Revit Transition: An Upswing in the AEC Industry

Revit Transition: An Upswing in the AEC Industry

Author: Mary Summers

With BIM authoring tool Revit, the design coordination and collaboration among design teams and various divisions have become easy. Revit integrates all information into a single environment software giving access to all involved in the design process. Revit supported BIM modeling increases the productivity allowing the residential and commercial architecture firms to accomplish much more work with the same resources. BIM modeling is the future of construction industry. And Revit is the backbone of the BIM Modeling. The following differences between AutoCAD and Revit would show you the uniqueness of Revit transition.

AutoCAD versus Revit

# Parametric Tool: Revit is a true parametric architectural building modeler. These parametric components carry information about their relationships to other objects in the building in contrast to the blocks and solids used in AutoCAD.

# Standard Families and Blocks: AutoCAD enables designers to store symbols as blocks in individual DWG files. Revit stores similar parametric components in family files which contain many styles of components allowing for easier organization and data sharing.

# High Level of Flexibility: The families in Revit offer higher levels of customization and functionality. Modifications and alignment of planes and subcategories to the objects are easily done. Another unique capability of Revit is the ability to create own intelligent parametric objects and quickly customize the existing ones.

# Access to Single File and Multiple Users: AutoCAD enables designers to store and retrieve project data from multiple files. In case of Revit, all project data is stored in the single environment. Revit allows multiple users to work on the same project file and merge their changes with every save.

# Alignment Guide: Revit offers sketching tools like Temporary Dimensions and Alignment Guides. Alignment guides are similar to the Object Tracking feature in AutoCAD®. Whether you are sketching new objects or inserting components, the appropriate Dimensions and Guidelines assist placement in Revit model.

# Multiple Design View: Revit allows the designer to work with components in any view, be it plan, elevation, section, perspective or from within a schedule.

# No Command Line or Layers: Unlike AutoCAD’s Freeze/Thaw/On/Off by view point feature, the Category Visibility feature in Revit controlled the visibility of components.

Misconceptions about Revit Architecture

There are few misconceptions about Revit Architecture which resist a firm when it considers a shift to Revit Architecture. The most common misconceptions about Revit Architecture are the followings:

# Low Productivity: Productivity suffers during the transition to Revit Architecture

# Risks and Various Complications: Using the Revit Architecture is risky and only benefits owners. Revit Architecture is a complex tool for a small firm.

# Disruption of the Existing Infrastructure: Revit Architecture affects the established workflow.

# Resistance to Change: People accustomed to using other software like AutoCAD, etc would not accept Revit Architecture heartily.

# Legal Liability – Due to shared liabilities, it is difficult to determine the exact source of error.  This could be the biggest barrier to implementation of BIM.

Capacities of Revit Architecture

Contrary to these misconceptions, BluEnt has observed the following benefits.

# Increased Productivity: Revit platform increases the productivity allowing the firm to accomplish much more work with the same resources.

# Easy to Use and Flexible in Nature: Revit is very easy to learn and it works the way architects and designers think.

# Streamlining Workflow: Revit Architecture improves workflows and replace the inefficient ones

# Mutually Beneficial: Everyone benefits from Revit Architecture – Home Builders, Architectural Firms, and Designers

# Identification of Design Errors: Revit detects errors and removes design conflict enabling easy communication and coordination across the project plan.

# Revit Awareness and Training: Revit certainly is the way of the future and its here to stay. It has a greater impact on the AEC industry. So, it will be better to accept it.

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Mary Summers heads the Content Department at BluEnt. She has worked in number of Architecture Outsourcing firm. Her innovative thoughts and opinions on Benefits of Outsourcing have been published in number of magazines, journals, newspapers and blogs. She can be reached at

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Why Should You Choose Revit Architecture for Architecture Drafting?

Why Should You Choose Revit Architecture for Architecture Drafting?

Author: Ava Smith

Revit Architecture has revolutionized the process of architectural drafting by making it quicker and enhancing accuracy. Just over a decade ago, when computers were not so widely prevalent, architecture drafting was primarily done by hand and on paper. The manual process of architect drafting not only consumed a great deal of time, but had high chances of errors too.

But in the modern days, we have a wide range of drafting services that involves the application of computer software. Revit drafting is certainly the most prevalent form of architecture drafting after AutoCAD drafting process today. Thanks to Autodesk, that developed and brought to us Revit for drafting and drawing, which has become the order of the day. Revit drafting has completely changed the methodology and manner of architectural drawing.

Revit drafting is employed for various purposes. It can be used for designing heavy machinery and engineering tools. Revit Architecture is used in designing every sort of building, ranging from retail malls to hospitals, and from industrial structures to airports. Revit drafting services also incorporate 3D modeling and computerized animations for buildings.

Revit drafting has become a popular buzzword to the industry of architecture drafting. You would be glad to learn that Autodesk has specifically developed Revit Architecture for architectural drafting purpose. It allows architectural designers to draft different building components like floor plans, elevations, walls, doors, cross-sections, and windows entirely in computerized models. Architectural services that use this software platform allow architectural drafters to embed actually used construction materials in a building.

As soon as a project enters the Construction Documentation phase most architectural and engineering departments do a lot of resource reorganization and management. Unless organizations have a very clear pipeline of projects, it does not make sense for them to channelize all their resources to construction documentation for a few months. The construction documentation phase always requires quick turnarounds. Sometimes there are spikes and inconsistence workloads. If an organization does not plan this out well, they would not even know the cost implications and wastages of this phase. Today, a great number of architecture firms offer Revit drafting services at an affordable price. Companies like BluEnt, BluEnt BIM, BluEnt CAD are providing high quality Revit drafting services across the globe.

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BluEnt’s Content Department edits and authors towards for distinct articles/journals. For any Architecture Design, Architecture Drawing, Revit Drafting Services related issues and concerns please feel free to visit the website for more information. Or write me at

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Implementation Of Cad Design And Drafting Techniques In Civil Engineering

Implementation Of Cad Design And Drafting Techniques In Civil Engineering

Author: Dillip Kumar Barik

As we know civil engineering is the most functional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. The civil engineers design buildings models, sketches or drawings on a tracing paper according to the requirements. Later on those models or sketches are followed for constructing real structures of buildings. It is a time consuming process. It is also very difficult to edit the drawings, usually a new drawing have to be created in case of any changes required.

In order to avoid the above difficulties Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Drafting techniques using computer software are implemented for designing the digital and editable drawings. CAD drafting has made the design works easier, less time consuming and accurate. Due to this reason now days CAD software has become an essential ingredient of the civil engineering industry. Day by day it is becoming more and more efficient to fulfill upcoming expectations and the requirements of the whole engineering industry.

CAD Drafting Services has been very helpful for Engineers at it has made their designs less time consuming and cost effective. Automated CAD drafting creates high quality designs accurately within very less time interval. The engineers can analyze the project model and can change the design easily as per the requirement, which saves a lot of time and money. The functionality of the software can be enhanced by integrating it with other useful applications. These advantages of the CAD software increase the efficiency of drafting to a highest level. But, CAD software also has a drawback as it is very expensive and training is very essential for CAD drafting.

The civil engineer can design 2D or 3D building models using CAD services. 3D modeling compared to 2D drafting is much advanced as it is a small three dimensional snapshot of a huge project. 3D designs are faster and of high quality. The rendering aids help to produce a photorealistic, dynamic and accurate design. Manipulations in the 3D design can be done instantly. With 2D design the visualization is difficult, and there is always a possibility of error in the output. In spite of all these shortcomings, 2D CAD softwares are still used in the field of Civil engineering. On the other hand 3D softwares are getting popular day by day, and in the near future they will play a vital role.

Presently, latest tools with powerful features are included in CAD technology to make it more productive. Business informational modeling (BIM) is a new concept that is applied in 3D CAD techniques. It is a documentation process providing physical and functional characteristics of a building. This allows the engineer to create an eco-friendly and high-performing building even before it is constructed. BIM minimizes data loss and the changes can be updated easily. The need to visit the site directly by the civil engineer is eliminated by BIM. BIM has not been widely accepted in the industry due to lack of exposure and unclear information about it. In future this concept is going to redefine 3D drafting and serve as a useful tool for the entire project.

With step by step emerging of civil engineering and construction industry, latest CAD techniques, latest design options, editing tools and softwares are developing. This helps civil engineers to have a good command over their designs and drawings while handling their building projects.

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Anticipating a BIM boom

Anticipating a BIM boom

Author: Rick Cremin

The numbers don’t lie – 2009 was an incredibly tough year for the global construction industry.Spending in construction fell by a seemingly improbable 12.4 percent while every single state as well as the District of Columbia lost construction jobs. While employing approximately five percent of the nation’s workforce, fully 20 percent of recession-related job losses were in construction. These happenings were unprecedented and proof of the industry’s tumultuous year.

The troubles aren’t likely to dissipate this year and those looking for a huge recovery will be disappointed. The Associated General Contractors of America recently conducted a survey of 700 of its members on their outlook for the industry in 2010. The results were overwhelmingly negative with 90 percent indicating there will be no recovery this upcoming year.

Yet despite these grim facts, all hope is not lost for those in the construction industry. For one, the federal stimulus has kicked in and raised the level of publicly funded projects. Also the AGC’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson reports the costs of building materials are at an all-time low, meaning now is a good time to build.

How does technology fit into the recovery? Building Information Modeling (BIM), as well as other industry-specific technologies, is proving to be effective time-savers and bring a whole new meaning to collaborative effort.  If any company needs a reason to smile in 2010, look no further than BIM.


According to the official definition supplied by the AGC, BIM is “the process of generating and managing a building information model through the use of three–dimensional, intelligent design information.” Its presence is nothing new in the industry; it’s been around since the late 1980s.
However, only recently has BIM begun to emerge as an industry favorite. For many in the industry BIM represents a tremendous way to cut time by early problem identification. S3H, Inc., a pre-construction specialist in Las Vegas, NV, utilizes its expertise in BIM to deliver cost-effective HVAC and plumbing solutions, in particular used it for this reason.

“We have used BIM from Day One. It allows us to work with the project design and construction team and identify problems early, such as potential clashes with other building trades. You have all the information before you start. It’s a lot cheaper to identify and fix problems on paper than it is to fix them during construction,” says President Vatche Sarkoyan.

According to Sarkoyan, the process eliminates the need for Superintendents to trouble-shoot in the field, which can decrease productivity, be inefficient and is demoralizing.

One who agrees with Sarkoyan is CEO David Cullen of JP Cullen & Sons of Janesville, WI, who says BIM helped save a two-phase renovation of the 1917 historic Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin.

“We are the general contractor and there are separate prime contractors. We got behind during the first phase and it was a significant problem. Then we came on board with BIM and worked with the other contractors to bring back the construction schedule and materials movement. They’ve commented that bringing BIM on saved the project,” says Cullen.


As much of an impact as current versions of BIM have on today’s contractors and construction companies, constant improvements to its capabilities will leave an even greater mark on the industry. Like any other technology, many companies have gone through generations and generations of software to improve and refine BIM.

Recently, one software company that makes a version of BIM – various developers produce different variations of BIM software – has made recent improvements to increase efficiency. According toTekla, its latest BIM software includes an improved solution for cast-in-place concrete design and detailing, better IFC data exchange, better utilization of reference models and improved numbering and model publishing tools.

New versions of BIM software, such as Tekla’s latest, are also helping designers, engineers and architects push towards greener building.  “Moving towards a greener installation is a small step forward but still part of the bigger sustainability benefits that implementing BIM can bring to construction,” stated Risto Räty, Tekla’s Executive Vice President.

In addition to newer, better versions of BIM software, the industry’s acceptance of this technology have gone even further. Many companies, such as Ameri-CAD out of Allen, TX, have begun offering BIM implementation and consulting services. Ameri-CAD offers analysis, implementation, training, support, and services.

Meanwhile, the AGC is on board with BIM. In March the association is offering a BIM 101 Convention in Orlando. At this convention, various BIM experts will explain what the technology is, what its benefits are and they’ll help attendees implement it for their own companies.
With all this happening and much more, it’s likely that 2010 will not only be the year of the Tiger, but the year of the BIM.

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Gabe Perna is an editor at Construction Digital, a pioneering digital media site for professionals and executives that have an interest in high grossing businesses and corporations. Through its Construction Digital Magazine, online website, daily news and weekly e-newsletter, Construction Digital an all digital publication that busy, on-the-go construction executives turn to for their monthly dose of thought-provoking, rich and meaningful reading.


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