Inside Out – Implementing Revit for Interior Design Teams
This post was republished from The Midnight Lunches blog and reposted here with permission.
What is preventing interior designers from taking up Revit? We can’t just keep blaming a lack of content. Maybe we don’t need BIM but why should we use Revit for interior design? And why are interior designers so special anyway? At this year’s BILT ANZ event in Brisbane I presented a class aimed at teaching Interior Designers & BIM Managers how to transition or improve their interior design teams use of Revit.
Over the years that I have been using Revit and attending BILT and other technology and BIM events, I have frequently had conversations with BIM Managers or BIM savy interior designers about how their teams are really struggling to implement Revit for the interior design projects – even in large practices where the architecture team might be quite successfully utilizing Revit and BIM on many projects. This has surprised me, because I’ve always found so many advantages in using Revit and across the last 5 years have been involved in a number of practice implementations training many interior designers. So why is it that so many teams are struggling?
So how do you turn your Revit Inside Out (or should that be Outside In?)!Interior design teams have different needs to architects, your architecture template and library might need some work and the Revit essentials 2 or 3 day training courses don’t meet our needs. This class aimed at learning to understand the needs of interior design teams first , both from a technical and a change management perspective. Only once the interior design teams needs and reasons for using BIM have been considered, to then develop suitable content and a training program.
This class drew on my 20 years of experience as a lead interior designer managing projects from very small to very large, including commercial / workplace, education, multi residential and hospitality – for over 10 years working exclusively in Revit and working with 5 different practices to implement or improve their Revit from the Inside Out. Its a class I have had developing in my head for some years now and drew upon previous popular posts on this blog, Do Revit and Interior Design go together? and Revit for Interiors – Its not perfect. The content of this class is not advanced or complex. And that is exactly the point. You don’t have to have a team of Revit super gurus in order to use Revit for interior design. What you need to do is understand what your team actually need to produce and focus upon the tools that are going to give them the most bang for their buck, the easy efficiencies – or as I call them quick wins.
You can check out my slide deck below. Following the introduction, the class is based upon the 3 headings – People, Content & Training. You can get a pretty good idea based upon the slide headings and my previous posts, but do feel free to get in touch via comments, LinkedIn or Twitter if you want to know more on any particular topic.
I believe the reason why many people are struggling with implementing Revit for Interior Design is too much focus on the availability of just the right furniture, 3D modelling and materials – which are great, necessary and useful – but are not the best place for beginners to start and can suck up a lot of design time and money. Basic tools like keynotes, filters and furniture schedules can help super power you interior design Revit use and give teams an understanding of families and parameters before trying to create beautiful and amazing 3D models of every custom design.
Revit does ‘work’ for interiors. Don’t get caught up with content and materials. Think about the process first. Consider the people, content and training and with the right support your interiors team can be just as advanced at BIM and Revit as your architecture team.
Thanks to everyone who attended my class, asked questions and came up to chat about it afterwards. It’s always interesting to share some knowledge as well as hearing about other ways people are tackling the same problems.
Ceilidh Higgins is an interior architect whose work brings together architecture and interior design, experience in project management and business grounded in an understanding of human well being, green buildings and technology with a flair for design. She researches, writes and speculates on the future of work - both as a place and the processes of working within the AEC industry - and the impacts of technology upon both. You can find her blog at The Midnight Lunch: Collaboration in Interior Design, Architecture and Multi disciplinary consulting at themidnightlunch.com.