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Our Revit Content Development Process

Step One: Analysis and Free Proposal

It all starts with a free proposal. There is absolutely no obligation on your part. Just give us the opportunity to earn your business.
We will analyze your current products and then submit a complete professional proposal outlining the recommended course of action, scope of work, schedule for completing the Revit Content Library, explanation of fees, and more.

Step Two: Mastering your products

After the proposal is accepted, it will become the contract for our agreement. While we are preparing your custom proposal, we will become very familiar with your products. The next step is to obtain your AutoCAD .dwg files, specifications, product options, standard colors and finishes, and all other information pertinent to understanding your products inside and out. This is critical to ensuring that we build your Revit Content to truly represent their physical product components, accurately and efficiently.

Rest assured that your intellectual property and trade secrets are secure with us. We will guarantee that this information will remain confidential and protected. We take pride in believing that when we complete your Revit Content Library, we understand your products as well as your valued internal staff.

Step Three: Establish the Prototype Revit Family

Once we fully understand the products we will be developing in Revit, we will proceed with creating one prototype Revit Family which will become the "template" file used to establish the rest of the Content Library. This prototype family will be populated with all of the typical parameters, materials and other data to be included in all of the Revit files. Additional product-specific parameters will be incorporated into the Revit files as required to develop the rest of the Content Library.

We will use the prototype family to develop one of your products to a point of substantial completion based on our experience of what architects / designers will expect from your Revit Content, taking in to account product accuracy, level of detail, and functionality within the Revit project environment. Finding a good balance between these three key aspects is what makes for high-quality, useful Revit Content. Our basis of planning the Revit Content is per the Autodesk Seek Guidelines.

Step Four: Prototype Review, Comment and Approval

Before we continue developing the rest of the Revit Content Library, we will review the prototype Revit Family to make sure that we have met (or exceeded) your expectations for the product. We will review all parameters, data, and graphics and make any adjustments necessary before we move forward. We typically use GoToMeeting or another online collaborative screen sharing program to review this together so you get to see the Revit interface and how your component will look and function within the Revit project environment.

This approach saves time, eliminates repetitive revisions, and helps you understand exactly what to expect from the Revit Content early on in the development process. Typically these first four steps of our process are completed in the first few weeks.

Step Five: Develop the Revit Content Library

Once we have a solid base template file pre-populated with the typical information required, and after you have approved the first Revit Family file, we will then continue building your product-specific Revit Content Library. We will give you periodic status updates along the way so you always understand exactly where we are with the development of the project.

We will also be sure to work closely with your technical staff to ensure that all of our questions are answered along the way, so we aren't making any assumptions about your products.

Step Six: Preliminary Final Review

After we complete all of the products included in the scope of work, we will schedule another GoToMeeting to review the entire Revit Content Library with you. The level of detail for this review will be at your discretion. Some companies prefer to analyze every single option and parameter of every single Revit Family file, and this is perfectly fine with us. Other companies opt not to take the time for an in-depth review and trust our expertise in this respect.

We will make any final adjustments and move on to our rigorous final "flexing" and quality assurance testing process.

Step Seven: Final Flexing and Quality Assurance Testing

Throughout the entire content development process, we will be testing the parameters and functionality of the Revit Families both in the Family Editor and in the Revit project environment to ensure that they work exactly as expected. Even once we are confident that the entire Revit Content Library is complete, we don't stop there. We re-run every Revit Family file through the rigorous testing procedures outlined in Section 3 of the Autodesk Seek Revit Model Content Style Guide. This is the industry standardized guideline for developing high-quality, useful Revit Content. (To access and read more about this document, you can download it here.)

Once we get to this point, we will offer to review / demonstrate the changes that were discussed during Step Six for verification that the Revit Content Library is complete and in perfect working order in accordance with the Scope of Work from our contract. Next, we turn the electronic files over to you for uploading to your website so the Revit Users can retrieve them and start reaping the benefits of using your new high-quality Revit Content. For this, they will specify you as Basis of Design, which is really what this is all about!

Additionally, we will host your Revit Content here on our website as well, which will greatly enhance your exposure for getting your content out there. We are currently still working on this functionality on our website - we intend to offer a dynamically generating "storefront" interface that is easily filtered, indexed and searchable for user-friendliness and efficiency.

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