Revit is a product family made by Autodesk Inc. This product group includes Revit Architecture for architects, Revit Structure for structural engineers and Revit MEP for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers. Until the 2012 version, all these programs were separate, but in the 2013 version Autodesk decided to make a single program that cares for all aspects of a building project, simply called Revit. This page is mainly concerned with Revit Architecture or the architectural tools in REevit 2013, but it is essential to understand that the products or parts are each developed to work on a specific part of a building project and are meant to enable a good inter-disciplinary workflows.
Revit Architecture is the product architects use in this context and it, together with ArchiCAD, is the main building project development software in Norway. This means that you are very likely to be working with one of these programs daily during your career, even though there are more programs to choose from internationally and new products are developed all the time.
Revit is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. It allows for modeling in both 3D and 2D, based on a central Virtual Building Model that represents your project. All aspects and changes to this model are established throughout the program, meaning a change in your 3D model will also update all of your drawings at the same time. In addition, all elements are self-aware, meaning a door knows it is a door, and not only knows its own geometry, but also its own product number, cost, placement, fabricators URL and so forth. Most such elements are parametric and can be changed simply by typing dimensions and selecting parts. You can also create your own parametric elements in the Family Editor or import simple geometry from other programs.
As Revit is a comprehensive product, you might be interested in some additional information at the Revit Website. Understanding and learning Revit is a more comprehensive process and to become fluent takes some time, but on the other hand it can do many of the tasks you might have to use several other programs to do otherwise, making your workflow more streamlined and efficient, in addition to being able to handle the complexity in bigger building projects.
Mass modeling demo courtesy of Autodesk
Revit is a windows only program, if you need to run it on a mac, you can find help here.
You can download Revit, along with many other programs from Autodesk, from their student portal. Please make sure you register with your whole name and as a student of NTNU. When you have registered you can both download the software and get access to your own serial number. Be sure you select metric instead of imperial when installing.
School access: We have Revit installed at the Computer lab, but since it is freely available to you, just download it on your laptop.
Learning Revit: Basics
Revit is a comprehensive program, and learning will take some time. The best way to learn Revit is to use it on one of your school projects and stick to it no matter what. Before starting, you might want to run through series of video tutorials to familiarize yourself with the user interface and the available tools. It is very important to learn the logic behind how things are done in Revit as this is most likely different from other programs you have used and not understanding these concepts will make you want to bang your head against the wall. Lynda.com has a 10+ hour tutorial that is by far the best available and will cut your learning time with many hours. Autodesk also has a tutorial series available, but even though it is free, it is also not as good as lynda.com.
For a more BIM centric approach, you can have a look at Autodesks BIM curriculum (http://bimcurriculum.autodesk.com/unit/unit-1-–-bim-modeling-basics).
Learning Revit: Intermediate
To become faster in Revit, there are loads of small things you can learn and understand the logic behind - this playlist is a great resource.
When you have learned the basics, there is a lot to gain from expanding you workflow, so that both you and those you work with can collaborate with ease. You should check out how to incorporate Vasari into your early design stages, learn how to link models or how to render images.
Learning how to use the more advanced features of Revit and getting your speed up requires that you work on a real life project. The best way might be to get a job at an office which uses Revit in their day-to-day design work. It is essential to understand that there is a difference in using Revit for study work and using it for a real project with both the design requirements as well as software requirements that implies. A university environment simply can not establish the framework of a real project.
Learning Revit: Advanced
If you want to get really advanced in Revit you should look into full scripting in Python.
Learning Revit: Workshop
You can follow up a three days workshop. If you are attending a course that includes this workshop you will receive an invitation to join LyndaClassroom with a package of videos. If not, you will have to register yourself in order to get access to the videos displayed in the program. Look for click here.under "courses" or
- Dynamo - Grasshopper-like visual programming for Revit (and Vasari)
Links and further studies
- ArchiCAD by Graphisoft
- Digital Project: Designer by Gehry Technologies
- AutoCAD Architecture by Autodesk
- Microstation by Bentley
Notes and Appendix
Software develops incredibly fast and not everything on these pages might be updated. If you find any errors, please let us know.
Revit is windows only.
Can I get Revit for free?
A student version is available for free from students.autodesk.com, you must register as a student at NTNU