Finding Revit Models

Discussion (11)

  1. Red

    I am using AutoCAD right now and my company is planning to move to Revit.

    I am worried if I would be able to adjust.

  2. iGetIt

    I’ve found that the autodesk team isn’t that savvy. It seems ridiculous, but the door swing issue is something they can’t seem to add to the standard families. I’ve generated custom standard families in our company template to avoid this issue.

    A larger issue with Revit is the function of the line tool. Try to draw a line over weight 8 and see how the ends appear. The last time I checked, plotters were no longer drawing with actual pens that may give a rollerball appearance to the end of a line…

    Revit still kicks the crap out of CAD, despite its issues.

  3. MrJackson

    The diffuser in MEP aligns to a grid through the center of the diffuser, it’s an easy fix and Autodesk has a how-to on their website, but have yet to fix it in the standard family. It’s been that way since at least 2009.

  4. anon

    We made our own doors where the swing is 100% adjustable. It’s made with an annotation family that then gets embedded in the door family. That way you also have the ability to turn off the swing in ceiling plans.

  5. don't understand

    You can change the opening angle…. it’s in the properties…

  6. Deep Beam

    We’ve found that there’s no particularly good reason to use most of REVITs default families. They’re OK for a start, but over time we’ve made custom doors, windows, cabinets, light fixtures, you name it. We do use the default curtain wall and structural framing elements though (and customize them as necessary). It’s hard to get over that initial hump of dependency on the crap AutoDesk gives you, but once you do the world is your oyster!

  7. E Architect

    Our office is about half-way through switching over to REVIT. There are some that point to these very REVIT idiosyncrasies as a reason to resist full adoption. It really is the initial hump that is the biggest problem to simply switching over from AutoCAD – not so much the learning of a different system but rather the kit of parts being so much a part of the program’s operation.

  8. MichaelB

    What office has ANY time or can afford the expense of completely starting over and assembling families from scratch?

    • Vic

      It’s not really much of a time sink if you know how to use the family editor. We actually use a modified version of the stock door that I was told took fifteen minutes to alter. We use it for all of our projects, as it’s part of the template.

      And fully adjustable door swing!

  9. Juan

    You know that Revit isn’t the only BIM program out there, right?
    I’m quite happy with VectorWorks.

  10. gonk

    Aside from the most basic MEP families (ducts, pipes, etc.), I’ve found that we’re either using families from vendors or building our own for a great many things. The standard mechanical families are particularly weak, which was one reason we were hesitant to start the move to Revit. I’ve found a few good sources for families that I can fine-tune (Price has pretty decent air distribution families, Taco has some good pump families, and I was able to tweak some Ruskin fire damper families to suit my purposes). For a lot of things, though, I’m starting from scratch and trying to build families for things like VAV boxes, fan coil units, air handling units, and rooftop units that can be flexible enough to be used on multiple projects. Once you have a fairly decent core of those families, you can really start to get some momentum going.