Today, several firms in the AEC industry have started adapting to Revit from AutoCAD. Some have either entirely adapted or just for particular projects. Even individuals wanting to pursue a career in the AEC industry are now making the switch to Revit from AutoCAD in the view of better career opportunities. So now the big question arises… are there good career opportunities after you make the switch? A study reveals that most building design firms have benefited from Revit once they had made the switch.
When to Upgrade from AutoCAD to Revit?
Hardware Consideration: A good high quality graded computer is vital to a smooth transition from AutoCAD to Revit. The switch can be made once the computer that will be used to run Revit has been assessed and compared with the minimum system requirements given by Autodesk. Revit’s performance is greatly dependent on the speed of the processor (CPU), amount of RAM and type of video card the computer has. The operating system needs to be 64 bit so it has access to more than 3GB of RAM. Revit will automatically install as a 64 bit application when as 64 bit OS is found. Also, ensure to review the Graphics Hardware list given on the Autodesk website to check that the card you have is compatible with Revit. It is also important to update the graphics card driver regularly.
Analytical Software Compatibility
A huge part of the workflow for structural engineers is the analytical tools they use for structural analysis. This must be your first and the most vital testing prior to implementing any upgrade to Revit structure. So it is vital to understand your workflow. It’s quite possible that the structural engineer still makes a separate analytical model and doesn’t try any interoperability with Revit, so it will not be a big concern. However, if you’re linking your Revit model into RISA or Robot structural analysis, you will need to ensure that the latest version is ready and comprehends the new features.
After adapting to Revit, several businesses have the question as to who are the right individual/s to be trained. Jumping into BIM involves a lot more than just buying the software. Even though Autodesk makes both programs, Revit is fundamentally different from AutoCAD, so much so, that even an AutoCAD expert could not just open the program and continue. In the past there was much debate whether Revit could be used all the way through CDs. Now that it has been done many times, the debate seems to be over. Revit has the ability to link in AutoCAD details from a firm’s detail library and then have callouts that point to them. Revit can create any new 2D details just like AutoCAD does and most users prefer 2D drafting in Revit once they’ve used it for a few weeks. Training is certainly one of the most vital factors in the implementation of Revit. The trick here is to time the training with the start of a project. Whether you use a local reseller in your area or have an in house trainer, make sure the instructor covers the tools and techniques for building systems relevant to your project.
Today, as Revit is used by many businesses due to its simplicity and usefulness, several career opportunities has emerged for the candidates. They just need to do the relevant Revit course from an Autodesk certified training institute to ensure a flourishing career in the AEC industry.