CFD4AEC, Learning the Power of Revit

by Ryan Abel21 November 2017

Building Design meets CFD

I started learning about using CFD for Building Design 10 years ago in NYC.  It was clear from the start that the building design process was drastically different than product design and I had a lot to learn.  One of the obvious differences was the transition from 2D to 3D was just happening, about 10 years after Manufacturing took on 3D.  Revit was the name of the program that was taking over the industry and I was clueless how to use it. 

Revit Skills

I personally enjoyed working on buildings to improving the air quality in energy efficient HVAC design.  When traveling the world, I see projects everywhere that we helped make possible.  But sadly, my Revit skills have not improved.  I’m now behind the skill level of our new customers and this has inspired me to do something different.

On a recent trip to Germany I meet with the Autodesk AEC technical staff and discovered a lot of interest to help close the knowledge gap between our technical teams.  We have started a new project to add CFD External and Internal 3D-Views to a NEW training model that is being created to cover more unique BIM workflows than any other training models created to date. 

After 2 great weeks for cross-training and collaboration we are very excited about the Revit tools we are starting to master.  Give us a few months and I will be back with an update.

Technology Drivers

Closing this knowledge gap through Revit4CFD training will help us keep up with the growth in the industry.  CFD has seen a many breakthrough’s that have made it easier to use.  We can solve larger models much faster, provide in-product access to burst solving on the cloud, lower upfront cost and provide Autodesk direct support with subscription.


1.  Wind Studies

2.  Thermal Comfort

3.  HVAC Design & Air Quality

4.  Smoke Evacuation for Fire Safety Ventilation Studies