Back-to-back installments of the Skullfuck - aren't you lucky?
While fixing the 'typical' bullshit this morning (it's funny, the most stressful shit I've had to deal with at this job still pales in comparison to the best day I had fighting with Revit), I had somebody ask me about some additions to an industrial building I did a while back.
They told me that there were two remote panels missing (that were shown on the drawings we received) and that the main control panel was shown in the wrong place. I verified that this was indeed the case, and a few minutes later the office manager came by asking about the same thing. He was concerned because we would most likely have to eat the cost of the 'missing' panels.
Fortunately, I don't throw anything away. I used to have people laugh about the number of boxes I kept in my office (five years worth at any given time), but besides covering my (and the companies) ass on more than one occasion, it was also a visual representation of the amount of work I had cranked out over that time period (instead of sitting around whittling my dick in Revit).
Within a few minutes I was able to produce a drawing that I had used while discussing the project with the guy who originally brought it to me. It wasn't exactly what I was hoping to find (someone's markup telling me to take the panels out), but it was the next best thing. Basically, the guy had made changes to the design based on what he thought they needed (whereas I would've done it exactly as shown).
Based on that drawing, the office manager was able to see that the changes were obviously intentional and not an oversight on my part. Now, that's partly a matter of personal pride - but also reflects on my professionalism. It's hard to say whether or not the guy who made the changes would've owned up to it (were it not for having hard evidence), but fortunately I don't have to worry about it now.
I don't go around all paranoid thinking that people are out to fuck me over, but experience has shown that it's better to never give them an opportunity in the first place - and I'll definitely have my eye on this guy in the future if he ever tells me to deviate from a design in the future.
It's the same attitude I took all those years ago when someone tried to fuck me over by convincing me to throw away the tools I continue to use with great success in exchange for a bag full of broken screwdrivers - and I responded with a resounding 'FUCK YOU'.
Especially considering that it was the same people I had to constantly keep an eye on to keep them from throwing me under the bus who were trying to convince me to do it.
Fuck that. Fuck Revit, and if you don't like it Fuck You!
Next Time: 2017 Revit Continues The March Into WTF Territory?