AutoCAD Experience

Discussion (14)

  1. iGetIt

    This is the other reason that firms should switch to Revit. The schools are now getting ahead of the practice for technology.

    A commitment to conducting all projects in Revit is a good thing. Even the smallest project can benefit from the switch. If for no other reason than scheduling, the program expedites things.

  2. Minus09

    I’m in school and we are learning AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, photoshop plus we are still doing details by hand for some class. So it depend, but i’m no architect I’m a tech so not the same job.

  3. BIM4all

    In practice and education I’ve used AutoCad, ArchiCad and Revit. It seems like everyone is on the Revit bandwagon but they find it difficult to model what they want and just switch back to CAD. Thats not the point of BIM at all… If you haven’t tried ArchiCad you should…

  4. Korilassical

    Is it really that difficult to find people with AutoCad skills? My school straight up preached AutoCad, damned us for using SketchUp, and then in our thesis year asked why we didn’t know Revit but knew AutoCad like the backs of our hands.

  5. Riss

    I am currently using ArchiCad (but Version 10…. at least 8 versions behind). In school I learned AutoCad, Revit, Sketchup… the works. I even TA’d the CAD course. The reality is that many firms still may not have recovered from the economic issues and haven’t/can’t upgrade. Our technology is so out of date in this office…. I don’t know how long this website will even load for me. Many won’t because we can’t update our browser.

  6. RamaFan

    We use mostly AutoCAD and only have one license for Revit. I’ve seen allot of backlash against Revit and the ‘high priced’ options lately…and I can’t say that’s without good reason.

    For 90% of projects, which are mostly small jobs up to those that are around $5 million, you just can’t get the fee to justify using a software you need to purchase at a higher price and then get training for.

    Most small-to-medium G.C.’s don’t really give a da** what you’re using and the could care less about a 3D model. At the end of the day, your still producing 2D drawings to build from.

    Why pay thousands of dollars a copy and then more every year for a license and then a subscription (or now a monthly license) if that’s what you’re doing? Plenty of firms are now jumping ship to sketch-up and the like because they offer a reasonable price for a professional product that can give you the same results at a much lower cost of entry.

  7. Principal Architect

    Auto Desk has gotten too greedy and has been charging an astronomical fee for an educational license. This used to be offered for free. Revit on the other hand still offers a big discount for educational institutions and with state cutbacks and limited funding it just makes for a better financial decision for schools these days. Plus its “cool” to draw 3d models even though the end result is the same old black lines on white paper.

    I am a big supporter of being able to hand draw, with actual pen and paper. It is becoming a lost art and in my opinion a necessary skill to understand. Plus when the power goes out on hot days we don’t lose production. We light candles and continue with our work. No one goes home early! Muahahahah Muahahahah

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  9. Etienne

    I’m a teacher , and we teach both.

  10. Etienne

    Educationnal lisence are free…

  11. Central Standard

    Where I have worked , we have found that for remodels and finish put work, Revit was a hinderance. We had both and Revit was used on new building.

    And why would you “hire” an intern if they did not have the knowledge of the tools you use?

  12. Darren Willis

    Could be worse- could have learned nothing other than Rhino…

  13. Brian James

    In my opinion, one should start with hand drafting. It teaches the basics as to how to create a set of plans. AutoCAD is the best tool for 2D drawing. The true strength of Revit is the coordination between the different elements that make up the design of a project and between the different A/E disciplines that come to bear to create a completed project. The more conflicts resolved in design, the fewer change orders in construction.

  14. Catherine

    I managed to get by school without ever needing to use AutoCAD. It helps to know the program, but I didn’t really NEED to learn it. The curriculum was Revit based. We also learned Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketchup, ArchiCAD, and (ugh) FormZ.

    My firm uses ArchiCAD. Being familiar with both Revit and ArchiCAD, I can honestly say I prefer ArchiCAD. But BOTH of them are better than AutoCAD. Going back and working in AutoCAD is tedious and archaic. Why draw a set of lines when you can draw a wall?