Autodesk Revit

Autodesk, Inc. (Proprietary)

Autodesk Revit is a program designed for Building Information Modeling. Building Information Modeling is a design process where designers consider the physical and functional characteristics of a facility or structure. The resulting digital models provide information regarding the structure’s conceptualization, construction, operational period, and eventual demolition. Autodesk Revit is designed for architects and engineers who work on civic and commercial facilities, buildings, homes, and interiors.

Autodesk Revit has four main applications: Architectural Design, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Building Construction. The program provides its users with tools to create 3D representations of various structural elements such as floors, walls, roofing, foundations, windows, doors, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and ventilation systems. Users can specify the physical attributes of these objects by setting the dimensions and materials used in each 3D object. The program is also capable of simulating the operability of each design feature of structures. Users can preview simulations showing the water flow in plumbing systems, the flow of electricity in wiring, as well as movements of doors, elevators and other articulating features. In addition to these, Autodesk Revit is capable of dividing the model into sectors, allowing multiple users to work on a specific part of the model. The program also contains a 360-degree zooming function where users can view the model as a whole or its smaller components such as windows, stairs, doors, etc.