February 6, 2023


February 6, 2023

Revit and Sketchup are very popular software among architectural professionals, offering great tools and resources for you to develop your project.

But it is very common to be in doubt when choosing which one will be your work tool, since they are very different software.

So you don't have to doubt whether you should choose Revit or Sketchup, this publication will explain in detail how each of them works and their main advantages, check it out!


An architect has a wide range of software options to develop their projects. There are several tools, plugins, updates and several other resources that promise to optimize your work.

Before making any choice, it is important to know what tools each software offers and how they can make your daily life easier.

So let's get to know what the two most popular architecture software have to offer, letting you decide how Revit or Sketchup can make your professional day-to-day easier, follow along!


Revit is a BIM (Building Information Modeling) software that allows you to create a very accurate 3D simulation of your project, where each element inserted in the project behaves like the real object.

Created by Revit Technology Corporation (formerly Charles River Software), today it is distributed by Autodesk, the same company that develops AutoCAD.

With Revit it is possible to develop architectural and engineering projects, as well as complementary projects such as hydraulics, electrical, air conditioning, among others.

O trabalho colaborativo é um dos pontos fortes, onde múltiplos profissionais podem trabalhar simultaneamente em um mesmo projeto, minimizando erros e também falhas de comunicação.

As it is a robust software, it is essential to have a good base of technical knowledge in the area of architecture, but with a quick course it is already possible to develop complete and very detailed projects with it.


Sketchup is an extremely intuitive 3D modeling software that allows you to create three-dimensional models using the “Push and Pull” method.

Created by the tiny At Last Softwares, it managed to catch the attention of Google, which helped boost its popularity. Today Sketchup is distributed by Trimble.

From 2D shapes you can create three-dimensional geometry very simply and quickly, where with just a few steps it is possible to sketch a project in 3D.

With Sketchup it is possible to develop a wide variety of 3D projects, such as architecture, interior design, landscaping, among others.

 The 3D Warehouse concentrates a huge library of ready-to-use models, where even several manufacturers make their own models available, saving valuable work time.


With the strong demand for increasingly complex projects, Revit presents itself as one of the most complete software, offering support to several disciplines and also to collaborative work.

With Revit it is possible to extract several crucial information for the execution of a project, such as quantitative, dimensional, physical, cost, manufacturer's technical specification, location, phase, among others.

The revision process is also totally optimized, where when any type of change is made to the project, all the corresponding views are immediately updated.

The project's documentation is performed very quickly, in addition to having a native renderer, which despite being very simple, eliminates the need for plugins to generate realistic images.

If your project still requires complex shapes or features, you can use the source code programming through the Dynamo tool and create custom features.


Sketchup shows itself as a highly intuitive software, where it does not require any prior knowledge and in a very short time it is already possible to obtain excellent results.

In just a few minutes you can sketch the project and validate your project design idea, saving valuable time with unnecessary detail.

Without a doubt, the vast library of models found in 3D Warehouse enhances the speed of project modeling, serving both architecture, engineering, interior design, landscaping and several other areas.

Despite being geared towards a more geometric modeling, there are several plugins (free or paid) that incorporate new tools and features, allowing the development of complex models.

Despite displaying a simple view, it offers a good presentation of the designs, being possible to create views and also document your design through the Sketchup LayOut module.

It is also compatible with several renderers available on the market, allowing you to create super realistic images or animations to impress your customers.


Deciding between Revit and Sketchup is not a simple task, mainly because both are software aimed at the civil construction market, but with very different proposals.

In Revit we find tools within the BIM production process, managing information from all project elements, planning, cost control, quantitative, organization of project phases and teamwork.

In Sketchup, we are able to express ideas and concepts of our project very quickly, with intuitive and easy-to-use tools, offering a lot of freedom during the process of conception and visualization of the project.

In this way, the focus of the discussion does not focus on the best, but on what you need! Take a hard look at what your needs are and what type of project or project step you will be working with to determine the best tool.

The best software is the one that can meet your needs, optimizing your work process as efficiently as possible.

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Deciding between Revit or Sketchup as the main working tool can be a challenge, so it is essential to understand what each of these software has to offer.

That's why it's important to understand what is possible to develop within each software and which tools and resources best suit your current workflow.

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The author of the article

Luís André
Master of architecture, product designer and professor. Sharing professional content from leading architectural software for 10 years.
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