With the building and construction industry worldwide moving towards using building information modelling (BIM) approach for designing, documentation, construction, and facility maintenance, proficiency in BIM tools and applications is becoming a sought-after skill in the modern AEC workforce. Whilst there are several applications that enable BIM, Autodesk Revit is one of the powerful tools used by reputed architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers worldwide.
Architectural, engineering, and construction management students and professionals proficient in Revit have a greater scope to succeed in the modern AEC industry compared to those who are just specialised in 2D CAD technologies. As the crucial industry stakeholders in India and worldwide push towards transitioning to smart BIM technologies, interesting prospects related to BIM jobs are poised to open up. Autodesk certified candidates with medium to advanced level proficiency in executing Revit jobs can seek the following career advancement opportunities:
1. Revit Modeller (Architecture)
Candidates with 2 to 5 years of hands-on experience in working with Revit Architecture can enter architectural firms or design outsourcing firms as Revit Modellers (Architecture). An important aspect of the profile will certainly include conversion of 2D/3D AutoCAD drawings/models into Revit BIM files and reusable Revit families. For this, the incumbents should be well versed in BIM concepts and an exposure to other related architectural tools (not necessarily BIM tools) including AutoCAD, Navisworks, and GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD. Excellent visualisation skills and experience of working with diverse projects of simple to complex nature is invaluable.
2. Revit Modeller (MEP / HVAC)
Professionals having mid-level experience of using Revit MEP for modelling MEP and HVAC systems can take the opportunity to work as Revit Modeller (MEP / HVAC) for building systems design consultants or MEP design outsourcing firms. For the incumbent to be successful in this role, he/she should have an in-depth know-how of HVAC and mechanical services systems generally adopted in commercial, residential and mixed-use facilities. As far as software proficiency is concerned, barring Revit MEP the candidate should ideally have exposure to modelling in applications, such as CADDuct and CADMEP+.
3. Project Manager (Revit)
Project Manager (Revit) would be an ideal profile for Revit practitioners with 5 – 10 years of experience in implementing BIM standards using the Revit platform. The role requires coordination with the client's design team, setting BIM execution plans, and distributing individual/federated BIM models to the production team using Revit worksharing capabilities. He/she would need to train the project team on client's BIM standards whilst keeping a tight control on the Revit BIM model by overseeing day-to-day tasks. A crucial aspect of this profile would demand prompt resolution of any technical issues related to the master model. Besides Revit, an in-depth understanding of clash detection tools, such as Navisworks proves beneficial.
4. Revit Coordinator
The Revit Coordinator position is ideal for a candidate having more than 5 years of hands-on experience of working with popular CAD and BIM applications. His/her key role is to control and monitor design information exchange between clients and project team members using face-to-face and virtual BIM coordination meetings. Familiarity with multidisciplinary design projects (residential, commercial, and mixed-use) is important along with an ability to conduct quality reviews of federated models and construction documentation. He/she has the responsibility of understanding the BIM objectives of the client and maintaining the BIM model's integrity to meet the required design and regulatory standards.