Reflections from RTC 2015

It’s the Monday morning after the Revit Technology Conference held last week in Washington, D.C., and I’m sitting with an extra dose of coffee, surrounded by conference “bling”, business cards and flyers. I went to RTC with the expectation that this would be “just another” technology conference laden with mundane drudgery and speakers whose presentations were far beyond my level of comprehension. I couldn’t have been more wrong.


The goal of RTC, according to conference founder Jim Balding, is to “build community” among Revit users. The conference attendance numbers are kept small (580 total in attendance) deliberately to encourage personal interaction and networking. The theme this year was “Revitlution”, and the classes and speakers were top notch. There were classes on everything from how to build Revit families and parameters to Dynamo programming and BIM management. Friday evening, we took a trip across the Potomac to the U.S. Postal Museum. It was a unique venue in a beautiful building with a fascinating historical collection. The conference ended Saturday evening with a 1700’s-themed gala. Some famous Revit users like Thomas Jefferson (aka Jim Balding) and Benjamin Franklin (Wesley Benn) danced the night away to the Al Copley Band.

The highlight of the week, though, had to be the very first day. We were honored to hear from the original developers of RevitLeonid Raiz and Irwin Jungreis. As technology users, we rarely think about, or care about, the passion and dedication of those who put everything they had into a piece of software. We take for granted their efforts. I know from now on, I’ll have a bit of a different perspective when it comes to Revit. Kudos to these two gentlemen who had an idea for a modeling software…and ran with it.


Next year’s conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ, July 14-16, 2016. I hope you will consider attending. I have already added it to my Outlook calendar.

  David Harrington Class



  1. Steven Shell

    Hi Kimberly,
    Very nice recap! I could not agree more and the main take-away this year a lot of us, both new and old users, really was finally getting to meet the two “Founding Fathers” of Revit along with the very first employees! It was so nice to finally have a face (and a smile) to go along with the voices (Steve & Dave) who answered all of our calls back when we were learning Revit as well as reading posts on Zoog and RUGI from Leonid & Irwin along with the other developers (Marty, David, Matt J., Phil & Matt H.)! I really hope that they all felt the love in the room and fully realize just how much the Revolutionized our profession!!!!
    Great seeing you there!

  2. Kimberly Fuhrman (Post author)

    Thanks for the feedback, Steven! It was great meeting you, too! Next year, I’ll be sure to guard your food from Jim!

  3. Jim Balding

    Kimberly – Great write up. One minor correction. I was the Chairman, Wesley Benn is the founder.

    Best of luck on guarding the food 😉

  4. Kimberly Fuhrman

    Jim, thank you for the correction! Both you and Mr. Benn deserve kudos for a great event. I’m sure there will be many more cookie capers!

    1. Wesley Benn

      Wait, I missed out on cookies?!?

      I enjoyed the writer, and look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.

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