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Getting up-to-date

It has been a bit more than two years that I finished engineering school, and since then, it has been a wild ride. Everyday has been filled to the ceiling with rich learning of all sorts, from site daily-life to bidding to some of the largest infrastructure projects in the World.

Revit model 3D section of a stadium

Excerpt of a stadium Revit model I built as a training exercise

But despite the relentless professional activity, I insist on fitting some time on my schedule to keep my knowledge afloat in the fast-moving construction industry. The number of topics to be covered is a head-spinner, and while I take pride in being a jack of many trades, some prioritizing is in order.

I have been reading a lot of white papers, guidance documents, summaries of regulatory decisions, webinars or best-practice reports about BIM in the past years. Although, it was way past due time to get a hand at it. I fully agree that BIM is not a software, although one must admit that at some point a BIM authoring tool should be used. There is a number of contenders on the market, but it seems to me Autodesk Revit gets most of the attention. It is quite clear that I am still at the base of the learning curve, and it has been a good journey so far (with the obligatory set of principles that are still shocking to me, given my past experience in free and open-source software). My approach so far has been, not-so surprisingly, been revolving around the use of Revit for structural engineering as well as for integration as a specialist contractor/consultant.

There are a lot of buildings and other built/non-built elements which are on the to-do list and will be knocked-out as fast as, but also as well as, I can. From projects I worked on to those I have read about (Maillart’s Chiasso Shed, Nervi’s Palazzetto Dello Sport) or visited recently (Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavillion), the list to get done is quite interesting.

I certainly hope to keep learning about it at a fast pace for a while and eventually share a couple tips and tricks here along the way.

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