I often get asked “What is the difference between Revit vs Autocad ?”. In this article we are going show and discuss the differences between working in Revit vs Autocad. This article is for those who have never witnessed Revit in action and would like to see how it compares to AutoCAD. If you have had any exposure to Revit or BIM, then this article probably will not be of any use you.
When designing with AutoCAD, you are effectively drawing lines, arcs and circles then defining what they represent in terms of walls, doors and windows after. As you continue to draw a building in CAD, you will begin to use layers so that you can view different elements of the drawing when required.
The difference with Revit LT is that you will draw (or ‘model’) with walls, doors and windows which are already pre-defined within the program (see pic) and are know as families.
Revit LT was purpose built to build buildings. This fact alone means that it already has several advantages over the multi purpose design software that is AutoCAD. For example, when working with walls and doors, Revit LT knows how they should behave with one another. Therefore, you could not connect a door to a window etc.
With Revit LT, you are modelling in 2D and 3D at the same time. Simply switch the 3D view and your 3D model will be displayed. It is much quicker to view a 3D model in Revit LT then it would be to view 3D in traditional AutoCAD.
The biggest difference between Revit vs Autocad is that the Revit LT model is linked, unlike a traditional CAD drawing (unless you use hatches). This means that any change you make to the model are automatically reflected throughout your plans, sections and elevations. This is a huge time saver as with traditional CAD, you would have to go and update each view automatically.
Although this was just a quick overview of some of the differences between Revit vs Autocad, I hope it has helped you understand them. Please feel free to share this article to anyone who is yet to know the difference between Revit vs Autocad.