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Autodesk Revit
 
Autodesk Revit

Multidisciplinary BIM software for higher quality, coordinated designs

Revit® BIM software includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction. Revit supports a multidiscipline, collaborative design process.

Create coordinated, consistent, and complete model-based designs

Use Revit® to drive efficiency and accuracy across the project lifecycle, from conceptual design, visualization, and analysis to fabrication and construction.

  • Begin modeling in 3D with accuracy and precision.
  • Automatically update floor plans, elevations, and sections as your model develops.
  • Let Revit handle routine and repetitive tasks with automation so you can focus on higher-value work.

Collaborate across teams, disciplines, and time zones

  • Revit features tools for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals.
  • Contributors across all disciplines work together in Revit, helping them deliver projects more efficiently and with fewer errors.
  • Design and construction teams can collaborate on Revit projects anywhere, anytime using BIM 360 Design, a powerful and secure cloud-based design collaboration and data management solution.

Seamlessly extend Revit’s functionality for visualization, analysis, reality capture, and more

Optimize project outcomes with integrated and third-party solutions that extend and customize Revit.

  • Get more from Revit with native integrations and easy interoperability with Autodesk software, including generative design and multi-product workflows through the AEC Collection.
  • Explore third-party services and add-ins from a global network of AEC industry partners.
  • Connect to resources and help supported by the Revit community.

 


What’s new in Revit 2021?

Productivity and ease of use

Get Generative Design in Revit 

Run generative design studies directly in Revit with the AEC CollectionUse sample studies or create your own with Dynamo. 

Electrical circuit naming

Electrical workflows in Revit 2021 are more adaptable to global requirements with flexible circuit naming schemes. 

 

Customized Revit workspace

Easily tailor your workspace to your work discipline and job role. 

Slanted walls

Intuitively create and edit slanted walls, and instantly handle slanted doors, windows, and other wall-hosted geometry.   

PDF and image linking

Link PDFs or image files into Revit from local or cloud storage. 

Row striping for schedules

Read schedules more easily with row striping on sheet views. 

 Dynamo 2.5 integration

Dynamo Revit 2.5 comes out of the box with Revit 2021. 

New Dynamo Revit nodes

10 new Dynamo Revit nodes for improved task automation support the most commonly-requested conditions for geometry joining, pinning/unpinning, and hosting of Revit elements. 

Enable View Filters in view

Quickly apply or remove view filter graphic overrides from elements in a view. 

Rotate tags with components improvements

Control tag rotation behavior so that you can create more accurate and readable annotations. 

Voids cut family geometry type and instance parameters

Use parameters to better control void functionality in Revit families. 

 Improvements to rebar detailing

Create new standard 3D rebar shapes

Structural engineers and detailers can now model standardized 3D rebar shapes, extract bending instructions, and produce shop drawings with full fabrication data for rebar. 

 Couplers for arc-shaped rebar 

Model arc-shaped rebar at a higher level of detail for improved reinforcement models and documentation. 

 

End treatments without couplers for rebar 

Get greater control over reinforcement end treatments with the ability to add an end treatment to any rebar without the need for a rebar coupler. 

Override hook lengths by instance

Easily specify the hook lengths for each rebar set in the project for better productivity and accuracy when modeling. 

Steel modeling enhancements

Steel object editing enhancements

Easily create and modify steel components and features for better flexibility and efficiency when detailing steel in Revit. 

 Create stiffeners on beams and columns 

A new dedicated stiffener tool will help you efficiently add stiffeners and create more accurate steel design models. 

Insert steel elements in sections and elevation views

Work with steel components in any 2D and/or 3D view. 

 Dimensions snapping to steel plates 

With more dimensioning options, you can efficiently create accurate, readable engineering documentation for structural steel. 

 Electrical design enhancements

Single phase line-to-neutral panelboards

Revit now properly supports single phase panelboards. 

 Switchboard circuit quantity 

Switchboard schedules now show the quantity of circuits rather than the quantity of poles so that you can more easily quantify circuits in your schedules. 

Switchboard circuit phase selection 

Now you can choose the desired phase for circuits on switchboards.  

Panel schedule nodes listed under sheets in project browser 

Electrical designers get faster, more consistent panel schedule navigation and access.  

More of the functionality you use comes out of the box with Revit

New pipe flow units

We’ve added popular pipe flow units such as liters per hour, to make mechanical designers’ lives easier.  

Integrated precast automation 

Structural precast extension is now native to Revit with precast tools available on install. 

Integrated steel connections automation nodes in Dynamo for Revit 

Dynamo nodes for placing steel connections now come out of the box with Revit. 

Integrated structural analysis results 

Structural analysis results storage and exploration is now native to Revit on install enhancing the connection between design and analysis for structural engineers.

MEP fabrication extension integration 

The Revit Extension for MEP Fabrication is now fully integrated in Revit 2021. 

Collaboration and data exchange

 MEP worksharing

 Improved worksharing provides better collaboration among stakeholders and a more consistent experience.  

P&ID Modeler on BIM 360 Docs 

P&ID Modeler for Revit is now hosted on BIM 360 Docs for cloud-based centralization of project information.  

Cloud model hosting in Europe 

Host Revit cloud workshared and non-workshared models on European data centers. 

Improved BIM 360 Project Navigation in Revit Home 

Locate and access cloud-hosted models more easily with better BIM 360 account and project navigation. 

Infrastructure discipline and bridge categories 

Revit 2021 supports bridge and civil structures workflows with InfraWorks, including extended bridge categories for modeling and documentation. 

Revit to Inventor linking 

Improved interoperability between Revit and Inventor provides better support for design-to-fabrication workflows. 

 Visualization 

Real-time realistic views 

Work directly in real time with better, easier, and faster realistic views. 

3D Solid fabric sheets visualization 

Improve coordination and reduce clashes through better visualization of reinforcement.

 

 

Features

Building information modeling software

Learn about Revit® features for BIM, the intelligent model-based process used to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. Revit supports a multidiscipline collaborative design process.

Parametric components

An open, graphical system for design and form-making, and the basis for all building components designed in Revit.

Worksharing

Contributors from multiple disciplines can share and save their work to the same centrally shared file.

Schedules

Create a tabular display of model information extracted from the properties of the elements in a project.

Interoperability and IFC

Revit imports, exports, and links your data with commonly used formats, including IFC4.

Add-ins

Extend Revit functionality with API access, add-ins, and a content library on the Autodesk App Store.

Annotation

Communicate designs more effectively with WYSIWYG editing and features that let you control text appearance.

Dynamo for Revit

Expand and optimize BIM workflows with an open-source graphical programming interface that installs with Revit.

Global parameters

Embed design intent with projectwide parameters that work with radial and diameter dimensions and equality constraints. (1:29 min.)

More features

Architectural design

Conceptual design tools

Sketch and create freeform models and create massing studies.

Analysis with Insight

Optimize building performance with centralized access to performance data and advanced analysis engines.

Architectural modeling

Add architectural elements to the building model, including walls, doors, windows, and components.

Point cloud tools

Connect laser scans directly to the BIM process to author an as-built model.

3D design visualization

Explore, validate, and communicate designs. Render more quickly and accurately with Autodesk Raytracer rendering engine.

Multistory stairs

Quickly create and modify multistory buildings by connecting stairs to the levels in your project.

Cloud rendering

Produce photorealistic visualizations without tying up your desktop or using special rendering hardware.

Structural engineering and fabrication

Physical and analytical model

Create a physical model for coordination and documentation, and an associated analytical model for structural analysis.

Reinforcement detailing

Create 3D reinforcement designs for cast-in-place and precast concrete structures. Produce reinforcement shop drawing documentation with rebar schedules.

Structural steel modeling

Model connections with a higher level of detail using a variety of parametric steel connections in Revit or by creating your own custom steel connections.

Structural documentation

Create an accurate and detailed structural documentation of multimaterial designs.

Bidirectional linking with analysis

Integrate analysis results into the BIM process and work in an iterative design workflow.

Linking with concrete fabrication

CAM Export connects both cast-in-place and precast concrete projects with automatic fabrication processes.

Dynamo for structural engineering

Dynamo gives structural engineers, designers, and detailers tools to build structures with minimal energy, and make their own design tools.

Linking with steel fabrication

Interoperability between Revit and Advance Steel helps provide a seamless BIM workflow from steel design to fabrication.

MEP engineering and fabrication

HVAC design and documentation

Design complex duct and pipe systems to express intent, and model duct and pipe systems with mechanical design content.

Electrical design and documentation

Design, model, and document electrical systems. Keep track of electrical loads throughout the distribution system.

Plumbing design and documentation

Create sanitary plumbing systems with sloped piping and layout piping systems to design and document intent.

MEP fabrication detailing

Create fabrication-ready models in Revit. You can model and coordinate MEP LOD 400 components.

Insight integration

Insight lets you optimize building performance with centralized access to performance data and advanced analysis engines.

Fabrication service conversion

Use the Design to Fabrication tool to convert design-level model elements to construction level-of-detail elements.

Fabrication documentation

Document model layout more effectively. Document, schedule, and tag fabrication elements.

Construction

Construction modeling

Derive construction insight from design models. Split and manipulate wall layers and concrete pours, and prepare shop drawings for fabrication.

Construction coordination

Upload Revit models into BIM 360 Glue and sync with BIM 360 Layout. View and share point sets in the BIM 360 Glue web interface or the BIM 360 Layout iPad app.

Navisworks interoperability

Open a Navisworks coordination model directly in Revit to coordinate your design with the work of teams who use different software.

Import/Export 2D sheets

Bring AutoCAD files in or out of Revit, and prepare sheet sets for export to fabricators, subcontractors, or other project stakeholders in the format they need.

Constructability details

Augment design intent models with the detail necessary to meet the requirements of construction teams.

Fabrication for structural engineering

Link to Advance Steel for steel detailing and fabrication to help accelerate design-to-steel construction.

Fabrication for MEP engineering

Convert design level-of-detail model elements to fabrication level-of-detail elements for detailed coordination, fabrication, and installation.

Revit 2020 Minimum: Entry-Level Configuration

Operating System¹

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit
    • Windows 10 Enterprise
    • Windows 10 Pro

Note: Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 64-bit, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Professional is supported but not recommended.

CPU Type

  • Single- or Multi-Core Intel® Pentium®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Autodesk Revit software products will use multiple cores for many tasks.

Memory

  • 8 GB RAM
    • Usually sufficient for a typical editing session for a single model up to approximately 100 MB on disk. This estimate is based on internal testing and customer reports. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics.
    • Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one-time upgrade process.

Video Display Resolutions

  • Minimum: 1280 x 1024 with true color
  • Maximum: Ultra-High (4k) Definition Monitor

Video Adapter

  • Basic Graphics: Display adapter capable of 24-bit color
  • Advanced Graphics: DirectX® 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3

Disk Space

  • 30 GB free disk space

Media

  • Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key

Pointing Device

  • MS-Mouse or 3Dconnexion® compliant device

Browser

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 10 (or higher)

Connectivity

  • Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download

Revit 2020 Value: Balanced price and performance

Operating System¹

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit
    • Windows 10 Enterprise
    • Windows 10 Pro

CPU Type

  • Multi-Core Intel Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Autodesk Revit software products will use multiple cores for many tasks.

Memory

  • 16 GB RAM
    • Usually sufficient for a typical editing session for a single model up to approximately 300 MB on disk. This estimate is based on internal testing and customer reports. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics.
    • Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one-time upgrade process.

Video Display Resolutions

  • Minimum: 1680 x 1050 with true color
  • Maximum: Ultra-High (4k) Definition Monitor

Video Adapter

  • DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5

Disk Space

  • 30 GB free disk space

Media

  • Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key

Pointing Device

  • MS-Mouse or 3Dconnexion compliant device

Browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or higher

Connectivity

  • Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download

Revit 2020 Performance: Large, complex models

Operating System¹

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit
    • Windows 10 Enterprise
    • Windows 10 Pro

CPU Type

  • Multi-Core Intel Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.
  • Autodesk Revit software products will use multiple cores for many tasks.

Memory

  • 32 GB RAM
    • Usually sufficient for a typical editing session for a single model up to approximately 700 MB on disk. This estimate is based on internal testing and customer reports. Individual models will vary in their use of computer resources and performance characteristics.
    • Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one-time upgrade process.

Video Display Resolutions

  • Minimum: 1920 x 1200 with true color
  • Maximum: Ultra-High (4k) Definition Monitor

Video Adapter

  • DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5

Disk Space

  • 30 GB free disk space
  • 10,000+ RPM HardDrive (for Point Cloud interactions) or Solid State Drive

Media

  • Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key

Pointing Device

  • MS-Mouse or 3Dconnexion compliant device

Browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or higher

Connectivity

  • Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download

What’s new in Revit 2021?

Highlights from the Revit Roadmap

Create

  • Slanted walls
  • New standard 3D Rebar shapes
  • Edit the shape of bolt patterns and contour cuts
  • New stiffener connection type for Detailed Steel Modeling
  • Integrated precast automation
  • Single phase L-N panelboard
  • Electrical circuit naming

Optimize

  • Striped rows in schedules on sheet views
  • Enhanced realistic views
  • Customized workspace

Connect

  • Coordinates of linked files visible
  • PDF and image link and unload
  • Bridge categories for connected bridge workflow
  • US survey feet unit type for connected bridge workflow
  • Host data on Europe data centers

New Features

  • Generative design: Generate design alternatives to quickly explore solutions based on your goals and constraints. Iterate faster using the power of automation, and make more informed design decisions. Use the samples provided or customize in Dynamo. See Generative Design.
  • Slanted walls: You can create slanted walls in Revit. When creating or modifying a wall, use the Cross-Section parameter to make it slanted. Then use the Angle from Vertical parameter to specify its angle from -90 to +90 degrees, where zero degrees is vertical. See About Slanted Walls.
  • Enhanced realistic views: Realistic views have been enhanced with better graphics and faster navigation. We’ve improved Automatic Exposure, and edges display when they are enabled in Graphic Display Options.
  • Link and unload PDF and raster images: You can link a PDF or image file into a 2D view from a local or cloud storage location and maintain visual fidelity, performance, and functionality. This feature provides the ability to efficiently use 2D documents shared by others outside the BIM process for reference as you create a Building Information Model.
  • Cloud models can be hosted on Europe data centers: This applies to workshared cloud models (using Revit Cloud Worksharing) and non-workshared cloud models (using Cloud Models for Revit). See Hosting Data on Europe Data Centers.
  • Stripe rows in schedules on sheet views: When working with wide schedules on a sheet view, you can set the rows to display in contrasting colors to make it easier to follow rows across the schedule. When you enable this feature in the Schedule Properties dialog Appearance tab, you can select custom colors for the alternate rows. You can also set Stripe Rows in a template. See Display Contrasting Rows in a Schedule.
  • Bridge categories for the Connected Bridge workflow: Revit built-in categories have been extended to better support bridge design in Revit. This supports the Civil Structures Workflow with Autodesk InfraWorks and Revit.
    • A new Infrastructure category filter discipline has been added.
    • Within the Infrastructure filter, 26 model categories and 20 annotation categories are now available. These categories support visibility/graphics overrides, object styles, schedules and tags.
  • Customized workspace: You can create a profile that allows Revit to provide a workspace recommendation that is tailored to your work discipline and job role. See Your User Profile.
  • View filters – Enable in view: View filters applied to a view can be enabled and disabled in the Visibility and Graphics dialog. View filter effects are turned on and off instead of adding and removing filters for the view. See Apply a Filter.
  • Coordinates of linked files visible: To more easily coordinate linked files, you can see the survey point, project base point, and internal origin of linked models in the host model. See Display Coordinate Origin Points.
  • US Survey Feet unit type: US survey feet can be selected for length units.
  • Updated units logic: We’ve added new units of measurement and updated all units logic. See the Revit API documentation for additional information.
  • Cuts Geometry parameter for voids in families: Voids used in families have a new parameter: Cuts Geometry. This parameter controls whether the void will cut intersecting geometry in the family. See Cut Geometry.
  • Design options enhancements: In the Design Options dialog, option sets and design options are automatically sorted in alphanumeric order. View templates more consistently control the visibility of design options.
  • Tag rotation: We’ve added a family parameter, Rotate With Component, for additional tag categories. This parameter adds flexibility when documenting projects. For a complete list of enabled tag categories, see Rotate Tag with Component.
  • Rotate section heads: The parameter, Rotate With Component, has been renamed to Rotate Text With Component. The text in a section head now rotates as the section head is rotated, and it’s oriented to the angle of the section. See About Section Head Families.
  • Dynamo Revit 2.5: Dynamo Revit 2.5 is automatically installed with Revit as an internal add-in. Updating Revit does not affect the Dynamo versions installed with the previous Revit release. See About Revit Dynamo 2.5.
  • New Dynamo Revit nodes: Ten new Dynamo nodes are available under the Element category. The addition of these nodes allows you to easily manipulate Revit element functions. See Revit Nodes for Dynamo 2.5.
  • New standard 3D rebar shapes: You can now define 3D rebar shapes by rotating the hooks at the ends of the bars. Model rebar chairs (sanders) or other 3D bars and extract full fabrication data in the schedules. See Create Standard 3D Rebar Shapes using Hook Orientation.
  • Couplers connecting arc shaped rebar : You can now use rebar couplers to connect tangent arc-shaped bars in circular concrete structures. See Place a Rebar Coupler.
  • End treatment without couplers for rebar: You can add an end treatment to the end of a bar without the need for a rebar coupler; you can specify end treatments for any rebar in the project without connecting that bar by a rebar coupler. See About Reinforcement End Treatments.
  • Easier hook length adjustments: You can now easily specify the hook lengths for each rebar in the project, without the need to duplicate the hook type and change the length for that type. See Create Standard 3D Rebar Shapes using Hook Orientation and Rebar Instance Properties.
  • Edit the shape of bolt patterns and contour cuts: You can edit the shape and size of existing steel element contour cuts or bolt patterns, including bolt, anchor, hole, and shear stud patterns. See Edit the Shape of Bolt Patterns and Contour Cuts.
  • New stiffener connection type for detailed steel modeling: The stiffener connection is now included in the Revit steel connections list. This new connection type consists of one or two steel plates that reinforce a beam or column section, welded to the input beam or column. See Standard Connections.
  • 3D solid fabric sheet visualization: You can view fabric sheets and custom fabric sheets in 3D views as solid or unobscured. See Create and Edit Custom Fabric Reinforcement Sheets.
  • Integrated precast automation: The former Structural Precast Extension for Revit is now integrated into Revit with a dedicated Precast ribbon tab, located next to the Steel tab. The precast features are available with the native Revit installation, simplifying their deployment and making them available in all languages supported by Revit. See Structural Precast.
  • Integrated structural analysis storage and exploration: Formerly an add-on, this is now integrated into Revit in the Analyze ribbon tab. The features are available with the native Revit installation, eliminating the additional installation of the extension required in prior releases.
  • Integrated Steel Connections Automation nodes in Dynamo for Revit: Starting with Revit 2021, the Steel Connections nodes dedicated to placing steel connections are provided with the Revit installation, as part of Dynamo for Revit. All the nodes, custom nodes, and sample scripts are pre-installed, and all the functionalities that were provided by the “Autodesk Steel Connections 2020” package will be available without the need of additional setup, speeding up the deployment and offering an integrated experience within Dynamo for Revit. Manually downloading the package using the Package Manager is no longer needed. See Use the Steel Connections for Dynamo Nodes.
  • New fixes in the Advance Steel Extension for Revit: Some fixes concerning SMLX import and export were made in the new version of the Advance Steel Extension for Revit. See New in the Advance Steel 2021 Extension for Revit.
  • Worksharing and MEP elements: Using worksharing with MEP elements has been improved to provide a more consistent experience and enable better collaboration among stakeholders. See Using Worksharing with MEP Elements.
  • Single phase L-N panelboard: To better support distribution systems commonly found outside the US, Revit supports single phase two-wire L-N panelboards.
  • Electrical circuit naming: To better support circuit identification conventions outside the US, you can define circuit naming schemes in the Electrical Settings dialog. Use the Panel’s Circuit Naming instance parameter to select a scheme. See About Circuit Naming.
  • Select phase for switchboard circuits: Use the Switch Phases command to assign a phase to a circuit in a switchboard panel. See Switch circuit phases in a switchboard panel schedule.
  • New parameters for spare and space circuits: The Frame parameter is now available for spare circuits and displays in panel schedules. Similarly, Space circuits now support the Poles and the Schedule Circuit Notes parameters. See About Circuit Properties.
  • Panel schedules display in the Project Browser: The Sheets view lists the panel schedules that appear on each sheet. See Add a panel schedule to a sheet.
  • Max #1 Pole Breakers: This parameter on panelboards has been renamed to: Max Number of Single Pole Breakers. See About Panel Properties and Set Options for a Panel Schedule Template.
  • Max Number of Circuits for Switchboards: Switchboards now have a Max Number of Circuits parameter, replacing the maximum number of #1 pole breakers.
  • P&ID Modeler for BIM 360 Docs: Revit now references P&ID drawings stored in BIM 360 Docs when collaborating with users using Plant 3D. See Open a P&ID in P&ID Modeler for Revit.

Not available in the current release

The following features and workflows are not available.

  • Revit Model Review has been removed and is not available for Revit 2021.
  • Site Designer for Revit has been removed and is not available for Revit 2021.

What’s new in Revit 2020?

Highlights from the Revit Roadmap

Create

  • Top elevation and bottom elevation for duct, cable tray, and conduit
  • Enhanced custom fabric sheets creation
  • Background fill patterns
  • Levels in 3D views
  • Uncropped 3D perspective views
  • OR condition for rule-based view filters
  • Custom steel connections
  • Free form rebar aligned distribution
  • Structural connections
  • Steel fabrication elements
  • Add hydraulic separation to a hydronic network
  • Duty and standby for parallel pumps

Optimize

  • Zoom in schedules
  • Move elements very small distances
  • High resolution texture support for rendering
  • Place an instance of an image
  • Align sections
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Tab views
  • Tile views
  • Docking improvements

Connect

  • Publish a Revit model to BIM 360
  • Cloud Models for Revit
  • Upgrade Revit cloud models
  • Create parts from imported bridge and tunnel geometry and other DirectShapes
  • Extended CAM export
  • Unitechnik 7.0 CAM export
  • Revit Cloud Worksharing
  • Site collaboration
  • Step down connectors for MEP fabrication
  • Non-service template items for MEP fabrication

New features

  • Revit Home (2019.1): Revit Home is a new user experience that modernizes the way you access, store, and share project information. It replaces and improves the Recent Files window and supports cloud-based project management. This change is the first step in improving how you open and access models and project-related files.
    • Revit Home displays when you start the software. Return to it at any time by clicking (Home) on the Quick Access toolbar, or press CTRL+D to switch between the Home page and the ribbon. See Home.
    • For BIM 360 users, Revit Home provides a more intuitive and discoverable experience in the way you access files.
    • When you click on a central file from the Recent Files page, Revit always creates a local copy of the central model. This provides a consistent experience with BIM 360 Design models and prevents accidental modifications directly to the central file. New icons and tooltips identify a central model and a non-workshared model.
    • On the View tab, the access point to the original Recent Files window has been removed (View tab Windows panel User Interface drop-down Recent Files).
    • Access Revit models in BIM 360 projects.
    • Publish the latest version of Revit cloud models to BIM 360.
  • Cloud Models for Revit: As a Revit subscriber, participate in the BIM 360 ecosystem by saving non-workshared Revit models directly to BIM 360 Document Management. See Cloud Models for Revit.
  • Easy upgrade for Revit Cloud Worksharing models: You can upgrade projects without downloading each cloud model. See Upgrade Cloud Models.
  • Rendering: High resolution texture support: When you apply a new appearance asset to a material, Revit automatically uses the highest resolution texture for Advanced accuracy in Render Quality Settings. With this change, Revit presents a more precise rendering image for your model. To balance performance, in Realistic views and Simplified accuracy in Render Quality Settings, Revit still uses low resolution textures. See Best Practices: Render Performance and Materials.
  • Place an instance of an image: In views that support raster images, you can place an instance of a previously-loaded image using the Place Instance button in the Manage Images dialog. Place instance is available in the project and the Family Editor. See Manage Images Dialog.
  • Zoom in schedules: When working in a large schedule, easily read small text by zooming into the schedule view. To zoom in and out, hold CTRL and use the mouse wheel, or hold CTRL and press + (zoom in) or – (zoom out). The zoom level percentage displays in the lower right corner of the drawing area. See About Working in Large Schedules.
  • Move elements very small distances: Elements can now be moved very small distances. When moving elements very small distances, the error “Too small on screen” will not be displayed and the move action will complete.
  • Parts from imported bridge and tunnel geometry: Create parts from bridge and tunnel geometry and other DirectShapes imported from InfraWorks. See Import Bridges and Tunnels from InfraWorks.
  • Background fill patterns (2019): When defining the graphic representation of model elements (using materials or graphic overrides for filters, phases, categories, or elements), you can now specify a background color and fill pattern, in addition to the foreground color and fill pattern. Use these patterns to distinguish elements visually in views, improve the readability of project documentation, and meet office or industry standards. See About Fill Patterns.
    • Import models with background and foreground fill patterns from AutoCAD(2019.1): When you export a model with a background solid fill pattern and a foreground fill pattern from Revit to AutoCAD and re-import it to

 

What’s new in Revit 2019.2

The Revit 2019.2 update reflects how Revit has evolved to more tightly connect you with your data and with others via the cloud and Autodesk BIM 360. We feel strongly that the future of design is inextricably connected to having BIM information in a data-centric cloud environment. With Autodesk BIM 360—a single platform that connects all project members and phases from design, to fabrication and pre-construction—project teams can access the right information at the right time. The direction of Revit development is to allow as many people as possible to participate in the BIM process and to improve your workflow and experience.

CONNECT

Several Revit 2019.2 new features provide easier access and a tighter integration with the BIM 360 platform to connect project teams, and create better multi-product workflows.

Cloud Models for Revit extends BIM 360 access

With a subscription to BIM 360 Design, multiple project team members can co-author Revit cloud models using Worksharing.  We are excited to announce that you can now store non-Workshared models in a consistent way in the BIM 360 cloud platform. This is valuable for those cases where a model need not be workshared, and for individual users to store their data in the BIM 360 platform. Cloud Models for Revit is a new Revit 2019.2 feature and entitlement for Revit and Revit LT subscribers.

What’s the benefit of using cloud models? Revit models in BIM 360 are stored in a data format optimized for cloud storage and syncing. Cloud Models synchronize directly between BIM 360 and your desktop, facilitating faster and more efficient updates. That means no more uploading to share your projects with others.  Extending the ability to work with this cloud-optimized format to individual users working on non-workshared models provides a consistent experience for all Revit users, including those using Revit LT, and makes it possible for the whole team to participate for better project delivery. For subscribers to BIM 360 Design, it’s a simple one-step action to make a Cloud Model a Workshared Cloud Model. Use tools like the BIM 360 Docs viewer to access data from anywhere and view and markup Revit models from any device.

Using cloud models is even easier now that you can navigate to and access your cloud models as they’re published to Revit Home, the new screen that opens when Revit starts, released with Revit 2019.1. If you are a subscriber to BIM 360 Design, you can now access and control publishing of both workshared and non-workshared cloud models all from Revit Home.

One click Revit version update with Cloud Model Upgrade

As if you need more convincing, here’s another reason to use cloud models. We all know updating existing projects from older versions of Revit to the latest release can be a painful process. Timed with the release of Revit 2019.2 we’re delivering a preview of Cloud Model Upgrade, an automated and reliable solution that –with the push of a button– lets Project Admins in BIM 360 update projects stored as cloud models to later versions of Revit. Currently this capability supports upgrading Workshared cloud models from Revit 2018.3 to Revit 2019 data format. Cloud Model Upgrade makes it easier to use Revit features and enhancements as soon as they are available without having to manually update existing projects in older versions of the software. The Cloud Model Upgrade feature is now available as a technical preview for BIM 360 project admins and covered by the Autodesk Terms of Use for Trial Features.

Connecting civil engineers and architects with site collaboration workflow

Site Collaboration, the Civil 3D terrain to Revit topography workflow introduced in Revit 2019.1, delivers an even better experience for sharing data across Autodesk tools. Using BIM 360 Document Management and Autodesk Desktop Connector, the workflow lets you link topography from Civil 3D into Revit. With Revit 2019.2 new features you can also place building pads and sub-regions on complex surfaces. Using BIM 360 to help transfer site information and project location data between project teams, architects and civil engineers can save time and improve accuracy.

Extending the automation of the design-to-fabrication process for concrete structures

Working on top of Revit 2019.2, the Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2019 Update 1 comes with new features for customers working on precast and cast-in-place concrete projects. To learn full details, read this dedicated post.

With Extended CAM Export*, you can better connect both cast-in-place and precast concrete projects to automatic fabrication processes. CAM Export lets you create Unitechnik and PXML files for:

  • any selection of shape drive reinforcement
  • assemblies containing structural solid wall or structural solid slab system families (including their reinforcement, built-in parts, contours and fabrication parameters), not split using Structural Precast for Revit
  • assemblies containing loadable families that can host rebar, including their reinforcement, built-in parts, contours, and fabrication parameters.

Unitechnik 7.0 CAM Export* further automates the design-to-fabrication process with the capability to export the information associated with precast assemblies (such as Solid Walls, Solid Slabs, Hollow Core Slabs, and Girder Slabs) or rebar cages using Unitechnik 7.0. This format is supported in the same way Unitechnik 5.2, Unitechnik 6.0 and PXML 1.3 are supported, providing a consistent user experience.

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Revit 2019.2 new features also deliver on several Revit Idea page requests for enhancements that help you be more efficient in creating project data to capture design intent.

  • Seeing what you’re doing is important and many of you have requested the ability to Zoom in schedules. Now you’ll be able to use familiar keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and more easily read small fonts in a large schedule view,  especially valuable when using complex, high-density characters such as kanji, or working with a very large schedule. You can zoom in and out within the schedule and see the zoom level with an indicator in schedule view.
  • Another user request has been to be able to move objects small distances. Addressing this, the “too small on screen” blocking error has been removed, letting you now move elements the very small distances that are sometimes required.
  • To help you generate more beautiful and higher quality images when you are using out-of-the-box materials, with high resolution texture support, Revit 2019.2 will automatically use the highest resolution texture.

Create Custom Fabric Sheets (CFS) using any collection of reinforcement (individual rebars, rebar sets, free-form rebar sets, area reinforcement). You can automatically convert the reinforcement for the supported precast elements into custom fabric sheets. This feature speeds up the precast concrete modeling process and further automates design to fabrication

To help increase your modelling speed on precast projects, Revit includes new precast hollow-core slabs (HCS) families with 13 additional types of precast hollow-core slabs, offering additional void geometries and strand patterns. (This functionality comes with the Structural Precast for Revit Update).

MEP fabrication modeling and design elements enhancements and improvements

For MEP Fabrication users, Revit 2019.2 new features include several improvements that make it easier to work with branched connections by streamlining the connection of off-center taps, and auto-updating tapped connection elements. We have also improved the behavior related to splitting duct and pipe to ensure expected end treatment as you detail your models.

Delivering on a highly requested item from the Revit Ideas page, with MEP routed design elements, you can now directly edit the top elevation and bottom elevation properties of cable tray, duct, and conduit elements, facilitating easier model modification and coordination.

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