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    Rarghwhydoyouthinkyouknowrevit!? <rant>

    OK, so there's this coworker. He was hired because of his knowledge of Revit and connections in a certain portion of our industry. I'm concentrating on the Revit portion. Part of the reason I was hired was specifically to develop BIM Standards for the office and had started this process long before this other guy was brought on board.

    Recently he has been bugging me (specifically me, there are 2 others of us working on the office standards) about progress on the standards, which unfortunately has been on and off because of our need for production on other projects. Understandable that someone in the office may see this as lack of progress.

    Without getting into specifics on how the structure of this organization works, let's just say that new guy is under the instruction of partner #2 to do his own BIM standards. Now, this new guy actually told one of my people (read, people I've been helping with Revit) to just place a door in a project one day. Literally said to her: "I don't need to see the door in a wall or anything, just draw the door so I can see it.." in regards to a project in revit. This gives me the sense that new guy actually has 0 experience in Revit and in fact might only have experience as a PM for projects that used Revit.

    Which has me wondering:
    1. Why does he think he knows Revit?
    2. Why has he been put in charge of putting together BIM standards, duplicating work we've already accomplished?
    3. When he asks me to see progress on what we've done on standards thus far, is he asking so that he can see progress or so that he can copy work and pass it off as his own?


    In fact, I'm so confident about his inabilities with Revit that I'm posting this on a public Revit forum cause I'm pretty sure he won't be anywhere near it...

    </RANT>

    Anyone with similar experiences?
    .Carl - Architect, BIM Manager, Father, Husband, Coach, Player, Disc Tosser, Driver... not necessarily in that order.

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    #2
    Originally posted by revittotd View Post
    OK, so there's this coworker. He was hired because of his knowledge of Revit and connections in a certain portion of our industry. I'm concentrating on the Revit portion. Part of the reason I was hired was specifically to develop BIM Standards for the office and had started this process long before this other guy was brought on board.

    Recently he has been bugging me (specifically me, there are 2 others of us working on the office standards) about progress on the standards, which unfortunately has been on and off because of our need for production on other projects. Understandable that someone in the office may see this as lack of progress.

    Without getting into specifics on how the structure of this organization works, let's just say that new guy is under the instruction of partner #2 to do his own BIM standards. Now, this new guy actually told one of my people (read, people I've been helping with Revit) to just place a door in a project one day. Literally said to her: "I don't need to see the door in a wall or anything, just draw the door so I can see it.." in regards to a project in revit. This gives me the sense that new guy actually has 0 experience in Revit and in fact might only have experience as a PM for projects that used Revit.

    Which has me wondering:
    1. Why does he think he knows Revit?
    2. Why has he been put in charge of putting together BIM standards, duplicating work we've already accomplished?
    3. When he asks me to see progress on what we've done on standards thus far, is he asking so that he can see progress or so that he can copy work and pass it off as his own?


    In fact, I'm so confident about his inabilities with Revit that I'm posting this on a public Revit forum cause I'm pretty sure he won't be anywhere near it...

    </RANT>

    Anyone with similar experiences?
    Good day Carl
    I feel you on this one.
    I find it hard when the managers hire a new architect or drafter and then tell you they hired them because they have Revit experience.
    Then you spend the next month babysitting them through every step of their first project and they will even go and challenge your office procedures and way of doing things. Together with this you as "the" Revit "guy" now have to give your 7 years of Revit knowledge to some one in a few weeks and al they do is sell it as their own.

    I am sure that this is what we all as Revit/BIM "Managers, coordinators, Specialist WHATEVER" goes through. So you have my sympathy.

    But here is the deal. We want the whole industry to be on our platform, this will give us more experienced once better market value. And as for the ones faking their ways, they will eventually always get caught, it just works that way. They will "burn"

    And as for teaching the noobs, the more I teach the more I learn the better I get. For some reason the noobs always find some way to challenge Revit. Especially when you have Architects with 25 years experience that you need to get going in Revit.

    But as for your rant towards your new co-worker, all the best.
    My advise.
    He wants to drive your F1 car without ever having driven one. Give him the wheel man and clear the tracks, their will be tires flying.

    Thanks for your rant Carl. You made me feel like I am not alone and gave me a good start on my Saturday.

    So no more Revit for me today and just some good Rugby.

    Cheers
    MW

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      #3
      My Welles quote is about that. Just could't resist using it after some time in my current position.
      I have been hired as a Revit assistant for a big company, but if in the beginning I would make suggestions, that was too much for some people.
      Ambition and technical skills don't walk aside. It is almost like politics.
      In the end, it is all about maintaining the current hierarchy, regardless of the project workflow itself.
      Unfortunately I have to admit that that's life!
      Gonçalo Feio
      "Ignorance, ignorance, sheer ignorance - you know there's no confidence to equal it. It's only when you know something about a profession, I think, that you're timid and careful." George Orson Welles

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        #4
        I will be very careful then, in pointing out that confidence is spelled with a D

        R, I feel your pain, but imagine yourself in your coworker's position: keeping up appearances will take so much time that actually catching up is neigh on impossible. You can go home and not worry about what mistakes you might have made, instead spending all your time dwelling on the ones you did make. Count your blessings.
        Last edited by ekkonap; May 29, 2011, 12:41 AM.
        There must be a better way...

        Ekko Nap
        Professional nitpicker, architect, revit consultant, etc.

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