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.
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.