AutoCAD Architecture General Discussion

AutoCAD Architecture General Discussion

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JayMoore
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Message 21 of 27 (10,278 Views)

Re: AutoCad Architecture vs Revit Architecture which is better ?

09-24-2009 07:11 AM in reply to: goldcamaro
Let me guess. This "person" was in sales or marketing.

Either way, market it, advertise it, call it what you want. ACA is every bit BIM as Revit. For that matter AutoCAD is too. Unless you buy into "only" the marketing hype and message and have never really dug into the full understanding of BIM I can see where somebody would buy into that claim. But the fact is that BIM really isn't even a program, it is a process. True, select features or processes in various platforms lend themselves to more BIM-like qualities but you have to get outside of the old CAD-box. BIM occurs when various disciplines, products, platforms are successfully linked in a process to enhance the overall product development cycle of a structure. That is BIM. In fact, it really should not be called Building Information Modeling a more appropriate name would for the greater good and cycle would be Building Information Management.

A model by itself is relatively useless (when considering it for measurable ROI) to the build cycle without the ability to extract and use the "information" to benefit other disciplines.
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jmcintyre
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Message 22 of 27 (10,278 Views)

Re: AutoCad Architecture vs Revit Architecture which is better ?

09-24-2009 03:43 PM in reply to: goldcamaro
Revit has some nice integrated documentation tools. Other than that the main differance I can see is, all project information is contained within one file with revit, whereas it's contained within a number of files in ACA (unless it's a small project).
*Brian Harder
Message 23 of 27 (10,278 Views)

Re: AutoCad Architecture vs Revit Architecture which is better ?

09-25-2009 12:50 PM in reply to: goldcamaro
<..all project information is contained within one file with revit..>

How is that done when the design team (architects, engineers, etc.) consists
of many entities not within the same firm?
-Brian

wrote in message news:6260787@discussion.autodesk.com...
Revit has some nice integrated documentation tools. Other than that the main
differance I can see is, all project information is contained within one
file with revit, whereas it's contained within a number of files in ACA
(unless it's a small project).
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ToanDN
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Message 24 of 27 (10,278 Views)

Re: AutoCad Architecture vs Revit Architecture which is better ?

09-25-2009 01:24 PM in reply to: goldcamaro
Everything can be in one file. But not necessary. You can have various files that link together just like Xrefs.
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mrdavie
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Registered: ‎02-24-2009
Message 25 of 27 (10,280 Views)

Better is not always better.

09-27-2009 11:32 AM in reply to: goldcamaro
Has anybody seen that episode of The Woodwright's Shop where he visits this wood window manufacturing factory where all the tools are powered by pullies and straps? It is amazing how accurately the window frames are fabricated. Although I have always embraced new technology and consider myelf to stand closer to the early adopters than the late adopters of new technology, I wonder how much time I have wasted over the past thirtyfive years figuring out how to do something better that to just do it the same old way.

Being out of a job and wanting to improve the odds of getting one by honing technical skills is no fun. I've been there and I'm glad I have avoided it so far in this economy. I am sure that those who have jobs are more stressed at the thought losing their job that those who have lost them. I think time spent looking for a job is far more important than time learning Revit.
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fahad.livestrong
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Message 26 of 27 (9,165 Views)

Re: Better is not always better.

03-11-2012 02:15 PM in reply to: mrdavie

i have been working on autocad for about 8 yrs and also tried revit and came out with the conclusion that THERE IS NO OTHER POWERFUL DRAFTING TOOLother than AUTOCAD ....revit is nice but if it comes to drafting our own imagination accurately AUTOCAD  is the best tool....REVIT is something with which makes a newbee happy and nothing else...

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shepford
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Message 27 of 27 (3,298 Views)

Re: AutoCad Architecture vs Revit Architecture which is better ?

04-02-2014 10:24 AM in reply to: goldcamaro

Keep in mind Revit files are extremely large and cumbersom. You will find that 2x to 3x the man yours are required for the same task performed in Autocad.

 

The IT hardware needed to support Revit is massive, expensive to maintain, prone to failure and requires frequent add-ons to run newer versions of the program. Revit, just as much as Autocad is designed for planned obsolescense. That is, every year a new version comes out that is promoted as better. In most ways it is only different. With Autocad one can "save down" to an earlier version for coordination with consultants, for example. Revit does not allow that. Revit drawing features such stairs do not work well and when drawn are hard to edit. It is easy to cut wall sections in Revit but these do not join floor assemblies well. Much needs to be drafted over and corrected, Revit does draw nice 3D images.

 

Revit is masterful at producing eye wash that cannot be used in a set of construction documents other than on the cover page. This eye wash factor works well marketing Revit to firm partners who do not have to use  the software. In sum, Autocad version 2000 will do 99% of what needs to be done. The other 1% can be done in Form Z or something similar.    

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