please don't shout!! we're not blind here you know
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Just went through a demo for Revit Architecture today. Its made by autodesk and looks to be a cross between adt and sketchUp, has anyone in here use it or knows someone who does?? The software looks easy enough but how well does it transfer to other subs not using similar software. Looking for personal experience or willing to give opinion on it to those who have not heard of it.
Last edited by rkmcswain; 8th Jan 2009 at 01:10 pm.
Wow! Sometimes I forget that there are people out there who have not heard of Revit. Revit is awesome. Most architectural firms should are ready be using it or starting to look at it. Revit sales have passed the 200,000 mark and are quiclky moving on to 300k.
My career is is based on migrating companies from Autocad or ADT to Revit. I used to love ADT but realized that Revit blows ADT out of the water. Many colleges are starting to teach it.
Check out AUGI.com http://forums.augi.com/forumdisplay.php?f=93 and see what everybody is talking about.
About transfering to subs; It works great. We export to dwg files and send them to everyone without any problems.
2. do the Getting Started Guide @ www.revitguide.com
3. see a bunch of demos @ www.revitvideos.com
Revit is now 8 years old and there have been 29 releases of it including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP. You can import in Autocad drawings and export a Revit model out to Autocad with all of your standard layers.
Revit comes bundled with Autocad anyway, so you may as well start playing around with it sooner than later as Autodesk is selling 8000 seats a month and there are 225,000 users of it already.
I heard today that revit will not save to an earlier version. Therefor if you work with someone who uses the latest version you are forced to upgrade. I belikeve this to be a big obsticle. we deal with architects and with vendors using autocad 2000 all the way to revit 9 and autocad 2008. Why are we, the end user, allowing the autocad corp to keep us broke.
You're absolutely correct. Oh my gosh...how horrible. You should keep doing things the same way and have everyone using a different version of the software. Also, make sure that everyone uses a different layering, line colors and line weights so everything will be completely uncoordinated and inconsistent. Make sure to put your plumbing fixtures and an obscure layer so when your MEP engineer cleans up your 2008 file using LT 2000, he'll be sure to delete items by accident.
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He didn't say he "Didn't Like" the software, he doesn't like the idea of being "Forced" to buy/upgrade the software simply because of its drawbacks. I agree with him as it happens. This would have been a very easy option to add to the software! but they didn't.
Your comparisons argument is extremely lame. I don't know a cell phone/fax/e-mail/computer company who charge us between $4-8K for a purchase and/or upgrade! and if they did, at least it would be "Ours" to keep, use and sell on as we see fit... Unlike Autodesk.
On the subject! why do we in the UK have to pay $8,000 for the same software that is sold in the US for $4,000 ??? Does it cost $4,000 for postage?
Any guesses what Revit3D does for a job
I was also approached to use Revit by a local rep a few years ago. I had my doubts but I asked them over non the less. Basically it came down to using a program that was well suited for normal construction documentation. Too bad I didn't need it. At the time I was doing mainly conceptual design of retail spaces and design development of said spaces. I would then pass this off to a local AEC firm for CD's.
To me it seemed like... hooking up a car engine to my grass trimmer. Sure it might work but why make the effort for such overkill.
If it works for you, great
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Yes, I will freely admit it. I sell Revit for a living. But I will also admit that I'm a third generation general contractor and my family has been in the construction business since the 1920s. Frankly, I don't care what software you use as long as you promise to have accurate door, wall and window schedules. Do you also promise to coordinate all of your section, elevation, callout and details numbers? Will you promise to coordinate all of the MEP and Structural drawings with the architectural drawings?
I'm just trying to reduce RFIs, Change Orders and Addendums. If all of you fabulous AutoCAD users would design efficiently, coordinate everything 100% and schedule every item accurately, we wouldn't need Revit or BIM.
My motivation is to fix the construction industry, not sell software.
I also offer free Revit training to any university, college or high school architecture student and they get the software for free.
Unlike most other Revit resellers, I've worked in the construction industry for 25 years and understand that the job ends when you get your final certificate of occupancy, not when you hand the roll of blueprints to the contractor. So, I'm here to help, educate and make your business more profitable. Be stubborn and proud, but print this out and in 5 years, let me know how much business you've lost to your competitors who've switched to BIM, because the owners and developers are starting to ask what software you're using to design your buildings.