How many “easy questions” do BIM Managers receive from their staff; that can be answered with a simple 1-2 sentence answer?
Now –How many process-based questions do BIM Managers receive daily; that typically require a series of short answers, explanations and demonstration?
These questions provide BIM Managers with “Teachable Moments” for their staff or “Moments of Learning” for both staff and the BIM Manager.
Repetition is how we ALL learn.
So, if “Time is Money”; you can’t afford to waste the time of your staff, the project, the company or your own daily time schedule.
Saving time and proactively building a Revit video library of short 2-3 minute videos; that answer common process-based questions — puts the BIM Manager in control of time while delivering on-demand learning & technical support.
For camera-shy BIM Managers –you don’t need to use cameras or be on camera.
Since 2008, I’ve used the screen recording software, Camtasia Studio and SnagIt from TechSmith for creating my Revit technical support and training videos.
Camtasia records your mouse movements on your computer screen –while you are using a feature or performing a process in the application software (Revit, Excel, AutoCAD). It also records your voice as you explain and train on a short procedure.
Once you complete the recording, save the screen-capture to a Camtasia project file.
Next, select the “Produce and Share” command to create a video file in Windows (AVI\WMV) or MAC (MP4) video formats.
- Lunch and Learns Content
- Answers for In-House Technical Support
- In-House Training Classes
- Self-Serve Training Library & Office Standards Procedures
- Self-Serve Technical Support & Office Standards
Organize and store your videos in short, descriptive folder names that use hyphens instead of spaces.
Folder Name Examples:
Video files names use the same procedure.
Video Name Examples:
Intellectual Property Watermark
Camtasia provides a procedure to Insert a custom Watermark (company logo) in every frame of your video recording when it is processed. This insures the company videos are identified as company intellectual property.
Camtasia can publish your videos to multiple video formats, including HD resolutions for for both Windows and Mac. This is includes special settings and screen sizes for mobile devices. (phones, tablets, Apple, Droid, etc)
- Keep your video-audio snippets short (2-4 minutes),
- If it exceeds 4 minutes –you maybe covering too many topics in one video
- As the software changes, your shorter videos will be easier to update.
- Create longer videos using Camtasia to splice 5 videos into one video–mix and match
- Your videos are “tiny topics” that are more easily learned and retained.
- Avoid clearing your throat and saying Um-ms or Ah-hhs…keep a glass of water nearby
- Avoid monotone or speaking too fast –use short sentences.
TechSmith offers a Free 30 Day Trial Software (Fully Functional) of Camtasia –giving you plenty of time to create a few videos.
TechSmith provides a full page of Camtasia Learning Tutorials to assist you with your software review.
Daniel Hughes | Bradley Corporation BIM Strategist
Daniel Hughes joined the Bradley BIM Team in March 2010; after serving as Senior Architectural Consultant for the world’s largest Autodesk Revit Consultancy in Chicago for 10 years.
1) More than 650 architects, engineers & construction personnel have received Daniel’s Revit & BIM-processes training since 2002. More than 130 professionals took his Revit-BIM Manager training –as they to assumed BIM\Manager positions.
2) Since 2002, Daniel has provided technical and project consulting on more than $5 billion of client Revit, BIM-based projects in the US and abroad.
3) He has assisted and directed more than 120 design, construction & facility clients; with their full transition from CAD and implementation to Revit-BIM processes.
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