Most people know Autodesk Revit as a BIM (Building Information model) software which “powerful tools let you use the intelligent model-based process to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.” However, most people do not know to what amount of detail a user can model. This means that some users are unaware of Revit’s capacity to model reinforcement bar in concrete elements. Within Revit a user can add reinforcing bars or fabric to concrete structural elements. These concrete elements consist of columns, beams, walls, foundations and floors. The reinforcement added is hosted by these concrete elements and are linked to them.
Though Revit is not the first or only software that allows the possibility to model parametric 3D reinforcement, it allows for many advantages over other software. Firstly, Revit supports collaboration between other disciplines, meaning the coordination amongst construction teams is easier. Revit is very customizable for creating personalized templates and structural families. Also, Revit allows the possibility to help with the validation of a reinforced concrete model through the generation of drawing, lists and/or schedules.
With the benefit of having one singular model between all the construction and fabrication teams the user can also see an advantage in automated bending schedules without having to worry about making errors in excel, redrawing in AutoCAD, or subcontracting work to another company. This allows for faster updates when changes need to be made; drawing, list and schedules are all automatically updates when a change to the 3D model is done. This also translates to a reduction in errors created in a 2D process.