The Revit Question

Discussion (7)

  1. Bob

    Revit is extremely expensive x number of licenses = large bite out of profit.

  2. Random Architect

    While I am open to Revit, for smaller scale architects (like me), my engineering consultants still use autocad, and simply for the necessity of sharing backgrounds I still primarily use autocad. It seems to me the hardest part is as a whole design team moving forward to revit.

  3. gonk

    We are just starting to move to Revit MEP (one project in the office right now being produced in it), and expect that it will take another year before we automatically use Revit if an architect uses it. The MEP package has been slower to mature than others, which is why we (and a lot of other engineers) have been slow to adopt it – doubly so while trying to climb up out of a recession that made the migration costs (training, more expensive workstations, licenses, and lost productivity during the transition process) fairly terrifying. Even after that, I expect that we will continue to use AutoCAD for many projects for years to come – either because clients have not made the move yet, or because renovation projects can be done more easily with existing CAD base plans than re-drawing the existing building in Revit, or because creating drawings from scratch for an existing building is easier in AutoCAD than Revit.

    The more I use it, the more I agree that it is a useful tool. Still, at the end of the day, the people using the software matter the most. Revit will not prevent mistakes, conflicts, or poor design. I think most people have recognized this already, but I still wonder if some people have bought into the BIM sales pitch too much.

  4. ArchTech

    I work for a relatively small firm but we have all disciplines in house (Architectural, Structural, MEP & Civil). We all, with the exception of Civil, have made the transition to Revit, and although rough at first, it has streamlined our production and none of us would ever consider going back to AutoCAD! The way I see it, BIM is where the industry is headed and each day you wait to switch for whatever reason, is another day you will one day have to catch up to with those who are already using it.

  5. M.Arch

    Because a toilet refurbishment takes way longer to do in Revit?..

  6. Reviteer

    I’ve used Revit on projects ranging from small renovations of 8 exterior stairs, to new construction of a 5 acre mixed use site. The biggest boon we get from using Revit is a well organizes centralized pool of information, which leads directly to higher quality drawings with an increased level of coordination. Gone are the days of Bob changing a door on the floor plans and forgetting to tell Sue to update the door schedule. Clients also seem to appreciate the 45 minute turn around for a presentation quality perspective rendering. And consultants can still get their cad underlays with a single export from me.

    AutoCAD can be used to draft details in a pinch, and it’s still useful for topography, but if you have a lot of your career in front of you, learning Revit now will save you a bunch of documentation time in the future.

  7. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

    I would throw myself off a bridge if I had to go back to CAD.
    I’e been using Revit for years and it just makes everything to much easier when it comes to elevations, sections, tagging details, discovering/resolving conflicts, etc. The level of detail I can get using Revit is so much more than I can ever get using CAD.