If I had my choice I would only work in Revit for Architectural Design
February 06, 2019

If I had my choice I would only work in Revit for Architectural Design

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Revit

We use Revit for the design of our architectural projects. It is being used on a project-by-project basis based on what the owner is wanting. Revit's 3D Application allows us to solve problems in design that normally wouldn't be caught until construction. It forces you do design based on how things are actually built instead of just making it look good on construction documents.

Pros

  • Sections - The initial design is a fully-drawn building so creating a section is simply slicing the building at the location you want to view.
  • Families - Families are items like a door, window, desk, chair drawn in 3D. Picture a doll house with a bunch of furniture. You select the family you need and place it in the same way you would in a physical doll house.
  • Dimensions - Dimensions in Revit have been very simplified compared to its competitors. It's very logical and intuitive.

Cons

  • The text editor has its issues.
  • Creating and managing materials is very complicated.
  • The software is very computer-taxing. You will need a monster gaming computer depending on how detailed your central model is.
  • The software has great potential for ROI if used properly.
  • If not used correctly it will waste a lot of your time.
  • You have to plan ahead when using software like Revit.
AutoCAD, MicroStation. These are both good programs but they are limited to two dimensions for the most part and I choose to use Revit for its ease in working in 3D, annotation, and organization. If you are looking to have a consistent good-looking set of drawings in 2D or 3D, I would recommend Revit.
If you have projects that are one-offs, it's still faster to draw a building in Revit than it is other CAD software. Where you really save money and time is when you are dealing with projects that work off of a criteria template, or for instance a high rise or apartment complex or manufactured homes where you are creating the same type of building over and over again.

Revit Feature Ratings

Plan distribution & viewing
9
Plan markups & sharing
9
Document sharing
9
Issue tracking & punchlists
10
Photo documentation
Not Rated
Jobsite reports
Not Rated
RFI tools
10
Collaboration & approvals
10
As-built drawings
10
Mobile app
Not Rated
Submittal design and management
10
Takeoff tools
10
Job costing
10
Cost databases
10
Cost calculator
10
Bid creation
10

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