Bippity Boppity BIM! What’s New in Revit 2015? … ME!

I know what you are thinking… What’s that CAD guy doing in a BIM blog? That’s right, after 30 plus years of tearing the face off of AutoCAD to see what makes it tick, I believe it’s time for a new challenge. So I’m throwing my hat into the Revit ring also.

As you know, CADsoft’s Revit Blog offers a lot expertise on Industry Tends, in-depth Revit topics and even software support issues that our customers send us, so we share our findings with our readers. In Fact; it’s perfect for the more experienced Revit user!

But, doesn’t get lonely at the top? Well that is what I am here to tell you about… You see, I am inviting all of my AutoCAD friends over to join us. The reason is simple, when I was asked to help contribute to the BIM Blog I wanted to increase the number of readers that we currently have, at the same time help our AutoCAD based clients work their way to BIM. After careful consideration, I felt our Revit Blog needs a section for “The New Revit Users with an AutoCAD based background” to help ease them into Revit…

…and “Bippity Boppity BIM” section was born. I’m sure we can all learn to get along together.

So… If you are still a CAD user and you have made it to this BIM site (even if you just got lost and ended up here by accident), I invite you to stay… Why, you ask!

Realize that BIM is becoming more and more popular and you know that you need to take that leap sooner than later. In my “Bippity Boppity BIM” section is design for you (the AutoCAD user) to start transitioning your way to BIM using what you already know from AutoCAD based software. I will try and use comparisons from both software products, and how they interact, even complement with each other to help pave the way to becoming efficient in Revit. The good news is; since they are both Autodesk products,( AutoCAD and Revit come in the Autodesk Building Design Suites, Premium & Ultimate together) the workflow and interface are design have some similarities to the AutoCAD brand that you are already familiar with. In the following blogs to come I will try and point these out to help in the transition from CAD to BIM as easy as possible for you.

Luckily, CADsoft has some pretty talented experienced Revit Users already. (I bet they will get sick of me bugging them, since I plan on attacking Revit the same way I did when I was learning AutoCAD.) But the CADsoft Family is very close, so I am sure they will be willing to assist in any way they can. Right Guys? 😉

Speaking of that… Let’s start with that word “Family” in terms of Revit technology…

(Revit Help File)

A family is a group of elements with a common set of properties, called parameters, and a related graphical representation.


  • The Furniture category includes families and family types that you can use to create different pieces of furniture, like desks, chairs, and cabinets.
  • The Structural Column category includes families and family types that you can use to create different wide flanged, precast concrete, angle, and other columns.
  • The Sprinkler category includes families and family types that you can use to create different dry and wet sprinkler systems.

Although these families serve different purposes and are composed of different materials, they have a related use. Each type in the family has a related graphical representation and an identical set of parameters, called the family type parameters.

When you create an element in a project with a specific family and family type, you create an instance of the element. Each element instance has a set of properties, in which you can change some element parameters independent of the family type parameters. These changes apply only to the instance of the element, the single element in the project. If you make any changes to the family type parameters, the changes apply to all element instances that you created with that type.

Different elements belonging to a family may have different values for some or all of their parameters, but the set of parameters (their names and meanings) is the same. These variations within the family are called family types or types.

So a Revit Family is similar to an AutoCAD Block that could have Dynamic and/or Parametric Constraints applied to the block, or similar to an AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) AEC Object that can be intelligent and modified in the Styles Manager or individually in the Properties Palette.

And for all of my AutoCAD followers… Don’t get me wrong I still love AutoCAD (always will) and still plan to continue Blogging on my AutoCAD Blog. Keeping up on AutoCAD’s Newest Features, But I also invite you to take the BIM journey with me as well.

Who knows, maybe in another 30 years the blog topic will be “BIM there, Done that!” and we get to learn something else that doesn’t even exist yet!!! (But for now let’s take BIM, one bite at a time.)