The Need for an Experienced BIM User on Every Revit-based Project

Happy New Year all!  The transition to Revit from (fill in the blank) continues throughout the industry and I wanted to comment on the need for an experienced person on every Revit-based project.  I often mention to people that nowhere within the Revit help files does it mention the specifics of how to complete uniquely architectural processes (ie. space planning or the placement of notes on sheets).  These are things that BIM Leaders figure out and develop over time.  Therefore it’s extremely important to have someone on your project team who has been through Revit projects before.  This person is sometimes called a BIM Leader or Manager or Coordinator or any other word implying an advanced amount of knowledge and experience.  It’s important to remember that that person shouldn’t necessarily be the Revit Cop or the doer of the tasks no one else feels like doing.  This person acts as a mentor to the rest of the team on the best practices of moving through the lifecycle of a project.  He or she advises project architects on, for example, how to verify the correct assembly of sheet sets within Revit, and/or Project Managers on how to staff, schedule and interact with consultants.  The most important thing to remember is that there is no task that this person does on a project that everyone shouldn’t be able to do.  At the moment, however, not everyone can.  As time goes on, more and more people will have that experience and the role (which, by the way, is not an additional person assigned to the project, but a required inclusion just as a project manager or project architect would be) will no longer be necessary.