CDV Systems Announces “Train the Project” Training for AutoDesk Revit Software

New Training Approach -- Based on Current Client Projects-- Decreases Costs, Increases Productivity

Portsmouth, RI. September 07, 2005 - CDV Systems, providers of Autodesk® Revit® and CodeBook courseware, training, implementation, and consulting services, today announced its new “Train the Project” course, a unique and successful method of training design professionals to use Revit software. This new method employs an architectural firm’s own projects (rather than a “generic” project) during training. Classes are held on the firm’s site, using its own networks and office computers.

The “Train the Project” course is given in two phases, each lasting a week. At the end of Phase One, trainees have completed core Revit content, including the Revit Workset and Option feature.  Phase Two, delivered four-to-six weeks later, answers questions arising during that period and drills down into core Revit functions and other advanced features used in the project. If all the setup requirements are met prior to both training phases, the attendees can expect to produce more in Revit by the end of the second week of training than if they were using standard Autocad or Microstation. For more information about the course and its requirements, click here. 

Reduces Training Costs, Increases Project Productivity
The “Train the Project” course was designed to facilitate learning Revit software; reduce training costs; and increase productivity. Because trainees learn what they need to know to build their project and master Revit features in the context of their familiar design environment and processes, learning is quick and easy.  Just as important, project work continues and is even accelerated by using Revit during class time.  As a result, training hours are billable, reducing training costs, and project productivity increases.

Customer Successes
This new, highly customized method of teaching is possible because CDV Systems’ instructors have broad architectural, software, and training experience.  As former practicing architects, they have worked on a broad range of residential and commercial projects or public building. In addition, all CDV Systems instructors have significant experience in using Revit software and in training and implementing Revit software at architectural firms.

According to CDV Systems clients, this flexibility and knowledge – as well as the project-based course content – produces successful results:

• Scott Robbins – Office CAD Manager, TRO – The Ritchie Organization, Inc.

Train the Project” is the best training method I have come across.  Not only do we get trained and develop content for a project that we are working on, but with the instructors help we were able to bill the entire project.  We actually made money hiring a trainer. I would defiantly recommend this course to others because you get all the experience of Revit on a project that is specific to your office.  It also allows you to maintain billing on the project while it happens. This method is the future of training.

• Michael Crehan, Production, The Stubbins Associates

The CDV instructor is, by far, the best and most effective CAD computer-trainer I've experienced. His clarity of explaining things and patience with the students is purely professional. He is willing to stay above and beyond the initial class time to help with an issue. The instructor's knowledge of the subject matter: extensive. He even knows what the program doesn't. What he doesn’t know (which is very little), he researches for you. You will learn the most with the CDV instruction.”'

 Christina Pungerchar, Project Manager, Payette Associates, Inc.

"We hope CDV Systems will maintain contact with us as we work more in Revit and look forward to having CDV Systems in for more training sessions." 

Lee Miller, CAD Manager, HOK -- Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.

CDV’s process based training is an excellent way to train people.  I find that feature based training” which is heavily endorsed by Autodesk and authorized trainers to be less than adequate.  I think the combination of training and hands on learning on a real project to be invaluable.

CDV Systems is gratified by our clients positive response to our ‘Train the Project’ training for Revit software, says Cyril Verley, President, CDV Systems. “Our goal is to help our customers reduce project time and costs with project-based training and our customized office implementation services transfer their office CAD standards to the Revit platform.

About TRO – The Ritchie Organization, Inc.
The Ritchie Organization is an architectural, engineering, interior design, and planning firm headquartered in Boston, with offices in Birmingham, Sarasota, and Memphis, and alliance offices in Beijing and London.  Together with its award-winning healthcare design, TRO also provides innovative design solutions to a growing list of corporate, commercial, senior living, and academic clients.

About The Stubbins Associates
The Stubbins Associates is a full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm has unusually deep experience in a very broad range of projects, ranging from corporate, research and development, and hospitality projects, to higher education, civic, and healthcare projects.

About Payette Associates, Inc.
Payette Associates is comprised of approximately 140 people and has a global practice. The firm is organized as three highly collaborative design studios and supported by in-house expertise in interior design and landscape architecture. Its work includes university, corporate, cultural, healthcare and health science, and master planning projects.

About HOK -- Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.
HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 21 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets