Why is one of the most popular BIM modeling programs called REVIT?

Recently, in one of the chats, I again came across a joke about the similarity of the name of the famous domestic vitamins Revit and the American information modeling system Revit. Is there any reason to believe that famous vitamins influenced the name of the popular software? Let’s try to figure it out).

Are Revit vitamins the inspiration behind the name Revit software?

Are Revit vitamins the inspiration behind the name Revit software?

There is a fairly popular opinion that Revit really owes its name to these vitamins. After all, the founder of Revit Technology Corporation was a Soviet mathematician from St. Petersburg, Leonid Reits, who in 1997. emigrated to America. He allegedly took Revit vitamins with him from Russia and they served as a prototype of the mission of the future product. But why vitamins?

If you think back to that time period, there were two technologies in the design software market. Technology for the rich is using 3D and technology for the poor is using 2D. This division made design very difficult. At that time, designing in CAD products was not intuitive and extremely labor-intensive. In summary, they were a real challenge for designers, especially when changes arose. So, the idea that was supposedly the basis for the name of the product is a kind of “Vitamin” of growth, development, and industry. According to this concept, using this product, design will become easier, faster, and this product will become a catalyst for the popularity of information design among designers.

Let’s finalize the thought: Revit is a vitamin in the growth of popularity of computer-aided design. A vitamin that catalyzes industry development through the use of information modeling. How do you like this idea? ))))

Well, it’s more correct to turn to the facts, namely to the original source – the commercial for the first release of Revit release 1, which has survived to this day, and there, at 36 seconds, the official meaning of the product name is revealed: it’s time for a revolution, it’s time for a revit – it’s time for revolution, it’s time for revit. Basically, it’s an acronym consisting of 2 words rev – meaning “revolution” and it – meaning…. But I wonder what the it part means? It seems to me that this is not information technology). Again, turning to the original source at 1:41 timing, you can understand the logic: think it, change it, build it. Think about it (meaning the shortcomings of conventional CAD), change it and build it (the way you want, not the way it turns out).

Revit - it's time for a design revolution.

Revit – it’s time for a design revolution.

It's time for Revit

It’s time for Revit

Change the rules, design the way you want, not the way it turns out.

Change the rules, design the way you want, not the way it turns out.

Let’s finalize the thought: Revolution it (Revolution it = Revit) is a product in which the designer works not with polylines, blocks and layers, but with real objects – walls, windows, doors, in which all data is synchronized and automatically updated. A product where you will have more time to design rather than draw up drawings. What a revolution! This is revit.

2 years after its release, Revit was purchased by Autodesk for $133 million.

In fact, the truth may be somewhere in the middle. I described my personal opinion and interpretation of events, without claiming to be true.

Despite the difficulties and all sorts of sanctions, the Revit program for me is a product with Russian roots. I would like Russia to take a better approach to the issue of supporting IT startups, so that our compatriots would still create cool products and invent breakthrough technologies in our country, and not rush to the USA, UAE, etc.

Write your opinion, it would be very interesting to read in the comments.

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