Autodesk® Revit

What is Revit?

Revit is the first parametric building modeler. Revit's parametric building modeler comprises intelligent building components, views, and annotations. All are both parametric and are associated bi-directionally through a high-performance change propagation engine. Revit encourages design changes anywhere, anytime by rippling any and all design modifications instantly and completely through the entire documentation set.

Parametric building technology empowers architects to create designs in ways never before possible. Revit lets architects speak the language of design while it takes care of all the CAD chores. Revit's integrated building model is the foundation on which the entire industry -- architects, engineers, owner/operators, and construction professionals -- will transform the process by which buildings are designed, constructed, and operated over their lifecycle. Revit's parametric building technology is a pivot point in the history of computers and buildings. Revit has revolutionized building design.

How does parametric building modeling change my work?

Think of the parametric building modeler in Revit working for you on multiple levels to ease the task of designing buildings while at the same time improving the quality of those designs.

For example, a parametric wall understands its relationship to other building components. The wall might have a fixed height, or it might extend up to the next story, or it might be attached to the roof. This design intent is captured in the component. But you might need to change the pitch of the roof above the wall. That change will instantly modify the geometry of the wall -- without any explicit action required by the user. This, in turn, will "revit" (or revise instantly) all plans, elevations, sections, schedules, dimensions and other elements.

Now consider how Revit's revolutionary bi-directional associativity allows you to work in new ways. In Revit, you can drag a wall which changes its dimension. But more importantly, you can quickly sketch a rough layout of your walls and then simply type the dimension values to refine your design. Changes ripple in all appropriate directions when you change a parametric design element in Revit.

And without any programming, you can create your own parametric components in the system by simply sketching them. Your components have all the power of the built-in Revit components.

With Revit, design as never before

Imagine being able to change the scale of a view while the grid bubbles, line styles, and other parametric annotations update automatically. Picture being able to change the building and watch the square footage update in Revit's live area schedule. Think of being able to collaborate as a team in the design process, using parametric building technology to merge changes from different team members.

Now, and for the first time, designers can focus on design, while the software automatically recognizes relationships that capture design intent. At the user's discretion, these relationships can express setbacks, code requirements and other important client and design constraints.

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