Revit LT – Modelling Small Structures


Clearly Revit LT is limited in functionality in comparison to Revit itself. Many of the really useful stuff is simply not there. I would certainly not recommend it to a Structural Engineer who need to model, analyse, create connections or collaborate.

I was considering the application to recommend for a manufacturer of greenhouses in the agricultural sector. They are specifically also interested in bills of quantities and visualizations. In addition the design on connections was not that important to them as they are able to manufacture these by hand.

Which product should I recommend? My first instinct was AutoCAD (with Revit at the back of my mind), as I am familiar with the product and comfortable working in 3D to obtain 2D detailing for manufacturing. But for a novice the AutoCAD learning curve is steep. I posed the question to my manufacturing colleague and asked whether Inventor or Fusion may be a better solution, but he also suggested AutoCAD.

So I had a good look at Revit LT Suite and quickly realized it was also a strong contender. It was easy to generate the structures required using structural framing and columns. A benefit of this is that, if the British Standard is used, equivalent sections are typically available from suppliers. It would also be possible for a structural engineer to analyse the file were they running full Revit.

The sheeting can be modeled as a roof and as the entire model may be created such that it may be given to a mechanical engineer to add MEP components and perform analyses if necessary.

Quantities can be readily obtained from schedules.

Low resolution renders may be done for free in the cloud while better ones may be performed in the cloud. That is both static and panoramic.

3D Design of Connections may be done in Families and detailing may be done on AutoCAD LT if necessary.