20 Years Of Revit – How It All Started

It has been precisely two decades since Revit started. It is amazing when you think about all that time. It seems only yesterday when we were defining our first walls in Revit. To have perspective, today we are going to look back in time towards 20 years of Revit evolution with companies – how it all started.

People who started it

Surprisingly enough, Revit started in the hand of younger, smaller businesses rather than big corporates.

A few small, new businesses back then chose to adopt to the new, and then-cheaper Revit. Needless to say, this raised many eyebrows back then, from the traditional big firms. But we showed them, didn’t we? They thought these smaller companies are taking a big risk, trusting their future to the this new ‘uppity’ application.

But time proved them so wrong

It took Revit only a year or two gain some traction, but once it had some momentum, they didn’t have to pause. Revit was, at that time, an unbelievably efficient new toy to build up your design, and get your data. Consultants wearing socks and sandals walked into construction company offices and proposed the idea.

The modern young architectural firms back then had a very laid-back attitude combined with a fine attention to details. The Revit Support and Training personnel who visited them were amazed by the friendly yet highly productive atmosphere. Okay, maybe some of them were not wearing socks.

The existing system

Most of those AEC companies were starting to just expand back then, 20 years ago. The common trend, at that time, were the well-known AutoCAD, Vectorworks and ArchiCAD. Most haven’t even heard of Revit – until the consultants lifted the lid.

To be honest, as far back as 2020, the majority of the AEC consortium weren’t even using 2D CAD. They were still on paper – hand-drafting was the trusted and traditional way to do stuff. Computers existed to serve as big calculators good for crunching numbers only, as far as the traditionalists were concerned. It is not like they were inefficient or worked with handicaps – they created beautiful, elegant models on paper with paste-its peppered all around them with micro-details. It was whole different era.

Published By
Arka Roy
www.bimoutsourcing.com

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