There is constant, never ending talk concerning the whole Revit vs ArchiCAD debate. In years past there have been CAD shootouts, though it’s been long enough since the last one that they might as well have never happened. But there’s really no current data on how these major BIM platforms compare. And isn’t that what all of us BIMnerds are about? Gathering data and turning it into functional Information?
The Revit Fact Check | BIM Fact Check blog posted an interesting challenge that aims at comparing Revit, Rhino, and ArchiCAD. Read the details here.
The logistics seem a bit daunting, but I love the idea. Right now the challenge is in the organizational phase. There’s a Revit team in place (though they’d be happy to have more people help) and now they are looking for an ArchiCAD team. Once the teams are coalescing, they’ll start defining the rules, tests, and sharing requirements.
My hope is that we all learn something about all the programs involved and get a little closer to understanding what a BIM application needs to provide to make us better architects. Who knows, maybe we’ll discover that all the programs are lacking because there’s some central concept that they all fail at in different ways. Maybe?
If you’re up for a challenge, leave a comment here or over at Jay’s blog. Let’s all take a step into the abyss and risk learning something we weren’t expecting.