Overall Satisfaction with Revit
Revit is being used in coordination and design for new and remodel projects for our HVAC Mechanical company. Our detailing department is designing jobs, planning installs, coordinating layouts with other trades and generally solving all sorts of design issues before construction in the field. This saves time for field personnel for them to basically just verify instead of spending field hours designing and working around other trades.
- Revit is great for getting a 3D view of how ductwork and equipment is going to fit into the building spaces. It helps us plan for existing conditions and framing and how we are going to work around it.
- Revit also has been great for BIM coordination with other trades. Helps us 'fight for our space' in tight quarters when trying to get ductwork into areas with fire sprinkler, electrical and other processes involved in the project.
- We also submit drawings on our projects for approval before building, in the Revit format. Nice thing there, is it allows us to 'claim our space' so there's less fighting for room with other trades that may skip the design/Revit process. Saves much labor and material money.
- There is a steep learning curve. We have our detailers take upgrade classes and stay up on the latest training. The person using it really has to be knowledgeable in their craft to make sure they're using construct-able design.
- It's not inexpensive to implement from a hardware standpoint. Solid State drives, lots of memory are needed, but if you keep that in mind, plan accordingly and invest in the right hardware, it functions flawlessly.
- It could use better ductwork setup (more specific to HVAC industry). We pair with a companion program sysque to alleviate that.
- It's positive. It saves quite a bit of field time when used correctly, and lets us make sure we have proper room for all equipment and ductwork.
- Helping minimize field 'thinking' time is an immediate add to the bottom line. 1 guy designing on the front side saves down time of 5-10 guys waiting in the field. Cost savings on labor is apparent.
- Coordination time is also cut down, saving on office time. It's easy to spell out what your plan of attack is. All these savings directly add to bottom line profit by not expending labor.
Autocad and Cad Duct module. The revit is a better process and is a faster more accurate method of accomplishing the same tasks.
It's really cutting edge for 3D modeling and building design. If people aren't using it, they will find themselves behind the times quickly. Its very well suited specifically to our design build business, as it really becomes a sales tool as well as design for how we plan to address the building needs.