Revit is a BIM software system that allows you to design, document, visualize, and deliver architecture, engineering, and construction projects. That’s how Autodesk defines its star solution, which has been around for more than twenty years now. Sooner or later, every architect learns to use and love Revit.
Here’s why Revit is one of the best software solutions for architecture.
The famous GreenBuild engine is one of Revit’s most popular features, but its real significance is much greater than any fleeting popularity. Revit doesn’t only recognize the importance of environmentally conscious architecture and promote it, but it gives us the ability to design sustainable buildings.
There are also other eco-friendly features to choose from.
For example, Revit allows you to analyze the environmental impact of your designs and show the results to your clients. This commitment to Earth is both practical and revolutionary, especially considering the role that engineering and architecture play in preserving our planet’s most valuable resources.
Revit developers know that mindless repetition is the killer of creativity.
Thanks to parametric modeling, which we’ll talk about later in this article, and some other design capabilities that enable dynamic modification, Revit allows you to coordinate drawings with refreshing ease. There’s no need to update or edit individual drawings because Revit does the dirty work for you.
That way, you don’t need to repeat all the same changes throughout multiple drawings. You can rely on Revit to store this information and update it across the project – a compelling solution against mistakes and inconsistencies. If you need to access an earlier version of the drawing, that’s easy too.
If you need something to help you cut through the competition and truly impress your clients, Revit is the right choice for that. Revit’s powerful rendering execution allows you to create life-like images for your gorgeous and 100% accurate presentations. Revit’s renders include all building data, but there’s more if you need it. For instance – landscapes.
You can use Revit’s comprehensive presentation tools to make the renders even more appealing to your clients. Landscaping is a common example of this because of how much it can add to the realism of any design. Realistic details like these help create a beautiful picture and make a project easier to visualize.
Revit is a fantastic collaboration tool with many benefits.
Revit’s centralized database makes multidisciplinary collaboration faster, better, and more enjoyable. As an architect, you can rely on Revit to help you successfully collaborate on complex projects with the rest of your team and other designers, builders, and engineers involved in the project.
For instance, Revit’s library of components allows you to save your modified versions and use them whenever necessary. Each of these changes echoes throughout the platform and each model’s family build, becoming accessible to everyone who might need to be aware of these changes instantly.
Revit offers a comprehensible kit of automation features, some of which you can use sporadically and others that streamline your workflow without you ever noticing them. Automatic data recording and Revit’s centralized modification platform are just a few of this software’s automation capabilities.
The more complex the project is, the greater the need for automation.
Revit’s automation features save valuable time needed for making manual data entries and changes during the design stage of the project. They allow you to focus on the more critical aspects of the projects – while simultaneously mitigating risk and facilitating collaboration between different teams.
One of the best advantages of using Revit is that every component you build with this tool has parametric qualities. It makes building and editing not only easier but also way more dynamic. Every modification is recorded in a centralized database, which makes switching between 3D and 2D a breeze.
If you’re unfamiliar with parametric modeling, this is a process of creating 3D models based on defined rules. With this type of modeling, the shape of model geometry automatically changes as soon as one of the dimension properties is modified, be that thickness, width, or height, for example.
Don’t worry if that sounds complicated. Revit makes it easy.
We’ve already mentioned how Revit is all about sustainability.
Its eco-friendly approach to architecture is one of the key principles of the entire toolkit, but Revit’s cause-oriented team of designers and developers didn’t think that was enough. On top of all the environmentally-conscious building design features, Revit is also a paperless documentation platform.
In practice, that means that you can save, store, and find every piece of project information without breaking any sweat or cutting any more trees. Revit will automatically record everything you need to keep track of your progress and invite you to add tags and keynotes for easier document navigation.
Just like all the models, drawings, and relevant project documentation in Revit are automatically updated whenever you make a change, project and team schedules get automatically updated too. Revit makes it easy to save time and collaborate on complex projects no matter how many people are involved.
All this contributes to overall efficiency, which includes budget savings.
Perfect coordination, easy automation, and intuitive tools help Revit users maximize productivity and minimize risk. At the end of every project, this translates to more profit, too. Ultimately, that’s why we need great tools such as Revit – to create faster and better and avoid making expensive mistakes.
Whether you’re a long-time Revit user or you’ve just started mastering the basics, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this. What’s your favorite thing a Revit can do? Is there something this industry favorite can do better? Let us know! Also, if this is your first time using Revit, feel free to ask us anything you want.
We love Revit, and we’re sure you will, too.