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Why is Revit Getting Popular Among Civil Engineers?

Architects widely use Revit for a number of reasons, but nowadays, it is gaining traction among civil engineers too. Civil Engineers widely adopt AUTOCAD to make plans for buildings, design for water tanks, and many more. Nowadays, this software is getting replaced by Revit as it offers 3D rendering quite quickly compared to AUTOCAD. Some additional blocks are also there in Revit that can be imported as plugins which are quite beneficial to place on the drawings without consuming much time.

Both AUTOCAD and Revit are the products of Autodesk, and they share many similarities despite having many differences. One of the main reasons Revit has become so popular is that it was built with the BIM process in mind, and it also works with cloud computing. This allows everyone participating in the project to get their hands on any information they need.

A number of AEC companies request employers with a Revit certification course in order to help users learn about the BIM process to improve their Revit knowledge. Because Revit allows for the production of 3D models, it aids sales and marketing teams in explaining a project’s potential to buyers. Analyzing these models, which give architectural sketches and blueprints, may assist in maintenance planning. Customers can study a virtual design of these models, which works as a sales pitch. Like this, they can have a rough idea of what the structure is going to be.

Revit user interface
Fig 1: Revit user interface
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Some of the benefits of Revit are-

In order to work in Revit, it is recommended to take up a short-term professional course as the user interface of Revit is a bit complex. It takes up more space in a drive, and so to work with such software, it is highly recommended to use a graphics card on a laptop or desktop. Like Revit, another software that is gaining traction is Sketch Up due to its ability to build up blocks in the drawings without creating them. Moreover, Revit is shadowing AUTOCAD, but it can never follow it entirely as Revit lacks the ease of 2D drawings simplifications. The structural details like reinforcements are easier to depict and draw in AUTOCAD than in Revit. However, advancements are being made to ease the design of the structural elements process in Revit.

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Kanwarjot Singh

Kanwarjot Singh is the founder of Civil Engineering Portal, a leading civil engineering website which has been awarded as the best online publication by CIDC. He did his BE civil from Thapar University, Patiala and has been working on this website with his team of Civil Engineers.

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