Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an essential part of any design project by facilitating smarter, faster, stronger designs that make economic sense while reducing environmental impact. BIM provides support every step of the way from design and visualization, to simulation and construction. The software helps teams collaborate, innovate, and connect with clients in more productive ways.

And now Revit – the latest innovation in BIM – is taking an already impressive piece of programming to the next level with a new array of features and capabilities. Here are three ways Revit takes computer-aided drafting into the 21st century:

Increased Efficiency

Revit has changed the architecture design, drafting and modeling processes by accomplishing substantial improvements in precision and efficiency. With Revit software, architectural designers can now rapidly sketch out rough layouts of a floor plan, or make changes to the standard set of building designs and instantly let their customers preview their future homes. 3D design views give designers the opportunity to quickly try out different designs, while high-quality documents let them detect and correct problems early in the design process – and that equals big savings on time and money. Also, Revit comes with a full set of parametric building design components that can be customized and saved for use in future projects. And the program has environmental benefits as well – energy modeling and environmental responsiveness are core components of its design process.

Flexible & Dynamic

Professionals who completed their architectural training using conventional CAD technology will notice right away that Revit is not simply a drafting program – it’s a powerful, dynamic database. Unlike AutoCAD, Revit allows all project data to be stored in a single project file, permitting multiple users to work on the same project file and merge their changes with every save. All changes in Revit are coordinated across the entire project, so a change in one place (view) is a simultaneous change in all views. This is perhaps Revit’s most striking difference from previous tools: section views, elevations, and schedules are live views of the Single Building Model and require no updates or refreshing when the model changes.


In addition to its flexibility and efficiency, Revit is revolutionizing CAD training and application with a diverse range of capabilities. The program can be used to facilitate design, construction, procurement, pricing, life safety, ongoing maintenance, facility management and much more. And according to Architectural Evangelist, Revit’s multi-talented profile produces advantages that go beyond what AutoCAD provides, such as:

  • Reduced Field Cycle Time
  • Greater Coordination and Collaboration
  • Short Turn Around Time (TAT)
  • Waste Minimization
  • Increased On-site Renewable Opportunities
  • Greater Error Detection and Risk Mitigation
  • Increased Public Confidence
  • Increased Employee Productivity

What do you consider the greatest advantage of using Revit for BIM?