Design Matters National webinar: 2D vs 3D - Session 1. Questions & Answers from Glenn Barrett | BIM/CAD Technical Consultant, Interscale. 

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1. Can you please explain how can we change the line thicknesses when printing the plan view?
We will be covering this in Session 2, coming up on 11 August. Register here now

2. Can the land survey info be incorporated into Revit?
Yes, and we will be covering this in Session 3, coming up 18 August. Register here now.

3. In elevation, how is the ground line drawn?
We will be covering this in Session 3, coming up on 18 August. Register here now.

4. I know that we are talking AutoCAD to Revit. How do you think Revit compares to ArchiCAD?
I have used both and feel in some ways this is a hard question to answer. If you read reviews be careful of who wrote them. What are their allegiances? Are they comparing the latest versions of both software packages? If we look at industry and major building projects you would see that Revit is a favourite. This is most probably due to its excellent BIM capabilities, but as an Architectural modelling tool, others believe ArchiCAD has the edge. Basically, this question will continue to be argued between the different parties. If you are looking to buy software, look at things such as:
Do you have projects that demand you use a particular software?
Do you constantly deal with other companies? If so, what software are they using?
In product demoes, ask for them to demo a sample project of yours (if possible).
How easy is it to get staff to use each software package?
How much online Support, Tips and Tricks, Training etc. can you access?

5. Can you demonstrate how to put more detail in the section, such as gutters, fascias, sub floor and roof construction, etc.?
We will be covering this in Session 2, coming up on 11 August. Register here now

6. What is the difference between mindsets when using Revit compared with AutoCAD?
I feel Revit is easier to use in regard to designing buildings. It lets you get on with your job while working with ‘real’ building objects and parametric capabilities, whilst AutoCAD involves you constantly thinking about how to use AutoCAD tools to create buildings with all of their Views, Sections and Details. Do one change in the Revit model and it reflects throughout all views; whilst in AutoCAD you have to chase the change through all related views.

7. Is this model used for construction drawings or just presentation?
Revit models are used for Construction Drawings and Presentations, and you will see this over these sessions.