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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.

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Revit review by Christopher C.
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"Complex, Challenging, and Extremely Functional"

What do you like best?

I like the 3D of Revit so much more than AutoCad and the coordination with others trades, i.e. architecture & structural. The complexity makes me feel like I am actually building something, instead of just putting lines into drawings, representing fixtures, pipes, etc.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how the flow is not quite as easy as AutoCad, and how the commands can differ so much. It's difficult to become accustomed with the difference between views and viewports in AutoCad. Not having layers in Revit, unlike AutoCad, make it challenging.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient and watch many tutorials, until you get the feel of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been working on routing pipes through existing buildings and/or around other equipment. I have realized the value in the 3D element of Revit, compared to 2D AutoCad and how much more powerful Revit is. The automation in Revit that links everything together and makes all the sheets smart is very valuable.

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Revit review by Nate R.
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"Efficiency at the Expence of Some Creativity"

What do you like best?

Incredibly efficient program. From project conception to construction documents, Revit streamlines the process of architectural design. Many features save days if not weeks of time in producing documents for construction.

What do you dislike?

At times Revit can be overly formulaic. This shackles creativity to some degree. The interface can at times be anything but intuitive, which leads to a long and arduous learning curve.

Updates seem to be going in the wrong direction. Rather than fixing issues with interface and usability, Revit is focusing on parametric modeling in an attempt to overtake other modeling programs with different focuses. This seems to be a waste of resources from my perspective. Revit should focus on what it is good at, producing construction documents and rational buildings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At the moment, Revit is the best product out there for comprehensive architectural design, consultant collaboration, and drawing production.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the architectural profession, the ability to comprehensively model a building and formulate construction documents within the same program is immensely useful. In most cases, Revit has revolutionized the speed our profession operates.

What Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution do you use?

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Revit review by Josh F.
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"A great drafting/modeling program for a variety of Level Of Detail needs."

What do you like best?

I find working in a 3D space to be extremely helpful in understanding what I'm drawing and how it's supposed to be laid out. Not to mention it's uses in navigating a tight space or when coordinating with other disciplines on a project. I also very much like how smart the component systems can be. For instance, if I need to move a particular pipe, duct, etc. then the pieces connected to them will automatically move with them, no more having to use a Stretch command to force everything to move together.

What do you dislike?

There are still some limitations to the software. There's still no support for importing PDFs like there is in AutoCAD. Creating custom equipment can be frustrating as the line drawing system is very limited, and doesn't always allow adjustments the way you want it to. Shared Parameters for family models can be confusing and frustrating as well when an adjustment is needed. Drawing sloped piping can be particularly tedious and difficult, ductwork even more so, as Revit clearly favors straight lines and can end up overriding any sloped systems to be straight just by making small adjustments somewhere else. Finally, there's no backwards compatibility. You can save a model to a newer version of Revit, but there is no saving to a previous version, so you have to be very careful with that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Revit can be very useful and add a lot to what you can deliver in your project. But it can take some time to learn, and the cost of that to your company and your customers may not be what you need if you're not going to be using it consistently for projects. Also, be sure that if you are working with other disciplines in coordination, there won't be different versions used. Newer versions of Revit models can not be saved back to older versions like AutoCAD can do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Revit our drawings are being created faster, and more accurately. Though there is a learning curve to Revit, its smart systems can make drawing and refining plans easier. And as the industry moves to more 3D modeling and multi-discipline coordination to save on field work hours and materials, we're staying competitive.

Revit review by Jenny M.
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"globally recognized design tool"

What do you like best?

What I like best is that more than one person can be working on the file at a time. This allows architects to be coordinating with engineers and consultants simultaneously. It also allows different portions of a project to be worked on at the same time by a design team.

What do you dislike?

The default settings of the Revit are a bit lacking. Every time you open your drawing you have to reset tools which is a time waste. Some tools are intuitive but others need much more instruction. The best way to learn revit is to use it and use it often.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go through tutorials because it has so many functions that one is probably not even aware of. Spend a lot of time exploring all the tools. It is such a powerful bit of software but majority of users only use and master a small percentage of it's capability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In architecture, everyone in our firm uses it along with all of our consultants in different fields of design. We can coordinate our drawings seamlessly. It's so important to be able to see engineers drawings in comparison to the architectural drawings. Coordinate and resolve conflicts of information/design.

Revit review by Abhishek D.
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"Revit makes construction easy!"

What do you like best?

Love how all the disciplines can coordinate. It allows you to look at what other disciplines are doing with their design and pick up the critical items which needs to be attributed for your own design.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to develop plugins to automate. Dynamo is still new and isn't very user friendly to let you build plugins or write script to automate tasks in revit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely use Revit. BIM is the way forward. Reduced the liability from the contractor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit has a big role in the construction industry. As an electrical engineer, it allows me to design, draft and coordinate everything in one location. Setting up the electrical settings in the model is easy. All the calculations can be automated and additional plugins allow to extract data for further analysis.

Makes life easier by helping in identifying potential clashes and fixes it easily. Revit is definitely way forward in the industry.

Revit review by Emily H.
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"Industry Wide Standard for Architecture"

What do you like best?

Revit is fully integrated - it is easy to get all trades involved in the project. Our firm has architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design in house and it is super productive to have the model opened by everyone at the same time working on different aspects. Coordination time is cut in half with model sharing with engineers and consultants. Using other autodesk softwares (like navisworks) is incredibly helpful, as teams can quickly share models and run clash detection with all trades.

What do you dislike?

Revit is a little dense sometimes with what it wants. Buildings need to be pretty figured out before modeling them in revit makes sense. Sometimes there are too many parameters required.. I wish it was more fluid for the design process. Another dislike for revit is how hard it is to model fluid forms. It's not like AutoCAD or sketching where one can draw a wavy line and make it work. Revit has to fully understand ever piece of geometry and sometimes that gets complicated when it hasn't fully been figured out yet. It's important to know what the weaknesses are of the software and when to go to sketching or quick massing model making to show certain concepts/designs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using revit takes a lot of up front coordination - templates, family creation (windows, doors, project standards), but it is exceptionally rewarding to have everything held together with revit. Revit makes the most sense for firms who require coordination between multiple trades as it can handle importing other models from different sources (sketchup, CAD, revit, etc).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using revit from predesign through construction administration to get architecture projects understood, coordinated, detailed in house. We also use revit as a diving board to export models for visualization softwares as well as for energy modeling.

Revit review by Montserratt D.
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"Primordial tool to create designs based on intelligent and three-dimensional objects."

What do you like best?

It is impeccable when it comes to working on this software as it covers all the needs of 2D modeling, 3D and very well designed details within the program, which in architecture and engineering is more than just making a drawing drawn in a Flat without so many complications at the time of lifting a modeling. I love the vector perspectives obtained in this program, an excellent presentation and modeling with a great multidisciplinary work environment within a team working together and coordinating the changes entered.

What do you dislike?

I would say that it is one of the few programs that is so complete and that gives a lot of results when it comes to finishing a project or modeling I really do not have anything that I dislike about this software I love it and it solves me 100% in my office work and jobs from home.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this software in a unique way since it is super good at the time of use and simple which helps in the updates for material changes which is a great impact in that it gives a transparency always demonstrating the best possible quality for highly complex jobs within the design and modeling industries.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to take great control of my projects and 3D models to the letter, managing to carry out all the details within the architectural elements such as engineering, the great handling of files without joining if not giving an individualism such as materials and strategic points which are a fundamental basis within any modeling at the time of any modification at the last minute.

Revit review by Forrest H.
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"I have both taught and used Revit in a professional environment for over 10 years."

What do you like best?

Revit is a great modeling tool that allows you to create parametric models that contain customizable parameters which can be utilized in schedules. This is great when tracking quantities for BIM enabled estimating.

What do you dislike?

I do not like how Revit has dominated the market. While its easier when everyone is in the same platform, it affects their development and is limited to just what "Autodesk" feels is important. A lack of diversity in the industry has built in weakness when developing workflows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Create good company standards when creating any content in Revit. Modeling can be achieved in many different ways and some are better than others. Always model as closely as you will build it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a general contractor, I utilize Revit to create models of any scope we self-perform. We also use the software to look at design partners models to extract needed information.

Revit review by Camila S.
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"Amazing program that takes some time to master"

What do you like best?

I like how it can adapt to your workflow depending on what you need. It's functionality has many powerful tools that help us on our day to day use. It is amazing how it can help you optimized processes you didn't even know you needed to upgrade. Information that has been defined and introduced in each element of the project helps our whole company with decision making along all the phases of the project.

The Autodesk Knowledge Network is a huge resource of tips, tricks and help for every problem you might encounter.

What do you dislike?

The file size can be a problem, models sometimes cannot be opened at first try since the program has difficulties handling the size. Backwards compatibility needs to be implemented at least to help in file sharing and collaboration purposes. BIM requires collaboration and agreement between all the involved parties and agreeing on versions can be problematic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is not Autocad, so at first it might be difficult to switch to a 3D modelling/design workflow where every element needs a further level of definition from the earlier design stages. However, the benefits of having to input all this information into the model/design is incredibly helpful later on. The time invested at the beginning will be paying off quite soon after the first projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design process is now much faster and can produce information and documentation on request in no time.

Revit review by Eduardo E. O.
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"Perfect tool for BIM Architecture, Autodesk Revit."

What do you like best?

Its a complete software for Architecture planning and 3D Model creation, its an Autodesk software so they have a clear knowledge of what tools the architects need. BIM technology implemented in this software is an important tool these days, easily offers us to have control of several sectors or processes of an architectural project in a single file is the future.

What do you dislike?

In spite of being a software of great help and that contains most of the tools that anyone who works in an architectural project needs, has a weak point and is the high amount of requirements that a PC must have to work comfortably; no less than an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a dedicated graphic card of at least 2 GB for views and 3D tours are necessary to be able to use the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a high costs software, really needs a high requirements pc for better and faster results. For other side, i recomend a new and easier user interface, a better rendering and visualization tools for Archviz.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architecture, Archviz and visualization projects.

Revit review by Leah P.
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"Best tool we have, but I sure wish it was better"

What do you like best?

The 3D nature of Revit is really great compared to any other 2D software because everything is linked; you have 1 wall, not multiple lines, and you can move that wall once, and it moves in every other drawing in the project. It also provides very great renderings when you know how to set up the materials.

What do you dislike?

The amount of times I curse at Revit because of the long list of stupid things it does... It is still very glitchy and they don't update simple things year to year, even though you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for each version (one version they changed the spacing between letters so all of the text needed to be changed in a project- WHY?!?!). It is not easy to get a good looking architectural drawing from the beginning, it takes time to make it look good and perfect line weights. The rendering service is great, although it is very difficult to make the materials look like they should- a lot of trial and error- sometimes photoshop on a white model is easier. Dimensions disappear when you move or update some things... The biggest annoyances are all the error messages- most of them I say to myself, "I know, I meant to move that..." but any of the errors I don't understand, don't tell you what the error is really for. Then you have to take time to figure out what is wrong, and fix it. I know you can do it, Revit, please be better soon!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try Vectorworks instead..

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In 2D software, if you don't update something in every single drawing, there could be major problems during construction. Revit allows us to change something once, and know that it is changed everywhere. Coordination with other consultants can be much easier, and everyone can work in the same model at once (although that comes with its own set of difficulties)

Revit review by Marco L.
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"Revit is imply a MUST HAVE software !!"

What do you like best?

As a architect i can't teel how much i like this softaware. It is not a classic drawing tool but it is based on how a bulding is really made from a to z. So they it works is very close to the architects preparation. Also i love, not even like, section tool that dynamically updates sections if you make changes on the project. It has a perfect integration with autodesk 3ds max.

What do you dislike?

It requires a lot of patience to be learned if you come from an Autocad background. There too many tools and this makes the software a bit heavy and confusing at the same time. Some quick and common operation, like adding dimensions to a floorplan should be semplified. Same thing for material editor and management

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using revit requires a bit of patience cause it is not Autocad. So a lot of times it come natual to expect functions and workflow similar to his famous cad brother ... but once that you realize that Revit is a different tool with a different environment, you'll really enjoy and it will will a lot of expression possibility. A lot of complex and boring Autocad tasks are just something to remember when you'll start using Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making cad drawings and 3d models of architectural objects faster and in a more precise way. It is also a new way to teach cad to young students

Revit review by Mario G.
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"Revit Architecture"

What do you like best?

This is by far the best software for architects. There's a lot of competition out there when we speak about architectural software, and I know the other companies have done a lot of work trying to catch up with Autodesk, but to be honest, this has been a fight for years and nobody has done what Autodesk did with this software, and all the updates and new cool stuff that year after year Revit has been coming up with, starting with the aspect that this BIM product does almost everything for you, it does 2D, 3D, renderings, walkthroughs, details, almost everything with just throwing out there a single line!. In my 6 years of experience, I haven't seen any other software do what Revit does. And the best of all is that is pretty easy to use, like literally, it tells you what the tool is for, for example, drawing a wall with a certain thickness is as easy as selecting the tool "Wall" and then select your type of wall you need. And if that is not enough, you can always create your OWN material, or families library, which is pretty awesome because you can have everything you have used in the past, for a recent project.

What do you dislike?

I really don't dislike anything of this software but I would have to say something, probably would be the time of renderings, buy know Autodesk and Revit had been partnering with some other render engines like Enscape or Vray and that gives you lot more quality than the default Revit itself, and that is a huge plus.

Recommendations to others considering the product

a MUST learn and use product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everything, this software is just the creation from Designers to Designers

Revit review by Gabriela C.
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"Multidisciplinary BIM software suitable for every professional in the construction field"

What do you like best?

It's a software that offers you every tool needed during each phase of a construction project. What I like the best is that it's a multidisciplinary platform that can be shared in a team of professionals with different specialties since it has the layouts/tools required for the construction's management, design, plumbing, structure, lighting, etc.

What do you dislike?

The rendering takes long, and the results are not as good as you'd expect, though they do have a cloud rendering service.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've realized that Revit is a very simple BIM software, yet it provides many tools that cannot only make the modeling of your project easier, but it can also give you information that will make your design more adequate if you use the analyze tools.

Revit review by Lakshya G.
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"Best 3D modelling software there is"

What do you like best?

The software is so vast, elaborate and has so many diverse options one can play with which makes 3D & BIM modelling very easy and convenient. The interference and clash detection is the best tool for designer engineers dealing with multiple discipline models within revit.

What do you dislike?

One think I dislike about it is User Keynote Add in. The tags for keynotes have to be hosted on to a family in the model and doesn't cling on to the floor or ceiling (which are the only components that are static) since families move, get replaced, deleted etc., the keynote tags are lost with them .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely check it out on youtube channels, plethora of training videos out there and see for yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I perform Building Information Modelling and Design using Revit on a variety of new construction projects from water treatment plants, residential, commercial, educational facilities etc. and generate blueprints, schedules and detail sheets, riser diagrams etc. all of which was a tedious process but Revit makes it very slick and systematic.

Revit review by Evan C.
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"Revit: Revolutionizing the Building Industry"

What do you like best?

Drafting buildings and building systems in 3D is excellent for explaining to clients what buildings look like. 3D Drafting can be complicated, but Revit has a fairly intuitive User Interface with accessible modifications that make sense after getting used to the software. Revit isn't easy to pick up without a background in drafting, but the power it has is formidable. I also enjoy the material schedules and quantities that it can generate on its own, it speeds up a lot of the work I've done.

What do you dislike?

Revit is a difficult software to use to its fullest potential. There are many things going on and sometimes, to get a desired effect, you must go through steps in a very specific way. This can be difficult for those who approach drafting in a line of thinking from a different direction than the software is designed for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Still using AutoCAD for building design? Switch to Revit. It has far more information that can be used once layouts are completed. Building data can be retrieved such as R-Values, quantities of studs and sheathing material, structural data, volumetric values, the list goes on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling and taking quantities generated by Revit are probably the most convenient part of the software. The 3D drafting is awesome, but it doesn't necessarily speed things up, unlike scheduling.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Work faster and smarter"

What do you like best?

I love that Revit helps me to work faster - by updating everything real-time without having to re-draw information in multiple locations. I love being able to update a door type and it updates the floor plan, elevation, schedule, and any other locations that door shows up on the drawing sheets. Not having to go back and update every single reference every time there is a change to the drawing is such a time saver.

What do you dislike?

I have found that detailing or drawing details isn't as efficient as I would like - so I typically still use traditional "drafting" for details instead of building modeling. I have found that drafting up intricate or non-standard details is a bit cumbersome. Implementing Revit is a slower transition to being efficient since it doesn't seem as intuitive as using AutoCAD and I'm frequently having to search for how to do different things I need to do. The text-editing interface is severely lacking.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to work faster since the building model is updated with every change. It also helps us notice any inconsistencies in the building design sooner since we have to completely "build" the building instead of drawing lines on paper with 2D drafting. We notice sooner if there is something missing from the drawing set or building design.

Revit review by Gladys Z.
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"Una Buena Herremienta para tus Proyectos"

What do you like best?

A pesar de que no es una herramienta de dibujo clásica, es una herramienta que contiene funciones para todas las disciplinas, como mecánica, sanitarias y eléctricas, ademas de esto es cada vez que el software lanza una nueva actualización lo hace para mejor, añadiendo nuevos elementos que ayudan a agilizar mas el trabajo de un proyecto.

What do you dislike?

Lo que mas me ha disgustado hasta el momento, es que a veces los archivos suelen ser muy pesados para procesar, por ende hay que tener una buenas maquina donde el programa corra muy bien.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A pesar de un que es un software muy completo, si hay que ser muy paciente al momento de aprender sobre el mismo, ya que muchos piensan que puede ser como Autocad, por lo que esperamos que las herramientas sea similares a este, pero eso si una vez que te adentras al programas comenzaras a resolver la cosas mas complejas de una maneras mas rápida y precisa.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hacer modelos 3D de objetos arquitectónicos más rápido y de una manera más precisa.

Revit review by User in Construction
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"Revit- 18 Years of Use "

What do you like best?

Revit allows you to create a parametric building model, meaning when you move a wall, the floor, ceiling, roof, windows and doors go with it. It allows you to be as accurate as you need to be. All the objects "know" what they are and that data is available for the end user to access in whatever way they need to, ie graphical or tagged and noted or scheduled. Also drawing sheet creation is very easy.

What do you dislike?

The groups tool is picky on what you group and how you do it and leads to time wasted on repeatative tasks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are coming from a 2d drafting environment you will have to understand you are now working on a building model. Everything you do in one view has an effect on other views and this is both a good thing and a dangerous thing. Learn how to use the tool as it is intended to be use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Delivering documentation to estimate and construct architectural projects. We have realized greater understanding of what we want to build before we actually build it. We also can show the clients what they will be getting in a way they can understand it(ie thru renderings or 3d perspective views).

Revit review by Leandro L.
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"Revit beats AutoCAd"

What do you like best?

What I like the most about Revit is that all the information is contained in one model. You can have a better interaction with other specialties. Since everything is in the model the creation of the views and sheets is easier, walls and other architectural features are easier to set up.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes when the model is big you have to use several parts so the central model doesn't crash. I have worked on big projects where we kept everything in one model and due to constant crash, we had to split the central model in two parts. But is not something that a couple of links cant solve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As soon as you start using Revit you will never go back to AutoCAD,so if you work as an architect or Interior Designer this is the right moment to start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well, I work for a company that uses BIM as the main platform, most of our works are developed in Revit.

Revit review by Anton K.
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"The ultimate design tool for A&E industry"

What do you like best?

I love Revit because it allows multiple disciplines to put a 3D model of a building together at a high detail level. It greatly helps reduce discipline conflicts by allowing you to looks at a projects at numerous angles without having to flip from sheet to sheet, discipline to discipline.

What do you dislike?

With high detail of design, it is not always easy to avoid errors and slowdowns on large projects. The more disciplines are involved in a single Revit model, the buggier and slower the model can become. On the bright side, Revit is getting better and better with each version in how it handles larger size projects and any syncing issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Dedicate people on your team to be Revit experts. Revit requires a good chunk of overhead time for training and research.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving conflicts between disciplines is a major positive of Revit. Revit allows for a quick visualization of all parts of a project for a more seamless design.

Revit review by Benjamin W.
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"Revit is the tool of the future for the design community!"

What do you like best?

Coming from AutoCAD, Revit makes projects a seamless transition from preliminary design options to complete construction documents and administration. The ability to draw in 3D allows for coordination between disciplines to occur much easier to overcome design problems while keeping the project moving forward.

Rendering and 3D views also provide a realistic experience for the client so that they may see there new building or product before it is built. This helps them tremendously by being able to market earlier to certain clientele or help with community approval.

This is a great tool for collaboration between disciplines and if all parties have "bought" into the product, the project will turn out much better than if everyone uses a different design software.

What do you dislike?

Some of the main problems with Revit is that there are sometimes some updates that tend to out date the computer that I have been using and would crash or certain areas would not work properly due to the out dated hardware.

Also some collaboration with other disciplines makes it difficult when they do not use the same software and only a certain type of file can be brought in. Also the ability to not insert PDFs like JPEGs is an issue because PDF drawings have more detail and are more clear than a JPEG when inserted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a full service design instrument that can produce construction site ready construction documents as well as 3D rendering and perspectives, Revit is the GO TO product. The precision and complexity of the program allows for the user to create drawings with simple ease as well as create sheet sets that are ready to go out the door the field to be constructed. Many other disciplines are moving to the use of Revit, so by doing so, we are staying ahead of the game.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits for this product totally out weight its negatives given its collaboration efforts in our industry. We have been able to stream line our collaboration with other design disciplines to achieve our end goals of a fully designed and competent product.

Revit review by Terri M.
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"Ultimate Tool"

What do you like best?

I like that this program is always evolving to meet the users needs. The programmers seem to continue to change and modify small details at this point to make it more efficient and user friendly.

What do you dislike?

There is a forum entitled something like, "360 reasons why I cannot find my chair" meaning that because of the flexibility sometimes things get lost/won't show because there are too many options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the most user friendly and all inclusive program for this industry.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use of time is far greater than on any other project. There is great integration amongst ourselves for workflow, but also our consultants and engineers. We can use clash detection to fin where there will be problems, and also where we can afford to utilize space differently.

Revit review by Troy F.
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"This is a great tool for generating floorplans, sections, elevations, and 3D models"

What do you like best?

I like that we build a 3D building to generate 2D deliverables as opposed to 2D lines to represent a 3D building. By creating a model, when an update is made it is reflected on all other drawings as soon as The user's local file is synchronized with the central file on the server.

What do you dislike?

Doing precision or unique MEP configurations can get tricky. The program is also very interconnected to the point that colleagues that were only partially trained have deleted what they thought were lines or items in a schedule but in fact deleted objects other employees were using as smart objects. After a few years of training though, it is now certainly saving us more time than AutoCAD did previously.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're switching for the first time, be sure to do so on a small project. Learning the software on a large project like we did can be a very frustrating ordeal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create large industrial R&D facilities or do retrofits of existing facilities. We can spend a little extra time up front to properly build the model, but the time saved later on with coordination and the missed coordination that was prevented is well worth the early schedule delays.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"good for drafting and modelling.. not for massing"

What do you like best?

I like Revit the most where it draws building in a way how its to build exactly. It calls for a drawback also if you are going out of the traditional way! Revit gives sections and elevations and 3D views in a click!!

What do you dislike?

I would really like it if it would be as useful as rhino for massing purpose. Especially for curved objects. It messes up really bad there!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not useful for all the designers out there. It is very much indeed if you are in the construction field, for Architects and Engineers.

It does need a computer system with good ram and graphics card to work well. Works better with Windows pc than Mac.

Not so good for massing, mostly for manipulating an object with curves.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm an Architect. I use Revit for all kinds of building drawings. The best part is many consultants can work on a single file at the same time. which gives you more clarity about the project.

Revit review by John T K.
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"In the Beginning of Revit 2017"

What do you like best?

I'm only at the beginning and learning stage of Revit 2017. So far what I have learned and know at this time is it will be a great tool and I have a lot to learn. I can see through proper training one should be able to achieve great goals and produce amazing results with Revit.

What do you dislike?

As I mentioned earlier, I have a lot to learn, there is a very large learning curve for skill sets with regards to being able to maneuver around with ease.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this product to anyone that is willing to see outside the box of the traditional 2D drafting stiles and advance into the 3D world that is current and thriving.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have no business problems to solve currently at this time, but the benefits are great and will worth it once I have gained control of this great product.

Revit review by Nick T.
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"Powerful 3D Parametric Modeling and Drawing Creation"

What do you like best?

Designing in a 3D environment that contains one project scope in one software file helps to eliminate the need for multiple drawing files that can be difficult to keep coordinated. The great feature of the parametric database is when you make a change in one place it happens in any related view.

The features I like in Revit:

Worksharing -- the ability to allow multiple people to edit the same file and keep everything synchronized.

Phases -- to show different sequences in construction.

Schedules -- to quantify model elements.

What do you dislike?

The text editor, although recently improved still isn't robust.

Navigating 3D views in a large, complex model can be a bit difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Begin by creating a model of your home to gain a basic understanding of how the features are used and some of the challenges that come up when using Revit.

Also, it's much more than just putting lines on a page. You are placing 'objects' into a database and so you need to keep 'the big picture' in mind of what you are creating. Eg: If you are modeling a wall, it has a thickness, a starting elevation and has a height--it isn't just two lines.

There are also many 3rd party plug-ins that simplify repetitive tasks and make a drawing/modeling workflow simpler.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to gain a better understanding of how the building will be constructed by reviewing the construction documents as well as the 3D model.

We aggregate models from multiple sources and set them up to export to Navisworks for clash detection.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit Review"

What do you like best?

I like that I can simultaneously create floor plans, sections, elevations, and 3D views by building my model. This allows me to work quickly and efficiently. Also, it is a great way to create construction drawings. It is very easy to create various sheets and organize them accordingly. Also, symbols and text are generally pretty universal, which creates a cohesive looking project.

What do you dislike?

I think that the renderings that are produced could be stronger. It takes a lot of effort and adjusting to create a good rendering through the cloud. The light and materials often unrealistic and flat. Many of the Revit families found online are not accurately portrayed and do not function well in the project file. They also cannot be easily adjusted, which Revit should allow the user to do. Also, it uses a lot of memory on my computer, which causes my computer to work slowly and it sometimes crashes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To make sure that your computer can tolerate using that large amount of memory. Also, there is a limited amount of credits a student can have. Therefore, the student cannot render as many times as he or she wants which is limiting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to study the space I am designing and to complete projects, which includes floor plans, lighting plans, details, sections, elevations, and renderings. It is an easy way to get a sense of the space's size and overall feeling.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Convenient Software in compare to AutoCAD"

What do you like best?

Don't need to draw section and elevation separately. You do not need to draw elevation and sections separately. At the same time that you draw floor plan, you will have the 3D, so the elevations and sections. If you change anything in floor plan, you don't need to manually change it in elevation and sections, automatically all changed accordingly.

Another option is to sync Architectural Revit to structural and MEP versions for cost estimating, structural and MEP design. If you change anything in architectural REVIT, you don't need to manually change it in STRUCTURAL REVIT/MEP REVIT. Automatically all changes happens there accordingly. So when it's synced, every change can be seen by other engineers who use same plans in REVIT.

What do you dislike?

Hard to use it for already built buildings. Specially for windows, doors. Even for new buildings, if you don't have the Revit furniture/windows/doors of the manufacturer as a REVIT, it made it hard. Also, changing the levels that you defined in beginning causes change in whole project. Another problem is you can copy it to use it for another building, because you can modify i=the older one for newer project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural Revit can be synced easily to structural and MEP versions for cost estimating, structural and MEP design. If you change anything in floor plan, you don't need to manually change it in elevation and sections, automatically all changed accordingly. So when it's synced, every change can be seen by other engineers -structural engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, cost estimator, and project manager - who use same plans in REVIT.

Revit review by Taylor T.
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"Powerful BIM software "

What do you like best?

File management is the best part of this product, instead of loosing links or broken x-refs, revit holds the entire project in one file. Never worry about re-numbering pages, double checking drawing call-outs again! Works well with simple projects as well as complex buildings. Like most autodesk products, there are many intuitive features, it just takes a while to get used to short cuts and key strokes.

What do you dislike?

There is a steep learning curve to this program. If coming from traditional CAD expect to spend a good chunk of time learning the basics and tools. Don't expect to be able to use and understand all the functions on your first project. Lynda has excellent training courses. The text editing feature is like working in the stone ages. It does scale to the drawings better than traditional autocad but good look formatting simple text boxes or tables.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This products is 100x more effective if your consultants are using revit as well. It is not a deal breaker since you can export easily into a CAD format but helps catch coordination errors in projects. If a rendering is part of the scope of work, you are also able to easily import the model to additional software such as lumion with plugins rather simply.

Revit review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit review for a small Architectural Firm"

What do you like best?

The program itself is easy to use and very easy to teach. The best use for this program is modeling a project to its most simplistic form in order to get good renderings. Then you gradually update the model to make elevations, floor plans, etc.

What do you dislike?

The biggest con is the price of the full Revit program. Sometimes it is not feasible for a small firm to use because of the cost of the program. Revit does not allow you to save back once you update a model to a newer Revit. This is a huge problem especially when not everyone in the office has the latest Revit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try Revit LT first on a small project, then gradually upgrade to the full Revit program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to share the model with engineers which in return makes for a project with less errors during construction. It makes for working with the engineers and client much easier, because we can all visualize what the actual project will look like with all of the components.

Revit review by Greg H.
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"Industry Leader for BIM"

What do you like best?

Revit is a feature-rich platform that not only allows you to design buildings but analyze them with a series of different tools. Whether you're looking at quantities, structural analysis, or building performance analysis, it has it all.

What do you dislike?

The overall price is relatively expensive. Users are now required to purchase a subscription which is best described as a lease. The are so many features, that it can be difficult to know enough to be completely proficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Select the tool that allows you to be efficient and collaborate with others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit feels like an all-in-one solution. Not only can you document your designs, but you can coordinate in 3D, create 3D renderings, analyze the structure and building systems.

Revit review by Noa B.
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"A Must for architects!"

What do you like best?

Revit is a one stop shop for architects. It sees the process of creating a building from very preliminary schematic design all the way to construction and afterwards. I haven't been using it for very long, but I find that its pretty intuitive, and fairly straightforward.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit overwhelming for beginners because it encompasses so much architecture, plus every time you start at a new firm, you have to get used to different graphic standards, which is both good and bad. It can also be quite limiting creatively and often puts beginning students in a box (pun intended) sometimes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Youtube and practice!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having an all in one design program, so there it creates universality all over the industry. It makes communication across various fields very easy.

Revit review by Stephanie Y.
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"Everyday User"

What do you like best?

If you take advantage of Revit fully you can create a file that has all the documentation you need throughout the design process, that can be accessed from multiple locations by multiple team members.

What do you dislike?

Text formatting is tricky in Revit, not all fonts and formats are available. 3D modeling is not as quick or intuitive as it can be in Sketchup.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to set up the organization of your model, especially if working collaboratively with other team members. Save often!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great to have a pretty much 1 stop tool for drafting plans, elevations, creating 3D views, creating renderings and producing construction documents. This is software that can be used throughout the design process. We work across offices in different regions as well as globally with this software.

Revit review by Tab C.
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"Much easier than I thought"

What do you like best?

I was able to create a survey to send out to our members in about 30 minutes. I had never used the program but it was very well laid out and easy to use. Also the ability to filter results for data mining was great!

What do you dislike?

Not much. I used the free version which is limited to 10 questions which makes sense because they have to make money if you are sending out a ton of questions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really easy to use for beginers

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This was the easiest way to ask our members a set of questions and get results in a format that could be filtered.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit in the workplace"

What do you like best?

Revit is a full featured BIM modeler that has improved the quality of drawings, and ease of detailing throughout a project set. Smart details that auto-update no matter what sheet are not only good to have, but they reduce the amount of drawings errors throughout a sheet-set.

What do you dislike?

There are only a couple things that are hinderances, those being very minor. the only one i can think of off the top of my head is that you can't dimension to a field region.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's the most widely used and most compatible with other programs that consultants may use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in an architecture firm, and we need to produce construction documents that are then built in the field. Revit has minimized areas of the project that may have had conflicts that aren't at first apparent, but become apparent when creating a section or elevation. By having consultants using Revit conflicts such as beam and duct interchanges become less likely.

Revit review by Katie E. R.
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"Architect's Necessity - LEARN THIS PROGRAM"

What do you like best?

BIM is necessary in my profession; all architects need to learn to use Revit. There is a big learning curve for those that are CAD based, and a lot can go wrong if you don't know what you're doing or pay attention. Learning to edit and manipulate families is by far the most challenging for most people on my team, however once you learn the basics the options are endless. CD production can go really quickly once you have office-wide templates set up. You can set up project templates which have all the typical things that you are always going to need for a drawing set, and then within that you can set up View Templates and apply them to each drawing so that if you have basic visibility items you are always implementing, you can apply them pretty quickly.

What do you dislike?

Every year a new version comes out and you must upgrade a model every time you want to use it in the most recent version. There are always more capabilities offered, but often we need to freeze frame a version because our consultant's don't use the most current version etc. The text editing capabilities are poor and always have been in Revit, Typing out general notes and pasting them in proves to be really difficult. It would also be nice if there was the ability to link excel documents into a model and have them update when re-linked.

Recommendations to others considering the product

TEACH YOURSELF how to use the program - attend training sessions, watch tutorials....

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CD production; presentation deliverables; its best to know what your final deliverable will be when working in Revit. A lot of people get caught up in the minutia of modeling every minor detail, when in the end this is not typically necessary for the end product. Scheduling things, phasing your model, the ability to set up design options, and the ability to run take-offs -- all of these capabilities are why Revit & BIM modeling is far superior to using AutoCAD. Coordination with engineers is a major benefit to BIM.

Revit review by User in Design
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"The Best BIM Modeling Out There "

What do you like best?

I like that this software can be used for design, production, and during construction. It can be used for simple and complex projects, as well as 2D and 3D graphics. Simply put, it can do it all!

What do you dislike?

There can be a bit of a learning curve to using Revit. However, that being said I am always learning something new, which is exciting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't know how to do something look online. There are plenty of resources available and many YouTube videos that can walk you through problems. Autodesk is also great at keeping their website up to date with questions and answers from users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The firm I work for utilizes Revit for every project we work on in all phases. This is the software we use for all our Construction Documents and it makes creating CDs more efficient as we can have multiple people working in the same model. This is essential for larger, more complex projects.

Revit review by Trevor D.
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"Great software for standarization"

What do you like best?

I like that fact that one experienced person could train/manage a group of inexperienced people due to the ease and use of Revit and the component system.

What do you dislike?

The best feature I like also lends it self to stagnant employees who don't fully understand the building process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Revit is amazing, user friendly, anyone with general computer knowledge can pick up basic task quickly. Certain pieces are more difficult and take a little bit of tinkering (roofs for residential homes)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everyday workflow, standardization.

Revit review by Constance C.
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"Efficiency with occasional setbacks"

What do you like best?

Can contain huge amount of data without compromising the speed. A platform where architects can work in one place, I still occassionally discover a new function in Revit. Especially loving the fact we don't have to wonder which file is the latest. There is not an alteration to the project without everyone who works on it noticing. Communication is the key in teamwork and Revit is making everyone keeps each other posted. It improves the efficiency, accuracy and communication to the office

What do you dislike?

It takes time for manufacturers to catch up to provide their BIM models. Off the shelve products are limited. Some restrictions from Revit side are understandable since it's trying to stimulate the real construction, but sometimes it won't allow you to do certain things that doesn't really make sense and setback the progress we're making. For instance, it won't allow you to copy and paste a legend viewport to different sheets. Why? Rendering engine is not quite fast, but the quality will do the work during planning...

Recommendations to others considering the product

It may take some time for the office to learn new tricks, but Revit definitely worth the effort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically same as above. Limited Selection of manufacturers who can provide us the BIM model with product information and eventually we'll have to model it ourselves. Although it speeds up the process of updating schedules and lower the risk that some drawings and schedules are not updated accordingly. Looking at several other addins to enhance the power of Revit. Hopefully dynamo will be developed as Grasshopper someday to give users more freedom to run data analysis and form formation.

Revit review by Mike H.
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"Good platform, Steep learning Curve, You adjust to Revit not the other way around"

What do you like best?

The speed and refresh rate of updating quantities and modifications to a project.

What do you dislike?

The available content is getting better but is usually "dumb" objects that require extensive modification to work the way you need it to. Initial startup cost is VERY significant, if your starting from scratch or coming from the world of Autocad. Everything you have created has to be re-built and processes have to be redone. You have to change the way your company operates to work with Revit, Not change revit to work with your existing structures and standards. there are several workarounds, to get the software to work with you. It still has bugs that need to worked out. 3D design is great but 2D construction documents are still the standard, and limited to the construction workers ability to follow the plans.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the whole story, dont believe the ease that the Autodesk salesperson shows and tells you about, they have "canned" demos with scripts and a perfect project to glorify the features. Have them show you how it works on a real world scenario or use one of your existing or older projects for a good baseline comparison. Ultimately Revit's workflow will take 2-3 times as long as you could do it in Autocad. Mostly due to the "workarounds" required to get the task completed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualization is key to the software, ease of modification and realtime updates across the project. Having multiple people being able to work on the same project at the same time is a great benefit, no longer having to have relied on one person to get a specific task completed.

Revit review by Chris C.
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"Powerful BIM program, but currently in a "feature slump""

What do you like best?

Revit is extremely intelligent when it comes to data, and has innumerable ways to sort, filter, and display all that data. It's great at quickly "storyboarding" a drawing set, and keeping all the links and references intact when the plans and details inevitably have to move around on sheets or between sheets. The rendering engine has gotten MUCH more powerful since switching away from Nvidia's Mental Ray to Autodesk's proprietary Raytrace engine. Other "rendering" features in the graphical display options have been very useful as well, such as ambient shadows and sketchy lines.

What do you dislike?

Autodesk seems to be in what I refer to as a "feature slump". They are still pushing out updates every year (or less than a year on subscription), yet they seem to only be addressing minor issues and changes. There's a large (and growing) community on the Revit Ideas page requesting features, and most of the top voted have been a part of similar programs for nearly a decade. Text is still very frustrating and speed is a constant issue with the growing complexity of models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Revit is the best BIM platform out there right now, but it does have a large learning curve, as with any other CAD software, and has some glaring issues. But, overall, it is the best option we have and it will certainly have a positive effect on your buisness.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our biggest observations have been one, the reduction of broken links and discordance between the sheets, and two, the unification of our office standards. Revit is inherently keeping track of all the details and references which takes that trivial task completely out of our hands. Also, the template has become a powerful tool for us to push new standards and families out to the entire office.

Revit review by Brij P.
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"Really user friendly software with support for PDF, CAD and spreadsheet, etc."

What do you like best?

Revit is easy to work with. It has support for families, just drag and drop them into the model. Also, you can sort various disciplines in Revit.

What do you dislike?

Revit does not have backward compatibility. Also, it needs reloading CAD formats and other formats if you make changes to them. Importing from other Revit models is hard too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider Revit for 3-D modeling and infracture building

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building technologies with Revit. So far, I have used Revit for almost every project I came across.

Revit review by User in Higher Education
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"Great for Project Delivery and Seamless Collaboration"

What do you like best?

Revit allows for architects, engineers, and other consultants to collaborate with one another and work on a singular model that is constantly being updated. It allows for the easy delivery of updated and coordinated drawing sets.

What do you dislike?

Revit sometimes does not give the user much control especially in the graphics department. To set a lineweight or create insulation is a very convoluted process for something that should be simple and is simple in other programs like AutoCAD.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest that any company train their employees in Revit before beginning any projects. A simple three day review can go a long way in the understanding of the program and prevent a lot of issues in the future. A majority of issues come from collaboration as everyone is working on the same model, so employees need to be trained on how to work together on one individual model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of coordination with Revit and the program allows us to detect any potential problems or clashes with building systems before construction.

Revit review by Elizabeth N.
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"Revit review-architectural application"

What do you like best?

Bim sharing and the render to cloud' are it's best features. Renders are of a decent quality output.

What do you dislike?

You can tell if a building is designed in Revit software. Can be somewhat restrictive and over detail model elements too early in design phase.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It in seems like an overwhelming jump from AutoCAD, but worth it to switch to full modeling. There are many features to learn, don't override Bim features because you are use to cad drawings. Great for design documents and sheet layouts but not as great for initial design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently using it for student work,my firm does not currently use it however it is a very common software in architecture firms.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit for Architecture and Design"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to collaborate between multiple people and industries and link models together. The level of detail helps projects come together with minimal surprises. I also love that once you've built the model, creating and changing perspectives is easy.

What do you dislike?

The program can be difficult to learn at first. Understanding the basics is easy, but anything more complex - such as creating your own components or renderings - becomes more challenging.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Again, being able to collaborate with our engineers helps everything flow smoother and creates projects that work the way we design. It's also a benefit for clients to be able to create on-the-fly perspectives to show them in 3D how a floor plan will look.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"It is not by chance that Revit is the most widely used BIM software by architects and engineers."

What do you like best?

The intuitive features of the modeling system itself, combined with the ability to link in 3D building models puts Revit far ahead of competitors. With Revit, you have the ability to collaborate between offices and industries. The applications for virtual reality viewing make Revit an invaluable addition to the draftsman's toolbox moving forward. It is amazing how simple it is to highlight interference issues when multiple building systems are linked into one model simultaneously.

What do you dislike?

Because Revit is a three-dimensional modeling software, it takes some adjustment to move out of the 2D world. However, the efficiencies of working in 3D quickly outweigh the time lost in the learning curve. In the future, Revit needs to build up the options for creating text-based files such as legends, charts, and schedules. It is a little tricky to import Excel files because it requires additional software to convert into an accepted file format.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Revit is a game-changer for MEP design and architecture.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Revit to interface Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design systems with Architectural drawings. This is where Revit's features really benefited the company. With Revit, you are able to link in files from multiple disciplines into one model very quickly in three dimensions. This makes it very simple to coordinate across multiple disciplines and companies without multiple meetings and backtracking.

Revit review by User
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"Continues to Improve"

What do you like best?

I like the integration with BIM360 so that we as a team can all be working in the same file, with instant updates.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is almost to much customization, in that I cannot find an item I just placed, yet my consultants can see it or there are several check boxes that could be checked that make certain things disappear.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Will continue to advance your workflow and speed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the work flow issues by making our models available on BIM360 via Revit for all of our staff to work in collaboration. We are finding issues before they are issues in the field.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A thorough experience for traditional drafters"

What do you like best?

Revit offers users the ability to draft and design a building on a 2d drawingboard, in a 3d world. It's function to create a 3d model is useful for design meetings and schematic discussions

What do you dislike?

The program gets slowed down on bigger projects if too much detail is portrayed in the model. On smaller projects it acts as an immersive experience of the design, but on large scale buildings, the software can get lunky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Integrate Revit with other design software's to really get the most out of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modeling gives anyone the ability to understand the schematic design of a building. In a traditional setting, the model becomes an immersive experience to be referenced by construction documents.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit, a more intuitive way to create a plan set, but not faster. "

What do you like best?

BIM modeling should be the standard of digitally produced plan sets. It allows for cohesiveness through floors, interior & exterior, and into the site. Tagging & schedules is simple and consistent. The BIM model can be as simple or detailed as you like making it a good option for any level of designer. Out-of-the-box lineweights and printing standards work wonderfully across users and disciplines. Abundant amount of free, supported content available.

What do you dislike?

There are some simple tasks that take a bit of thought and effort, but the tradeoff is well worth it. Trying to open a newer version on outdated software is pretty much impossible, unfortunately. This was one of the benefits of CAD dwgs, it worked well across several versions of the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Revit is worth the effort. Whether you've never used CAD/BIM software before or you're an AutoCAD pro, it's worth learning and using Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating entire plan sets from one model for new construction, remodels, space planning, programming, etc. The time and effort you put into it you will directly and almost equally benefit from.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"If you're not using Revit for architecture, you should be."

What do you like best?

Revit allows you to be design in 2D and 3D simultaneously. Cuts production time down significantly, and caters to architecture and collaboration between all required consultants. Gives time back to designers to spend more time creating, rather than drafting or delegating.

What do you dislike?

Every new update from Revit always has small quirks that will affect you if you use Revit day in and day out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're designing large, complex buildings - Revit is the program for you. It can be used across multiple disciplines, and models while drafting. I don't know what could be better than that! It allows users more time to focus on building efficiency, rather than being all consumed by drawing and line weight specifics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cutting production time down significantly, allowing multiple people to work on a project simultaneously without affecting each person's work. Revit lets you focus in on the details, and use the combination of these to put together a building efficiently.

Revit review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Revit"

What do you like best?

I use Revit alot in the jobs im working on. I transition from Autocad to Revit, which was a huge difference. Revit was much simpler and easy for anyone who starting out. I really like how you can cut out a section and see exactly where you put your equipment, having a 3d program is definitely beneficial.

What do you dislike?

I have nothing particular that i dislike about Revit, I'm not a revit modeler like some of my colleagues which I know they would have some dislikes. Maybe the properties and sheet list can be more smaller, in terms it takes up alot of space when youre trying to model something, it can just get in the way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient if youre new to the program, it took me awhile to get use it. Other then that Revit is really great, just got to get in practice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No business problem. Just a standard program for IMEG use for clients to see drawings. There alot of external programs now instead of flying through 3d model in Revit.

Revit review by jason n.
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"revit keeps improving"

What do you like best?

revit is far and away the best software for documenting existing and new building conditions for a single platform. we use it to design as well as to document construction drawings. there have been improvements along the way to help designers use Revit and other plug ins more effectively

What do you dislike?

i wish there were better/more direct means to generate rendered views and VR/AR applications from Revit

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

use of Revit has allowed more streamlined production of drawings for our AE firm from design through CA. By use of structural and MEP platforms we are identifying conflicts and areas for savings during the virtual phase of design rather than the built world of construction

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit 2017"

What do you like best?

Modeling capabilities, easy transfer to construction documents, easy to have multiple people working on project. Also good coordination among different disciplines.

What do you dislike?

There are still a few bugs that Autodesk needs to work out, graphics-wise. There still is no way to have rooms in a demo phase. Dimensions seem to not be as easily editable as 2015. Also sometimes the text boxes are not as user friendly as 2015 - they won't let you select all and type over words, and copying and pasting for some reason takes a while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need this product if you are an architecture firm!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is really easy to coordinate among disciplines within Revit, the linked in models are a life saver.

Revit review by Chris M.
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"The future of engineering, architecture, and design. A model of efficiency. "

What do you like best?

Revit is all about making things simple. When consulting Autodesk, they really respect efficiency and accuracy. This revolutionary tool allows the user to work in a preferred view and edit alternate views simultaneously. It is very in-depth in terms of construction tools and registered vendors. The autodesk seek tool is quite useful for specifiers.

What do you dislike?

Very difficult to learn ad quite expensive. With change comes more learning but worth putting the hours to do so. Like Autocad, this program has many capabilities but would require years to begin to master the tools available. The rendering/3d model/speed leaves a lot to be desired.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take seminars and be prepared that it is very difficult to break from the rigidity of the system. Custom work is something that's not efficient and therefore difficult in the program. It doesn't allow for deviating from efficiency and custom is not efficient.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit is at the cutting edge. By developing a library of products on the platform and with proper marketing, our company lives with it's mission to be at the forefront of education and technological advances.

Revit review by Fran B.
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"Modeled MEP systems, some structure & Architecture since 2010."

What do you like best?

The ability to use parametric objects to create an entire building in minutes including floor, walls,doors & windows, roof & interior walls. Use design project models to coordinate MEP trades, produce coordinated drawings for installation and provide a BIM model to the owner at closeout when required. Create custom families and schedules to assist in pricing and purchasing.

What do you dislike?

Mechanical pipe fittings out of the box are not accurate in size to actual fittings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Need training up front to get the basics and then you will be very surprised with the models created.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using the models for coordination and installation we are saving much re-work on our projects. Providing the owner with a better building by identifying issues before construction. This has been a big savings on field labor.

Revit review by Shaun M.
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"Very helpful architectural product"

What do you like best?

the latest version of 2016 has a lot of user experience upgrades; cross referencing and direct nature of workflow is very helpful for architectural documentation; it has become great tool for rapid design options and showcasing of ideas to client (3d export to PDF is becoming my favorite function); admins seem to be very responsive to community wants / complaints

What do you dislike?

the latest licensing and upgrades on a yearly basis have some difficulties that take good team coordination for items lasting longer than the upgrade cycle; custom component modeling and family creation still feel clunky and difficult to train newbies on

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very helpful product for documentation and exploration of design ideas; latest updates are very helpful; BIM will change your workflow for the better but you need to commit to rethinking how to get to your end product goals (the pathway changes but the end goal will be a better product).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

construction documents; rapid output of architectural design options; explorations and location of problems that were "invisible" in 2d documents

Revit review by Darek O.
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"Revit is a Powerful Modeler"

What do you like best?

Revit is a great program overall. Like all AutoDesk products it is very powerful. To get the most from the Revit the user must be willing to put in the time and wrestle with the program a little bit to get it to do what they want it to do.

What do you dislike?

The most difficult thing about Revit is the learning curve. I'm not going to lie it is steep and frustrating. Take advantage of the AutoDESK discussion forums, AUGI and other blogs for support. There are plenty of people that have experienced what you have and are more then willing to offer their two cents.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get training! Get training! Get training, at least the basic three day course offered by most re-sellers. The program is complex and the learning curve is steep. The training will help to flatten the curve and give the new user a great idea of the power of the program.

If you are moving from AutoCAD or one of the peripherals for get about it. Revit does not and will not work the same.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit solves the coordination issue. When everything is modeled in one file you are truly working in a database. When a fixture is moved in plan it is updated in the elevation. Coordination of drawings is all but eliminated in the traditional sense of architecture. This leaves far more time for design and detailing to help eliminate the dreaded change order.

Revit review by Arielle R.
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"Architectural Revit User"

What do you like best?

The ability to work across disciplines and all have a central model, but be able to work independently in our own, is great. To turn on and off links to see things as you need them. I think BIM is the future of architectural drafting, in its ability to see everything in 3D

What do you dislike?

Organic forms are still extremely challenging, and too often Revit has conventional "rules" that won't let you draw things as you'd like, which means finding workarounds. We don't do standard architecture in themed entertainment, which means I spend a lot of time "breaking" Revit to get it to do what I want. The sheet set building and packaging still leaves something to be desired. Rendering engine is slow and clunky - best to export to 3DS Max, but that means learning an additional software program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient when learning; it takes a while to really get it right.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cross-disciplinary integration is great, and the fact that it creates things in 3D is a huge boost. Sections, elevations, etc, are automatically populated - but often still require a great deal of finessing.

Revit review by User in Design
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"From Microstation to Revit"

What do you like best?

My firm uses Microstation and Revit for our Interior Design work. The benefits of Revit FAR outweigh Microstation. We find that it is better for collaboration, more efficient work, better design (thanks to the 3D visualization tools). My favorite simple features are the repetitive functions: room tags, annotation notes, adding symbols to the plans, light fixture placement and tagging, etc. Revit makes these easy and it save you large chunks of time.

I also utilize design options and model groups quite a bit because they are multi-benefiting tools. It saves you time and effort if you use them correctly.

What do you dislike?

The way you set up design options can be frustrating, though I do power through it and use the tool a lot. If you have started in the main model, it is a pain to switch over to a design option. This should be a more intuitive process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

time saving tools like model groups, using a central model with local copies for maximum collaboration.

Revit review by Matthew W.
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"Revit is a solid modeling product that sucks with documentation"

What do you like best?

The fact that objects are single source. You model it and it shows everywhere you need to show. If you move or edit an object it moves in the entire project. The fact you are building a virtual building helps with coordination and project scheduling.

What do you dislike?

The text editor beyond sucks. This limits your ability to document a project effectively. you are also unable to pull certain data through a link, it is unrealistic to have everything in on Revit model so to keep the single sourcing advantage you need to have access to all the data from a linked model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start out simple. you must realize that when transitioning to a new platform you cannot do everything on the first project. Set an overall goal of being full Revit within a certain timetable and then move backwards form there to see what you do on each project. gradually using more features with each project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coordinating with other disciplines. We have fewer field changes. We can also put together projects quicker.

Revit review by Paul L.
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"Revit & BIM"

What do you like best?

The best thing I like about Revit is that it can import & export AutoCAD drawings.

What do you dislike?

The think I dislike about Revit is that it is memory intensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Revit to fulfill the needs to meet BIM requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit meets our business demand for BIM (Building Information Model). Cost take-offs from a smart digital 3 dimensional model is now easily done with a touch of a button.

Revit review by Michael F.
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"Revit Use for specialized construction - Engineering & Design"

What do you like best?

Using 3d modeling is far superior to 2d drafting in terms of visualizing the product, discussing design decisions with the project team, and checking for clashes before construction.

What do you dislike?

The biggest problem we have with Revit products is the backward compatibility or really the lack of being backward compatible. Hopefully Autodesk new subscription platform will ease this and get the industry all on the same level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this project from beginning design phase through estimating, design development, structural engineering and analysis, and into construction drawings complete with detailed shop drawings and details. The models are also sent out to steel fabricators to aid in steel detailing.

Revit review by Alexandra L.
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"Revit - efficient and intuitive"

What do you like best?

I enjoy Revit most for it's ability to consolidate plans, elevations, section, and 3D models all in one program. This allows for instant connections between all drawings in a project. The cloud is also a great feature of Revit, allowing multiple people to work on a project simultaneously.

What do you dislike?

I dislike a few bugs with text and printing issues. Text can sometime write backwards and batch printing is often complicated and does not function well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider having instructional sessions for employees to learn the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit solves the architecture world's need for a way to have all drawings in one model. The benefit of this is concise and organized project documents.

Revit review by David G.
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"A very powerful, but often frustrating tool"

What do you like best?

I like Revit's easy and user friendly modeling tools, as well as Revit's handling of reference planes. The simplicity of creating and tracking families in models is one highly helpful standout feature. Revit's automatic view organization is also highly effective and efficient, as well as Revit's ease of sheet organization.

What do you dislike?

Revit can be extremely slow and laggy when working with larger models. Revit's warnings can also frequently be not very helpful, telling a user that an error exists, but not where or what, sometimes giving one deletion of the unnamed object as the only recourse. Revit's built in rendering tools can be a bit lackluster.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit allows for incredibly powerful level of 2D and 3D integration with BIM, allowing for very complex, detailed, and helpful 3D building modeling, tracking, and testing.

Revit review by Jack W.
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"Powerful organization tool"

What do you like best?

Building information modeling is the way of the future. Revit or a similar BIM program will be necessary going forward in design and construction. Most consultants and contractors are already familiar with Revit

What do you dislike?

Inflexible for design studies and poor navigation, unwieldy interface, massive models open/run slowly

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use in combination with a more flexible 3D modelling software like Sketchup and Rhino

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coordination of sheet sets for architecture

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit Review"

What do you like best?

The collaboration tools in Revit are second to none in the ACE industry right now. Coordinating changes with team members works well. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best BIM solution available on the market.

What do you dislike?

It works very well but has notable quirks and shortcomings which come up when you begin to work at a detailed level with the model. Printing from the software can result in failures or worse, crashes.

CAD interoperability is not where it should be, considering that the software comes from the same parent company. CAD exports from Revit where detail items are added tend to all get flattened into one linetype, making translation of the content difficult for consultants using the CAD the Architectural team exported from the model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a definite learning curve to using and becoming an efficient team member with the software. It is not easy to pick up immediately as a new user, as it uses terms that are unique to Revit.

A major disadvantage to using Revit is working in teams that aren't all fluent in the software. There have been many times where only the Architectural team and the structural team worked in Revit and were able to utilize the collaboration tools in Revit advantageously, but we were still held back due to other consultants in the team still being stuck in CAD - this tends to be MEP. In these cases we were still stuck exporting CAD and waiting for their files to come in, so we lost out on the time advantage we would have gained. This tells me that more teams need to transition to Revit for the sake of convenience and expedience on design teams. Please don't hold the rest of the team back by staying with the dying CAD format!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are conducting all of our design documentation with Revit.

Revit review by Teresa F.
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"Pleanty of Detail but Not User Friendly"

What do you like best?

Revit provides the opportunity to model unique features, and allows easy takeoff for concrete.

What do you dislike?

The program is difficult to use for less experienced people. There are multiple ways to model things, but if you don't model it the right way it may not calculate the way you want, or you might not be able to modify it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before diving into modeling content, get some feedback from others who can give some best practices on how to model certain types of things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit allows us to create BIM models and look for potential issues before getting to the field.

Revit review by Matteo P.
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"Revit"

What do you like best?

Once you have properly modeled everything in 3d with the right elements then your project is pretty much done, you "only" have to st up the sheets. You cannot fool the software so you're sure what you're building is correct, geometrically at least.

What do you dislike?

It's the opposite of user friendly. It takes a lot of effort to learn, it's not intuitive, it is very far from other 3d modeler (Revit is not a 3d modeler but imagine the damage it could do in the industry if it would be like Rhino and Revit merged together)

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to learn it but take into account a long time and effort and use it in real projects, not just in a cube you modeled for fun

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Documentation is MUCH easier. It requires a bigger initial effort but once everything's set up then you pretty much have a delivery package

Revit review by Elma K.
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"Best of both worlds"

What do you like best?

I love Revit for a lot of reasons. One of them is knowing that with this program you can create construction sets and have it be very easy to deal with and change over time. I also love how the program itself can render beautifully without the need of an add on. Its the best of both worlds! This program also has a very easy and understandable interface, making everyone's work a lot less of a headache.

What do you dislike?

I hope that in the future Autodesk will be able to turn this program into one that is able to handle large files without interruptions or freezing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have realized that this program is one of the most advanced I have used so far and one of the best. It has made my life easier and cut my work time in half. Absolutely adore!

Revit review by Nathan S.
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"Architect's review of Revit"

What do you like best?

Revit is a multi-dimensional design and drafting program that is arguably the best program for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors to use when working on a building design and construction project. Revit has the tools necessary to manage the design and 3D rendering processes while managing a set of construction drawings.

What do you dislike?

Revit is not flexible. It does not allow building components to be easily manipulated or changed without full coordination within the model. For instance, if I want to adjust the plane of a curtain wall for a quick 3D study to show a client, then to accomplish that task I need to turn off all the items that will be in conflict with the change. It helps when coordinating the construction drawings to know when a conflict arises, but when doing quick studies it would nice for Revit to ignore issues temporarily.

Also, Revit's rendering capabilities are adequate, but for the 3D realistic renderings another program will need to be used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

All signs point to Revit being the industry standard for building design and documentation for all types of projects. AutoCAD, SketchUp, and other drafting software still has a small role in the process but Revit brings it all together.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit allows a number of coordination issues to be solved early in the design process. Revit front-loads a lot of the construction drawing schedule into the Schematic Design and Design Development stages of a project because it takes time to set up the model correctly and coordinate with the other consultants/engineers. But this allows the Construction Documents and Construction Administration phases to decrease in schedule because more issues were worked out in the early stages of the project.

Revit review by User in Construction
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"Revit"

What do you like best?

Revit has come along a long way in a short amount of time. It provides a database of information on top of a 3D modeling platform. With the right about of work, you can make your projects really go smoothly.

What do you dislike?

I am in the electrical construction industry and Revit still doesn't have much built in to it for us. Autodesk has already spent a lot of time developing the mechanical side, but we have still be left out so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to spend a lot of time up front setting up your projects to make them work right. Make sure you learn as much as you can about Families and their Parameters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The best problems we have solved have to do with getting information from our BIM department to our field staff. We have been able to utilize the accuracy and scheduling features of the program to provide the real world data our field team needs to complete their projects.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Design - CDs"

What do you like best?

3D modeling and true to what is happening during construction. Great to see things in both 3D and 2D. Easy to give to clients and to export from

What do you dislike?

Nothing. this is my favorite program to use especially in this field and during schooling. I used this for my final projects and used it for renders. great and easy program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

great program. east to use for both school and the professional field. would highly recommend

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural construction documents. We are building real life structures with this program and it helps with scheduling.

Revit review by Ameer K.
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"Revit Review - a true collaborative platform"

What do you like best?

Combination of 3D architectural models, engineering blueprints and models (electrical, plumbing, duct, etc.), and insertable CAD models, all into one project and folder. seamless integration of relevant design input from all sorts of teams.

What do you dislike?

It can get confusing to navigate at times. Because the capacity is so large, the navigation can get confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Connect with technical support so you can implement your projects the right way!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Combining input from architects, engineering departments, contractors, client, etc. and being able to synthesize it into one project file.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit makes design creation a lot faster but struggle with 2D "

What do you like best?

The most interesting characteristic is the possibility to have just in time elevations, sections and 3D.

It's also very useful that you have the room tag tool that gives you the area and other details about an specific room and changes, obviously, whenever you make a change in architecture.

So, too complete, I'd say the automation, and parametrical possibilities are the best of this software.

What do you dislike?

I don't really feel that the 2D part of Revit is good.

When you need to create a 2d detail, or even for leaders and textual information isn't that practical.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware that this software is not made for any architectural area. It's totally focused on buildings.

If you are dealing with urbanism, interior design maybe this is not your software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work with architectural projects. When you are in the early stage of the design process, using revit save a lot of time. It happens because you can check you 3d model and vertical details while you're designing.

It also makes extremely fast to change a building component, so you can try different choices without losing precious time.

Revit review by Jorge A.
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"A complete program"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Revit is the level of personalisation that can be achieved. It's also really quick to work with once you have everything setup with templates and all the families that you use frequently.

What do you dislike?

The same great flexibility is the main problem if you have people working with it without much experience. People with no much knowledge usually gets a bit lost and takes quite a bit of time to get some proficiency in the use of this powerful program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a powerful program but due to this to work efficiently you need at least a person in the organisation with a deep and extensive knowledge about it. It's also necessary to offer training to those not use to it as it's not an intuitive program to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a great program for collaboration. We use it to work in complex projects where different parts of the project are shared between different of our offices or external consultants. The ability to work in the same model from geographically distant offices or to share links to the model with external consultants works perfectly.

We use an external program called Drofus to manage extensive data bases of information for the rooms of our projects and the integration between both programs it's also great.

Revit review by inkyung r.
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"best 3d"

What do you like best?

love the selection box, being able to produce fast between 2d and 3d.

What do you dislike?

complications come in druing schedules, and knowing that the program is conservative- less flexibility.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the entire production is done by revit. list of things are alot more organized

Revit review by Betsy L.
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"Revit for the Win!"

What do you like best?

Simple coordination through all disciplines no matter what program (AutoCAD, 3DSMax, or Revit LT). Many of our consultants and team members use other programs, but they are simple enough to accommodate in Revit.

What do you dislike?

2017 Revit had many bugs that seemed to be fixed in later updates and Revit 2018 version. Text errors were prevalent in Revit 2017.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Much faster than traditional CAD documentation. Revit and other 3D modeling cuts out much of the repetitive work in documentation.

Revit review by Jinny P.
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"Revit is great software to build 3D architectural model"

What do you like best?

Rendering plug in is already in the software, so it's easier to set up and review the final outcome while building the model

What do you dislike?

the tools look simple, but it's harder to manipulate

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a software that became essential in a lot of companies in architectural industry, because it cuts down a lot of time to create one model to have both 2D and 3D documents.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We cut down a lot of time, because it lets you create 3D and 2D at the same time

Revit review by User
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"Great but could use minor improvements "

What do you like best?

I love the 3D aspect of revit. I like being able to see a model of what I’m designing. The fact that if you change something in one place and it changes everywhere is awesome!

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a way to download a walkthrough as something other than an avi file. Mine would never open. Also I wish there was a way to do sharing in a cloud. Kind of like rendering in the cloud. I wish revit has its own shared server for worksharing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an interior designer and with revit I can show others the design in the stages I am at and have them understand it with out it being flat on paper.

Revit review by Reham E.
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"Innovative software"

What do you like best?

I like best that Revit has introduced whole BIM solutions

What do you dislike?

I dislike its ribbon like interface, I fins it really annoying, I am more used to the classic interface

Recommendations to others considering the product

Mastering Revit will certainly lead to more success in the architectural field

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural drawings and BIM

Revit review by Cody M.
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"Used strictly in a class setting, but very easy to learn"

What do you like best?

I had only done 2D CAD before Revit, and I still picked up on this very quickly

What do you dislike?

Although it is by design, it is very specific to Civil CAD, as it is not at all universal. I like that I can use any 3D model to roughly draw up a building, but to actually go into details such as MEP or structure type effectively, Revit is required. The cost is also a huge issue to small companies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a specific type of modeling, but it is much easier to pick up on in my opinion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Energy analysis, structural weak points, an accurate measurement of materials required, the list goes on. It is very valuable to large companies that can afford the initial cost, and will save tremendous time and money in the future.

Revit review by DEBJIT K.
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"Revit for BIM"

What do you like best?

Its interface, user friendly environment, detailing options

What do you dislike?

It is very complicated software for mass modelling and also its parametric plugin (Dynamo) is not as good as Grasshopper

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Revit for my academic works at present, but previously used it to model a building during my internship

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit makes my life easy"

What do you like best?

Revit is so amazing - as a BIM program, you're able to model all the details. It seems like the creators really thought this program through; there's almost nothing you can't do that I've run into.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is that more people don't use it, and that you have to be really good at it to know how to troubleshoot certain issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit makes coordination really easy, as long as your consultants are using it. Another benefit is, you can even send the model to clients to open themselves and see your work.

Revit review by Consultant in Higher Education
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"Revit Review"

What do you like best?

Revit allows users across multiple disciplines to collaborate making it easy to manage a product by having all the consultants on the same page. From my perspective of Architectural use I find the program has become fairly intuitive through the last few versions. It allows the designer to build a structure they way a building is built in the field, from the sub-ground up.

What do you dislike?

I find that when creating a set of construction documents the hardest things to create accurately using Revit are detail drawings. Revit does very well when creating floorplans however when needing to get to specific small sized details such as 3"=1'-0" or smaller I find the tools available are not as easily controlled as drawing a detail in AutoCAD

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out it might solve coordination problems you have been having on previous projects

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit solves a coordination problem we have had in the past with consultants. Since one Central Model can be created and shared among all users it keeps from missing updates to the project. Revit allows the designer to see the building as a whole package. Creating the 2d views as well as the 3d views simultanously cuts down on man hours. 1 person can create the whole package if needed without having to add in additional software such as Sketchup to create 3d views after the initial design is created in 2d.

Revit review by User in Design
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"Revit allows us to work more effectively"

What do you like best?

I love that I can work in Revit and view the building/project in 3d. I can edit one aspect of the project and it will make the change in all other areas of the project. Revit allows us to do "work sharing" which allows users to work on the same project at the same time. We simply sync to our central database and are able to view others changes.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there is a large "wishlist" of items that users would like changed and AutoDesk has not addressed these concerns. They are mostly minor complaints but it would be nice to see them addressed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit allows us to work more effectively, work on projects at the same time, and same time while coordinating consultants drawings. All of these items helps to simplify work flow and to ensure a better, more consistent project is provided for superintendents and clients.

Revit review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Revit - developed AutoCad"

What do you like best?

Everything is more confortable on this program. Connection of 2D and 3D makes all design projects finish faster.By minimizing the time spent on documentation, the design allows more time to be allocated. Especially, every change made is instantly reflected in all documents.

What do you dislike?

Although, Revit is so confortable using for job, it has inconvenient sides. World Coordinate System is an AutoCAD term and it does not exist in Revit. Revit use its own symbols. It can not use Autocad Symbols blocks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits provided basically; consistency, accuracy, time savings, design excellence, pre-detection of errors, budget-controlled design and results; more optimized design, better user experience, more economical cost, timely manufacturing, higher project revenue, increased brand value for all stakeholders.

Revit review by Mark E.
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"It is easy to work with but difficult to learn its quirks."

What do you like best?

i like that Revit allows you to nudge the items placed for more precise modeling.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it does not auto save and sync. It also gets hung up during others sync and save and cause an issue. Also when Revit will not let items host to certain faces or planes that they are suppose too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say it is the best answer for modeling issues for the price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architecture modeling for clients.

Revit review by Oliver G.
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"Revit allows clean integration"

What do you like best?

What I like most about Revit is its design integration through all disciplines. Working on a floor plan and have a full 3d model being created at the same time.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike the most about Revit is the inability to save to previous versions of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Always save work. And be conscious of what version you are saving files to avoid issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Facility Design. And the integration between Arch and MEP

Revit review by Nick M.
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"Amazing product for all architectural needs"

What do you like best?

I like that it is intuitive and if you don't know something it is easy to find.

Moreover it is a great tool for renderings, especially rendering in cloud option is really saves a lot of time. I like that it is free for students.

What do you dislike?

Limited material library and limited rendering functions.

Not very intuitive and a little bit complicated massing design option.

Trim/extend command can be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is much better than Archicad and it is easy to produce construction documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work as a professional architect and as freelance designer.

Revit review by User in Construction
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"Versatile and expansive tool"

What do you like best?

Besides the variety of ways to accomplish 1 goal, the ability to make a drawing appealing to look at. You can adjust light and color to appeal to both construction and design side of business.

What do you dislike?

The sharp learning curve. Just to get a project set up takes quite a bit of research into the program. Not to say this is negative, because once you understand how to do it, the possibilities are vast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BIM

Revit review by Kristen B.
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"Good 3D functionality, poor software design"

What do you like best?

I'm, overall, pro-Revit because it's a (mostly) functional 3D program. I work mostly with Revit MEP and creating mechanical systems & views in 3D is far more successful than creating them in 2D. I've also used Revit Arch and the same 3D benefits apply. I find it beneficial that when I, for example, draw a wall/window/roof/component in Reivt I don't have to copy or extend that item over to make an elevation view-- nor do I have to take the time to draw (at least) four different elevation views. The functionality of drawing it once in Revit and "being done" with it from all sides saves time. From a learning standpoint, I think it helps the end user have vision to what they are creating, even if they've never seen it in the real world.

What do you dislike?

Autodesk is obviously a for-profit company and the way they designed the Revit software goes to prove that they don't really give a rip about the end user. Despite being overall pro-Revit and recognizing the benefits of working in 3D, there are so many bugs/issues that affect my everyday usage and they are bugs/issues that--had AutoDesk learned from their past software history--shouldn't be reality in the first place. (The list is far too long to post here.) It is like AutoDesk is purposely and continuously holding the end-user in limbo with bugs that will be repaired in the "next release." I understand that Revit and AutoCad are two different programs, but I think that Revit would benefit from a lot of the capabilities that AutoCad has. And I think it's 100% possible to incorporate the AutoCad capabilities/options/etc. to Revit while still giving Revit to grow as its own software program.

And, possibly, my biggest complaint: Revit software is just TOO. DAMN. SLOW. The computers I work on are the high end of the spectrum & would make any gamer jealous, yet I feel like I'm working in the stone age with the speeds I'm experiencing when using the software. I understand that the software is chock-full of information and that big projects can be hard to maneuver, but there has got to be some way to improve speeds and functionality. No one benefits from having their software/computer crashing because you asked the program to do what it's (supposedly) built to do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the amount of training required to work "correctly" in Revit.

Do not skimp on the hardware required.

Do not expect Revit to be AutoCad -- they do not work the same

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create something in 3D has helped find interference and problems before actual building takes place. Also, the younger generation has been able to pick up on Revit usage faster and to a greater skill level than they have picked up on AutoCad.

Revit review by Mike D.
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"Fast moving software"

What do you like best?

Revit allows for a complete presentation after completing project in revit.

What do you dislike?

The initial setup takes some time. After setup is complete all is good

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps you keep track of all materials used on prject

Revit review by Administrator in Construction
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"Revit for construction???"

What do you like best?

Parametric modeling and 3D visualization

What do you dislike?

Lack of real construction capabilities such as spooling detail sheets. Can be buggy when used and crash. When a crash occurs it is lost time as the automatic backups are not robust enough.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Decide what you need and what you need from your software. There are less expensive solutions and other solutions that may meet your needs (construction assemblies/spool sheets is a need) as well as other workflows that need to happen.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Consistent drawings from a single point of truth drawing/model. Visualization of a full model as opposed to what a single floor or area can provide.

Revit review by Vasil T.
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"I have been working with this software, for more than 3 years and I had positive experiance. "

What do you like best?

-BIM

-Flexible modeling

-Fast information flow between all engaged professionals

-Good rendering capability

- Possibility to be transferred data from Revit to other softwares

What do you dislike?

There is not anything in particular I do dislike, however there could be put an extra effort, regarding the rendering tools of the program, so the quality of the visualizations to be improved

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Revit helps to be implemented the BIM methodology of work, which significantly speed up the project designing, organization and quality control of the Conceptual design phase.

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