DAE | Everything you need to know about Autodesk Revit

Everything you need to know about Autodesk Revit

11/12/2020 11:00:00 am

In this article, we will highlight the main features of Revit - a multidisciplinary BIM software for high-quality, coordinated designs owned by Autodesk, and list its functions. During the last couple of years, Revit has become the most popular software for BIM professionals, mainly because of its ability to share projects across the platform with all of the team members, unlike in previous most popular engineering modelling software from Autodesk – AutoCAD.

AutoCAD is predominantly used for drafting with geometric lines, whereas Revit is a BIM platform that is useful for architects, engineers, designers, and even landscapers. While AutoCAD does a great job at creating geometry that represents real life, Revit creates models that actually contain real-life information. Also, there are various versions of Revit, including the ones that are specifically designed for mechanical, electrical and plumbing firms (Revit MEP) and structural engineers (Revit Structure).

Revit is a single file database that can be shared among multiple users. Plans, sections, elevations, legends, and schedules are all interconnected, and if a user makes a change in one view, the other views are automatically updated. Thus, Revit drawings and schedules are always fully coordinated in terms of the building objects shown in drawings.

This powerful engineering tool provides useful functions such as viewing, sectioning, and connecting elements. The Revit work environment allows users to manipulate whole buildings or assemblies or individual 3D shapes. Modeling tools can be used with pre-made solid objects or imported geometric models.

Revit includes categories of objects ('families'). These fall into three groups:

  • System Families, such as walls, floors, roofs, and ceilings, built inside a project
  • Loadable families/components, which are built with primitives separately from the project and loaded into a project for use
  • In-Place Families, which are built within a project with the same toolset as loadable components

Once the model is completed, it can be shared those who are not on Revit. This allows users (for example, clients who do not use Revit software) to view the entire BIM model, which helps to communicate all aspects of the future build.

If you would like to learn more about Autodesk Revit, consider taking our Revit Architecture and Structure essentials courses, in which we cover basic features of the software. And if you have a BIM project DAE can assist you with, we will be happy to discuss the details via email.