Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Where is the Revit Structure & MEP Customer Council?

Welcome To the Revit® Architecture Customer Council! the web site says

This exclusive online council is designed for you, our customers, as a forum to help us develop Autodesk products that better meet your needs.

To help counsel us, you are invited to provide feedback through a number of methods including online surveys and interviews, which will allow the Revit Architecture software team to make the most of your input early in our development process. Our goal is to deliver new product releases that are more relevant to you and your business, while enabling you to work more effectively.

The Revit Architecture Team values your input and appreciates the time you will take to complete surveys in this program. Thank you for helping us gain better insight into your specific needs.

So the Question is What about Revit Structure and MEP?


Program Benefits

There are several benefits to participating in the Revit Architecture Customer Council.

When you become a member:

  • You join an exclusive group of customers who will have more communication with the RevitArchitecture team and better visibility into our development process

  • You have the opportunity to provide direct feedback about RevitArchitecture to the product team which will help us deliver a higher quality product that is more relevant to your needs.

  • You will receive exclusive access to survey results that will enable you to see how other professionals from around the world are using RevitArchitecture.

 YES Revit Structure and MEP Users would like this as well!

How to participate

Who can join the Customer Council?

Anyone who uses Revit Architecture or AutoCAD RevitSeries Building products ( I assume that means Revit Structure and MEP so why not just say so?) can join this council. To be a council member, participants must have access to the Internet.

How do I become a member of the Customer Council?

There are two easy steps to joining the Council:

Click the Join Now link on the revitcc.com website and submit your name and a valid e-mail ID, and you will receive an e-mail invitation to join the council.

Follow the link in the email invitation and fill out the Customer Council Registration Survey.

You will become a member upon completion of the Registration Survey, and then you will be eligible to receive future survey invitations.

Then you fill in the Registration Survey and they tell you
"At this time we are only interested in members who use Revit Architecture in the past year... etc etc"
So no change there then!

Come on Autodesk Buck your Ideas up and offer Revit Structure
 and MEP the same level of support as Architecture!

See also http://cadalot-revitlearningcurve.blogspot.com/2010/03/autodesk-revit-product-support.htm

and also http://cadalot-revitlearningcurve.blogspot.com/2010/01/there-are-more-revit-users-than.html
**************  UPDATE 14th April 2010 *************

Below is an email I recieved from the manager of the current Revit Architecture Customer Council and Senior Manager of AEC User Research team in Waltham, MA, USA.

"Over the next two months, we are revising our Revit Architecture Customer Council system so that it will be a single Revit Customer Council that includes users of Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure. We will be asking for users of all the Revit products to sign up for the integrated Revit Customer Council and we will be inviting Council members to participate in surveys and other research activities targeted to Structure and MEP users as well as Architecture users."

Finally the Version Equality Massage may be getting home!


Ben O. said...

Why is this suprising? As SMEP engineers, we've never had the so-called status or importance that architects have had in the publics eye. (I always chuckle when I see an interview of the architect of the super-tall buildings.) We are the red-headed stepchildren of the AEC world, and perhaps we've got nobody to blame but ourselves. We engineers do tend to be an introverted crowd. Autodesk isn't going to let us have that much input on the product, because they don't need us. If they can make the architects force us to use Revit, they can ignore most of our input. They don't need to market to us or keep us happy, because we're always forced to do what the architect does. I know lots of architects who refused to touch Revit 2010. But SMEP engineers have to purchase and be equally proficient at Revit 2008, 2009, and 2010, because we don't have the choice of program like architects do. We have to use what the client uses, and we've all got multiple clients.

Really, Autodesk's catering to architects is smart. I don't like it, but that's the life and career we chose.

cadalot said...

But you don't have to roll over a die. It looks like Autodesk are getting the message.

Don't forget that Biggles and Harry Potter both have red-headed mates!.