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What is Revit
Revit is an Autodesk product. Revit is a (BIM) Building information modeling software for architects, structural engineers, engineers, and contractors. It allows users to design a building and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the building models database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building's life cycle, from concept to construction and later demolition.
As an avid AutoCAD user I had a lot of reservations down right resistance in learning Revit.
After gaining a basic knowledge of Revit and using it to develop a project. All I can say it's "AWESOME". Of course their is a learning curve but at the end of the day REVIT is the drafting tool for the future. The tediousness of standard AutoCAD doing tasks are made easier to navigate through.
Sometimes change is hard but as technology changes we to must change.
My Experience Learning Revit ( is learning REVIT hard? )
I had an opportunity to take a class to get a kick-start in learning REVIT. Which open my eyes up to possibilities to drawing in Revit.
Just a note if you are a standard 2-D AutoCAD user already you need forget/ release your mind set of drawing in AutoCAD.
Revit is so Freaking smart. Once you start learning the concepts and process of constructing a project in REVIT, you will learn simultaneously as you begin developing Elevations, Sections, Door Schedules, Windows Schedules etc. that just need to be extracted from your building design. Delivering a 3D rending to see the progress of your design is made easy. Of course you need to input the information that is going to make a 2D floor plan become an informational powerhouse to give a visual 3D and presentational insight to your design. There is a definite learning curve, but once you overcome that hurdle your on way to a smarter way of drawing.
* Note: REVIT is not backward compatible with different releases of REVIT.
Example you can not share or edit drawings drawn in Revit 2010 with Revit 2011, Revit 2012. You need to use the release | version of Revit the initial drawings were created in. But if you need to access a REVIT file in a lower version you can export as an IFC.
With that said I strongly recommend getting a book called Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013: No Experience Required by Eric Wing this is a step by step self tutorial book for Revit Architecture. In addition you will need a working copy of Revit Architecture to accompany self study.
Go to: Link on right to download free trial copy REVIT to begin your journey.
This book will teach you Revit basics using a continuous, real-world tutorial that covers each phase of designing, documenting, and presenting a four-story office building. Revit newcomers will quickly learn the essentials through concise explanations, focused examples, and step-by-step instructions for an actual project, modeling each step of a real structure from placing walls and windows to creating roofs, stairs, and railings.
* Note: I really wanted to learn Revit so I started at Page 1 reading and went step by step through all the exercises to end of the book to create my own 4 story structure. The book is big I am not going to lie. But as I progress from learning about the command ribbon, than how to input walls and doors. I could see and understand what the big deal is about REVIT. It's a great program.
The two images below are the Rendings I generate from completing the exercises from the book Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 : No Experience Required.
Give it a TRY you won't be disappointed. You may say why didn't I do this years ago.
I have an Architect friend mine who resisted saying he had no use for Revit (the same thing I said). I told him you have to learn Revit because the program is intuitive and smart, it will make designing for all disciplines relate to creating an Architectural ans Interior of a building less tedious in it's development and construction.. At his job he got the opportunity to learn Revit. To date he LOVES Revit.
Since my degree is in Interior Architecture I just happened by a good YouTube video tutorial series for REVIT for Interior Designers. View the videos from Week 1 to all in the video in this series, which will greatly assist learning REVIT more directed toward Interior Designers.