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Sat, Jun 16, 2007 at 8:11:45 PM | Revit as the only CAD program in your office.




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Our company purchased Revit as the only ACD program we use and we do not have Revit Series with AutoCAD. I find it lacking as a basic CAD program as it was developed as a modeling 3D program. Simple tasks are a nightmare and I have to use many equipment types that are not Revit elements so it takes me twice as long to generate an equipment schedule.

I would love to hear if there are others who are using nothing but Revit in their offices. I am afraid we are going to crash and burn.

 Barbara Bennett

HagerSmith, Raleigh, NC

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Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 10:54:36 AM | Revit as the only CAD program in your office.




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There are many here that use it solely for CD's It's a matter of being trained properly. There has been a posting of Revit and the phases. I'm not sure if this is the exact one, but here is the one I found.


Phase One - Initial Excitement!!!"Holy Crap! Look what I can do with this thing!"Phase Two - First bump"Hmmmm...? Why won't it do what I want? That's not how I do it in (insert other cad software here)!"Phase Three - Creamy Middlemmm... things are going more smoothly, now......mmmmm"Phase Four - WTF stageThe family editor "eats you up and spits you out"!Phase Five - The EnlightenmentThings really begin to click! You understand why things are happening in your model, and better yet how to control them and avoid problems. You have conquered the family editor.Phase Six - Zen of RevitYou have mastered nearly all things Revit. You "know" what Revit "likes", and what it "dislikes" during model construction, a sixth sense, really. You spend your time exploring and tweaking advanced scheduling, OBDC, external parameters, AR3. You have a template to beat all templates, families for every situation.

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Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 4:04:50 PM | Revit as the only CAD program in your office.



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there's probably very few offices that have Revit as the only CAD program, even if they only use Revit. Most of us used some other program before Revit and probably still do to varying degrees. It's almost impossible not to have to interact with Autocad, no matter what program you are using.

We all feel your concerns as most of us are new to Revit also. It will take time, patience, tutorials, reading, training, and then more of the same. I think the most important issue is that HagerSmith has made a real comittment to see Revit implemented in their office. But the more you use and develope your Revit skill set, things will get better.

Welcome aboard the Revit train, Next Stop...... the Twilight Zone (sorry couldn't resist)


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Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 11:20:08 PM | Revit as the only CAD program in your office.


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Hi Barbara,

All we can do is try to help with your individual issues... and confirm there is a light at the end of the tunnel and its not a train.

As you come across issues post them and perhaps your current method for doing something in revit may not be the most efficient method and instead you are trying to use your old autocad method?  Can't really say...

We do use 100% revit for all documentation.  We do however, have revit series purely because of our consultants and we have a lot of old projects that we need to come back to from time to time that are in ACAD.  It also helps to have AutoCAD to ensure your revit exports are up to scratch before you give them to consulants or the client...




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Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 6:42:55 PM | Revit as the only CAD program in your office.




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we have revit series too and as stated before, it really does help to have for document checking esp. with consultants. AutoCAD is also just helpful at this point because not everything is modeled for revit so CAD blocks become useful in time crunches. However, lateley, we've been creating new families as needed now that we have a better handle on schedule.

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