Oh I can correct this very easily for you. Here goes, as simple as I can make it:
Depends. AutoCAD MEP is for 3D mechanical design with added engineering tools to aid, but it still runs like AutoCAD so the learning curve is simple. Revit MEP is an engineering application and SUCKS for creating good field use construction documents. It's only worth it if you can pull data from a Revit Architectural file such as Space Volumes from Rooms, Wall/Glazing types, Ceiling types, etc etc that go into running your engineering calculations and loads. In other words, if you don't have a Revit Architectural file don't even TOUCH Revit. Ugh....So which one is better...?
They both are. They both utilize BIM fully, just Revit is more parametric and runs off a database which allows the information to be more accessible right out of the box.Revit is all BIM
False. The only difference really is that Revit MEP can pull data from the architectural, and has a few extra bells and whistles like LEED and a few others. AutoCAD MEP completely integrates with 3rd party engineering software applications with gbXML export/import, as well as other tools to aid in engineering.Revit is all BIM and from my understanding, integrates the load calculations within - as AutoCAD MEP does not (unless I am missing something)
Are you sure? Does it actually say in the bid document/contract document that you HAVE to provide a Revit file? If so, design it in AutoCAD MEP, then export/import into Revit and save. That's all I do when people get all fussy when all they want is just a stupid 3D file. IT DOESN'T MATTER, 3D IS 3D!! But do they listen? No.Now we do have a Revit REQUIRED job coming up
Now, if the contract document states that you will be 100% coordinated via a Central Revit file on a server and you will need to provide engineering and scheduling data all with Revit, then yes you're stuck with it. Just find out before these general contractors try to "muscle" you into Revit.
Learn both, but it sounds like AutoCAD MEP might be better for your company as it aids in the DESIGN process, and Revit aids in the ENGINEERING process. Once you become efficient in AutoCAD MEP you'll never wanna go back, although some things about this program will "literally" make you want to rip your hair out at times until you learn to compromise with it..... trust me on that.So I guess my specific question is should I focus on learning Revit now or continue to get familiar with ACAD MEP as it should be our staple product for project design and Revit only when necessary.... right???
Hope this clears up a lot. Just remember, AutoCAD MEP is hella great for making AutoCAD 1,000,000 times more efficient. Revit is great ONLY when you receive a Revit Architectural file. If you don't, then don't even look at the icon. Toooooo much trouble for what its worth.
Okay I'm done. My $0.02 worth.