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  • Writer's pictureViktor Kuzev

"Dynamo magic"

Dynamo is gaining popularity. More and more people (I think generally more engineers than architects) are using it. And this is actually a good thing on its own. But there is some misconception about it. I've heard the phrase "Do some Dynamo magic" so many times. Yes, sometimes it's just a phrase, but more often than not it shows that people don't understand what exactly is and what is not Dynamo. And I think it's up to us - people who work with it every day - to spread the "true faith".

Another similar issue I see is people who don't have a good understanding of Revit or BIM trying on Dynamo. I've seen lots of people reinventing the wheel, using Dynamo to create complicated workflow for things that are easily handled by OOTB Revit. And this, I guess, is due to its growing popularity. It's known for its "capability of doing anything" in Revit and thus, it's easier to get lost trying to invent something yourself, rather than finding the way of doing it in Revit. I have always thought that before putting your hands on Dynamo, you have to be familiar with all the ordinary vanilla Revit methods of working. You should know Revit's maiden name, where she grew up, who were her childhood friends, and who was her first boyfriend before even starting to mess up with Dynamo.

That may not be entirely true, but it sure helps and prevents unnecessary reinventions of wheels.

Another level to that is using add-ins.

"Can you do a script in Dynamo that makes me a coffee and brings it to my desk?" "-Sure, but we already have an add-in that does that"

These are communication problems. Or organization problems. And depending on your position it might be easy to say "that's not my job". But isn't it? If you like the idea of BIM, if you like Dynamo, you like automation and working smart. You probably like solving problems as well. Solving the communication and organization problems of the place you work is only beneficial to you. People working better in Revit, being more efficient, and faster is better for you. These things eventually will allow you - the BIM expert / computational expert / parametric monkey to work on more interesting problems instead of explaining basic things over and over again. If you play it right that could even get noticed by your boss and possibly bring you some more cash or at least a friendly pat on the shoulder.

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