3D Revit is an essential tool for architects to master. Over the past ten years the program has transformed the design process with attention to fine details and realistic 3D modeling. We’ve sat down with Adam Grenci, Project Coordinator at BC Architects to discuss the advantages of using 3D Revit and the impact it has on sustainable architectural designs. Here is what he had to say:
ON: Adam, how long have you been working with the 3D Revit program?
AG: I’ve been working with 3D Revit for over 4 years now on a variety of high-rise and mixed-use projects.
ON: What do you enjoy most about creating in the program?
AG: When you work in 2D you feel like you are creating drawings. When you work in 3D you feel like you are creating the actual building. You can immediately see the physical form of what you are working on; you can rotate around it, see shadows and envision how it will be experienced.
ON: What aspect of Revit are you most proficient in?
AG: I’m most proficient in creating different versions or types of building elements that can be easily schedules and adjusted parametrically
ON: In comparison to other design programs, why should architects learn to work with Revit, what are the advantages?
AG: Creating drawings in Revit takes much longer than in CAD, but has significant advantages. You can include 3D views and 3D section cuts in your actual drawing set, which are very easy for the builders to understand. Having a 3D model to manipulate makes meetings with the client and city officials immensely more productive. Developers and city officials think of buildings in the less technical and more spatial way and a model lets them quickly understand what they are looking at. Having your consultants also work in Revit means that you can see their progress and catch issues with their work and yours that would not be noticed in 2D drawings and would only be discovered during construction. Revit is particularly useful for large projects with more sophisticated general contractors and other consultants. Renders and material takeoffs can be generated directly from the model.
ON: Over the past 7 years Revit has helped to improve sustainable architectural designs. What are your thoughts on Revit’s ability to calculate material quantities for cost estimates to help meet LEED criteria? What are your thoughts on Revit’s ability to export building data into gbXML?
AG: There are 2 main aspects of Revit that lend it more to sustainable building than 2D software. If the architect, owner and GC are committed to a more sustainable project, Revit will help them reduce waste by making it easier for the contractor to calculate accurate quantities and by making it easier for the design team to catch potential issues before they become change orders. The second advantage is that supplementary software can be used to analyze a Revit model for things like energy efficiency and daylighting performance, so you can get more sophisticated feedback in order to optimize the design. It is certainly a step in the right direction.
ON: In the next version of Revit what features would you like to see? And what problem do you hope that it will solve?
AG: As far as a big-picture change to Revit, it would be pretty cool if it could auto-revision cloud changes that we make in the drawings.