When should someone use Revit vs Revit LT (…or Suite)

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The purpose of the comparison is to assist you in deciding which of the software products are right for you and your business, however its best to talk to us for advice before making the final decision.

Industry overview:

Revit is used by the Building industry professionals. They use the software to draw faster with fewer errors than using a drawing board or using AutoCAD for 2d plans/layouts.


Architects and Architectural technologist: to draw up the building plans, section, and elevations. Also to create 3D views of the building.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 1 - Arch drawing

Electrical Engineers to draw up Building Services like lighting, electrical wiring, and more.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 2 - Electrical drawing

Mechanical Engineers to draw up Building Services like air-con ducts, fire protection pipes.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 3 - HVAC drawing

Structural Engineers to draw up the structural columns, beams, and floors.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 4 - Structural drawing

Software overview:

Revit LT is entry level BIM/ drafting tool ( and you get AutoCAD LT with)

Revit is a full solution to connected BIM. ( no AutoCAD, if AutoCAD then AEC Collection.)

Main differences:/ Comparisons




Revit LT :

  • No in-product rendering. But can view model in Realistic mode and can do cloud rendering ( that costs Cloud Credits)
    • Rendering is used to present the building in 3d visually. Lots of architects need it.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 5 - Rendering

  • No worksets. To work with others LAN and Bim360. Can use Linked Files (does have ‘Cloud Models’ option to save to BIM360)
    • All industries need to connect to other via BIM360. But not needed if user is one-man-band and not connecting to Bim360.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 6 - Worksets

  • No In-Place families (this is to create components like furniture in context/in the model) but can draw component externally in the Family editor (component creator)
    • Most people need it for ease of use.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 7a - Inplace FamiliesWhen should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 7b - Inplace Families

  • Only a few MEP and Structural creation tools.
    • So Revit LT not for MEP / Structural industries. But there are Structural Engineers in PE using Revit LT successfully for 2d drafting.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 8a - Structural and MEP Tools

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 8b - Structural and MEP Tools

  • No ability to add 3rd Party apps.
      • Cannot install addins. Example: Lumion addin to link to Lumion. In saying this you can export Revit LT file to AutoCAD DWG and then into Lumion.

When should a someone use Revit vs Revit LT - 9 - 3rd Party Apps

Positioning – how could it be used?

Single User company:

Revit LT for companies getting into 3D and BIM that has budget constraints and does not need to work with Bim360 to share models. This happens usually in the first year and then after that year they can re-evaluate position and stay on Revit LT or go to full Revit solution.

Office environment with multiple users.

Maybe an office has one or two full Revit products and the rest Revit LTs to do detailing. (2d production drawings like connection details, schedules en site development plans.)

Most MEP and Structural companies do not look at Revit LT other than for detailing purposes as many functions are not in the Revit LT.


Revit LT – cheaper option but limited wrt BIM. Good 2D drafting tool.

You get AutoCAD LT with.


Revit – Full solution and user has scope to grow – to connected BIM.

No AutoCAD, so if you need AutoCAD then AEC collection.


An office has an Architect that does drawing plus one Arch technologist/draftsperson.

Solutions could range from: 1x LT Suite to 2x AEC Collections or a combination.


You have to ask yourself discovery questions like:

What is your current workflow in relation to Drawing production?

Will both users need all the features of Revit?

Is AutoCAD in their workflow? If so why? To uncover if they require AEC collection.

Is there a need to do renderings? If so who does it which will determine/uncover how many full Revits/or possibly other Rendering Software like Lumion/Enscape/Vray

Will they collaborate with others internally or externally using Bim360? Will uncover if they need full Revit to collaborate, and possible BIM360 licenses.


So hopefully the above will help you decide between choosing Revit LT and Revit. If you need any further information please contact our sales team at Micrographics at : https://www.mgfx.co.za/contact