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- Tile Council of North America: trade association for the ceramic tile industry.
- Masonry Institute: trade association for the masonry (brick and stone) industry.
- Gypsum Association: trade association for the gypsum board (drywall/sheet rock) industry.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
I wanted to first off apologize for the mistake on the as-built model today - you were right and the match-up should’ve been caught prior to this morning. I take full responsibility for the mistake, as I should’ve been more meticulous about the dimensions when laying everything out. In the future I’ll make sure to, as they say “measure twice, cut once,” and catch these things to avoid the last-minute fixes.
I also wanted to bring to your attention the distractions during a typical day at work that I fear can lead to mistakes if people aren’t careful, including myself. Before [the recent layoffs, in which many overhead people were let go], we had a “cad-manager” person that would take care of any CAD problems we had during a project, and he could drop what he was doing to help out. With this, our office had a good knowledge base among the actual users (architects, interns, landscape) that could answer questions and fix problems through the [old peer-to-peer support group] CAD Helpline. As the office has moved more towards Revit only, this knowledge base hasn’t kept pace. There are very few people in the office that know Revit really well, and as a member of the CAD Helpline I can’t remember the last time that email address received a question or a request for help. This leads into the few people around the office that know Revit well to field questions and fix problems. To my knowledge these people are primarily [one intern in the office], who is the “king of Revit;” after him it falls off to a few others including myself to answer Revit questions. To make a long story short - I fear that these distractions during a course of a day, ranging from requests to fix something to “can you teach me this,” can lead to mistakes because of the interruptions. Only speaking for myself here - but I really enjoy helping and teaching others how to use Revit and how to make it work for them, and I wouldn’t want to drop that task. I simply need to find a way to make these requests for help work around my tasks and avoid mistakes at the same time.
In the past few weeks I’ve also been helping [the guys in the IT department] roll out a new image to the design staff. Along with a few others we’ve been testing the new software to catch any problems before the image gets sent out to the rest of the staff. I feel this is an important task; as IT doesn’t use these programs on a daily basis, we can more easily find the problems.
I don’t want to only point out a problem but also provide a potential way to solve it. If we could re-configure the CAD Helpline by adding more people to it that know Revit, I think that would really help. These additional people could lead to a larger knowledge base, so more people in the office know they can go to different people to solve problems. It could spread the help out so to speak, give the current helpers a huge relief, and allow them to concentrate on their tasks more easily.
Thanks for the time in this email and for allowing me to accompany [the job captain] and you today to the BIM meeting. It was a great learning experience, and after the talk with [the contractor], our model is on the right track. I also discussed with [the contractor's Revit experts] some ways to make the model work even better for them, and allow us to get accurate material take offs from the model.
No worries on the mistake T., we all share in the responsibility. I understand the distractions and appreciate your helping others in the office. Many of us are all pulled from our efforts in many ways all day long every day. Those that can come back after this distraction and re-focus on the detail and the thoroughness are in short supply. It is very difficult to do. I know you are one of the greats that will master this ability.
Keep up your good work T.