Testing Revit Architecture Skills – A 3-Step Approach
Revit Architecture is the most popular test title in the KS library. No big surprise. This session takes a look at how an AEC firm might create an appropriate testing environment for Revit Architecture, catering for users of all levels of experience and abilities. Whilst Revit is the exemplar software selected for this presentation, the general approach described will work equally well for any technical software.
Firstly, it’s important to establish that not all users need to become Revit ‘experts’. Many people have a primary role which means they come into contact with Revit on an occasional basis, but no more than that. So, do they need to become adept in the finer points of massing, curtain walls and Family editing? Certainly not! For these individuals, we have created a ‘Level 1′ assessment, called ‘Revit Architecture for occasional users’. As the name suggests, it is a fairly gentle, introductory level test, which looks at some basic concepts, including: Files & File Formats, Navigation, Views & Sheets, Measuring, Exporting Data, Families and Element Selection.
For the primary modelling team, we have ‘Level 2′, or ‘Revit fundamentals’ material. This is a general level test, covering a wider range of topics, including: Basic Element Creation, Views & Sheets, Detailing, Keynoting & Annotation, Worksharing, Dimensions & Rules, Interoperability, Families & Parts, Scheduling, Coordinates & Orientation and Outputs.
This level of test material can be used to create reliable benchmark data for a firm, compared to industry average statistics. Performance ‘quartiles’ are an effective way of targeting users with incremental productivity improvements over time, with the appropriate modular training workshops addressing highlighted skills gaps.
For users placing in upper quartile 3 or quartile 4, we have a variety of modules which are designed to address more advanced Revit concepts. The ‘Level 3′ material covers more process based scenarios and looks at the impact of using the software in a project environment. Topics such as Revit Families, Work flows, Project process and Worksharing are covered in greater detail.
In addition to test modules about Revit software, we have written some general questions about BIM and BIM management. So firms can create assessments which cover technology and also the wider Building Information Modelling environment in which the software is deployed.
By targeting users with material appropriate for their job function and current level of ability, AEC firms can now create more meaningful benchmark data, plan a more focused training strategy and adopt a stepped approach to measuring Revit and BIM knowledge across their teams.
Rory Vance, CEO, KnowledgeSmart Ltd