In the early days of architecture and engineering, drafters would draw building blueprints and machine models by hand. Now, those industries use computer software to help architects and engineers visualize what their creations will look like before they’re brought to life. One of the most essential tools these professionals use is AutoDesk Revit, software that aids in building information modeling. If you like the idea of following a project from inception to development to completion, learning Revit might be just the path to take. With training, you can learn the basics in just a few months.
What Is Building Information Modeling?
Revit is one part of BIM, which is a collaborative software that allows a team to collect and share data as they plan a project. Revit facilitates this process. For example, if a building needs to be constructed, architectural drafters can design 2D and 3D models through Revit that can be shared with the architects, the construction team, and even the financial analyst. They can all add important information, such as the materials to be used, the timeline to complete each phase of the project, how much energy the building will consume, and how much the total project will cost. This allows the entire team to make decisions about the plan, schedule, budget, and design that will benefit everyone in the long run.
How Long Will It Take to Learn Revit?
If you want to master Revit, you can expect the full process to take up to a year. If you learn the program in phases, you’ll find it’s not difficult at all. Start with the layout of the software and all of the tools first, which can take about three months. If you’re tech-savvy and pick up new software quickly, it may take a little less time. Once you become comfortable with the layout and tools, you can move to the intermediate level. That can take another three to four months to learn. After you manage small projects in Revit, you can move on to more advanced projects, which can take another five to six months to master. If you’re already familiar with computer-aided drafting software such as AutoCAD, it may be easier for you to learn some of the modeling aspects of Revit.
However long it takes to learn, Revit is considered an industry standard, which could take you one step closer to a new career. Here are a few other benefits:
- Collaboration—Since Revit is a tool that encourages collaboration, you’ll learn how to be a team player and how to anticipate what information others will need.
- Competition—Employers want to see that you know how to use all of the tools of the trade. When you add Revit to your resume, you’ll stand out from the competition.
Are you ready to master Revit? At Porter and Chester Institute in Connecticut and Massachusetts, we offer a Computer Aided Drafting and Design program that will teach you how to use Revit and other CADD software. You’ll also learn some basic design principles that can set you on a career path as a drafter in different industries and you can complete your program in as few as 12 months, Fill out the form today to learn more.