Paul F. Aubin

Paul F. Aubin is the author of numerous CAD and BIM books and detailing the process and usage of AEC design software by Autodesk. With a focus on Architectural design and production, Paul’s books include detailed tutorial coverage of the software coupled with practical and thoughtful explanations of both the “hows” and “whys” of each topic.

Paul F. Aubin is the author of many Revit book titles including the Aubin Academy Series and his “deep dive” into the Revit family editor: Renaissance Revit. He also authors dozens of video titles at (now LinkedIn Learning) covering Revit topics from beginner to advanced. Paul is an independent architectural consultant providing Revit content creation, implementation, training and support services. His career of nearly 30 years, includes experience in design, production, CAD management, coaching and training. Paul is an active member of the Autodesk user community and has been a top-rated speaker at conferences such as Autodesk University, BILT and Midwest University for many years; and he recently gave the keynote address to the Campus FM Technology Association annual conference. Paul is an associate member of the AIA, an Autodesk Expert Elite and an Autodesk Certified Professional. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their three children currently attending universities around the country.

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Collaborating Authors

Darryl McClelland

Darryl is a graduate of Purdue University and has 29 years of experience in the MEP industry. Although his primary focus is the design of mechanical systems, he spent 11 of his 29 years designing electrical and plumbing systems as well. He also ran his own business for eight of those years. His design experience ranges from complex research laboratories and institutional facilities to medical and professional office buildings, and everything in-between. Darryl is also responsible for implementing new technologies and workflow processes to leverage across MEP disciplines to help assist with project design challenges and further collaboration amongst project team members. He is a member ASHRAE, ASPE, and a LEED AP.

Martin Schmid

Martin J. Schmid, P.E. has worked with Autodesk for over five years working on site with customers to implement best practices using AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP. In his current role, in addition to customer interaction, he also works with product design and product management to convey industry needs and trends. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mr. Schmid worked in various roles in a variety of architecture and engineering firms, including electrical designer, engineering coordinator, and application developer. In addition to product and industry expertise, Mr. Schmid enjoys exploring the
API’s of Autodesk’s products to further automate processes and solve customer problems. He has a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and a Masters in Management of Technology from the
University of Texas in San Antonio.

Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon provided editorial assistance on several chapters in this edition. Matt is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Concentration in Architectural Design, and having earned his architectural license in 1992, Matt has over 20 years experience using, teaching, supporting and consulting on Autodesk architectural software. I was privileged to work with Matt several years ago as co-author on Autodesk Architectural Desktop – An Advanced Implementation Guide, Second Edition. Currently Matt is the Vice President of Technical Services at D|C CADD, an Autodesk solutions provider with offices in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, TX is a regular and top-rated speaker at Autodesk University and lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Valerie and their two sons, Michael and James.

James D. Smell

James D. Smell pursued study abroad with the Atelier Veneziano, the University of Kentucky College of Architecture’s Venice Program. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and
is a registered Architect. He has held instructional positions at Jacksonville University as an adjunct professor and is a guest instructor at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. While in Jacksonville, Jim successfully trained over 500 professionals and students in Autodesk® VIZ, Architectural Desktop, and AutoCAD. Prior to training as an Autodesk® Certified Instructor, Jim worked in Architectural firms in Kentucky and Florida where he performed the duties of CAD Manager and Project Manager.

David Koch

David W. Koch, RA contributed extensively to this revision. David an architect employed by EwingCole in its Philadelphia office, has over twenty-five years experience in the design and documentation of commercial and institutional buildings, primarily related to healthcare. His blog, titled “The Architect’s Desktop” is about harnessing the Power of Autodesk AEC products and includes many useful ACA resources and tutorials. He has also written articles for the AU Quarterly Newsletter and is active in the Autodesk and AUGI ACA forums.

Gregg Stanley

Gregg Stanley has over twenty years of experience in Mechanical Process Design focused on Water Wastewater treatment systems using Autodesk based solutions since Release 1.1. He has also been in the position as a BIM / CAD Manager responsible for developing and instituting company specific customized applications, CAD standards and training. Mr. Stanley has written and presented several training classes on Revit and AutoCAD as a professor at a leading technical university and as an independent consultant . His current position is Director of Virtual Construction at East Coast CAD CAM for Design to Fabrication Software solution and before joining East Coast was a Product Manager at Autodesk.

Consulting Partners

Stephen Stafford

Steve started using Revit at work in 2002 though he used it informally from its inception in 2000. In 2005 he formed Stafford Consulting Services to provide training and implementation support to firms who are using or intend to use Revit. He has since reorganized under the business name AEC Advantage, Inc. He provides consulting services for firms that intend to use Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP as well as Navisworks.

Steve has been very active in the Revit community. He was part of the Revit community forum at Zoogdesign and he now serves as the forum manager for the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Revit Community as well as currently serving his first term as a member of AUGI’s board of directors. He has presented classes at Autodesk University since 2004 and the Revit Technology Conference in Australia since 2006. He created, writes and manages three Revit blogs:

Gregory Mertens

Gregory Mertens is an independent architectural illustrator based in Austin, Texas catering to the needs of architects, developers, interior designers and others in the construction/ design industry.

Mertens3d was established on April 1st, 2002. …Seriously.

Gregory Mertens has over twenty years of experience in multimedia, 3d architectural rendering and architecture.
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The Consultant

Paul F. Aubin has been providing training, implementation and support services to architects and other AEC industry professionals for over twenty years.

Specializing in Revit Architecture, Paul is committed to helping clients achieve success in their software implementation. Paul offers a variety of Revit services from essentials training to specialized implementation assistance and hands-on project team coaching and collaboration.

The Author

Paul F. Aubin is an accomplished author of several books and training videos on Autodesk building industry software such as Revit and related BIM software tools and procedures.Paul’s books and videos are tutorial based and emphasize proven best practices. With several years’ experience in architectural practice, Paul focuses heavily on the process of using the software to create architecture and perform architectural tasks. Since his first book: Mastering Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, published in 2002, Paul’s books have received abundant praise and remain brisk sellers in the BIM, CAD and Drafting markets. You can see his latest offerings here.