Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Its features include tools for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, construction, and enables coordination between disciplines. A Revit 2016 license is available for purchase as part of Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate editions. A desktop subscription to the Building Design Suite provides access to Revit software at its lowest cost of entry and allows you to stay current with the latest releases, benefit from flexible licensing rights, select cloud services, and support. This is an Autodesk product that allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model’s database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction and later demolition. From the beginning, Revit’s point was to allow architects and other building professionals to design and document a building by creating a parametric three-dimensional model including both the geometry and non-geometric design and construction information, what would later be referred to as Building Information Modeling or BIM. The two key differentiators to Revit when it first appeared were its parametric components being created using a graphical family editor rather than a programming language, and how all relationships between components, views, and annotations were captured by the model such that a change to any element would automatically propagate to keep the model consistent.
Many Revit users find its 3D capabilities superior to other products. Once you’ve drawn an object or component, you don’t have to copy or extend that item over to make an elevation view or take the time to draw several different elevation views. With Revit you draw it once and you’re done, which means big time savings. Users also appreciate how Revit streamlines workflows and saves time by generating floor plans from the model. Several users also note the aesthetic look of the workspace is a huge improvement from the somewhat bleak look of AutoCAD (the darkness is touted by AutoCAD as reducing eye strain). Other users appreciate how intuitive the project browser is, and how the drag and drop qualities of moving drawings and legends onto sheets feels very natural.
One major complaint with Revit across many users include an unacceptable number of bugs and issues that the company seems extremely slow to fix in subsequent releases, and these are bugs that affect people’s day-to-day work lives. Another major complaint is that it’s extremely slow, even on high-end powerful computers. Other users note that backwards compatibility is very problematic in upgrades, while others mention how the integrated text-editing tools are not robust, for example not allowing for more than one level of bulleting and numbering to achieve an outline presentation of information.
If BIM modeling is your need, Revit can meet that need. However, as with other AutoDesk products, it seems prone to very annoying bugs and glitches that seem to linger across multiple releases.