February 17, 2012, 05:39:45 pm
This is exactly ON topic: "Which modeling software do you use?"
Quite the contrary. We start in Revit at Conceptual Design Stages. We can produce 4-6 Design Options in a single day. With all the BIM advantages.
We do the SAME exact thing as SU; only it's far better because you have BIM, not a throw-away model, and then have to MODEL IT AGAIN in Revit. Not a good workflow. We tie the rendering to the "real model". My point is that as Architects we are responsible for the quick concept design, the "viz" and the BIM--and getting the building built. So give us a break. We have a lot on our plate. And we are learning your job, thanks to new tools such as Lumion. Try doing the reverse--LOL. It has taken us almost 30 years to get to this point. Lots of hard work;
and now we are reaping the benefits.
Advantages of Revit and it's Conceptual Massing:
Quick, intuitive modeling of complex geometry.
Fast; VERY robust set of modeling tools.
Automated Schedules of Areas; Mass Floors, Curtain Walls/Panels, Roofs, Walls, etc.
( try doing a complex Area Calc in SU ).
Adaptive Components ( no such thing in SU )
Parametric modeling; parameters driving Form; check out Project Vasari!http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F8ACB9BED56DE576
Energy Analysis exports to gbxml to the "cloud" in Green Building Studio; for LEED, etc.
Coordination of MEP and Structural Models
4D and 5D BIM; export Revit into Navisworks, etc.(which also does rendering and 4D animation)
The list goes on and on. In the AEC world,there is much more to it than just "viz"; We are searching for a unified approach to link the "viz" with BIM; having separate Architecture and Viz "silos" is counterproductive. It's precisely why we are having this "friendly exchange". Lumion is purpose built for Architects, derived from a "gaming engine". Two different "worlds" (pun intended). Welcome aboard.