Revit Technology Corporation's Academic Alliance Grows, Software Garners Praise From Colleges And Universities

-- Parametric Building Modeller Helps Students Focus on Learning Architecture --

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Revit Technology Corporation (, creator of the first parametric building modeller for the AEC industry, announced today the addition of several new academic institutions to the Revit Academic Alliance program. Revit Technology continues to strengthen its commitment to the next generation of AEC professionals by granting program licenses for its parametric building modeller at no charge to higher-education institutions. Most recently, Revit Technology welcomed the University of Oregon, Montana State University-Bozeman, Mississippi State University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology to its academic grant program, which supports the innovative use of parametric building technology for teaching and research.

Because parametric building technology that is also easy to learn and use is only available in Revit, the system offers an exceptional vehicle for teaching architectural design concepts at the university level. Legacy CAD software is cumbersome and time consuming to master and is typically a source of frustration in architectural education. Revit's parametric building modeller enables students to focus their energy and resources on learning and practicing design concepts rather than struggling with the design technology itself. The ability to work quickly and effectively using software tools is a particularly critical advantage in the academic environment due to the time constraints of academic schedules.

Since launching the Academic Alliance in 2000, Revit has experienced significant growth in interest from both students and faculty. For example, at Montana State University-Bozeman, a group of students who recognized the value of Revit's intuitive and comprehensive design capabilities led the effort to bring the software into the university's classrooms. Student success with Revit in both academic and professional assignments prompted Steve Juroszek, assistant professor at the University's School of Architecture, to apply for an academic grant from Revit. Juroszek also cited the software's ease of use, ability to simultaneously create 2D and 3D plans and rendering capabilities as sources of Revit's popularity among his students.

"My students who worked with Revit found the software intuitive and easy to learn," said Steve Juroszek, assistant professor at Montana State University's School of Architecture. "As anyone familiar with architectural CAD software knows, the ability to make revisions at any point in the design process and have the software reflect those changes in all aspects of a project is a remarkable advantage. Revit helps facilitate the learning process by allowing students to focus on the discipline of architecture without being limited by the software."

At Mississippi State University, Revit received the highest overall rating in an evaluation of several architectural CAD programs conducted by graduate students of the university's architectural design program. Larry Barrow, AIA and Director of the University's Digital Research Imaging Lab, instructed students to rate each program on a series of factors including ease-of-use, customer support, ability to estimate cost, rendering and parametric capabilities. According to Barrow, the evaluation was an important exercise in learning how to assess not only a system's capabilities but its practical applications as well.

"From an educational standpoint, it is vital for our students to gain exposure to innovative technology such as Revit," Barrow said. "Entrenching them in one program not only limits their creativity and skills but potentially narrows the scope of job prospects as well. Accordingly, students who learn to make critical assessments will be better prepared to determine what the best available technology is for a particular task rather than simply defer to what may be considered the standard."

A departure from legacy CAD software, Revit's integrated parametric building modeller lays the foundation for the entire industry -- architects, engineers, owner/operators and construction professionals -- to transform the process of how buildings are designed, constructed and operated over their lifecycle. Revit's parametric change engine automatically reflects any design change throughout the entire project, managing all CAD chores related to the project while the architect concentrates on the design intent. Ultimately, Revit empowers architects and designers to explore multiple design options and delivers higher quality designs in a fraction of the time required using other CAD products.

"We have witnessed strong demand from the academic community for our parametric building modeller," said Rick Rundell, director of Revit's Academic Alliance program. "The Revit Academic Alliance is a reflection of Revit Technology's commitment to enhancing the learning experience for aspiring AEC professionals and is a terrific opportunity for the educational community to work with a product on the leading edge of building design technology."

For the current 2001-2002 academic year, Revit Technology has already awarded grants valued at over $1.7 million for more than 1,000 academic subscriptions and is still accepting grant applications. Grant applications are welcome from degree-granting college and university architecture and building-oriented programs in North America and in selected overseas locations. Grant applications from secondary school programs in North America will also be considered. For more information regarding proposal format and grant requirements, please visit or contact Rick Rundell at 781- 839-5300 or Email Contact.

About Revit Technology Corporation

Founded in 1997, Revit Technology Corporation is revolutionizing building design with Revit -- the first parametric building modeler developed for the AEC industry. Revit's advanced parametric technology offers unprecedented ease of use in a product that has been designed to enable architects, engineers, owner/operators and construction professionals to transform the entire process by which buildings are designed, constructed and operated over their lifecycle. With offices in the United States and United Kingdom, and Revit Solutions Providers throughout the EU, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Revit's revolutionary building technology is in use by leading architectural, building and construction management firms such as Little & Associates Architects, George B.H. Macomber Company, NBBJ, WAT&G and WOW Architecture. Investors in Revit Technology Corporation include Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Bourse de Paris), FleetBoston Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBF - news), Atlas Venture and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, please visit or call +1-781-839-5300.

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