While Revit and BIM (building information modeling) are often used almost interchangeably – and Autodesk is certainly happy to support the confusion – Revit is simply one of several tools that allow you to use BIM effectively in your building projects.
As a design and construction tool, Revit is definitely one of the most powerful, with key features that are especially useful for non-traditional, large-scale projects:
- Construction modeling with Revit uses BIM to plan exactly how a building would be constructed. This is critically important when designing non-traditional structures where building feasibility is an issue.
- Collaboration tools include worksharing for multiple users, an interference check scans the model for collision between elements, streamlined data management, and an IFC exporter supporting emerging standards.
- Bidirectional associativity means a change anywhere is a change everywhere.
- Conceptual design tools allow the integration of drawing skills to allow designers to sketch freely and create free-form models.
- Documentation is easy with non-rectangular crop regions, split elevations, calculation of detailed material quantities, and automated tagging.
- Visualization tools enable rendering, the creation of displaced building design views, and photorealistic design snapshots.
BIM is revolutionizing the entire construction industry, from architecture and design to structural engineering to building to remodeling and deconstruction. Revit is one of the most comprehensive tools available for smooth BIM implementation across all construction stages.