Building Information Modeling

Autodesk Announces Revit LT

5 Sep, 2012 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson

Autodesk today celebrated the one-year anniversary of Project Spark — an Autodesk Labs technology preview that is essentially a smaller, lighter version of Autodesk Revit software for building information modeling (BIM) — by announcing the impending release of Autodesk Revit LT 2013.

Priced at $1,200 for the standalone product (vs. $5,775 for standard Revit), Revit LT is designed for small archtectural and contracting firms that are using 2D workflows and looking to transition to the BIM process. Revit LT is said to offer many of the benefits of 3D modeling and BIM — such as more accurate modeling and documentation and improved collaboration — without the typical expense and learning curve associated with Autodesk Revit adoption.

Revit LT is built on the Revit platform and offers the following benefits, according to Autodesk:

  • Work more efficiently with a single, coordinated model that allows users to concurrently design and document building projects. Autodesk Revit LT automatically manages iterative changes to building models throughout the documentation process. As a result, a consistent representation of the building is maintained, helping to improve drawing coordination and reducing errors.
  • Design and visualize in 3D. Revit LT allows users to see designs virtually, improving their understanding of the building and its spaces and helping them communicate design ideas to clients more clearly and effectively.
  • Create photorealistic renderings in the cloud. Users who purchase Autodesk Subscription with Revit LT can render in the cloud directly from the Revit LT interface, enabling them to produce photorealistic visualizations without tying up their desktop.
  • Exchange designs in the DWG or RVT file formats. Produce designs in the DWG file format and experience fluid file exchange with project team members using other Autodesk Revit software applications.

Compared with the full version of Revit, Revit LT is missing the ability for multiple users to collaborate on the same project file simultaneously, the ability to perform in-product rendering, and several other features. Revit LT does include full documentation functionality, as well as most basic 3D modeling and visualization tools. A detailed comparision of product features is available on the Autodesk web site.

Autodesk Revit LT 2013 is scheduled to be available within the month in North America. In addition to the standalone version, the new product is available as part of the Autodesk Revit LT Suite 2013 ($1,500, including AutoCAD LT). A free 30-day trial version will become available on September 18.

Autodesk wants to move its customers along the path toward adoption of its 3D modeling software and the more complex rendering and analysis products that come with the 3D territory. Joining the ranks of AutoCAD LT and Autodesk Inventor LT, Autodesk Revit LT makes that transition more affordable and less challenging to a segment of the design market that often hesitates to adopt new technologies and that, in the wake of a crushing recession, will certainly welcome a less-expensive option for moving to BIM.


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