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RyderHKS Pushes the Boundaries Once Again with Autodesk Revit

Forward looking architects discover the benefits of 3D modelling

9 March, 2004 - The large global architectural practice RyderHKS, known for its ground-breaking and creative design, has installed Autodesk Revit at its Newcastle headquarters.  This follows positive reports on the software from the company’s Dallas office where a project which had taken weeks to complete in 2D CAD took only days using Revit.

Clive Hunt, RyderHKS Technical Development Co-ordinator explains that the company was concerned about inefficiencies in producing drawings within the industry as a whole.  Revit was evaluated alongside a key competitor:  “It became clear to us that Revit was the better long term investment,” he states.

According to Clive Hunt, one of Revit’s main benefits is the way it eliminates ambiguity. “The user needs to enter information only once and it becomes available throughout the project.  For example, previously you may have moved a column, you may have co-ordinated it, but you may have missed it on a detail drawing.

“The contractor then builds to that drawing, with costly and time-consuming consequences.  This can’t happen with Revit.”

RyderHKS was established in 1950 as Ryder and Yates, becoming the first UK multi-disciplinary design consultancy – and in 1983 it was one of the first architectural practices in the world to invest in a CAD system.  Its 2003 merger with the US-based HKS made it the 10th largest such organisation in the world.

It is has now become a pioneer in 3D modelling; in Newcastle the design of the first two projects using Revit was started at the end of last year.  Already architects are reporting good feedback from customers: “The end result can sometimes be difficult to visualise from 2D plans. With Revit, clients really can see what they are going to get - it has that ‘wow’ factor and the potential to assist us in winning business.”

Clive Hunt says the team also likes the way Revit helps them work creatively: “Architects want to design.  They shouldn’t have to be CAD experts to do so.  When creating with Revit, time is spent thinking about how the building looks and how it fits together, rather than thinking about layers, line types and hatch patterns.”

Also, time savings made by the automation of sometimes mundane and repetitive tasks, such as sections, elevations and schedules, have given the team a breathing space to build up a knowledge base within the practice.  It has also given them the chance to explore design possibilities to a greater extent.

“People are increasingly conscious of quality buildings being an important part of their environment.  At the same time, there is an expectation that costs and build times be reduced.  The challenge is to meet these requirements, while maintaining creativity and sustainability,” says Clive Hunt.

He concludes that it will only be possible to quantify fully the benefits of using Revit when construction of the first two projects has been completed at the end of 2004.  But, he adds he feels sure that in a year’s time, its use will be widespread across the practice.

Further information from

Wendy Berry, Autodesk Ltd   
Tel: 01252 456610    
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Laura Slade, Whiteoaks
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