I’d like to thank Mimi J. of Pittsburgh for asking Revit be a new blog topic. At the recent Boston convention, she test drove it at the Autodesk booth and was “totally excited about what the software can do.”I bit the bullet spring 2007 and bought in to Revit. We’re still troubling over and with it. It has a huge learning curve to make things work like you want them to. So, for analysis:
On the “negative” side, it is an expensive purchase, requires a subscription, user manuals aren’t yet available, and, most of all, the training sessions are costly. So far it has taken much longer to become proficient than I would have liked.
On the “positive” side, it is fairly easy to build a simple model and really easy to “Wow” clients with what the building will look like. The Revit Web site offers a Return On Investment (ROI) calculator—it lies; either that or we’re really stupid. Conceptually it is a very good “tool” like any others that we use… it is not the end all to end all.
I can proudly say that we just completed our first (simple little dumb) building and submitted for a building permit with the documents based approximately 70% in Revit. We reused a lot of our “standard” details (i.e., toilet room elevations, cabinetry details, etc.) and produced those sheets as well as the “stick down” spec in AutoCAD. Otherwise, I don’t know when we would have been “done” and ready to submit for permit.
So let’s open the blog for business on your experience, likes/dislikes, and, my favorite, the dreaded “work around…. And we’ll fix it later," and the “Hey, try this part” themes in this cyberworld.
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA, NCARB