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    Default Recommendation for a old guy 65 yrs. old.

    I am new to Revit, I know how to put a building together,
    where I was told that Revit is ideal. Any suggestions here?
    First I am a Architect with 30 years of experience. Graduated
    from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo 1971. I still want to continue
    to work in architectural profession. So far I am unemployed since
    05-21-09. I am still looking for work, this will be a real challenge.
    I am enjoying the free time since laid off from work. Any help as being a
    beginner would be of a great help. Thanks

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a old guy 65 yrs. old.

    Welcome! Get in touch with WolffG here...he picked up Revit late so to speak too. If he can do it anybody can, right Wolff??

    A good place to start is here (AUGI), ask for help as you go. Start with the Revit tutorials. Take a real project you've done and go after that next. Some Autodesk resellers are offering great deals (inexpensive or even free) for displaced workers to sit in regularly scheduled training classes so call any that are nearby to check your options. There are several books for Revit. The big titles start with Mastering by two different publishers, Wiley/Sybex and Autodesk Press. Then there are few building type specific books, try looking for a couple by Dan Stine. Check them out, one or all might speak to you? Last, check YouTube for videos and try the videos you can buy from Cad Clips or 4D Learning.

    All the best!

    Oh, moved your thread to the student support forum...just to make you feel young again.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a old guy 65 yrs. old.

    One of the first guys in my office to make it through all the training classes has since retired. He absolutely loved it, and was even planning on using it to design a few houses after he left.

    The fact that you understand buildings already and have a willingness to learn will be very helpful.

    Good Luck and have fun!

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a old guy 65 yrs. old.

    Quote Originally Posted by archirunner View Post
    I am new to Revit, I know how to put a building together,
    where I was told that Revit is ideal. Any suggestions here?
    First I am a Architect with 30 years of experience. Graduated
    from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo 1971. I still want to continue
    to work in architectural profession. So far I am unemployed since
    05-21-09. I am still looking for work, this will be a real challenge.
    I am enjoying the free time since laid off from work. Any help as being a
    beginner would be of a great help. Thanks
    Hi there. Steve overstates it a little bit. I look old and I am grumpy (I just turned 60, but I don't feel old......Thanks for the vote of confidence, Steve). And like you, I'm not interested in getting out of the frozen music trade just yet. Architecture is an old man's profession anyway.

    I started with Autocad release 9 and used it till Autocad 2004. When I needed a full day ($900) seminar to learn how to print a drawing I realized there had to be a better way.

    Right about then, I happened to meet Steve who worked nearby at the time and demo-ed Revit (I believe it was release 5 or thereabout) for me. I saw the potential immediately and made the switch. Within two weeks, I produced my first set of revenue producing documents ( not the best I ever did, but I got paid) and I never looked back. I'm a firm believer in learning what you need to know when you need to know it and have steadily become more proficient at Revit. Since there is nobody near me to provide training that I can afford, I am essentially self taught.

    There is a lot I still don't know about it, but as a one man operation, it is saving me a ton of money in design and production. I say dive into it and give it a shot. There are a lot of very helpful people right here on this forum. There is some good literature out there to help you along. I have used a video training course produced by a company called "Cadclips" with great success.

    Also, feel free to shoot me a private e-mail at any time and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions if I can. Us geezers can still show the young turks a thing or two.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a old guy 65 yrs. old.

    Hey there,
    I too, wish you the best of luck! I am not as old as you; however, I came from a hand drawing background, never having used Autocad. I was trained on an old cad system back in 83, but I hated it. (Probably why I never looked at Autocad!)
    I discovered Revit in release 4.5 and have never looked back. Not to mention, gave me my second wind after 20 years of drawing by hand.
    I think that you will love it!
    Good Luck and we are all here for you!
    Steve (the other, not as great, Steve)

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