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.
About the Author
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 www.bluentcad.com.