We had a demo of Avatech’s BIM Review the other day. I think it’s a really interesting approach to standards enforcement on Revit projects. Unfortunately, something is tickling in the back of my head that I can’t seem to put my finger on. It feels almost that it’s reach is way beyond it’s grasp. Or maybe that most users will expect a magic box, when in fact, even with the wonders of Revit, a magic box is not within the realm of possibilities.
The one feature that was nice, but limited, was the ability to include and autofix button. So, the software would find the problem and then fix it, if it could. Some issues obviously could not be fixed immediately, but it’s still a nice tweak.
I am trying to get a demo to do a nice full review, so clearly I am still very intersted in it. I think at the very least it would be nice if Avatech provided a mechanism for users to share the standards sets that they create. Also, if the software could scan a Revit template and create certain standards based on that – check view templates, check line styles and weights, etc. And I am extremely excited to see some more third party apps get worked up. Now, I do NOT want to see customization and software creation go crazy (ala AutoCRAP) but some really well done add-ons would really help the workflow.