Convert AutoCAD Details to Revit

Details are a vital part of the documentation process for building design and construction projects.  CAD users who have used AutoCAD for years have typically developed a large detail library, or at least possess many details used on previous AutoCAD projects.  Those details are valuable as a lot of time and knowledge has gone into developing them.  It is important to be able to access those details for usage within Revit.

While there are various methods utilized for re-using AutoCAD details, not all of them are good solutions and some can add corruption to your Revit project file and create problems.

The best long-term solution for re-using AutoCAD details is to migrate the details into Revit native entities.  While inserting and then exploding details is a common practice, it creates residual information in the file and requires time and effort to clean up.  The migration of details into quality Revit drafting views will have a tremendous impact your future Revit projects.

Doug Bowers Consulting, LLC provides the service of converting your AutoCAD details to Revit format.

Time and Cost Savings

When an organization migrates from utilizing AutoCAD to Revit for its project documentation, it can be a daunting and time-consuming endeavor to properly migrate their details to Revit.  The conversion process can tie up an employee and taking them away from time required to meet project deadlines.  It can also be very difficult to find the time for an employee to migrate details while trying to maintain their billable hours.

If the Revit user is not yet proficient with Revit, the time, expense, and quality of the conversion process can be negatively impacted versus outsourcing this process.

Doug Bowers Consulting can assist an organization in achieving fully Revit project files quicker, which can be especially important for those projects where the client requires a project be developed with Revit.

Quality Product

Doug Bowers is a licensed architect and has created countless details over his many years of experience in the AEC industry and understands the meaning and importance of the design/construction details.  High quality drafting standards have always been a priority for Doug Bowers throughout his career and those standards show through in the Revit details that are created.

Conversion features include:

  • No AutoCAD entities will be in the Revit file.  AutoCAD details are not inserted or exploded in Revit.
  • Individual Revit drafting views will be created for each individual detail.
  • The "Title on Sheet" parameter will be utilized on each detail to maintain client's desired detail title, if client provides DBC with the name.
  • Client's settings will be utilized to ensure that details are consistent with client's Revit project files.  This includes:
    • Line Weights
    • Line Styles
    • Line Patterns
    • Text Types
    • Dimension Types
    • Fill Patterns
  • "Out of the box" Revit detail components may be used to increase accuracy and create consistency among details.  (Details may be modified slightly to accommodate standard detail components.)
  • Drafting views to be created in a Revit project file for easy access and review of similar details.
  • Detail naming to follow client standards that have been established for Revit details and provided to DBC.

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Doug Bowers Consulting charges a flat fee of $35.00 U.S. per detail.

This flat rate provides the client with an easy way for budgeting for the detail migration process.

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"Fine Print" and Clarifications:

  • Doug Bowers Consulting (DBC) does not verify accuracy, design integrity, or constructability of detail, nor accepts responsibility for such.
  • All components of the detail will be 2D drafting elements and not 3D entities.
  • Wall sections, building sections, and information reliant upon Revit building model are not considered details under this service.
  • Drafting views to be based upon Imperial units, and translation between Imperial and Metric units is not part of this service.
  • If client does not provide a project template for settings, a standard template and settings from the default installation of Revit will be utilized as the basis for settings.
  • A detail is defined as an enlarged detailed view of a specific condition and where the size is such that several detail views may be placed on a 24"x36" sheet.  DBC reserves the right to refuse (or redefine as multiple details) a detail which is overly large and would typically be considered multiple detail views.
  • Creating sheets or placing details on sheets are not included in this price.
  • If no scale is provided for a specific detail, DBC to determine scale to most closely resemble scale of provided detail.

 

Douglas V. Bowers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

doug@dougbowersconsulting.com