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Sunday, October 7, 2007

The History of Revit - The Future of Design

Note: 2/8/09 As long as you're here, probably seeing Revit for the first time, I welcome you to my blog and would like to offer my assistance in your search for more information about Revit. I'm amazed as to the number of people looking at Revit for the first time in 2009. Just so you know, the technology is fantastic. It is a totally different approach, workflow, methodology and way of thinking for architects and engineers. After you read this blog post, I encourage you to do the following:
Download and try Revit. You can learn it in 4 hours - Link
Read the McGraw-Hill report on BIM recently published - Link
Read my posts about CAD vs Revit - Link
See Video demos of Revit - Link
Read about Revit 2013 versions - Link
Take a look at Revit renderings - Link
Look at the ROI of Revit - Link
Contact me for training, implementation and getting started - Link

Now, read about the history and warm up your credit card while planning for the future.

The History is now the future.
Revit was created in 1997. It is currently in it’s 33rd release. That's 2 to 3 releases a year and one of the main reasons you want subscription.
Revit = Revise Instantly
Revit was developed BY individuals that came from the company PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). Revit was developed specifically with Architecture in mind and was purpose built for Architects by Architects. To that point, the majority of the product development teams are architects or come from a design and construction background. The Revit Building application has been developed as a purpose built tool for Architecture and is the only completely parametric Building Information Modeling tool available.
AutoCAD is the de facto standard non-specialized CAD solution and its file formats DXF and DWG are the most common for CAD interchange. Since the late 1990's, the company made a concerted effort to provide a product for every solution in the industry, often purchasing competing companies and technologies.
In 2002, Autodesk purchased a competing software called Revit, from Massachusetts-based Revit Technologies for $133 million. Revit, for the building solutions and infrastructure group and Inventor for the manufacturing group, formed the foundation for future Autodesk products - a strong departure away from their 20-year old AutoCAD software code.
Revit Timeline
Charles River Software founded - October 31, 1997
  • 0.1 1999 11 (Early Adopter 1) (1)
  • 0.2 2000 01 (Early Adopter 2) (2)
Revit Technology Corporation - company renamed
  • 1.0 2000 04 (3)
  • 2.0 2000 08 (4)
  • 2.1 2000 10 (5)
  • 3.0 2001 02 (6)
  • 3.1 2001 06 (7)
  • 4.0 2001 11 (8)
  • 4.1 2002 01 (9)
Autodesk acquires Revit Technology Corporation - April 1, 2002
  • 4.5 2002 05 09 (10)
  • 5.0 2002 12 17 (11)
  • 5.1 2003 05 (12)
  • 5.5 2003 04 01 (13)
  • 6.0 2003 12 22 (14)
  • 6.1 2004 03 11 (15)
  • 7.0 2004 12 13 (16)
Autodesk Revit Series (Marketing Bundle w/ AutoCAD) - Now Autocad Revit Architecture Suite

  • 1.0 2003 12 01 (Revit 6.1)
  • 2.0 2004 XX XX (Revit 6.1)
  • 8.0 2005 08 23 (Revit 8.0) (17)
  • 8.1 2005 04 12(Revit 8.1, AutoCAD 2006) (18)
  • 9.0 2006 04 12 (Revit Building 9.0, AutoCAD 2007) (19)
  • 9.1 2006 09 12 (Revit Building 9.1, AutoCAD 2007) (20)
  • 2008 2007 04 12 (Revit Architecture 2008, AutoCAD 2008) (21)
  • 2009 2008 04 15 (Revit Architecture 2009, AutoCAD 2009) (22)
  • 2009.1 2008 09 15 (Revit Architecture 2009, AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD Architecture 2009) (23)
  • 2010 2009 04 16 (Revit Architecture 2010, AutoCAD 2010, ACAD Arch 2010) (24) 
  • 2011 2010 04 16 (Revit Architecture 2011, AutoCAD 2011, ACAD Arch 2011) (25)
  • 2012 2011 04 16 (Revit Architecture 2012, AutoCAD 2012, ACAD Arch 2012) (26)
  • 2013 2012 04 16 (Revit Architecture 2013, AutoCAD 2013, ACAD Arch 2013) (27)
AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite
  • 1.0 2005 06 01 (Revit Structure 1) (1)
  • 2.0 2005 09 01 (Revit Structure 2) (2)
  • 3.0 2006 04 12 (Revit Structure 3) (3)
  • 4.0 2005 09 12(Revit Structure 4) (4)
  • 2008 2007 04 12 (Revit Structure 2008, AutoCAD 2008) (5)
  • 2009 2008 04 15 (Revit Structure 2009, AutoCAD 2009) (6)
  • 2010 2009 04 16 (Revit Structure 2010, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2010) (7)
  • 2011 2010 04 16 (Revit Structure 2011, AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2011) (8)
  • 2012 2010 04 16 (Revit Structure 2012, AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012) (9)
  • 2013 2010 04 16 (Revit Structure 2013, AutoCAD 2013, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2013) (10)
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
  • 1.0 2006 04 01 (Revit Systems 1) (1)
  • 2.0 2006 09 01 (Revit Systems 2) (2)
  • 2008 2007 04 12 (Revit MEP 2008, AutoCAD MEP 2008) (3)
  • 2009 2008 04 15 (Revit MEP 2009, AutoCAD MEP 2008) (4)
  • 2010 2009 04 16 (Revit MEP 2010, AutoCAD MEP 2010) (5)
  • 2011 2008 04 16 (Revit MEP 2011, AutoCAD MEP 2011) (6) 
  • 2012 2008 04 16 (Revit MEP 2012, AutoCAD MEP 2012) (7) 
  • 2013 2008 04 16 (Revit MEP 2013, AutoCAD MEP 2013) (8) 
Autodesk Revit (One Box)
  • 2013 2012 04 15 (Revit Architecture, Revit MEP & Revit Structure in one program ) (1)
Building Design Suite (Standard, Premium & Ultimate - a package of up to 13 separate products
  • 2013 2012 04 15 (Revit Architecture, Revit MEP & Revit Structure in one program, Navisworks, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Structural Detailing, Showcase, Inventor, Sketchbook and more ) (1)

If you add it all up and include Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP there are now 31 Releases of Revit since 1999. Not too shabby




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If you've made it this far, congratulations.  If you're really looking at Revit for the first time, wow, you're so late into the game.  But, there's still hope for you. 

The secret of Revit and BIM  is that you need to know how buildings go together.  Revit isn't the best product for a CAD operator without construction and design experience.  That doesn't mean you can't learn it and excel at it, but it does mean you need to know how buildings are built.  Revit is about creating a virtual model.  The workflow and process are completely different than that of AutoCAD.  Yes, you can learn Revit on your own, but what we do is show you how to integrate the different design process into a new way of doing things for your company.

Those who try to learn Revit on their own, miss out on how to share the model with engineers, what needs to be included, what the best practices are and how to double your productivity.  Give me a call and we can discuss the options.  Don't say you can't afford it.  You can't afford not to do it.

If you're a general contractor and reading this, you really need to call me. I'm a third generation general contractor and I speak your language.  We have some incredible solutions for you to help you really improve the construction process.

1 comments:

Anonymous,  August 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

You need to change your comment that Revit can be learned in 4 hours, because that is wholly, completely, and blatantly false. Eleven of us received training from an authorized trainer for 24 hours, and STILL haven't learned it.

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