If you're a creative, chances are, you will have heard of Revit, but for those who haven't it is an exciting new 3D design tool with features to drool over. Here's why.
Revit is set to fundamentally change the way many creative industries go from initial design to exceptional finish. A powerful paradigm is allowing us to create a complete virtual simulation of a building before anyone arrives on site. Architects, Interior Designers and AV Systems Integrators have been given an amazing opportunity to create beautiful visualisations for their clients, using the same tool that produces technical documents for construction. Imagine going on a virtual walk-through of the finished project before a single nail has been hit. Spaces can be assessed more naturally and even complex lighting can be simulated to ensure there are no dark corners of a room.
Revit is a particular instance of the relatively new concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM), BIM attempts to centralise every piece of data relevant to architects, structural and electrical engineers, and anyone who might work on a construction project. This vast pool of information makes it easier to spot clashes between disciplines and save everyone time and money. Whereas traditional methods of designing a building consist of tens if not hundreds of disparate 2D drawings which - if one alteration needed to be made - would require updating separately. BIM seeks to avoid this by creating a single intelligent 3D model which is then "viewed" in any orientation to produce all the 2D drawings needed to build it for real.
The adoption of BIM by construction professionals has now passed the 50% mark, and the percentage of the construction industry who plan to be using it in three years' time was pegged at 93% (National BIM Survey 2014). Those of us who are further down the construction pipeline will soon be inundated with Revit files created by architects and structural engineers, so how can we use this to our advantage?
1. Being Ready:
Early adopters of this new technology position themselves in an advantageous position where they can offer full integration with the construction industry.
2. Adding Client Value
: Beautiful visualisations will excite clients and help to win contracts by accurately portraying the look and feel of the finished project.
3. Accurate Costing:
BIM allows for more accurate cost analysis reducing the likelihood of smashing through a client's budget or our own margins.
One thing is certain: BIM has arrived, and as Revit and software like it develops, the number of creative industries who have something to gain from it will go up and up. As integrators of home cinemas and home automation, the advantages of our move to this new world have already become apparent. Cable and lighting schedules can now be sent to site with the confidence that all is accounted for, 3D views provide a quick way to assess the best aesthetic layout of speakers on a wall, and beautiful renders provide our clients (and ourselves) with the opportunity to see just what is possible.
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