WHAT IS REVIT?
Before we get into the benefits and challenges of this powerful application – let’s define it. Autodesk Revit is Building Information Modeling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, and contractors. It allows users to design a building and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the model’s database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s life cycle, from concept to construction and later demolition. (credit)
HDG’S EXPERIENCE WITH REVIT:
Embracing the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an illuminating experience for those of us at HDG. Our early adoption in 2009 and our commitment to BIM is beginning to bring great benefits to our firm and most importantly, to our Clients.
One of the main reasons why we believe in Revit is that it challenges the traditional work flows in Interior Design by demonstrating enhanced design and coordination throughout all phases of the project. When using Revit software, building components such as plans, sections, and elevations are intelligently connected to each other. We appreciate this because it reduces repetition of tasks and facilitates a synchronized set of documents.
The process has had some challenges. Because Interior Design Revit components are not as abundant as architectural components, implementing custom libraries and templates has been more time intensive than initially imagined. Other challenges have included longer learning curves and higher upfront costs.
MORE INFORMED DESIGN: As interior designers, we are very excited about designing in an updated 3 dimensional approach. Using the architect’s model, our design team can virtually walk through a building at the start of a project (prior to beginning design). This feature allows viewing of the building structure, the volume, the window penetrations…and the challenges. The 3D visual of the interior spaces informs design in a way not possible with traditional 2D drafting software such as AutoCAD.
BETTER DOCUMENT COORDINATION: Revit provides our clients with the coordination benefits that are lacking in a 2D program. When all consultants are Revit based, the team is working essentially on the same model. The software alerts each consultant graphically to conflicts, providing consultants with information that prompts coordination. This does not mean perfection. After all, humans are inputting the information. However; we believe that it will improve the process and provide a better end result for the Owner.
JOB COSTING: Once the contractor adopts Revit, construction budgets become automated and thus faster and more accurate. BIM based software allows for automated takeoffs of material including flooring, ceilings, walls…even entire rooms. Instead of 2D line based drawings, the takeoffs, counts, and measurements can be generated directly from the integral model.
*The Owner will not fully benefit from the program unless all consultants are using Revit based software. *Software development needs to catch up with all disciplines including, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. *The learning curve can be long *Substantial upfront investment – software, hardware, and training
POSTED ON APRIL 25, 2013