Revit(alize) Your AutoCAD Platform: Increase Quality and Work Efficiency
Revit, which stands for ‘revise instantly’, is based on Building Information Modeling (BIM), and has infiltrated the AEC industry and is making its mark in many architectural firms. Top architectural firms and construction companies rely on Revit Architecture when precision and efficiency are prioritized.
AutoCAD versus Revit Architecture
The following differences between AutoCAD and Revit Architecture will enable you to decide which of the two you prefer:
- Parametric Family: Revit is a parametric architectural building model. Parametric components carry information about their relationships to other units in the building. This is in contrast to the blocks and solids used in AutoCAD. For example, in AutoCAD, if a window is deleted or modified, the change is manually incorporated into the project. In Revit, when a window is deleted or altered, in-built parametric change technology updates the entire project, including schedules, isometric views, sections, elevations, walkthroughs, etc.
- Standard Families and Blocks: AutoCAD enables users to store symbols as blocks in individual DWG files. Revit stores similar parametric components with varied styles in family, allowing quick organization and data sharing.
- High Level of Flexibility: Revit has many features that allow users the flexibility and freedom to create intelligent parametric objects or customize existing ones that are not confined to 2D drawings.
- Access to Single File: AutoCAD enables designers to store and retrieve project data from multiple files. With Revit, all project data is stored in a single Revit project file.
- Worksharing of Projects: Revit allows multiple users to work on a single project file and merge their changes with every save. Worksharing capacities allow management or central authority to check whether the members of the design team are synchronized with one another.
- Multiple Design View: Autodesk Revit makes extensive use of various views of the parametric building model. Autodesk Revit allows designers to work with any components, be it plan, elevation, section, perspective, etc.
- No Command Line or Layers: Unlike AutoCAD’s Freeze/Thaw/On/Off with view point features, Revit has Category Visibility features. Color and line also are controlled by category.
The Benefits of Using Revit to Improve Building Performance
Applying Revit to design and develop a building allows a plethora of economic, environmental, and societal benefits that surpass the advantages of AutoCAD. Revit Architecture has the following benefits compared to AutoCAD:
- Identify Ways to Reduce Field Cycle Time
- Punctual and On Budget Delivery
- Short Turn Around Time (TAT)
- Reduce of Amount of Waste on the Project
- Increase on-site Renewable Opportunities
- Detect Errors and Mitigate Risks
- Increase the public’s confidence in Stewardship
- Increase Employee Productivity
The Future of Revit
Revit Architecture, with its import-export functions and varied features, has become a large force in the AEC industry. Both Revit Architecture and AutoCAD were launched by Autodesk. With time, however, Revit Architecture has been gaining the momentum in the AEC industry. There are a few misconceptions about Revit Architecture that make firms hesitate when they consider a shift to Revit Architecture. A shift to Revit requires investment, but proper training and project management can mitigate such challenges.
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