Throughout the design and construction process, the project team used Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions from Autodesk, including Autodesk Revit Architecture for 3D architectural design and project visualization, Autodesk Navisworks Manage for whole project visualization and coordination, AutoCAD for project documentation, and Autodesk 3ds Max Design for advanced 3D rendering and animation. 
The team also used Navisworks Manage to perform formal clash detection. “For a building with such complex functions as this hospital, there is normally a great deal of rework that needs to be done during construction,” says Fujiki. “But on this project, Autodesk BIM software helped us identify and solve coordination issues during the design process. This helped reduce the amount of expensive rework during construction-improving construction efficiency and quality, which ultimately benefits our client.” 
The project team also used Navisworks to evaluate construction logistics. For example, models of several large construction cranes were added to the Navisworks model to study crane placement. The crane arm was rotated to check the range of the crane and identify placements that involve the least amount of rotation. “The value of the Revit and Navisworks models increased as construction complexity increased,” reflects Hosoda. “Autodesk BIM solutions provided a more thorough grasp of the whole building and had a major impact on the understanding of the workers at the site.”

Read the whole article:
78717-First Experience with BIM Proves Highly Successful for Japanese Designers Collaborating on Complex and Advanced Hospital Design

Have you ever wanted a very simple explanation of what Revit actually is and what it does?  Sometimes it can be hard to encapsulate this for new users.  Perhaps this post will be of assistance:
what-is-revit – Revit Furniture.com

It includes step by step advice on learning Revit, plus links to resources (both online and downloadable).

If you have used Revit for a while, you may find yourself disagreeing with some of the advice – but hey, we all have different ways of getting the job done!

I leave you with this little excerpt from the post, wise in its simplicity:

Step 1) Model in the way the building would get constructed

via NYC RUG Mailing List (Robert Mencarini)

Sometimes, its good to take a breath and think about where Revit and BIM have led us.  One case study, recently presented at SARUG by Andrew Abernathy (in slideshow form) included the following interesting points:

  • Mindset change needed to succeed
  • Work became standardized and reuse from project-to-project greatly increased
  • Marketing was transformed from “Let me show you my great design.” to “Let me show you how I deliver more value.”
  • studied old document sets from over 50 years ago. We found multiple views of the same assembly all together
  • Revit is transformative software tool for both designers and builders

How Revit Changed an Architectural Firm
(slideshow by Andrew Abernathy,
Principal, NoSilos.com)

“a challenge having multiple projects being designed in different versions of Revit.

Four years ago, the data transferred from these links was flawed or incomplete.  Software lockups were common.  With the advancement of the software, communication between Revit and analytical programs has improved but issues still remain.  Four years later, the transfer is still not seamless.

Early discussions regarding clash detection expectations may lead the design team to model elements differently, for instance, just modeling the bond beams in bearing walls to avoid sifting through hundreds of non-critical clashes.

BIM: Four Years Later | Ryan Biggs