Tuesday, 26 April 2016

How Good Are Engineers at Using Revit Structure?

With the global adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) well underway, it is a huge challenge for Engineering businesses to manage the change in their project delivery processes from more conventional drawing production environments, to that of virtual design, clash detection and 'intelligent' modelling.

Looking at the global AEC picture, it is clear that the commercial software application adopted by a wide majority of the world's Structural Engineering firms, as their modelling tool of choice, is Autodesk's Revit Structure platform.

In recent years, KnowledgeSmart's online skills assessment software platform has captured test scores from thousands of Engineers, representing hundreds of firms, spread across six continents and a couple of dozen countries.

We have analysed the results data generated from these live assessments, at a basic skills level, and noted the following trends. For this particular study, the majority of our data is generated in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia (in that order).

A simple key to interpret the data below:

Str Eng = Job Title
RST = Revit Structure
1 to 5 = 1 to 5 years' experience using the tool
6 to 10 = 6 to 10 years' experience using the tool
Regular = use the tool daily (or almost daily)
Occasional = use the tool weekly (or less than weekly)
Self taught = learned to use the tool primarily 'on the job'
Formal = learned to the tool primarily via formal classroom or online training
All = overall KS benchmark data
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
UK = UK
USA = USA


Here is a summary of the results presented by different types of Engineers.

Overall

RST Fundamentals score overall: 67.1% in 4320 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/self taught/All = 59.3% in 4854 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/formal/All = 58.2% in 4738 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/self taught/All = 68.3% in 4141 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/formal/All = 67.4% in 4372 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/All = 55.2% in 5353 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/formal/All = 54.5% in 5244 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/All = 63.3% in 4967 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/formal/All = 62.5% in 4777 s

Australia

RST Fundamentals score Australia: 68.7% in 4191 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 59.4% in 4786 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 58.0% in 4553 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 68.6% in 4003 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 67.2% in 3967 s
 
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 53.4% in 4822 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 52.0% in 4687 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 59.6% in 4566 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 58.7 in 4330 s

Canada

RST Fundamentals score Canada: 72.4% in 3886 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 63.4% in 4378 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 61.6% in 4233 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 72.6% in 3717 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 71.4% in 3578 s
 
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 58.1% in 4516 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 56.7% in 4439 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 63.6% in 4248 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 62.5% in 4036 s

UK

RST Fundamentals score UK: 71.1% in 4887 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 62.2% in 5343 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 60.6% in 5154 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 71.3% in 4673 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 70.1% in 4491 s
 
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 58.4% in 5616 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 56.9% in 5552 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 62.6% in 5254 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 61.7% in 4987 s

USA

RST Fundamentals score USA: 73.7% in 4218 s

Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 64.6% in 4843 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 62.9% in 4661 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 73.8% in 4073 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 72.1% in 3891 s
 
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 59.3% in 4916 s
Str Eng/RST/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 57.9% in 4856 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 64.8% in 4668 s
Str Eng/RST/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 63.7% in 4448 s


Observations

All four territories in this study are mature markets, in terms of Revit adoption. 

Each country has an established Autodesk Training Centre market, offering high quality learning and development opportunities and consultancy. 

Each country has a pool of further education colleges, community colleges and universities, many of whom teach technical software skills as part of courses in the built environment. 

Each country is well supported by professional bodies and information-rich conference series', such as BIM Forum, RTC, AU, BIM Day Out and BIM Show Live.

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Engineers with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Engineers who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.

R

Friday, 11 March 2016

How Good Are Engineers at Using Revit MEP?

With the global adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) well underway, it is a huge challenge for Engineering businesses to manage the change in their project delivery processes from more conventional drawing production environments, to that of virtual design, clash detection and 'intelligent' modelling.

Looking at the global AEC picture, it is clear that the commercial software application adopted by a wide majority of the world's MEP Engineering firms, as their modelling tool of choice, is Autodesk's Revit MEP platform.

In recent years, KnowledgeSmart's online skills assessment software platform has captured test scores from thousands of Engineers, representing hundreds of firms, spread across six continents and a couple of dozen countries.

We have analysed the results data generated from these live assessments, at a basic skills level, and noted the following trends. For this particular study, the majority of our data is generated in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia (in that order).

A simple key to interpret the data below:

MEP Eng = Job Title
RMEP = Revit MEP
1 to 5 = 1 to 5 years' experience using the tool
6 to 10 = 6 to 10 years' experience using the tool
Regular = use the tool daily (or almost daily)
Occasional = use the tool weekly (or less than weekly)
Self taught = learned to use the tool primarily 'on the job'
Formal = learned to the tool primarily via formal classroom or online training
All = overall KS benchmark data
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
UK = UK
USA = USA


Here is a summary of the results presented by different types of Engineers.

Overall

RMEP Fundamentals score overall: 66.3% in 4084 s

MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/self taught/All = 58.6% in 4771 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/formal/All = 57.7% in 4626 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/self taught/All = 67.1% in 4188 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/formal/All = 66.4% in 4111 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/All = 53.3% in 5146 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/formal/All = 52.8% in 5025 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/All = 61.3% in 4644 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/formal/All = 60.4% in 4561 s

Australia

RMEP Fundamentals score Australia: 66.7% in 4079 s

MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/self taught/AUS = 57.8% in 4971 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/formal/AUS = 57.0% in 4786 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/self taught/AUS = 66.8% in 4006 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/formal/AUS = 65.9% in 3768 s
 
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/AUS = 53.7% in 5116 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/formal/AUS = 52.6% in 4910 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/AUS = 59.8% in 4557 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/formal/AUS = 58.7% in 4388 s

Canada

RMEP Fundamentals score Canada: 68.1% in 4391 s

MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/self taught/CAN = 60.5% in 4835 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/formal/CAN = 58.8% in 4754 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/self taught/CAN = 68.6% in 4272 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/formal/CAN = 67.3% in 4113 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/CAN = 55.3% in 5002 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/formal/CAN = 54.2% in 4849 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/CAN = 62.2% in 4458 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/formal/CAN = 61.4% in 4367 s

UK

RMEP Fundamentals score UK: 69.4% in 3705 s

MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/self taught/UK = 61.2% in 4216 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/formal/UK = 60.6% in 4011 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/self taught/UK = 69.5% in 3665 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/formal/UK = 68.5% in 3487 s
 
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/UK = 56.2% in 4558 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/formal/UK = 54.3% in 4543 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/UK = 62.4% in 4313 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/formal/UK = 61.6% in 4282 s

USA

RMEP Fundamentals score USA: 67.3% in 4046 s

MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 59.6% in 4632 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 57.8% in 4411 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 67.6% in 3933 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 66.7% in 3731 s
 
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 55.1% in 4806 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 53.2% in 4723 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 60.8% in 4543 s
MEP Eng/RMEP/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 59.7% in 4368 s


Observations

All four territories in this study are mature markets, in terms of Revit adoption. 

Each country has an established Autodesk Training Centre market, offering high quality learning and development opportunities and consultancy. 

Each country has a pool of further education colleges, community colleges and universities, many of whom teach technical software skills as part of courses in the built environment. 

Each country is well supported by professional bodies and information-rich conference series', such as BIM Forum, RTC, AU, BIM Day Out and BIM Show Live.

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Engineers with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Engineers who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.

R

Saturday, 27 February 2016

How Good Are Architects at Using MicroStation?

Architects around the world have been using 2D draughting tools on live projects for over 20 years.  One of the most popular applications for design firms is Bentley Systems' MicroStation platform.

In recent years, KnowledgeSmart's online skills assessment software platform has captured test scores from thousands of Architects, representing hundreds of design firms, spread across six continents and a couple of dozen countries.

We have analysed the results data generated from these live assessments, at a basic skills level, and noted the following trends. For this particular study, the majority of our data is generated in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada (in that order).

A simple key to interpret the data below:

Architect = Job Title
MicroStation = MicroStation 2D skills
1 to 5 = 1 to 5 years' experience using the tool
6 to 10 = 6 to 10 years' experience using the tool
11 to 15 = 11 to 15 years' experience using the tool
Regular = use the tool daily (or almost daily)
Occasional = use the tool weekly (or less than weekly)
Self taught = learned to use the tool primarily 'on the job'
Formal = learned to the tool primarily via formal classroom or online training
All = overall KS benchmark data
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
UK = UK
USA = USA

Here is a summary of the results presented by different types of Architects.

Overall

MicroStation score overall: 59.3% in 5040 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/self taught/all = 53.8% in 5249 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/formal/all = 53.1% in 5131 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/self taught/all = 60.4% in 4974 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/formal/all = 59.9% in 4854 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/self taught/all = 59.7% in 4824 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/formal/all = 59.3% in 4754 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/all = 49.5% in 5657 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/formal/all = 48.8% in 5520 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/all = 55.3% in 5309 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/formal/all = 55.2% in 5267 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/all = 55.8% in 5278 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/formal/all = 55.1% in 5222 secs

Australia

MicroStation score Australia: 58.7% in 4873 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/self taught/AUS = 53.6% in 5201 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/formal/AUS = 53.0% in 5160 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/self taught/AUS = 59.2% in 4954 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/formal/AUS = 58.8% in 4889 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/self taught/AUS = 58.8% in 4876 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/formal/AUS = 58.2% in 4565 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/AUS = 48.1% in 5595 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/formal/AUS = 47.3% in 5476 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/AUS = 54.9% in 5212 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/formal/AUS = 54.2% in 5131 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/AUS = 55.2% in 5152 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/formal/AUS = 54.4% in 5059 secs

Canada

MicroStation score Canada: 57.7% in 5172 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/self taught/CAN = 52.7% in 5421 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/formal/CAN = 52.6% in 5387 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/self taught/CAN = 58.2% in 5178 secs 
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/formal/CAN = 57.8% in 5102 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/self taught/CAN = 58.3% in 5046 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/formal/CAN = 57.6% in 5012 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/CAN = 47.4% in 5754 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/formal/CAN = 46.8% in 5632 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/CAN = 54.6% in 5512 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/formal/CAN = 53.8% in 5466 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/CAN = 55.1% in 5432 secs

Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/formal/CAN = 54.7% in 5313 secs


UK

MicroStation score UK: 61.3% in 4859 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/self taught/UK = 55.5% in 5285 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/formal/UK = 55.1% in 5222 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/self taught/UK = 61.5% in 4862 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/formal/UK = 61.1% in 4828 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/self taught/UK = 61.3% in 4901 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/formal/UK = 60.8% in 4788 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/UK = 49.7% in 5456 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/formal/UK = 49.1% in 5402 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/UK = 56.3% in 5232 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/formal/UK = 55.6% in 5179 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/UK = 56.7% in 5143 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/formal/UK = 55.8% in 5056 secs

USA

MicroStation score USA: 59.2% in 5374 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 54.2% in 5767 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 53.6% in 5647 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 59.6% in 5387 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 59.2 in 5322 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/self taught/US = 59.5% in 5278 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/regular/formal/US = 59.2% in 5166 secs

Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 48.4% in 5767 secs
Architect/MicroStation/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 47.7% in 5665 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 55.1% in 5489 secs
Architect/MicroStation/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 54.8% in 5447 secs 
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/US = 55.6% in 5420 secs
Architect/MicroStation/11 to 15/occasional/formal/US = 55.1% in 5391 secs


Observations

All four territories in this study are mature markets, in terms of MicroStation adoption. 

Each country is an established Bentley Systems' market, with a high quality learning and development environment and vendor consultancy support. 

Each country is well supported by professional bodies, AEC industry conferences and established vendor user community groups and online resources.

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Architects with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Architects who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.


R

Sunday, 21 February 2016

How Good Are Architects at Using Revit Architecture?

With the global adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) well underway, it is a huge challenge for Architectural design businesses to manage the change in their project delivery processes from more conventional draughting and sketching production environments, to that of virtual design and 'intelligent' modelling.

Looking at the global AEC picture, it is clear that the commercial software application adopted by over half of the world's design firms, as their modelling tool of choice, is Autodesk's Revit Architecture platform.

In recent years, KnowledgeSmart's online skills assessment software platform has captured test scores from thousands of Architects, representing hundreds of design firms, spread across six continents and a couple of dozen countries.

We have analysed the results data generated from these live assessments, at a basic skills level, and noted the following trends. For this particular study, the majority of our data is generated in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada (in that order).

A simple key to interpret the data below:

Architect = Job Title
RAC = Revit Architecture
1 to 5 = 1 to 5 years' experience using the tool
6 to 10 = 6 to 10 years' experience using the tool
11 to 15 = 11 to 15 years' experience using the tool
Regular = use the tool daily (or almost daily)
Occasional = use the tool weekly (or less than weekly)
Self taught = learned to use the tool primarily 'on the job'
Formal = learned to the tool primarily via formal classroom or online training
All = overall KS benchmark data
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
UK = UK
USA = USA


Here is a summary of the results presented by different types of Architects.

Overall

RAC Fundamentals score overall: 68.8% in 4764 secs

Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/self taught/All = 63.3% in 5121 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/formal/All = 62.8% in 4976 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/self taught/All = 69.4% in 4588 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/formal/All = 68.7% in 4461 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/self taught/All = 69.7% in 4701 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/formal/All = 68.4% in 4529 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/All = 58.4% in 5446 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/formal/All = 57.8% in 5228 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/All = 66.7% in 4843 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/formal/All = 65.9% in 4677 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/All = 67.4% in 4802 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/formal/All = 66.5% in 4646 secs

Australia

RAC Fundamentals score Australia: 69.4% in 4737 secs

Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/self taught/AUS = 63.8% in 5181 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/formal/AUS = 62.3% in 4986 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/self taught/AUS = 69.8% in 4836 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/formal/AUS = 69.1% in 4768 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/self taught/AUS = 69.4% in 4787 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/formal/AUS = 68.8% in 4679 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/AUS = 57.4% in 5336 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/formal/AUS = 56.5% in 5210 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/AUS = 65.8% in 4757 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/formal/AUS = 65.2% in 4588 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/AUS = 66.4% in 4818 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/formal/AUS = 66.2% in 4701 secs

Canada

RAC Fundamentals score Canada: 70.1% in 4341 secs

Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/self taught/CAN = 64.1% in 5227 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/formal/CAN = 63.6% in 5026 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/self taught/CAN = 70.6% in 4532 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/formal/CAN = 70.3% in 4311 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/self taught/CAN = 70.8% in 4488 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/formal/CAN = 70.4% in 4501 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/CAN = 58.3% in 5411 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/formal/CAN = 57.2% in 5317 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/CAN = 65.7% in 4858 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/formal/CAN = 64.8% in 4767 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/CAN = 66.1% in 4777 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/formal/CAN = 65.8% in 4689 secs

UK

RAC Fundamentals score UK: 73.6% in 4783 secs

Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/self taught/UK = 65.2% in 5075 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/formal/UK = 64.5% in 5033 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/self taught/UK = 73.1% in 4767 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/formal/UK = 72.4% in 4554 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/self taught/UK = 73.5% in 4748 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/formal/UK = 72.6% in 4579 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/UK = 60.3% in 5186 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/formal/UK = 59.3% in 5032 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/UK = 67.4% in 4711 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/formal/UK = 66.9% in 4665 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/UK = 67.4% in 4788 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/formal/UK = 67.1% in 4667 secs

USA

RAC Fundamentals score USA: 72.4% in 4672 secs

Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/self taught/US = 64.7% in 5039 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/regular/formal/US = 63.8% in 4911 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/self taught/US = 72.6% in 4577 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/regular/formal/US = 71.7% in 4491 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/self taught/US = 72.3% in 4632 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/regular/formal/US = 71.6% in 4478 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/self taught/US = 59.1% in 5206 secs
Architect/RAC/1 to 5/occasional/formal/US = 58.2% in 5123 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/self taught/US = 66.9% in 4743 secs
Architect/RAC/6 to 10/occasional/formal/US = 66.1% in 4668 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/self taught/US = 67.3% in 4725 secs
Architect/RAC/11 to 15/occasional/formal/US = 66.4% in 4512 secs


Observations

All four territories in this study are mature markets, in terms of Revit adoption. 

Each country has an established Autodesk Training Centre market, offering high quality learning and development opportunities and consultancy. 

Each country has a pool of further education colleges, community colleges and universities, many of whom teach technical software skills as part of courses in the built environment. 

Each country is well supported by professional bodies and information-rich conference series', such as BIM Forum, RTC, AU, BIM Day Out and BIM Show Live.

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Architects with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Architects who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Global Test Scores Posted by Structural Engineers

Structural Engineers from across the world have submitted a wide variety of KS test scores, in recent years. Let’s take a more detailed look at the people behind the headline stats.

We capture some interesting user demographic data at the start of each test session. This includes the following questions:

- Primary Industry/Discipline
- Primary Role
- Country & State
- Self rating
- How many years have you used this tool?
- Where did you learn to use this tool?
- How often do you use this tool? (Daily, weekly, occasional)
- How did you learn to use this tool? (On the job, Formal training, College)


The top 2 tests completed by Structural Engineers are, in order (by volume):

Revit Structure
AutoCAD


The results data comes from a wide range of countries and territories, primarily, US, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, HK and Middle East regions.

Here are the overall results:

Revit Structure

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 71.1% in 4201 secs
Part-time users = 67.2% in 3871 secs
1 to 5 years = 66.7% in 4110 secs
6 to 10 years = 69.9% in 3489 secs
11 to 15 years = 67.1% in 3892 secs
On the job learning = 69.1% in 4287 secs
Formal learning = 64.3% in 3956 secs

The average Revit Structure self-rating score for Structural Engineers is: 3.7.


AutoCAD

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 56.7% in 4756 secs
Part-time users = 54.9% in 5064 secs
1 to 5 years = 51.3% in 4536 secs
6 to 10 years = 56.3% in 4201 secs
11 to 15 years = 56.7% in 5337 secs
On the job learning = 54.8% in 4466 secs
Formal learning = 52.1% in 4215 secs

The average AutoCAD self-rating score for Structural Engineers is: 3.3.


Trends:

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Structural Engineers with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Structural Engineers who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.

Structural Engineers are generally confident in their ability to use technical software tools on Construction projects, although overall, there is still room for further improvement in their core skills.

Structural Engineers are more confident and more accurate using modeling software than drafting software.

R

Friday, 29 January 2016

Global Test Scores Posted by MEP Engineers

MEP Engineers from across the world have submitted a wide variety of KS test scores, in recent years. Let’s take a more detailed look at the people behind the headline stats.

We capture some interesting user demographic data at the start of each test session. This includes the following questions:

- Primary Industry/Discipline
- Primary Role
- Country & State
- Self rating
- How many years have you used this tool?
- Where did you learn to use this tool?
- How often do you use this tool? (Daily, weekly, occasional)
- How did you learn to use this tool? (On the job, Formal training, College)


The top 2 tests completed by MEP Engineers are, in order (by volume):

Revit MEP
AutoCAD

The results data comes from a wide range of countries and territories, primarily, US, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, HK and Middle East regions.

Here are the overall results:

Revit MEP

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 68.5% in 3110 secs
Part-time users = 65.7% in 3871 secs
1 to 5 years' experience (all types) = 56.6% in 3901 secs
6 to 10 years' experience (all types) = 68.7% in 3401 secs
On the job learning (all types) = 70.2% in 3781 secs
Formal learning (all types) = 64.8% in 3911 secs

The average Revit MEP self-rating score for MEP Engineers is: 3.8.

AutoCAD

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 59.8% in 5356 secs
Part-time users = 54.9% in 4864 secs
1 to 5 years' experience (all types) = 52.7% in 5752 secs
6 to 10 years' experience (all types) = 57.5% in 5240 secs
11 to 15 years' experience (all types) = 54.7% in 5449 secs
On the job learning (all types) = 57.8% in 4516 secs
Formal learning (all types) = 55.1% in 4344 secs

The average AutoCAD self-rating score for MEP Engineers is: 3.4.

Trends:

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

MEP Engineers with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

MEP Engineers who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. Formally trained users are faster overall than self-taught users.

MEP Engineers are generally confident in their ability to use technical software tools on Construction projects, although overall, there is still room for further improvement in their core skills.

MEP Engineers are more confident and more accurate using modeling software than drafting software.

R

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Global Test Scores Posted by Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers from across the world have submitted several thousand KS test scores, in recent years. Let’s take a more detailed look at the people behind the headline stats.

We capture some interesting user demographic data at the start of each test session. This includes the following questions:

- Primary Industry/Discipline
- Primary Role
- Country & State
- Self rating
- How many years have you used this tool?
- Where did you learn to use this tool?
- How often do you use this tool? (Daily, weekly, occasional)
- How did you learn to use this tool? (On the job, Formal training, College)


The top 3 tests completed by Civil Engineers are, in order (by volume):

AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD
MicroStation


The results data comes from a wide range of countries and territories, primarily, US, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa and Middle East regions.


Here are the overall results:

AutoCAD Civil 3D

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 73.4% in 3294 secs
Part-time users = 68.2% in 4109 secs
1 to 5 years' experience (all types) = 63.4% in 3783 secs
6 to 10 years' experience (all types) = 75.5% in 3170 secs
11 to 15 years' experience (all types) = 76.3% in 3290 secs
On the job learning (all types) = 71.1% in 3463 secs
Formal learning (all types) = 67.4% in 3587 secs

The average AutoCAD Civil 3D self-rating score for Civil Engineers is: 3.9.


AutoCAD

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 70.2% in 4867 secs
Part-time users = 63.1% in 4842 secs
1 to 5 years' experience (all types) = 55.3% in 5130 secs
6 to 10 years' experience (all types) = 70.4% in 4363 secs
11 to 15 years' experience (all types) = 69.9% in 3799 secs
On the job learning (all types) = 67.2% in 4576 secs
Formal learning (all types) = 55.7% in 4644 secs

The average AutoCAD self-rating score for Civil Engineers is: 3.7.


MicroStation

Avg score/time for:

Regular users = 69.6% in 5144 secs
Part-time users = 64.6% in 5455 secs
1 to 5 years' experience (all types) = 61.3% in 5656 secs
6 to 10 years' experience (all types) = 73.3% in 4842 secs
11 to 15 years' experience (all types) = 71.4% in 4338 secs
On the job learning (all types) = 71.6% in 4686 secs
Formal learning (all types) = 57.5% in 4339 secs

The average MicroStation self-rating score for Civil Engineers is: 3.6.


Trends:

Overall, regular users are more accurate and faster than part-time users.

Civil Engineers with 6 to 10 years' of experience with these tools are the most efficient. They reach a plateau in performance after c. 7 years and make no further productivity gains.

Civil Engineers who learn to apply these tools on projects are more accurate than those who have primarily formal training, but less practical experience. There is little to choose between the two, in terms of speed.

Civil Engineers are generally confident in their ability to use technical software tools on Construction projects, although overall, there is still room for further improvement in their core skills.

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