in separate versions of the truth;”
“…I don’t believe that Revit is capable of evolving beyond it’s designed intent as a tool to resolve coordinated documentation.”
“Revit isn’t the center of this ecosystem of geometry and data; it seems to orbit other applications (Navis, ProjectWise, etc) that in turn attempt to integrate data across domains.”
Read the entire article:
Arch | Tech: Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Something that isn’t mentioned here is monopolization. At times we feel that an all-in-one Design/BIM/Documentation/Presentation tool would be awesome. But where is the competition? If we all end up using one powerful piece of software (ie. Windows), who makes the developer accountable?
I received my copy of Mastering Revit Architecture 2011 yesterday, and it is truly an impressive tome! I don’t know of any other book that could so fittingly bear the designation ‘Revit bible’. At 1122 pages of Revit Architecture goodness, if it isn’t in this book you probably don’t need to know it.
I am particularly interested in the Revit Certification information. When I completed the Revit 2010 Associate and Professional Certifications, it was a real struggle to find quality information online. Well, having received the book, I don’t need to search aimlessly anymore. This book should certainly help you to prepare for and pass the Revit Architecture 2011 Certifications.
You may remember the ‘Tips and Tricks’ competition that the authors of the book held a while back, and that I was one of the winners. Here is the quote from the book (page 1069):
” What Revit Wants…is an online resource put together by Luke Johnson that is peppered with great tips and workflows with everything from tips on creating graphics to dealing with crashes. See www.whatrevitwants.blogspot.com “
If you want to become a true Master of Revit, it seems quite clear that this book will be part of that process. How can you get it? Click on this link or the image below:
And thanks Eddy, James and Phil for all your hard work, and for sharing your vast knowledge and experience.