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    dividing of tasks within a firm

    How do you divide the task within your firm?

    Is there one person who creates all families, another person who does the schedules and another who is specialized in areaplans?
    Or is every person a modeller that can do all the tasks:
    - mass modelling
    - modelling
    - scheduling
    - materials / renderings
    - family-editor
    - ...

    Maybe there is one 'master of models' who supervises all projects?

    I guess there are different ways of doing this, I'm just curious how many different ways.
    We just started working with revit so we all need to find our place in the structure.

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    My 2 cents... It all depends on the size of the firm: If it is a medium size architectural firm, the scenario is likely to be this: all the architectural staff who works with Revit should be able to produce all the modeling and scheduling necessary to finish a project, with different levels of responsibility, of course. But the task of creating families, establishing standards, methodology, etc. is assigned to one person, only, the BIM manager. There might be another person dedicated to specs. There is usually another guy in charge of doing all the renderings and presentation work, but usually with other tools. The smaller the firm, the more concentrated all these tasks are.

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    Smallish firm here and all Revit users are expected to be able to model and put together construction docs. A basic understanding of family creation, massing and rendering is expected, but the serious renderings go to one particular guy. All the architects do their own specs. BIM Manager (me) oversees Revit and standards.

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    Although (in my opinion) it should be based on fee-rate heirarchy, it usually ends up being based convenient resourcing, and the capabilities of an individual.

    I would have everyone do, or at least dabble, in everything - and certainly miss having such a role myself - but typically we operate on:

    "HEAD"
    ≈5-7No. Architects & Associates
    Contract management, consultant & client liason, bids, networking resource planning, design reviews, markups, spec. writing

    "BODY"
    ≈3No. Part 1s
    Physical model making, photoshopping, conceptual 3D modelling, rendering, drafting & detailing (under instruction & to redline) and manual schedule/calculations.
    ≈5No. Part 2s
    Design, meetings, design coordination, modelling, drafting, some-spec. writing
    =3No. Technical Assistants
    Room Loading (we do Healthcare)

    "LIMBS"
    =1 No. BIM (management, content creation, protocol writing, R&D, QA)
    =1 No. IT (hardware & software -all areas)
    =1 No. R&D Lead (QA, technologies, ISO, etc)
    =1 No. Marketing (bids, networking etc)
    =1 No. Graphics (branding, website etc)
    =1 No. Finance (project & company)
    =3 No. Admin (project & company)
    Last edited by snowyweston; September 1st, 2011 at 03:53 PM.

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    For most of our projects everyone working on a project are responsible for modeling, scheduling, and if they have the know-how they create families. For renderings, materials, and advanced modeling/families it usually falls on one person...me, else they say "Revit can't do it" and do something else. (which ticks me off that nobody even asks for help)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPwuzhere View Post
    For most of our projects everyone working on a project are responsible for modeling, scheduling, and if they have the know-how they create families. For renderings, materials, and advanced modeling/families it usually falls on one person...me, else they say "Revit can't do it" and do something else. (which ticks me off that nobody even asks for help)
    Why ask for help when you can let a problem fester for months before a newbie brings it up or someone explodes over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypnox1 View Post
    Why ask for help when you can let a problem fester for months before a newbie brings it up or someone explodes over it.
    I tried that approach.....they completely abandoned Revit for the project and used AutoCAD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypnox1 View Post
    Why ask for help when you can let a problem fester for months before a newbie brings it up or someone explodes over it.
    Why indeed! Nothing more dangerous than growing a pair and putting your head above the parapet.

    I often dream of how nice it would be to be apathetic. Sadly, I just can't get the right mixture of ignorance, arrogance and ineptitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    Why indeed! Nothing more dangerous than growing a pair and putting your head above the parapet.

    I often dream of how nice it would be to be apathetic. Sadly, I just can't get the right mixture of ignorance, arrogance and ineptitude.
    I think you just found the perfect quote for your sig line! I may actual steal that one.

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    Let's see, around here it gets divided something like this:

    Everyone else: whatever their abilities can get done in revit (about 5% of the model)
    Me: Everything else (usually over 9000%)

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