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SARUG End of Year Meeting 2011

November 19, 2011

Greetings All,

I just wanted to extend a thanks to Ron, Dave and Victor at Schneider Structural for their presentation at our November meeting and for graciously hosting the refreshments as well.

Schneider’s office provided a very insightful look at how they are using Revit Structural and the current limitations of communication between the analytical programs they have traditionally used and Revit Structural.  It’s clear there is a lot of work to be done on Revit to facilitate a clean two way communication between these various applications that does not hinder the use of either. 

There is also a need for Revit Structural to mature as an analytical engine in order to enable the structural engineering community to develop a level of trust in its ability to handle the job.  Until then programs like RAM and RISA will continue to do the heavy lifting in the Structural office with Revit Structural being relegated to nothing more than a 3D graphical interface application implemented to appease Revit Architecture users.

One thing is very clear, Autodesk needs to seek out, listen and respond, through product development, to the end users of their products in order to prioritize and target improvements to their software.  Without that tactical approach they run the risk of client migration to another more responsive solution, (can you say “AutoCAD to Revit (pre Autodesk) circa 2000”) and will be relegated to buying innovative solutions rather than developing them and then having to deal with the two way communication issue anyway.

Conversations drifted to Autodesk’s recent foray into improving their fabrication software capabilities through the purchase of MAP and CFDesign.  Combine that with strategic alignments with FM: Systems in 2010 and you can begin to see the A-Z solution Autodesk is attempting to bring together.  That is no small AEC-FM elephant Autodesk is trying to swallow but if they pull it off and can get a seamless / error free communication stream from design to construction to fabrication to facilities management the potential is enormous.

This was our last meeting for the 2011 year as we always close shop for the end of year holidays.

I would like to thank the SARUG Blog management team Steve, Jake and Kirk for their contributions throughout the year and from Steve and myself as Co-Chairs for SARUG we wish you all the best in the coming year, happy holidays and we’ll see you in 2012.

Carl

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