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Re: Revit Structure (was Re: Concrete Reinf Diagram)

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We are finding that Revit has a steep learning curve.  However, I have been able to work out framing and connection details in complicated parts of buildings by having the architect cut sections through their base mode.

David Topete wrote:

REVIT is the wave of the future...  Catch it.  We are working on most projects now in REVIT, and it isn't too bad.  The learning curve is somewhat difficult at first because you need to stop thinking of ACAD shortcuts, and ACAD all together.  It's great because it can generate the 3D picture with all of the physical elements defined.  It is especially helpful for conditions such as Jeremy's current dilemma.

Once the architect creates the base model, the other disciplines can do their respective work, and conflicts are more "apparent."  A lot of times it's difficult to know where a mech'l duct penetrates a shearwall or bracing line.  REVIT allows everyone to see it.

I'm sure others can provide more feedback.  A lot of upfront cost probably, but the productivity should increase with REVIT not long after people are up to speed.  Good luck convincing the big wigs...

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM, Mike Jones <mike.maryjones(--nospam--at)> wrote:

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM, Jeremy White <admin(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Thanks for the advice.

I think it would be wise also to terminate 50% of the bottom bars (maybe hook them upward) before they enter the column to limit clutter, but the top bars are going to be a nightmare.  I think I will require 2 layers for the top bars even though the clear spacing is acceptable within the beam.  I am modeling the structure in Revit so I can create the joint to scale and see exactly how everything will fit together.  I'll attach a pdf of the isometric when I'm done if anyone is interested in seeing it.

Thanks again,


Are you actually using Revit Structure for real projects?  If so, any feedback as to the learning curve from a real world viewpoint (not a salesman's biased babble).  Have you seen any advantages to doing the switch.  Management at the firm where I am employed (thankfully) think it's fine for the architects, but that it would do nothing for the structural engineers document creation process.

Thank you for your time in this matter.


David Topete, SE