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Dennis,

 

I don’t see Revit Structural being a reasonable drafting solution for quite some time.  I think architects will need to drive us to it.  I don’t see us driving architects to it.  I also don’t see my small office architect clients using Revit.  In fact, about half of them use some other CAD program other than AutoCAD.  I have to get them to translate into a DWG file format.  If I was to use Revit I would need to translate all my files for them.

 

I looked over Revit Structural 3 last weekend on Autodesk’s website.  Yeah, there was a lot of bells and whistles to it, but I saw a huge learning curve that I wasn’t about to begin right now.  I don’t use RISA, ETABS or Robot so the analysis end of it was useless for me.  I would hope that by the time this does become practical for my use many more analysis vendors are compatible.  Some of the reviews I read last week in SEAInt were that detailing was still a pain.

 

Rich

 

 


From: Dennis Wish [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:32 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org; Light_framing(--nospam--at)structuralist.net
Subject: Small office use of Autodesk Revit Structural

 

Are there many (or any) small offices including sole proprietors who are switching from AutoCAD ADT or stock AutoCAD to Revit Structural? I am currently using ADT 2007 and finding that it meets virtually all of my needs, but if the community is moving toward integration of design / analysis tools and BIM coordination it may pay to upgrade now at a lower price than wait for a few years. I just received a Demo version but was surprised when I was told that to upgrade from ADT 2007 to Revit Structural Version 3 I would have to pay something around $1,250.00.

I would like to get a feel for those who are considering this change. I have been following the integration of software such as RISA 3D and Revit but don’t work on models of this caliber to justify the change yet. However, is it worthwhile to bite the bullet if Autodesk ultimately plans to eliminate ADT in favor of their building component programs.

 

Any thoughts on the matter?

 

Dennis S. Wish, PE

California Professional Engineer

C-41250 Exp. March 31, 2007

Structural Engineering Consultant.