How it all began
16 years have passed since Autodesk first introduced the Revit platform. The idea – revolutionary at the time – of creating parametric models also in the field of construction had been born a few years earlier, because Autodesk had a vision at the time which is known worldwide today as BIM. A short time later it became clear that, with Revit, people wanted to model not only the architecture, but also the entire building – a reason for the “closed BIM“ debate of today.
How did the desktop for revit come about?
At that time we observed it with mixed feelings and wondered whether Revit becomes a competing product or an additional platform for our solutions. At first, we assumed that model construction would remain an Autodesk matter, and we would mainly take responsibility for model analysis. In other words, architectural analysis for heating and cooling load calculation purposes and pipe network calculations in all disciplines.
However, this point of view did not last long. Less than a year later, Autodesk approached us with a request to develop family and construction tools for the German speaking markets: LINEAR Routing & Content Tools were born. It became increasingly clear that, for the sake of a “generic” platform that could be used worldwide, Autodesk was not prepared to delve into the details of implementing innumerable standards and calculation methods. As such, solutions would have to continue to be developed by “solution providers” – which is how we see ourselves .
The fact that a simple – and perhaps even comprehensive – tool collection cannot be viewed as a "solution" became clear to us, because as we developed many function extensions for Revit, they didn't really "communicate with one another". So we needed a “framework” – a basis on which all our tools can rest. A basis which also takes responsibility for the central management of parts of buildings, storeys, system types, views, etc. A basis which would also provide a common user interface for our solution – for standardized and intuitive operation for all individual components. A basis in which workflows could be depicted: Work steps in meaningful sequences, permanent access to frequently-used functions, and communication with all participants incorporated in one’s own processes.
All these requirements on a solution and much more besides led to our product for you: The LINEAR Desktop for Revit.