Revit – buzzword or necessity?
I suppose in trying to answer this question from a surveying perspective, it is quite tempting to just suffer from a few splinters by sitting on the BIM fence.
So, let us start somewhere near the beginning and without going over old ground, the whole Revit/ BIM terminology fits nicely in with a previous blog around the different and sometimes confusing amount of terminology used within our industry (click here to read that blog after you’ve finished this one). Of course, Revit is just one type of BIM software available though it’s fair to say it is the most common one we have enquiries for.
The world of BIM is massive and ever evolving. However, like all massive construction projects, the role of the survey (whilst seen as quite a small part of the bigger picture) can help the project and the baseline site data surrounding it get off to the best possible start. So, what is the best way to begin?
A bit like all project enquiries, start by talking with us (give us a call or fill in an enquiry form and we will happily call you back at a time to suit you). We have found in the past, that sometimes the buzzword term Revit has been misinterpreted and the project only requires a point cloud scan or a 3D laser survey as it can also be known. That is because depending on what level of BIM the project is being designed to determines the level of data. For BIM levels one and two, it is possible you will not need a Revit model; perhaps a 2D/3D site plan is sufficient. As level three BIM becomes more established you more likely will.
However, when you know you do need a Revit model, there is still a little more information we may ask you for. Revit (like BIM) has different Levels of Detail (LODs) and depending on what level of Revit you need, the amount of data becomes more or less detailed.
We suggest considering the following three questions when looking to build a Revit model for your project.
- Is it a Revit model you need or another type of BIM compatible model? Whatever the type, we can help but it is always useful to have as much information upfront.
- What level of BIM are you building to? We will still be able to help but our other services may be more relevant depending on the BIM level.
- If you do need a Revit model, do you know the Revit level of detail as that will help us ensure you get what you need?
We have provided our clients with BIM models on a range of projects including student accommodation in Norwich and a Leisure Centre development in Hertfordshire.
So, safe to say less buzzword and a steady evolution into necessity. As technology improves ‘doing BIM’ is becoming a lot easier for more people, so given its huge advantages why would you not adopt it? We are always here to help if you need further support.