BIM is the biggest thing in construction right now, and with the UK Government Building Information Modelling (BIM) Strategy under way, the industry has to respond. But a major sector might feel disenfranchised with BIM, since the entry level BIM tools such as Autodesk’s Revit haven’t traditionally been that affordable for smaller firms. This may be about to change with the release of Autodesk Revit LT.
We’re all familiar with AutoCAD LT and its relationship with AutoCAD. Essentially, Revit LT is to Revit what AutoCAD LT is to AutoCAD – a fully compatible entry level application, with some features removed. Many practices, especially smaller ones, will view this release with great interest, as the price point is very attractive. £1500 for a suite that includes both AutoCAD LT and Revit LT is a real bargain, and if that gets practices more involved with BIM, then we’re all on to a winner.
Major step forward for BIM
High-end Revit users have previously commented about what’s missing from Revit LT and how this precludes it from being a valid BIM tool – it doesn’t enable collaboration, there’s no multi-user file access, conceptual modelling, links to analysis software or in-place editing. But at entry level, I think it’s a valid and usable tool that presents a major step forward into Building Information Modelling for sole traders and smaller organisations.
Ideal for smaller projects
– Out now and ready to ship, you can head to our site to get your copy of Autodesk Revit LT or Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite.