Jurassic AutoCad

As a 25 year veteran of AutoCad, it pains me to say it, but it looks as if AutoCad will soon be following the dinosaurs into extinction.  At present, entry level college grads have no idea what it’s like to make design changes to a project and have to pull out the erasers and lead pointers. Almost every project I’ve worked on in the past 20 years has required countless updates to background and base plans to ensure coordination between trades.

However, while working with our young, fresh and knowledgeable co-ops, I’ve come to discover (to my delight!) the ways in which AutoDesk Revit is streamlining these updates. As someone who has depended on AutoCad from the dos based program of the early 90’s, I can finally admit I need this in my life. The coordination capabilities between different trades and vendors can be monumental in time saving and revision efforts.

AutoDesk Revit has changed the Project Coordination game. The initial setup of your file is critical; once the parameters and “families” are set up, the rest of the construction document creation process is a whole lot easier. When set up correctly, this is largely more efficient than updating both AutoCad 2D drawings and Sketchup 3D drawings. Using Revit, any changes to the plans can be updated globally. The linkage between plan drawings and sections is also amazing. Once you put a section marker onto an item requiring more detail, a window is now linked to that section marker. Any changes done on that plan automatically update throughout. AutoDesk Revit is the next big step in “Smart” architectural software. In a few years, of course, robots will be using 3D hologram imaging to upload our thoughts directly onto paper, but for now, let’s all get on board the Revit train.