Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Don't use Revit


This was a topic that has brought me back to blogging.

I was at a friends luncheon last weekend, where I was introduced to another architect.
I really couldn't remember his name.
Immediately he was on the attack, "Ah...so you're the Revit guy" this was obviously the common link that my friend had introduced us.
"Um...I suppose so...yes" I was enjoying a nice glass of red wine, the last thing I felt like doing was defend a computer programme.
"Well Revit can't do details..."
"Really?" I replied, "so exactly how long have you been working on Revit"
For some reason I had jumped on the offence?
"I got a demo CD, and there are no standard windows and you can't detail. I am an ArchiCad user and someone would have to show me how Revit works better"

I think he was expecting a response like:
" How did I not recognise that you were LeCorbusier and your firm was so important. I will be there on monday to run you through the entire process...free of charge, 'cause I just love Revit."
Unfortunately the response came out slightly differently:
"DON'T USE REVIT"
He looked kinda shocked that someone said this to him.
I repeated myself:"DON'T USE REVIT....seriously"
This is where I elaborated and the conversation pretty much ended.

"The more people that use Revit, the less of an edge I have on the market, it suits me that you are on an old version of ArchiCad that you don't even know how to use properly"

There is nothing more irritating than an uneducated opinion. By receiving a demo CD and thinking that you are going to just get it started doesn't say much about you.
Revit owes you nothing, don't expect things to be done automatically.

Something I have said in my training sessions, Microsoft word will not type a love letter for you. You still have to type in the mushy info, why do expect it from Revit?

3 comments:

arkigloria said...

yeah, you're right.
Uneducated guess hehehehe
Not so many knew or have explored the tremendous detailing capacity of Revit. Well we just say that it will takes a bit of time before one can really
harness its capability.
An iceberg at the the moment

sbravo said...

I agree - while Revit has by far been the most overall productive cadd program I have used there is still no "Design whats it in my head" button.
I have used AutoCadd, Desktop, Microstation, Archicad, Vectorworks and Revit for production. If you take the time to really learn any one of these products you'll be productive. Most people will not take the time to learn beyond about 50% of the products capability (possibly less). Revit could use better "drafting" tools but the whole point is not to be drafting.
I worked at an office where they moved to Archicad, an incredibly well developed program with a steep learning curve, instead of training and changing from 2d drafting to modeling the office standard was to ease into it and do most things as 2d in it - nothing was gained by the switch except lots of frustration to draft in a new program. Long tearm the office is now switching to Revit - and has yet again voiced an approach to not to delve fully into the 3d model capability. My point is you are correct in your response - you need to understand the benefits and even more importantly, the limitations of the program to get the most out of it. Additionally I think there is this unrealistic expectation of software, try finding a program that will create very cool graphics to display quantitative data, not as easy as movies and tv shows make it out to be.

Enzo Fighetti said...

be pacient my friend. You will find, always, people who think they have the true. Of course, his point of view about the Revit capabilities a year ago are not the same than today. If you can, tell us the opinion of that archi-user nowadays. I`m sure that he changed his mind, because he can see that everyone in moving to Revit.... and he doesn`t want to be out of the party.
Good luck