Revit, BIM software, has become a household word in the AEC community since 2002. It has changed the architecture design, drafting and modeling processes. There are a great number of BIM software vendors. Autodesk's Revit suite has the highest market share in the pie of the BIM software industry, indicating its acceptance and popularity among the global fraternity of architects.
There are many reasons behind the increasing acceptance of Revit software. BluEnt, a leading global construction documentation firm, has observed the following advantages of Revit BIM software:
- Preview the Future Home in 3D BIM Modeling: Revit parametric modeling is a significant tool for conceptual design. With Revit software, architectural designers can quickly sketch a rough layout of a floor plan, or make changes to the standard set of building designs, and instantly let their customers preview their future homes. 3D design views allow designers to try out different design ideas and guide their design decisions at an early stage.
- Quick Changes to Design, No Repetitive Tasks: During the design phase, the building structure and floor plans need to be modified frequently. With Revit BIM software, architectural design and drafting become fast and accurate.
In a Revit architecture model, all building components such as plans, sections, and elevations are intelligently connected to each another. Whenever a change is made to the model, the software automatically updates every related component, affecting the whole building model.
- Vast Library of Parametric Building Components: Revit comes with a full set of parametric building design components. It also allows quick changes to the existing components. It stores the newly created or customized parametric objects, which can be reused in other projects. While designing a new project, the architectural designer can use the stored parametric building objects for quick references to prospective clients.
- High Quality Construction Documents: The 3D modeling capacity of Revit architecture enables designers and drafters to easily identify the clashes and areas of congestion, and resolve them early in the process. It results in error-free and high-quality construction documentations.
- Accurate Estimation of Quantities and Cost: One of the most important advantages of BIM software is the automatic generation of bill of quantities (BOQ). Revit produces accurate material quantity takeouts as a by-product, with less effort. This advantage helps contractors and owners determine whether the project adheres to budgets.
- Improved Coordination: Revit unifies design, drafting, construction and facility management processes in single environment, allowing all stakeholders to remain updated and aware of their responsibilities, thus improving overall coordination. A total understanding by everyone on the project of what's happening removes design conflict and risks.
- High Level of Flexibility: Unlike AutoCAD, Revit allows all project data to be stored in single project file. It allows multiple users to work on the same project file and merge their changes with every save. Additionally, Revit exports and imports DWG, DXF, DGN, PDF, and JPEG files.
The list of BIM advantages continues. The BIM approach has proven to be "significantly more efficient" than the traditional drafting-based approach. A large number of architecture design and drafting companies are implementing BIM software.
For example, BluEnt has started drafting in Revit BIM software for large and complex building practices, delivering to clients significant benefits in terms of time and cost. BluEnt also provides 10 hours of free BIM implementation support and BIM consulting services to clients.
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