But not as a monologue of Hamlet about the essence of life and death, we can see this question by the customer: Autodesk REVIT LT or Autodesk REVIT? They are trying to figure out which version of Autodesk Revit software is best for them and understand the differences. In this article, we will know the difference between Autodesk Revit LT and Autodesk Revit, so we can make the right decisions.
My understanding of Autodesk Revit LT is based on my work as a researcher and designer at Revit LT. Autodesk Revit is a BIM design (Building Information Modeling) software, including functional architectural design, MEP and structural engineering and construction, is a multi-disciplinary collaborative design process, but “complete” in REVIT LT software, but a small stepping stone building.
The design company wants to move to the BIM workflow. The role we designed was a personal designer who designed and developed a small project that needed to create BIM artifacts without Revit’s complete collaboration and analysis capabilities. Of course, as Autodesk Revit LT enters the market, there are many other situations where Revit LT is appropriate.
Let’s take a look at Revit functionality not included in Revit LT and consider what it means as a designer. Revit and Revit LT functions are compared and described in detail.
Features Not Included in Autodesk Revit LT
Deployment and Installation
Network Deployment – With this feature, you can easily install software on multiple computers at once or install unattended software. This may not be important if you are installing on a small number of computers. If you have a lot of work to do, network placement will become more important.
Parts – Parts allows you to adjust the configuration method by splitting the larger part into smaller parts. For example, consider the floor of a building. In the model, the slab is made up of the entire element, but the floor is big enough to create in many concrete batches. Parts function allows you to divide the entire element into smaller elements to reflect the build process.
Assemblies – Assemblies are typically prebuilt and delivered to the site, and most users want to track multiple elements passed on. Assemblies can also help you create shop drawings for these prefabricated components. For example, you can create this column and shoulder as an assembly, and then create a factory drawing of the column from the assembly.
Tilted column – A column element placed at the warp position. Autodesk Revit LT can model these tilted elements, but they are not recognized as columns for scheduling and other purposes. When you connect to other structural elements, some features will vary.
Trusses – Trusses in Revit are a special type of small structural element. You can easily change the size and shape of the truss and adjust the components accordingly. In REVIT versus REVIT LT, you can create the appearance of a truss element, but you cannot change a fast real truss element.
Revit Steel Connections – When describing steel in detail, you can connect in 3D using high-grade steel connections. Without this feature, it is a manual process to perform a detailed model of steel connections.
Reinforced, Steel Modeling – To understand the position of reinforced concrete with each shape in REVIT you can simulate in 3D, reinforced concrete. For Autodesk Revit LT and Autodesk Revit, you must align the bars and manually place each bar.
The REVIT system is equipped with HVAC ducts, machinery, pipes, ducts, and means to manufacture electrical MEP functions and lighting systems, but not REVIT LT MEP function, because it’s usually a part of this section. Revit’s MEP functionality is used to build HVAC, pipeline, and electrical system networks.
Although you can use REVIT LT to understand the relationship between these systems, you can use Revit LT elements placed at the end of the system, eg, receiver, ventilation or lighting device. However, for Autodesk Revit LT, the pipe cannot be connected to the sink, it is connected to the pipe vent or the wire is connected to the lamp.
Fabrication Parts – This MEP modeling feature is system independent. Fabrication Parts is a Revit tool that allows designers to use real part transformation or layout systems. You can then use this component to directly drive the system to create all the components of the system.
In-place modeling – In Autodesk Revit LT, you can create an in-place model for the Wall category only. With the in-place model, you can create elements in different content in your project. Can be used to simulate conditions in geometric or nonstandard conditions. Think of it as a piece of clay that can be shaped into the shape you want.
Shape-edited floors and roofs – With edited floor and roofs, you can use the flat panel to adjust the height of the board and bend it in any way. For example, a flat roof with a central roof drain can be modeled as a contour editing slab. To do this in Autodesk Revit LT, you must model several plates separately and then either tilt each plate to the drain, or simply model the plate plane and work with some lines that describe the slope.
Global Parameters – Use this parameter to define relationships and control values in the model. For example, if all the doors in the model must be X distances from the corner of the room, you can use global parameters to maintain the distance of all design changes.
Conceptual Mass and Adaptive Components – The conceptual mass tool allows you to consider the volume of a building before considering walls, windows, and doors, so that you can think roughly at an early stage. You can then convert the quality into a build element. Conceptual masses can also create free shapes.
Adaptive components work in a free-form fashion. They can create elements that can bend and change when placed to accommodate more free conditions.
Presentation and visualizations
Rendering in Products – With Autodesk Revit LT and Autodesk Revit, you cannot render locally on your own computer. All rendering must be done outside of Revit LT. You can send the model view to the Autodesk online rendering service or use another application to render the image.
Decals – Decals are part of rendering in Revit. Can be used to simulate a TV screen, a picture on a wall, or a sign on a building. Revit LT does not support the features provided in the product, so decal functionality is not available.
In-Canvas Rendering – Ray Trace Visual Styles let you quickly render scenes on the canvas while working on and manipulating models. The longer the wait time, the better the rendering quality. Also Revit LT cannot use this visual style without local rendering.
Although Revit has tools for area analysis, analytical models, structural loads and boundary conditions, heating and cooling loads, volume studies, and solar research, Revit LT does not have these structural and MEP analysis tools. Revit LT has tools for solar / shadow studies on the model, but you need to complete one view at a time. Autodesk Revit can animate sun and shadow studies to give you a more complete picture of the relationship between building and sun and shadow conditions.
Embedded planning – Embedded planning typically creates a plan for a specific type of element that consists of smaller elements. Embedded Plans combine them into one to make them understandable. For example, you can create a room schedule for a room-related property, but you want to include a furniture list (and property) in each room. With an embedded plan, you can do this from one plan. In Autodesk Revit LT, you need to create two separate plans. One is for the room and the other is for the furniture.
Panel schedule, duct, and pipeline pressure loss reports – This feature applies only to MEP features. Revit LT does not enable element centered panel planning or support pressure loss reporting.
View filters – View filters allow you to specify specific properties and control the visibility of elements based on them. For example, assume that all firewalls in the model are marked in red. The view filter quickly finds any wall that meets this requirement and displays it in red in the view. In fact, even if a new firewall is added, the filter will still function normally and will automatically appear in red because it meets the filter requirements. If Revit LT does not have a view filter, it is a manual process.
Graphical Column Schedules – Create a plan that displays each column in the model and lists the size, column type, and location of each column. It is primarily used by structural designers and is not included with Autodesk Revit LT.
Interference Check, Copy / Monitor – Use these two functions when both models are connected together. For locations where the geometry overlaps, you can compare the models against each other to indicate a collision (interference check). The copy / monitor feature allows you to make a copy of an element from a linked model. You can then monitor changes to the element to ensure that the model remains in sync. For example, columns or structural walls can be copied / monitored to keep pace with the design engineer’s design.
Multi-user access to projects (job sharing) – Worksharing allows multiple people to work simultaneously on a single model of Revit. All users work on the same model and conflicts are managed by software. Without Revit LT’s job-sharing capability, only one person can work on the model at a time. If you have a large project with multiple team members, you need to decide how to divide your work into multiple model files and then manually combine and tweak them. This can cause errors during the documentation process. Revit is therefore better suited for large projects that require multiple team members.
Shared Coordinates – When items are linked together in Revit, they are automatically aligned correctly using the shared coordinate system. Autodesk Revit LT does not provide a shared coordinate system, so you must manually sort the linked models.
Other collaboration tools. Revit teams can extend Revit worksharing capabilities to geographically dispersed teams using the cloud-based BIM 360 platform and BIM 360 Design and Revit Server.
Linking and using other files
Copy / Paste Elements from Links – Autodesk Revit LT does not support the ability to copy and paste elements from links. In Revit LT, the link is for reference only.
Customizing visibility of linked models – Revit allows you to change the visibility and graphics of categories and elements of linked models as needed. In Revit LT, you cannot control the appearance of this linked element in the model.
Link / Import in some formats, Point Cloud – Links and imports using Revit LT are more limited than Revit. The file types that are not allowed in Revit LT and Revit are Common Entity Model (SAT), Autodesk ReCap Point Cloud (RCP), and Rhino® Model (3DM).
In Revit and Revit LT, you can import DWG, DXF, IFC, DGN, and SketchUp files.
Like import, Revit LT does not export many file types like Revit. Files that cannot be exported from Revit LT and Revit are the Common Entity Model (SAT), ADSK (Site Information Transfer to Civil Engineer), gbXML (Energy Analysis Model), ODBC (database for all elements of the model) and suite. Type (text file used to manage family).
In Revit and Revit LT, you can export DWG, DXF, DGN, DWF, DWFx, and IFC files.
Revit LT cannot create custom items, and you cannot use add-on applications created directly or by third parties with Revit LT. Revit has the API (Application Programming Interface) SDK, third-party add-ins, Dynamo for Revit functionality, and the ability to create macros that automate the tasks contained in model files that Revit LT does not.
Designed for small-scale architects, Autodesk Revit LT works with a single designer in a small project. Therefore, collaboration tools that allow multiple people to work on a single model are not part of Revit LT. The lack of these tools makes the biggest difference between Revit and Revit LT. In general, if you work in the project team, it is recommended that you choose Revit.
The tools I missed while working on Revit LT for a long time using Revit were view filters and conceptual modeling. Do not misunderstand. Revit LT can supply enough power without these tools, but it can be easily used if needed. Finally, you want to make the best choice for your situation.
Revit or Revit LT? That’s the question. I hope you can make a better decision now.