Why you should consider using this time to upskill in Revit

Under the current circumstances, you may find yourself on the job hunt again or working from home with some extra time than usual due to the lack of commuting. If you are an engineer, you should consider using this time to upskill, and this could mean making the big move from classic software AutoCAD to the newer alternative Revit. In the following piece, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Progressive GE, Ryan Nigro,  talks us through the advantages of moving to Revit and why now is the perfect time to upskill and get ahead of the crowd.


What is Revit?

If you are in the engineering world then you probably already know the answer to this, but Revit is a software product and comprehensive workflow from Autodesk which helps several professionals work together. It is used for architectural design, MEP and a number ofstructural design and detailing and has become greatly popular among engineering and construction professionals.


What is the main difference between Revit and AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is essentially a computer aided design programme used mainly to create 2D and 3D drawings, whereas Revit is used for building information modelling (BIM) and has the power to create high-tech 3D models of buildings, therefore leading to its popularity among construction professionals.


What are the main advantages of using Revit?

Revit is widely renowned as a more well-rounded software, and that is why many companies see it as the software of the future. It is a relatively easy transition to go from AutoCAD to Revit as opposed to the other way round. Older ventured which may have been created in AutoCAD can still be used in Revit, even those that are not BIM based. There are also so many contractors available now with Revit skills, which can serve a purpose by bridging a skills gap during your company’s transition period. This allows you to start your Revit journey almost instantaneously.

Revit is more efficient, flexible and dynamic. While AutoCAD was essentially confined to 2D drawings, Revit allows you to experiment with 3D designs. It is super quick, allowing designers to sketch out plans at a rapid pace, or make necessary changes instantly. This option to correct problems as they arise saves time and money for all parties in the long run. The programme is fully flexible, allowing numerous users to work on the same project file and merge their alterations together with a shared save function. There is also a local Revit user group which allows people to discuss various BIM tasks and challenges they may encounter while undertaking Revit programming. It is this aspect of Revit which allows users to feel like they are part of a community which contributes to their overall experience of using the software.

Finally, Revit is expanding the limitations of CAD training. It has the ability to enable users to carry out work such as design, construction, safety, maintenance, facility management and more. The multi-use functions provided by Revit are what sets it apart from what can be achieved by using it in comparison to AutoCAD. It has resulted in positive outcomes such as increased employee productivity, increased public confidence, shorter turnaround time and greater coordination and collaboration among teams.


Stay home, skill up….

With the majority of us now practising social distancing and remote working, you may find that you have more extra free time than before. If you are an engineer, maybe you could use this time to upskill, and if you haven’t already to retrain in software like Revit. This unprecedented turn of events has slowed the world down and stopped us all in our tracks, so you could take it as an opportunity to think about where you want your career to go and what’s next for you in a professional sense. Upskilling in Revit can only make you more employable, and so if you’re job hunting it is an advantageous skill to be able to add to your CV. You can find some online training courses in Revit on LinkedIn Learning, on the AutoDesk website and other online learning providers.


Are you thinking about upskilling in Revit or is your business considering making the switch? For advice on this and more, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the following details.


Ryan Nigro

[email protected]

+61 2 9285 1037


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