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The Business Proposition for Developing Custom Tools
Lecture    BO3158
Robert Manna
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Description

In the era of 2D CAD, many firms invested in custom tools and development staff to write and maintain them. A firm's overall experience varied in terms of the success of this investment and just about everyone has a story to tell about being burned from spending money developing custom tools. However a number of market forces are coming into play that continue to drive the need to customize the Revit® software platform, and the question is, Do you rely entirely on third-party software or go back down the road of customization? This class explores the benefits of investing in the development of custom tools for your firm, and shows how Revit is really different this time for those who have a horror story to tell. This class looks at the tools Stantec has developed in the last year and the return on investment we have already seen. We also examine our overall strategy and approach to development.

Key Learnings

  • Convey the value of custom tools for Revit
  • Explain the difference between tools and utilities in Revit versus CAD
  • Develop an internal strategy for development
  • Review resumes of potential candidates who develop Revit tools

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Robert leads a busy life. Trained as an architect he dove headfirst into Design Technology at the start of his career and hasn't looked back. General problem solver, occasional user interface designer and wanna-be DB admin. Somewhere he fits in being a husband, father of two, tri-athlete, avid skier and occasional backhoe operator.
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David is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience on a wide range of architectural projects. He has been a Revit user and BIM advocate since 2003 and is a Revit Architecture Certified Professional. David is currently Stantec's Corporate BIM Leader overseeing the firm-wide practice integration of BIM through education, development of best practices, project management support and multi-discipline BIM collaboration. He is a leader in helping Stantec transition from a document based design process to an intelligent model based design process.David has a strong background in architectural project management and project BIM management. His strengths include BIM planning, project cost control, overall project coordination, and schedule management. Throughout his career he has been responsible for a range of responsibilities from complete project design, documentation and management of smaller projects, to management and coordination of large, complex projects.
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