As the creator of this website, and the author of the BIM House series, I thought I'd better create the obligatory "about" page to share a few relevant details about myself. I've tried to keep it brief, and hopefully won't bore too many of you... then again, there's nothing that says you have to read it ;-)
I began using Revit® Architecture 9 in 2006 on my residential design projects in the Southwest. After a few years of relentless determination to harness the power of this program, I reflected on my many frustrations, namely with the lack of comprehensive tutorials that not only focus what works, but also what doesn't, and what to do when things go horribly wrong. If you've been using Revit for any amount of time now, you probably have an idea of what I'm talking about. This in no way reflects on the software; Revit really is pretty amazing.
Prior to getting into building and architecture, I spent roughly 20 years in high-tech industries, mainly in robotics where I did systems integration, electronic design, mechanical design, and even a bit of programming. I started using computers back in the mid-80's, and have been hooked ever since.
I believe that a lot of Revit user's frustrations stem from not understanding the program's limits. Revit is a parametric modeling application that's specific to, and "thinks" in terms of buildings. This added level of "intelligence," when compared to more general modeling programs such as Inventor or SolidWorks, places additional constraints on the program's flexibility. For example, if a wall object is going to behave like a wall, it needs to know it's a wall. To do this, rules need to be established and coded into the software. These rules then limit or "constrain" the behavior of objects when modeled. Furthermore, different objects with different behaviors need to know how to play nice together. This is no easy task for programmers!
So, to make a long story longer... in 2009 after the building industry tanked, I relocated to the Pacific Northwest. I decided rather than try to rebuild a design practice, it was time to begin sharing my knowledge of Revit. I now teach at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. Over the last four years, I've developed and used the BIM House series in my Building Information Modeling curriculum at the college. This has provided ample opportunity to test, refine, and prove the effectiveness of the book’s content. I can't thank my student's enough for their feedback and patience!