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Re: Lord of the Revits: Fellowship of the Bim

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We have two licenses, one workstation is set up as group user thing...but I think it's going to replace autocad all together in a few years for mid size to big buildings. One architect I'm working with is using it for a fairly simple 2 story wood building.

Almost every architect we deal with uses it now for major projects. One hassle is that they want exact beam, column and brace sizes in Schematic and DD phases so they can dump it into Revit and see how it looks...

Other engineers have had some problems interfacing it with Etabs as well. Apparently the fluidness of moving information back and forth isn't quite as simple or worthwhile as advertised by both Autodesk and CSi...


On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 2:49 PM, Garner, Robert <rgarner(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I downloaded the Revit Structural demo and played with that for 30 days.  I found it a difficult program to learn although I was able to put together a two bay by two bay, two story steel framed structure.  Braced frames one direction and moment frames in the other.  My model is very clunky.


I was disappointed that you cannot draw a structure in 3-d AutoCAD and directly import it into Revit.  You have to import it as a non-.dwg file and trace the model.  No seamless operation there. 


I am using the book, "Mastering Autodesk Revit Building", by Paul Aubin.  His teaching methods don't really work for me.  I just downloaded a tutorial and this looks like a good way to learn.


Have you actually purchased Revit?




Bob Garner, S.E.

From: Gerard Madden, SE [mailto:gmse4603(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 1:58 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Lord of the Revits: Fellowship of the Bim


I will take the tutorial, though, I don't know the way...

Will begin the Revit learning process this week. Welcome all sage advice, links to helpful websites, what works, what doesn't, etc... private or public responses are fine.

Any recommendations on training/seminars? Are they worth it? From what I've been told, the tutorials that come with it will get you 1/3rd of the way there, the remaining 2/3rds comes from experience...