Use Revit For Accuracy of Details
Teresa Fechtel | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 02, 2018

Use Revit For Accuracy of Details

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Revit

Currently Revit is being used by our BIM (Building Information Modeling) department, but there are some instances where Revit is used in field operations as well. We use Revit to draw various building systems, and then use those models to coordinate across trades. Revit is also used by our company for concrete self perform work to create drawings for the carpenters to use in the field when forming various concrete components.
  • Revit has the capability to design a wide range of unique details, which allows us to model exactly what is going to be built.
  • This program is compatible with several BIM programs, allowing coordination with trades that may not be using the program.
  • The sheets are easy to set up, and finding contract drawings in a list of sheets is simple.
  • There are often several ways to draw certain things, but the object will have different capabilities based on the way it is drawn. This can be confusing when trying to use the object.
  • The way objects are drawn is not always user-friendly. This program would be difficult for someone to figure out on their own without having any Autodesk background.
  • There should be a better way to track changes in the model. Often times the architect will not share a model during construction to avoid sending changes that aren't finalized or complete.
  • When Revit is used for coordinating concrete formwork, embeds, and anything else that goes in a concrete pour, we are in a much better position being able to create our own Revit drawing instead of having to use multiple contract drawings.
  • BIM coordination using Revit models has helped us to eliminate many clashes prior to construction.
  • We have had some issues with not having updated contract drawings or an updated model due to the inability of the architect to keep a "current" model while still working on changes.
Revit is used primarily for creation of contract documents and documents that need to be used to build in the field. Sketch Up is great for a quick concept sketch, but lacks the details that Revit has which are needed to construct. AutoCAD is a great tool for details as well, but does not have as many building capabilities as Revit.
Revit is great for detail coordination, and sharing among trades for BIM coordination. It works well for building models. In cases where a quick 3D sketch or concept needs to be drawn, there are other programs that are easier to use. If accuracy is needed though, Revit would likely be my first choice.

Revit Feature Ratings

Plan distribution & viewing
8
Plan markups & sharing
5
Document sharing
7
As-built drawings
2
Takeoff tools
6
Job costing
4
Cost databases
Not Rated
Cost calculator
Not Rated