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Zaha Hadid Architects among 17 UK practices airing criticism of BIM software Autodesk

Zaha Hadid Architects among 17 UK practices airing criticism of BIM software Autodesk

They wrote a letter flagging up the cost and lack of development of Revit

The Opus by Zaha Hadid Architects features the late architect's signature use of curves
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The Opus by Zaha Hadid Architects features the late architect's signature use of curves

Autodesk has said it will address customers' concerns after 17 of the UK's largest architecture practices wrote an open letter criticising the cost and lack of development of Revit.

The American software company vowed to listen to dissatisfaction about the Building Information Modelling (BIM) software Revit.

"Engaging, listening to and addressing the concerns of our customers is a top priority for Autodesk, and we appreciate the feedback we received in the open letter," said a representative of Autodesk.

Signed by 17 of the UK's largest architecture practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, which designed Dubai's local masterpiece, The Opus; Grimshaw and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the letter states that costs of the application have risen rapidly in the past five years, but the product hasn't been developed at a similar rate.

The software company explained that it had been focusing on developing the application for engineering and construction companies and assured architects they should "expect to see progress in the future,"

Autodesk also said that it understood architects' concerns over its shifting pricing models and had re-opened an annual global satisfaction survey to allow for more responses.

A spokesperson said: "To our customers who wrote the open letter to us about Revit – thank you. You raised important concerns about the development of Revit and functionality needed to do your jobs in a rapidly changing industry.

"You identified issues that we must take to heart, and which highlight where we’ve fallen short. And while we don’t agree with everything in the letter, we are committed to listening."

The American software company is best-known for creating computer-aided design (CAD) software AutoCAD.

On launch it said that the use of Autodesk’s BIM software would allow them to "ultimately deliver with greater efficiency and accuracy."

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