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Ah, acknowledgments. Although all the glory of writing a book is mostly consumed by the authors, it takes so many more people than just us to actually make this happen. Just like building design, the process of writing and publishing a book is truly a team sport—and without the hard work, dedication, and willingness to put up with the authoring team, this book would have never have happened.

Of all the people to thank, first of all, we’d like to thank the staff at the Revit Factory. Without their fine work, this would be a very empty book. A special thanks to the three Product Managers, Harlan Brumm, Sasha Crotty, and Steven Campbell. And a huge thank you to the rest of the Factory - thank you guys and gals, for your hard work, innovative ideas, and desire to stay in touch with current design and construction issues.

Finally, a big thanks to our technical team. They dot our i’s, cross our t’s, and chide us every time we turn in something late. Their work and effort ensure that we as authors can produce something that you the reader can actually follow. So a thank-you to our amazing and patient developmental editor, Kelly Talbot, for putting up with our excuses and typos; to copyeditor Kim Wimpsett and proofreader Nicole Hirschman for taking our slang and making it readable; and to production editor Becca Anderson for putting all the pieces together and getting it ready for print. Thanks also to Mary Beth Wakefield for watching the schedule and allowing us to use you as an excuse not to visit family on weekends or holidays during “Book Season.” A thank-you to Eric Bogenschutz, technical editor, who has given a careful and detailed eye to all of our Revit workflows, and to our excellent support team at Sybex, who helped us develop all this foxy content.

The building photograph on the cover was designed by SOM and is the Chicago Public Library, Chinatown branch. The Chinatown Branch Library is a new civic, educational, and social hub for Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, providing a much-needed public gathering place geared toward inclusive community activities and driven by technology-based learning. An array of vertical shading fins juxtapose an ultra-transparent, high-performance glass curtain wall that maximizes visibility for both library patrons and passersby during the day, while presenting the image of a glowing lantern at night. The building’s south-facing entrance, softened triangular shape, and gentle interior circulation reference Feng Shui design principles and resonate with the values held by the community. Like a traditional Chinese courtyard plan, all spaces connect to the central atrium room, providing clear orientation and spatial cohesion.

About the Authors

Marcus Kim is a senior business consultant with Autodesk. Marcus focuses on enterprise adoption of Revit and BIM workflows for AEC customers and has traveled all over the globe providing BIM services to domestic and multinational customers. Marcus received his bachelor’s degree in architecture studies from the University of Illinois in Chicago and an associates of arts and sciences degree from the American Academy of Art in digital media. During the early part of his career, Marcus pursued design and technical architecture, but he was given the opportunity to participate in a Revit pilot program where he excelled. Throughout his career, until his transition over to Autodesk, Marcus managed the BIM on complex and high-profile projects such as the NATO World Headquarters for SOM Chicago, developing and implementing workflows during a time when producing BIM projects and BIM management was in its infancy. Marcus has used Revit since version 7.0 and has lectured at Autodesk University on topics such as BIM management, BIM architecture workflows on large-scale projects, and design visualization.

At Autodesk, Marcus provides both technical and business process thought leadership to his customers, helping them adopt and improve new and existing BIM workflows, training, content, and standards. He has taken BIM concepts common to AEC and applied them to other industries ranging from manufacturing to energy to mining.

Marcus is based out of the Chicagoland area and spends much of his spare time chasing after his toddler and sneaking in moments of relaxation by pursuing his other two passions, digital art and painting little toy soldiers.

Lance Kirby is a senior AEC business consultant with Autodesk. Lance’s primary focus is accelerating the adoption of BIM and VDC practices among owners and their supply chain of designers and contractors. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design and also studied at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, coincidentally alongside the creators of Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD. He spent six years in various architecture offices helping to produce everything from 400-square-foot fast-food kiosks in shopping malls to 7,000,000-square-foot federal prisons.

In 2000, he left a prominent architecture firm to join a new tech start-up outside Boston to help produce a new design tool called Revit. Helping to develop Revit since version 1 and create its early tutorials, Lance has supported hundreds of BIM projects and trained thousands of its users over the past 15 years. Coincidentally, he has also supported all the previous and current authors of this book at some point in his career. Although this is his first published book as an author, he routinely pens 1,000+ pages in customer reports a year.

Although Lance has been based in Atlanta since 1995, he is often out of town. When he is not traveling globally in support of Autodesk customers, he may be traveling globally with his flight attendant wife, Scarlett. He enjoys fiction, analog/digital gaming, gastronomy of the smoked meat variety, and heavy down-tuned music.

Eddy Krygiel is a principal business consultant with the AEC team with Autodesk Consulting. Eddy focuses on BIM and technology workflows for AEC clients. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. He has almost 20 years of experience in architectural offices and on a range of projects from single-family residential to office, federal, civic, and aviation clients. Eddy has helped firms around the United States at both the firm level and the project level.

His most recent project was the Mexico City International Airport, where he had the role of BIM manager for the Centro de Integración, Capacitación y Operación BIM. The BIM role involved supporting and steering stakeholder workflows from design through construction while not affecting the overall project fee or schedule. The final deliverable to the airport was a facility management–ready BIM model for both vertical and horizontal assets. Eddy has also led or been involved in other large-scale projects that have taken BIM beyond documentation.

Eddy is the author of more than 16 books on BIM and sustainability including the Mastering Revit series and Green BIM. He has also taught BIM, construction documents, and architectural communication at the University of Kansas School of Architecture.

About the Contributor

Seth Edwards authored Chapter 21. Seth is a technologist and educator for the AECOO industry specializing in design methodologies, implementation, and change management procedures. He currently works as a technical consultant for Autodesk engaging in BIM and computational design strategies. Prior to his current role, he led internal knowledge management initiatives as an associate director of building intelligence at WeWork, a shared workspace service provider. As a design professional, Seth worked on a number of high-profile projects at both SHoP and Grimshaw Architects. As an implementation and business consultant at CASE, he worked with a number of prominent clients including HDR, AECOM, and Woods Bagot. Seth has taught computational design at IE Business School in Segovia and is a volunteer for SmartGeometry, a nonprofit organization promoting digital design. He has been a speaker at the AIA Convention and the Venice Biennale, among others.