Revit or Revit LT: Which should you choose?

Revit Vs Revit LT

You may have decided to adopt a BIM workflow, but which program are you going to use? Let's compare Revit and Revit LT to see which is best for you.

You've decided to step out of the comfortable CAD ecosystem into a brave new world of BIM. Great! Now, where do you start? 

It's an exciting change, and one that could have untold positive ramifications for your business - from better designs through to a more collaborative process with other architects, contractors and managers involved in the building process. You'll also be able to minimise the mistakes that can occur when a project involves many moving parts. The only real problem that you'll have to address is this: 

Which software should I use? 

Revit has been designed from the ground up to work as part of a modern BIM workflow, but it comes in two distinct flavours, the full-featured Revit software, and its lighter, leaner cousin Revit LT

Option 1: Autodesk Revit

Autodesk's flagship version of Revit is immensely powerful and is designed for advanced engineering applications, including structural work. This necessitates a wide variety of features and design options. Most importantly, engineers need to have complete control over every aspect of design, discovering potential issues before construction work begins in a way that simply isn't possible with CAD. 

Revit delivers on all of these fronts and more, while its purpose-built collaboration features define what BIM technology and workflows are really all about. With access to the Revit server, shared coordinates among projects and a vast multi-user environment for worksharing, Revit is the benchmark for critical projects where analysis and MEP modelling are key. It leaves no stone unturned. 

Option 2: Autodesk Revit LT

Sometimes though, you just don't need all of the bells and whistles. Not everybody has the same requirement as a structural engineer, and for those of us looking for something a bit simpler, Revit LT is a perfect middle ground. For example, an architect may want the 3D modelling of Revit, and basic BIM capabilities, but they won't need the more extensive structural features such as trusses or rebar modelling. Revit LT provides this stripped-back functionality, and is directly aimed at architects and designers. 
Of course, with a less feature-laden platform comes a reduction in price, which makes Revit LT more cost-effective as well. There's also the Revit LT Suite to consider, which is bundled with AutoCAD LT so that architects and designers can continue to work with a familiar program while they get know the brave new world of BIM. 

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