From AutoCAD to Revit

Moving from Autodesk AutoCAD to Autodesk Revit is a daunting task for any sized team or company. We understand that the transition involves more than just getting your team trained; it’s also all about the Revit setup.

That’s why U.S. CAD started the From AutoCAD to Revit series. This 11-step guide helps you set up a Revit environment correctly, covering topics like Libraries, Schedules, and Templates. You will be able to see the tools in action, learn best practices from our industry and technical experts, and be able to compare how Revit handles certain aspects as compared to AutoCAD.

This guide is structured in flexible modules. All of the modules start out as live webinars, with presentation recaps and full recordings available.

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Step #1. Revit Sheets

If you are used to creating your construction documents in AutoCAD, you are well aware of the amount of time it takes working in Paper Space, adding your Viewports, and printing. In this module, Kristin Rhein shares how you can save your team a lot of stress and time by creating and managing your construction documents in Revit.

Step #2. Revit Schedules

If you’re an architectural drafter or interior designer, you likely have plenty of experience with the repetitive and time consuming task of manually entering data in your schedules. In this module, Kristin Rhein shares some powerful tips and tricks on how Revit can speed up your drafting process with schedules.

Revit Schedules

Step #3. Revit Views

There’s a myth that Revit requires you to build everything upfront and make every detailed decision from the start to build a good Revit model. According to U.S. CAD Solution Specialist, Aaron Wagner, a good template can take you far, but every project detail is not required to be pre-determined to build your model. In this module, Aaron demonstrates how users can impressively tell their story with Views in a Revit model. He covers creating graphical and non-graphical views, setting the view displays, and modifying the views.

Step #4. Revit Templates

There are three common methods for creating Revit templates: out-of-the-box Revit templates, Revit templates based on a completed project, and start-from-scratch templates.  In this module, Aaron Wagner discusses some general rules, tips and tricks, and a basic step-by-step guide to setting up a Revit template.

Step #5. Revit Families

In Revit, there are essentially three type of families that you can build: system families, load-able families, and in-place families. In this module, Daniel McCarthy breaks down different use cases for each family, covers best practices in setting them up, and demonstrates building one from scratch.

Step #6. Differentiating Drafting from BIM Capabilities

It is important to understand the industry as it was before and where it is now, to realize why Revit’s BIM virtual construction workflow can save your team time, money, and frustration moving forward. In this module, Gerald Garrett demonstrates some of these Revit’s capabilities, like bi-directional associativity, usable model information, and real-world context.

Step #7. Collaboration for Revit

Work sharing and effective communication on projects are essential to maximizing efficiency and communication on your Revit projects. In the module, Gerald Garrett discusses three reasons how the Revit plug-in, Collaboration for Revit (C4R), can help you do just that: through real-time communication, making informed decisions, and advanced BIM collaboration.

Step #8. Revit Libraries

When working on a project in Revit, it is crucial to have your resources well-organized. Projects involve several moving parts and efficiency is key to ensuring on-time deliveries. That’s why having an organized Revit Library can save your company a great deal of time, while also strengthening the company brand standards. In this module, Aaron Wagner discusses 7 steps for setting up your firm’s Revit Library.

Step #9. Revit Details

If you’re an AutoCAD user wondering if you can bring in your Details into Revit, the answer is yes. There are several ways to import your AutoCAD Details into your Revit projects. In this module, Jack Trexler puts together his favorite tips and tricks for this process.

Step #10. Revit Title Blocks

Title Blocks display essential information about your Revit projects including project dates, addresses, names, and client information. In this module, Jack Trexler shares how to convert your AutoCAD Title Blocks into Revit Title Block Families and some tips and tricks for setting up your Revit Title Block.

Step #11. Revit Standard Symbols

Many companies like to have their libraries and templates set up with their specific standard symbols. There are several types of symbols to work with in Revit, so in this module, Aaron Wagner provides an introduction to Symbol types and demonstrates how to create simple and nested symbols.


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