Revizto, a great tool for issues management (and for many other things)
During the past weeks we tested Revizto: a coordination and collaboration tool for the AEC Industry. We like it a lot. It is a very powerful tool with a lot of functionalities that can really help to empower and streamline your BIM workflow.
The Tool Present Itself as
Revizto is a real-time, 3D model-based issue tracking software for AEC teams with a focus on collaboration and BIM project coordination. Using gaming technology and cloud solutions, Revizto brings together various BIM and CAD data to track all project issues in one centralized 3D environment. The Revizto platform is intuitive, easy-to-learn and adaptable to BIM workflows. With Revizto, BIM implementation is streamlined, allowing teams to speak a common language and share a single window into all project information.
BIM is getting bigger and wider and in recent years we saw the rise of a lot of different tools to tackle efficiency and effectiveness. The tools we usually prefer are the one that are dedicated to solve a specific issue. We have less trust in tools aiming to solve any problem in construction industry: It is a wide world, and any project has its own criticalities and issues. Revizto succeeds in having both characteristics: it is a dedicated tool for managing issues between different teams and different authoring tools, but also has a lot of extra functionalities that are extremely useful.
But let’s start from the beginning: how do you install Revizto? Revizto comes as a standalone software and a series of plug-ins. There is a plug-in for most of the major authoring tools on the market. For other tools for which there isn’t a plug-in, like Solibri, an integration is still possible, thanks to their integrated BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) synchronization tool. Revizto also supports FBX, IFC, BCF, DWFX and PDF
Revizto will add a tab to any of the software’s listed above. That tab allows a direct collaboration between your software and the platform. For instance, this is how the Revit one looks.
Create a project
To begin using Revizto you need to create a project. Once you have created it, you can start to collect and coordinate models and share data from the various authoring tools.
Visualizing your Models
Revizto is equipped with a viewer that uses Unity as a graphic engine and the quality is pleasant. Revizto can be used on PC, MAC, iOS, Android and Windows Surface, all with the same functionality. You have several options for navigating through your models. If you are working with a federated model and using this tool it is a very likable option, you can visualize the different models. Besides this, you can choose among a series of filtering and visualization strategies like: visualizing object by discipline, by family or type, and many more. Information coming from the models is readable and searchable as well.
Overriding or graphical appearance, hiding or highlight elements is easy and intuitive.
In short, the viewer can be enough if you just need to check project progression without the need to directly modify something.
This is the core feature of Revizto. The tool presents itself as “the unique source of truth” for the issue management in a project. The possibility of creating issues across the different software and the possibility to collect and manage them through a single channel, is one of the best ways to speed up and improve the project coordination of a BIM project. This usually is not possible just using your favorites authoring software, because in many workflows you produce data from different tools. For this reason, a unique tool to collect and manage information between them is a very good option to improve coordination. Revizto seems to be one of the right candidates to solve this critical task. To achieve this goal, it contains a very strong system for issues management which can be used online and offline. There are many ways to open an issue:
● From any 3D view in Revizto
● From the Authoring Tools you are using
● From the 2D sheets in Revizto.
● You can import clashes from Navisworks and BCF reports from Solibri and turn them in issues as well.
The panel for managing the issues is very complete and provides a lot of different options to manage, track, communicate, and solve them. This feature seems very mature and professional. The connection between 3D models and 2D drawing is very powerful and interesting. It is possible to create an issue, even while you are looking at the 2D Sheets, and it will be visible also in the 3D model due to the relationship of the XYZ coordinates.
Even when you are working on a different platform there is also a strong connection with the authoring tools: with just one click is possible to jump from the issue in Revizto to the same place in the software you are using. This is possible thanks to a connection that is based on XYZ issues location, that allows to find the right spot even if the object that creates the problem is in another model.
To speed up the problem solution you can link and attach many types of information to any issue, like documents, photos and specifications. This feature will allow you to link relevant information even if they are produced outside of the model. In summary this feature works very well. Revizto will help you save a lot of time, making the act of tracking an issue between different software and models fast and easy.
Visualizing your Sheets.
Many of us are looking to the day we can get rid of drawings and sheets and start to design and build just using digital models, but that day is not today and most probably not tomorrow, as we all know. A platform for issues and information management needs to be able to manage 2D sheets together with models. Revizto does it. It is easy to import and collect drawings from different Revit models. The platform manages not only the sheets coming from the authoring tools, like Revit, but has some interesting features to create a connection with the ones that aren’t coming from a model.
This section is complete enough to be used as a control platform for 2D documents.
The most relevant features are:
● Revisions controls: you can track revisions and updates, both for models and sheets.
● Tag and folders: is possible to create different sheet sets and tag them according to different criteria.
● Printing: is possible to use Revizto to export the documents in pdf format. We like a lot this feature, because printing sheets directly from Revit can be slow and time consuming.
● Issues creation: you can create issues directly from the 2D drawings and update them in the 3D model.
● 2D vs 3D clash: you can overlay 2D sheets on the 3D model with correct positioning, even if they are not coming from the model.
Among all these cool features, we feel something is missing: the connection between sheets and team members is still a little weak: is not possible to assign a folder or a set of sheets to an individual or a team. Speaking with Revizto’s development team they reassured us this feature will be implemented soon.
Exporting a stand-alone version
Another useful feature: you can export a stand-alone version of the project for sharing purposes. This a good strategy when you want to show the project to someone, without sharing your model. This feature is very useful even if is present in others software.
If covering a position on a project where you oversee issue management is very likely that you must regularly inform your client or your boss regarding their progress. If this task is frequent, you may want to have a tool that can speed up the process. The reporting feature allows you to:
● Create and send to selected users a pdf customized report about the issues progression in the project, with hyperlinks to the attached documents and issue in Revizto.
● Create a dashboard to visually track the number of issues and their status.
Both tools are easy to manage and to customize.
To use of virtual reality as a tool to experience a project in an immersive way is steady increasing in AEC industry. Revizto has a dedicated app that let you navigate your model through an Oculus or HTC Vive Viewer. Usually when you try to directly create a VR model from an authoring tool like Revit, one of the biggest challenges you face is the mediocre quality of the textures.
In Revizto there is a dedicated tab to update and refine textures.
Privileges and settings
Modern collaboration requires the possibility to manage access and editing rights at different levels.
Local or Cloud?
This topic is very sensitive for many companies. Which is the best place to store your models? Some people want to use the cloud some other prefer to keep them on their server. With Revizto you don’t have to choose, you have both options. When you start a project, you can choose if you want to share it on the cloud or on your pc or MAC.
We really liked Revizto. It’s an efficient and smart platform that can empower and streamline your BIM workflow. BIM means collaboration and without a tool like Revizto, the process of exchanging project information can be grueling. If you are working on some BIM Level 2 collaborative project, you should really give it a try. If you want to know more about Revizto, please give us a buzz.