What is meant by Revit?

The first version of Revit was launched in 2000 by Revit Technology Corporation, and its name is a contraction of “revise-it”. Revit goes beyond simple drafting, allowing the creating of smart building models in a virtual environment. Autodesk purchased Revit Technology Corporation in 2002. There is still a major confusion between Building Information Modelling and Revit, where BIM is considered to be a piece of software such as Revit. However; the fact is that Revit is one of the BIM tools available and is widely used for the creation of the 3D digital BIM model.

BIM is not just REVIT. BIM is a process and Revit is a tool to leverage that process.

BIM is a process, a methodology and Revit is a single application built for Building Information Modelling with features for the three main disciplines of the AEC industry, (Architectural, MEP- Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, Structural engineering). In BIM, tasks perform a procedure of modification in design and objects done by all the disciplines involved in the projects. Revit under BIM makes collaboration procedure easier through cloud sharing, chat support services and other interaction as well as collaboration tools which are readily available to utilize.

BIM Revit models allow you to:

  1. Work with parametric objects - Each component has parametric qualities.
  2. Quick changes, no repetition - Whenever a change is made to the model the software automatically updates every related component, affecting the whole building model, documentation, details, etc.
  3. Construction documentation - High quality documentation - automatically produced from the 3D model.
  4. Quantities and Cost estimation - Automatic generation from inserted data.
  5. Coordination - Shared models enable teams to collaborate effectively and reduce conflicts.
  6. 3D Visualization - Allows better communication with the client and your team.
  7. Interoperability - Revit imports - exports - links your data with commonly formats such as IFC.

AutoCAD and Revit are both powerful engineering tools, commonly viewed as competing products. By deploying both software solutions, an engineering firm is better equipped for projects of any type. You may be thinking about making the switch to Revit yourself. If you’ve used AutoCAD before, you may also feel encouraged by the fact that Revit is an Autodesk product. If you would like to share your thoughts on our blog, we’d love to hear from you!


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