I have a question regarding project setup. I am a job captain at a firm that has been using Revit for about 8 years. In order to keep things loose in the early design stages we opt to use AutoCAD and Rhino early on, for quick conceptual modeling and schematic design set production.
Now recently I have begun to wonder if it would make sense to start earlier in Revit (right now we start at about 50% Design Development.) The only reason we hold back is because we don't want to be required to model something in Revit in order to have a drawing. It seems like Revit really wants you to model things as it is lacking in some drafting tools that would enable faster 2d production.
So I was planning to setup a project where we would just draft in plan views, elevations and sections. Everything would be drafted initially, and then as design once decisions are made we would start to model the building. We would chose what views would reveal the model and when. I was also thinking that drafting would enable the views to be a little more stable. Revit's views update in real time (like they should) but we don't always have the time to fix every view and would like to issue sheets in difference packages "for reference."
What do you think of this strategy? I was thinking the exterior elevations could very early on be produced with 3d imports into generic model families. We would like to model everything in Revit, but Revit's modeling tools leave a lot to be desired for more complex shapes.