Making BIM with Autodesk Revit Architecture

Autodesk Revit Architecture was almost solely created for BIM (building information modeling). BIM is a way for architects and designers to stay on top of projects by figuring out the end result before construction has even begun on a building. This program is geared towards professionals, especially those in the architecture and construction fields.

Step 1: Using the BIM Feature

With Autodesk Revit Architecture’s BIM feature, users can stay up-to-date on all changes made to designs via the automatic update tool, which helps managers and teams better deal with change management. It will also ensure that all teams are on the same page and improve overall documentation. Further, this tool can be used to deal with clash detections (where two or more materials come in contact or overlap each other), sustainable design creation, planning and fabrication.

Another way that the BIM feature helps teams is by allowing teams to analyze building forms early in the process. This will help teams understand and get clarification on project areas and work volumes. This tool can also be used to analyst energy use and conduct day-lighting.

The program also keeps track of schedules, and drawing sheets and models. Any changes made to one model is updated to all models in the system. This helps ensure that all teams are working off of the same information, reducing the incidence of mistakes or oversights.

Step 2: Transforming Designs into Buildings

Perhaps the standout feature for the BIM tool is the ability to translate conceptual drawings into fully formed building designs. The tool is quite interactive, allowing users to add actual walls, roofs, floors and the like to their building. This will give teams a better idea of the actual space involved in the project and the gross area of each floor.

These designs can be created in 2D or 3D. Plus, the system can also use conceptual drawings or maps from other programs, including AutoCAD, Autodesk, AutoDesSys, Maya, McNeel Rhinoceros, ACIS, Google SketchUps and NURB applications.

Step 3: Project Estimation

One of the biggest problems when it comes to creating buildings is the over-estimating or under-estimating of needed materials. Autodesk Revit Architecture helps with this via the Material Takeoff tool. This system can be used to come up with exact estimate of needed materials, and it can track available materials. This tool is especially important when creating sustainable projects since the goal is not to waste anything.

The Material Takeoff tool also uses the change management interface, ensuring that when the quantity of current or needed materials changes that it is updated across the entire system.

 Step 4: Using the Interface

The user interface is what sets the Autodesk Revit Architecture software system apart from other BIM software programs. The most often used features are right on the tool bar and some that people may not be familiar with, but will vastly improve efficiency. There is no need to go into menus and search for the needed feature, allowing for more efficient use of time.