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ArchiCAD versus Revit 5.1

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Well here we are, still raising opinion. In this final segment on the topic, we look at some commentary around education of these software packages at university level. I stumbled across this very interesting comment in a recent posting on LinkedIn: "Roderick Anderson, Intl. Assoc. AIA • I have seen this discussion go from an objective comparison and pros vs. cons of both systems to a very heated and passionate discussion on which is better. It is all positive in a way, but I do have something that I have seen recently and would like to share with the group and hopefully get some feedback from the Revit users out there. I am an Archicad user myself, and have trained my staff into Archicad. We are all very happy with our results and would probably not think about changing into Revit for any reason at this point. It is interesting, that in recent new hires that I have done (or interviews) I have run into a recent "batch" of architecture graduates that are coming out of one particular local architecture school that has incorporated Revit as part of the school curriculum. My initial take had been that at least there was some new talent coming out trained into SOME form of BIM software and at least then training them into Archicad would not be so hard as compared to others who the only theing they knew how to use was Autocad or maybe Vectorworks. What has been puzziling is that four recent candidates when I have asked how extensivley they use Revit on a project and to describe their work process all four of them have said the exact same thing. They build their model in REVIT, export it to some software for final rendering, and then ALSO export ALL DRAWINGS from Revit into AUTOCAD (gasp !!) for fine tuning and detailing of the 2D drawings. The final drawing set they end up producing out of Autocad...... " To ad to the "discussion", I have reviewed some local forumns, in this case a BIM user group on, amongst the numerous comments from bloggers talking about their CAD software choices in general, there are these comments, which I feel are starting to echo a certain general sentiment I have picked up in my five articles on the subject :" Permalink Reply by Mari-Louise Flanegan on April 20, 2009 at 8:55am ARCHICAD, without a doubt. Been using REVIT lately too - it seems to be growing on me - a lot of programming options in modeling editable library parts, but honestly, nothing ArchiCAD isnt already able to do... latest version of ARCHICAD has a lot of pro's still and although I'm working on Revit at the moment, still miss the quality of archiCADs 2d drawing output, and RENDERING which is awesome. Revit seems limited in line weights, scaled drawings, and rendering and setting up views is not what it could be, although I guess they will get there hopefully sooner rather than later. User interface of ArchiCAD is also smoother, faster, and delivers quick, quality. Worked with Triforma Microstation a while - which has awesome rendering capabilities and ENDLESS 3D modelling but not suited for architecture - too 'loose' - not much structure in terms of setting up levels and elements. Guess thats where Revit has advantage - walls and floors move with each other when you edit them, and you can attach walls to levels (whereas in archiCAD they still operate as individual elements). Sketchup is my archenemy, the layer setup drives me nuts! AutoCAD (2d) is good for drafting but still prefer ArchiCAD tops them all :) Hope this helps anyone who is trying to choose! Permalink Reply by Russel Shillinglaw on September 29, 2009 at 9:26pm Personally I use AutoCad the most, but recently I have been using Revit (which is a great all round 3D & 2D package). I still export my 2D plans & elevations into cad to complete the working drawings. I have more experiance working with cad and can setup my line weights and layout quicker, but I could/should take the time to learn how to do it in revit. I also use sketchup to create 3D models. It was my first 3D program & it is easy to use. I wouldn't have passed my bachelor degree without it. These days it is free to download from google & I would recomend it for any student or potential student how wants to get into architecture. At first it might feel quite limited (restricted to simple geometric shapes) but with practice you will be amazed at the complexity & detail of the models you can create. I am also interested in turboCad since it is really cheap (R3000) and available @ incredible conections. Has anyone use this software I would like to hear what you think about it" And finally, the last of the pages from Ransom Radcliff's article published on 2011-08-08 on our title topic: