What is Revit Architecture?

Autodesk Revit Architecture is the industry-leading BIM-authoring software. Along with Revit MEP and Revit Structure; Revit Architecture allows you to create a fully detailed BIM (Building Information Model).

So Revit is BIM, right?

Wrong. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a methodology, a way of working. Autodesk Revit is simply a tool to enable you to contribute to the BIM process / workflow. Just because are using Revit, it does not necessarily mean that you are BIM-compliant. Many people uses the words Revit and BIM interchangeably. This is incorrect.

How long does it take to learn Revit?

Obviously this is quite an open-ended question. ‘How long is a piece of string?’ comes to mind. Much will depend on how many hours you put into practising / utilising the concepts you have learnt. But on average you are looking at months not days or weeks, in order to feel comfortable with the basics.

What is the difference between Revit and AutoCAD?

Many people are familiar with AutoCAD (another Autodesk product). AutoCAD is predominantly used in 2D, to produce drawings from lines, arcs, hatch patterns, text, etc. In effect, it is a modern version of the drawing board! You still need to know where lines need to be in order to communicate your vision. Revit is totally different. With Revit, you (primarily) model your design. You then let the software create various 2D views from the 3D model you have created.

Revit versus Revit LT

Autodesk Revit covers the three primary building disciplines: Architecture, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) and Structural Engineering. To further complicate things, it comes in two main versions: Revit and Revit LT. Revit (sometimes referred as ‘full Revit’) contains tools for all three disciplines as well as functionality to enable cross-discipline collaboration. Revit LT is aimed at the smaller practice / sole-practitioner.

A word of advice: Please fully understand the differences (and limitations) between Revit and Revit LT before purchasing your software. All versions of Revit (and other Autodesk software) can be purchased directly from Autodesk via links on this site. If you are unsure which product would be best for your needs, feel free to contact me for free, objective and impartial advice.

Revit will design the building for me, right?

Wrong. Revit is a tool, albeit a very powerful one. You are the designer and as such it is expected that you know what you want and how it all goes together. Revit will (very efficiently) help you to develop, explore and communicate your designs to others.

Let’s get started with Autodesk Revit Architecture

It’s now time to start learning all about Autodesk Revit Architecture. Use the link below to return to the course index page. Use the ‘Watch video’ links on the right hand side of the page to work your way through each Unit in the course.

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