I credit my first exposure to 3D modeling to DesignWorkshop. Back in 1995, I was self employed and on the Macintosh computer platform using a 2D software called PowerCADD. To supplement my drawings with 3D models, I downloaded a trial copy of DesignWorkshop. In a matter of days, I was producing 3D models of my projects. I then went on to work for Douglas Teiger of Teiger Architects in Santa Monica, CA where I got to use DesignWorkshop extensively. Here’s a couple of images that are still posted at Artifice’s Gallery page:
1997 - 3D massing model of a movie theater (Arvada, Colorado) created for Behr-Browers Architects, Westlake Village, CA
1998 - Retail store (Main Street, Venice Beach, California) created for Teiger Architects, Santa Monica, CA
As you can see from these two images above, I have been incorporating a lot of details to my models already which made them stand out and look realistic.
My exposure to this software came from a colleague who contracted me to do massing studies for a proposed casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the knowledge I gained from DesignWorkshop, I bought Sketchup and was up to speed in a couple of days. Aside from the illustration below, I was able to do movies, walkthroughs and other views using Sketchup.
2004 - 3d Massing of a Proposed casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
I am proud to credit my Revit exposure and experience to Friedmutter Group, a well known Las Vegas architectural firm specializing in casinos and other hospitality projects. It is with this company that I got my firsthand experience in BIM using Revit for construction documents and details. Aside from getting the chance to work on multi-million dollar projects, I had the privilege of working with world class Revit users.
At Gensler of Nevada, I was working on BIM projects side by side with the company’s top Revit experts.
Books and References
Numerous Revit books are available out there. Here are a few of the ones I constantly refer to for directions and ideas:
- The Aubin Academy Master Series: Revit® Architecture 2011_by Paul Aubin
- Mastering Revit® Architecture 2011_by Eddy Krygiel, Phil Read and James Vandezande
- Introducing Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011_by P. Davis with C. Busa, B. Turner,S. Stafford
- Revit® Architecture 2010_No Experience Required_by Eric Wing
- Mastering Revit® Architecture 2010_by Greg Demchak, Tatjana Dzambazova and Eddy Krygiel
- Mastering Autodesk® Revit® Building_by Paul F. Aubin
- Revit® Structure 2010_by Thomas Weir, Jamie D. Richardson and David J. Harrington
Thanks to the internet, we have tons of sites dealing with Revit which are too many to mention here. They are a source of information as well as inspiration in my everyday work. I also constantly purchase books dealing with 3D modeling, building construction and detailing.
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