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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Building Information Modeling - Victorian Style

Last week I completed a course in Advance Revit taught by John Bohan. AutoDesk Revit is Building Information Modeling software for architects and engineers. It allows users to design a building and its components in 3D.

I was first exposed to Revit in Art College in 2009 by a classmate, Karen Watt. She taught me so much about the use of the software and I quickly embraced all the great features it offers in contrast to other CAD 2D software. Our drafting in college was typically taught with AutoCAD, but Karen and I preferred Revit. When I started my interior design company, I continued to use Revit to prepare my interior design concepts, floor plans, and specifications for my clients. Believe me; I have watched just about every available YouTube video on Revit. Even with all the videos and books available, I still, at times, was pulling my hair out because although it is a program I adore, it is challenging.

Several months ago, my old instructor, Marosi White at The Art Institute asked me to be a guest instructor for her Revit class. I was happy to accept and for three hours tried to help her students with many of the tips and tricks I had learned through trial and error. Luckily for me, Marosi told me about the online Revit course.

At the same time I was drafting a Victorian Remodel for an architect and Mr. Bohan was able to help me immensely with all the intricate gingerbread so typical of Victorian Houses. This house was built in 1909 and the owner wants to restore it to near museum quality. Next week I am going to New York and will tour Merchant House Museum. It is a home built in 1832 and is preserved intact inside and out. It should provide lots of inspiration.

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