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Review - Revit Building 9 (AECBytes)

PostPosted: 27 Jul 2006, 13:36
by Wesley
by Lachmi Khemlani

Link: Revit Building 9 Review

>Autodesk Revit Building 9 is the latest version of Autodesk's leading BIM application for architectural design that integrates elements, views, and annotations into a single, coordinated building information model.

Pros: Ease of use remains unmatched, despite the continued addition of features enhancing the power and sophistication of the application; critical improvements in the generation of construction documents, including keynoting and an expanded Detail Library; rooms are now actual Revit elements, allowing better integration with tools needing spatial and volume information; improved interoperability with SketchUp and enhanced IFC support; API expanded to provide access to more Revit functionality, making it easier for plug-in tools to be developed; several other enhancements including animated sun studies, material take-off schedules, user-defined filters to control visibility, and improvements in linked files.

Cons: The quality of documentation continues to remain substandard, making it difficult to learn the application without outside help; not sufficiently fluid for conceptual design; non-regular building forms are difficult to model; the room element is problematic in some aspects and needs further development; still allows some illegal operations to be performed, which can undermine the integrity of the model.<