Author: Eugene O'Day Online Education

Hi Folks, IX here,

A lot has been happening in the Ideate world. Since my last post, I’ve been promoted to AEC Team Lead, but more importantly we’ve successfully launched a new virtual training platform. By extending our quality educational offerings online, we are able to keep up with the evolving demands of our industry. The Ideate team has worked hard to create a best-in-class virtual training experience for our students, including the completion of our recording room (lovingly known as the BOX).

Today, I’m proud to announce our next online open enrollment class offering: Revit Architecture Families.

I can just hear you saying…. WHAT? An online Revit Architecture Families class?

How did Ideate come up with that?

Well, let me tell you the story. I kid you not, there I was one Friday night going home on MAX after a long week of working with the team and transitioning into my new position. I was winding down listening to Journey (Steve Perry NOT the other guy) when my cell rang. I looked down to find it was Bob Palioca calling. Well he’s the boss, so I can’t just let it go to voicemail, right?

Here’s how the conversation went:

Hi, Bob, What’s up?

Eugene! I’m out taking a walk around the neighborhood and a thought just came to me. What do you think about taking our very successful Revit Architecture Families classroom training and offering it as an online class? You know, Eugene, families are an integral part of making a successful transition to Revit and BIM!

You’re right Bob one of the many keys to a Revit model is the ability to create intelligent, parametric families. Creating usable/workable families in Revit could be considered the backbone of a successful model. I’ll look at the team’s schedule and see who would be the best fit to take on this project.

No, No. I want you to take this on and run with it start-to-finish.

Okay I can do that. This will be a fun project to take on.

Well, okay, it didn’t happen exactly like that, but you can’t deny that creating usable/workable families in Revit is a must for a successful Revit Model and project deliverables. Plus, offering this class in an online format just makes good sense. Building on the success of our virtual Revit Fundamentals courses, the online Revit Architecture Families course focuses on the fundamentals and best practices of building usable/workable families for Revit Modeling.

Before I get into the actual Revit Architecture Families – Online class, though, let me tell you a little about how our online training works.

Our training is broken down into four distinct sections:

• Topic Description/Lecture
• Topic Demonstration
• Topic Exercise
• Topic Assessment

Each section will be covered roughly 25 minutes, allowing the student to focus on the material in bite-sized chunks.

The Revit Architecture Families – Online class will be taught over two, four-hour, days. This will allow users to spend a half-day in training, with time left to focus on day-to-day tasks.

Topics covered will include:

• Working with Solid and Void Forms
• Working with Reference Planes
• Tackling Project and Shared Parameters
• Guidelines for Family Organization

Now, looking to the Future. Our first Revit Architecture Families – Online class is scheduled for next week, December 15th & 16th.

Additional online education opportunities include Revit for Interior Architecture, Revit MEP Families, Revit MEP Beyond the Basics (Project Set Up & Workflows), and AutoCAD Advanced. Needless to say, this is a very exciting time for our training department.

I’m looking forward to teaching our inaugural Revit Architecture Families- Online class and I hope to see you there!


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     Eugene O’Day, IX
Eugene O’Day, IX
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.