Revit - The best BIM out there
December 09, 2019
Revit - The best BIM out there
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Revit
- 3d modeling for simple to mid-complexity geometries is fairly easily achieved where AutoCAD they are not.
- Initial drawing set development is much easier when working in one file rather than CAD software.
- Design revisions throughout the design process are done live in the model and universally have to affect on the drawings.
- Drawing set graphics may be too simple for some users used to full control.
- Initial file setup is better but still could be more straight forward.
- Customization with many of the design tools is not very intuitive.
- Schematic design development is not what the software is designed for.
- Revit is starting to be demanded by our clients. As such being able to complete a project in Revit has been good for service offerings.
- Training people on Revit, especially if they know CAD first, can be time-consuming.
- Overall Revit is beneficial in design documentation especially when it comes to initial drawing setup and design revisions.
Revit, like AutoCAD, is the most straight forward, intuitive of the BIM software available in today's market. It is widely excepted at a norm and is the most universally used in the engineering trades that we work with. As our clients start to demand that their projects are completed in BIM software, Revit is a solution that easily interfaces with AutoCAD making our design team flexibility that much greater.
I haven't had to use support altogether that often; however, Autodesk has an online forum with many of the questions that would frequently be asked. Typically there are relatively good answers, and you can find the information you are looking for. This is the primary source of support that we use.
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Revit is well suited for straight forward buildings of decent scope and not much time or complication in their initial design phases. It is not meant to be a design tool so much as a design documentation tool that allows your building to live in 3d and be developed and revised as such.
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Evaluating Revit and Competitors
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Building Integrated Modeling has long been becoming the new normal. I would say as many design firms use Revit more than AutoCAD than vice versa. As a result, you almost need to have and be able to use both to stay competitive, especially for larger projects with higher fees.
I think it would be good to understand the deployment and possible fee structure for new releases of the software. Most design software is subscription-based nowadays and especially in larger deployments leaving you somewhat vulnerable to increased costs in order to be using the latest software. This gets tricky as Revit is not backwardly compatible.