In my eight years of utilizing the Revit software, I have been asked multiple times if Revit is the best software to be using to design and document even the smallest of projects. My answer would be “absolutely!” Whether you are designing a dog house or a skyscraper, I have found that the Revit software will provide the most consistent, organized, and most efficient workflows throughout the project.
Increased automation means increased productivity. If products were still made by hand, if items in stores did not have bar codes, if beverages were not bottled and boxed by a series of machines and conveyor belts, think about the effect that would have on product prices, production capabilities, timing, and uniformity. These automatic concepts are embedded in the heart of Revit.
While there are many advantages to make the switch to a more powerful, cutting edge program, the reluctance to throw out the AutoCAD software completely still remains among many firms. The main reason I hear is, “That’s an AutoCAD project, and it’s just a couple walls and a roof.” For example, if your client needs a set of construction documents for a garden shed. Yes, this is only 150 square feet! You draw a plan, 4 elevations, and 2 sections in AutoCAD and send it to the client for approval. They want a 6/12 pitch instead of a 4/12; it looks to me like you need to modify all your elevations and sections to accommodate this change. In Revit, you change the roof pitch once and this will update all of your views that have already been set up on your sheets.
It almost seems like a no-brainer! Making the ‘switch’ to Revit is a life-style change for a firm. Maximizing the programs capabilities are a function of the employee’s knowledge and skills of the software, as well as the willingness to learn the intricacies of the program.
So, does the project size really matter? No, it doesn’t. Even the smallest of projects belong in a BIM platform. Repetition and ‘working smarter, not harder’ are key elements to software transitions. As with anything, there are economies of scale. The more you do of something, the better you become.