Moving from AutoCAD to Revit, It’s All About the Setup

If you’re a company or team that still uses AutoCAD for the majority of your design work, then the sermon of how much “better” Revit is than AutoCAD is a tired one. While many building design firms have decided to transition from AutoCAD to Revit, there are still many who use both software side-to-side on the same project. So why is it that there is such a big push for making the switch from AutoCAD to Revit?

From AutoCAD to Revit

For building design teams, there are some key benefits to making the switch from AutoCAD to Revit:

  • More and more clients are requiring BIM: As Cadalyst points out, “When firms start losing work because they are not utilizing BIM in their practice, they should seriously begin to contemplate the switch.”
  • Improved document coordination and accuracy: When Revit is used properly, references rarely point to the wrong drawing or sheet, and all changes are synchronized from the 3D model.
  • Task automation: You can eliminate mundane drafting tasks and add-ins can help streamline analyses for energy, lighting, and structure.
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Adopting Revit for a firm of any size is a daunting task. Michael Hopple, writing for AUGI, lists the following concerns, some that you might have heard or are familiar with:

  • There is not enough time to properly train employees.
  • Who within the company will lead the implementation process?
  • Completing a project in Revit is more time consuming than AutoCAD.
  • We will have to create new drafting standards and content libraries.
  • Computer upgrades will cost too much.
  • AutoCAD drawings just look better than Revit drawings.
  • Revit is just a fad and it is not practical for our business.
  • We have been successful creating drawings the same way for many years.  Why change now?

These are all valid concerns, and our team has often found that the success of an AutoCAD-to-Revit transition hinges on the setup and management of Revit itself. That’s why we’re sharing a simplified approach to help companies and teams like yours become properly organized to set yourselves up for a more successful delivery.

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Our monthly From AutoCAD to Revit webinar series show you how to get set up correctly in Revit, in areas like Families, Libraries, and Construction Documentation.


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