Revit and BIM – what are they? A simple Explanation

A laser scan to Revit Building Information model of the Bromley Civic Centre

Ever been intrigued by how architectural dreams turn into real buildings? Welcome to the world of Revit, Autodesk industry-leading product for design and construction. This blog post is for anyone who wants a jargon-free understanding of what Revit and BIM are and how they're shaping modern architecture.

What Is Revit?

Revit is a software program developed by Autodesk, designed for Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM isn't just a fancy way of saying '3D modelling'; it's a comprehensive approach that combines structural elements, visual design, and vital data into a single model of a building. This model is not just a visual representation; it's filled with important data like materials, dimensions, and even environmental factors, making it incredibly detailed and functional.

Revit and BIM: A Perfect Match

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is all about creating a rich, data-driven 3D model that serves as a dynamic resource throughout a building's life cycle. Revit takes this to the next level by making these models extraordinarily precise and easily editable.

How We Use Revit at Bury Associates

Our specialised application of Revit comes into play with measured building surveys. Using laser scanners, we capture a 'point cloud,' a complex data set consisting of millions of colourised 3D points mapping out every nook and cranny of a building. This data then feeds into Revit to create a robust 3D model that architects use as a foundational guide for redesigning the building.

Compatibility with Other BIM Software

One of Revit's strengths is its compatibility with other BIM software through the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format. This means the 3D models can be shared and edited using various software, allowing for greater collaboration and flexibility in the design process.

Why Does It Matter?

With this 3D model, architects aren't just looking at a drawing; they're engaging with a data-rich, real-world representation of the building. This significantly simplifies the process of redesign, renovation, or new construction.

Revit isn't merely a software; it's a catalyst for efficient, precise, and creative architectural design.