Hi everyone! I work for a High End Residential Architect in Scottsdale Arizona. We are contemplating a platform switch from ADT to Revit Architecture. The homes we design are high end products ranging in price from 8-15 million. We use an enormous amount of architectural detail in our drawings, stone walls with brick headers, sloping seals, niches, brick groin vaults. and stone barrel vaults to name a few. Our firm currently has 12 employees. Are there any firms similar to ours that have made the switch to Revit Architecture? And if so, what problems have you encountered, and how well is Revit working for your firm?
I represent a design-build firm designing high-end single family custom remodels and new residences on the northshore of Chicago's suburbs. Our remodeling projects start at about $250M for custom kitchen and family rooms and have been as large as 4000 sf costing 3-5 million. New homes have ranged in the 1.5 to 5 million range.
I have been using Revit for five years and have developed several houses in the 12,000 sq. ft. range in Revit. It has been great. Although I admit the time savings has not been the greatest asset as their is so much 3D custom detail in the model to show clients the outcome through 2D & 3D shaded, section cut-aways and rendered views.
Where Revit has excelled in improving the design to construction process is the ease with which the 3D model can be developed and detailed; the revelation of construction and assembly information; the visualization of building components and the ability to reconcile all sorts of roof to roof, roof to walls and spatial relationships; and the ability to quickly review material take-offs and cost data.
These are a few of the advantages Revit has provided the design and construction group along with the ability to make changes during all phases of the design process and during the construction process without having the plans riddled with all sorts of insconsistent information due to the changes.
I also work for an Autodesk reseller specializing in BIM solution software helping other architect and design firms transition to BIM methodology solutions such as Revit Architecture.
Mel Persin, AIA
AEC Technology Consultant
Technology to Visualize and Realize Solutions