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I had the same curiosity you seem to possess and after doing four or five webcasts on Revit and using the demo, I finally took the plunge about three weeks ago.


I can report that I am no less enthusiastic at this point even after setting up a daily regime for myself which includes one hour (sometimes one-half hour) of working through the help tutorial. While I am stunned by the depth of information stored in this program, it is well organized and represents a coherent way of thinking through working drawings and modeling.


Among the most exciting reasons for me to use this program are the ability to allow easy cross section generation and drawing sheet organization. There literally is no reason not to show ample information on working drawings all at very little cost and effort. The structural modeling integration was not my primary reason for selecting the program.


Some of the drawbacks right now are of course the learning curve and the fact that no architects I presently work with use the companion product, Revit Building. This of course means I’ll spend more time in developing a structural model from 2D cad files, but if my progress so far is any indicator, the learning curve will not be an inhibitor for long. Much of what we presently use in AutoCAD is replicated in terms of conventions making the transition fairly easy.


All I can say is….’try it, you’ll like it!”


From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 11:22 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Revit Structural and BIM


Is anyone on this list using Revit Structural?  I’ve read through a bunch of their info, went to 2 seminars, and played around with it a little.  I think it’s a pretty great tool.  I was wondering if anyone else had an opinion on Revit or any other B.I.M. technology.  B.I.M. is a topic that I am very intrigued by which is why I venture to ask.  Any other B.I.M. aficionados out there?