Revit vs Chief?


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Hi everyone! I'm new to ChiefTalk, and just joined because I want to put my foot in the door to possibly move away from Revit to CA in the future. I'd like those that have (or have had) expert level experience with Revit to compare using Revit to Chief Architect for mainly residential projects.

 

I am a Revit expert with previous commercial experience for previous employers, but my preference and bread-and-butter is high-end residential. I have a business that offers BIM services (renderings, 3D modeling, drafting, ect.) and have current clients that I need to use Revit with. Revit is very powerful, but it is obvious that it's geared more towards commercial rather than residential. I have spent hours and hours creating and continuously modifying my families (i.e. doors, windows, vanities, ect.). Plus, everything takes way too long! CA seems to have all the beautiful content already available, and the videos make it seem so easy to place and modify.

 

A couple of my clients may be able to be convinced that CA is better. They are builders that view the model for constructability and want the documentation to be superb, as well as have weekly client meetings that I attend in which I have to to tweaks per client requests (which is so difficult with Revit!). I am very good at creating detailed plans and 3D modeling, with many compliments. 

 

So, if you have or previous had expert Revit experience, please tell me your thoughts of CA if you switched or use both. I'm really curious! I have very very limited time, so I'd only want to try the trial if it's worth my time. Also, since you can't save in the trial, I feel if I liked it a bit I would end up renting the software to practice more. Too bad the student version is not available to anyone like Autodesk does.

 
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I have been using Chief Architect for many years for residential design work.  In that time I have learned many things about using Chief for both designing and producing construction documents.

 

I also use Revit on a daily basis for very high end commercial projects for a large commercial contractor.  I produce 3D models and plan sheets for job specific shop drawings.  Like you, I also find that time is in short supply, but I would be willing to give you some feedback from my personal experience with Chief.

 

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I took 90 days of revitt every thursday night for 4 hours. I did not like it. I like chief better and been using it for 3 years. You can lease for $49.00 month and after 15 months you own it. then just pay renewal fee or subsciption monthly and there you go. I love chief. 

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Thanks for your opinion, Designer100! 

 

I'm using Chief Architect x10 now, just slowly learning it an hour a day or less while I continue to use Revit. I am considering training options so I can get up and running faster with CA. The more awesome features of CA I see the more annoyed I get with having to use Revit. 

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2 hours ago, nVisionTEKBIM said:

Thanks for your opinion, Designer100! 

 

I'm using Chief Architect x10 now, just slowly learning it an hour a day or less while I continue to use Revit. I am considering training options so I can get up and running faster with CA. The more awesome features of CA I see the more annoyed I get with having to use Revit. 

CA for residential..so.much.faster

You may at times go to revit to perform some BIM based calcs for MEP, but for the most part everything you need is in CA for con-docs, really really fast con-docs...plus 3d modeling in real time in front of a client is a breeze.

I personally export models to 3ds for renders as there are no plugins, maybe a bit slower than revit but not much.

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