Revit Architecture for Builders

The Revit Architecture package has been sitting on my desk, collecting dust, for the past few months. Yesterday, I finally had some time to open it up, install it and test it out. It seems that most of the new features facilitate documentation, but there are a few that I am particularly excited about.

Scheduling Wall Sweeps
Finally! I am so sick of modeling wall sweeps for aesthetics and not being able to get any quantities.

Openings in Structural Beams, Braces & Columns
This really facilitates our MEP coordination process. Now, when the solution to a clash is to cut a penetration in the beam, we can actually model it!

Multiple Sloping in Slabs, Roofs and Floors
This improves the accuracy of our modeling to better support quantity takeoff, MEP coordination and as-built documentation.

Improvements with Linked Models
This is great for us. Every one of our projects requires linked files because we model each discipline in a different file. Improved use of linked files makes life a lot easier.

I'm excited to see Autodesk supporting our efforts to accurately and realistically model buildings. Now they need to support our efforts to accurately depict the construction process. I'm hoping for improvements to phasing in the near future.


Carlos said...

Hi, my name is Carlos and I'm a cost engineer at Blach Construction in the San Jose, CA area. We're a commercial CM/GC firm with projects typically under $20 million and I think the smaller projects have made it a little harder for me to justify a real VDC effort to my management team (and the architects we work with). Getting closer though, the writing's on the wall.

I loved what I saw in Constructor, but in the long term Revit seems like a safer option.

Anyway, very happy to have come across your blog, please keep it up!

Richard Binning said...

Hi Laura,

I'm curious why you create different models for each discipline. Why not model each discipline in one central file? Have you identified drawbacks?


Laura Handler said...

We have to create a file for each discipline (and sometimes multiple files for each discipline) because the level of detail that we need in the models makes the files quite large. This makes it cumbersome to work in the files - it is just easier to use multiple files for a model.