Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model’s database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction and later demolition.
Revit can be used as a very powerful collaboration tool between different disciplines in the building design sphere. The different disciplines that use Revit approach the program from unique perspectives. Each of these perspectives is focused on completing that discipline’s task. When considering using Revit it is important to look at a company’s existing work flow process and determine if such an elaborate collaboration tool is required.
BIM isn’t just for buildings. The same automation, visualization, and analysis benefits that the software delivers to building projects can be brought to bear in landscape architecture.
Think back, way back, to when you were five or 10 years old. If you’ve always had a passion for the built environment, you probably had toys that allowed you to build things — Lincoln Logs, Legos, Tinker Toys, Erector Sets, and basic building blocks. All the other toys — the action figures, cars, and stuffed animals — were mere accessories to the houses, skyscrapers, bridges, and cities you built. And if you’re like me, you didn’t worry too much about plants, earth berms, embankments, or other elements of landscape architecture. I didn’t think about these things, in large part, because the toys I had at my disposal didn’t lend themselves to being used for these aspects of the built environment.
ArchiCAD is an architectural BIM CAD software for Macintosh and Windows developed by the Hungarian company GRAPHISOFT. ArchiCAD offers computer aided solutions for handling all common aspects of aesthetics and engineering during the whole design process of the built environment â€” buildings, interiors, urban areas, etc.
Development of ArchiCAD started in 1982 for the original Apple Macintosh. ArchiCAD is recognized as the first CAD product on a personal computer able to create both 2D drawings and parametric 3D geometry. In its debut in 1987, with GRAPHISOFT â€œVirtual Buildingâ€ concept, ArchiCAD also became the first BIM CAD software in the world. Today more than 100,000 architects are using it in the building design industry.
ArchiCAD allows the user to work with data-enhanced parametric objects, often called â€œsmart objectsâ€ by users. This differs from the operational style of other CAD programs created in the 1980s. The product allows the user to create a â€œvirtual buildingâ€ with virtual structural elements like walls, slabs, roofs, doors, windows and furniture. A large variety of pre-designed, customizable objects come with the program.
ArchiCAD allows the user to work with either a 2D or 3D representation on the screen. Two-dimensional drawings can be exported at any time, even though the model in the programâ€™s database always stores data in three dimensions. Plans, elevations, and sections are generated from the three-dimensional virtual building model and are constantly updated if the user â€˜rebuildsâ€™ the view. Detail drawings are based on enlarged portions of the model, with 2D detail added in.