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Autodesk Revit v2020

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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.


Highlights

Efficiently and accurately capture design intent in 3D

Use Revit® software to produce consistent, coordinated, and complete model-based building designs and documentation.

  • Automatically update floor plans, elevations, sections, and 3D views.
  • Use 3D visualizations to see a building before it’s built.

Collaborate and coordinate across multidisciplinary teams

  • Revit includes tools for architectural design, MEP and structural design, detailing, and engineering, and construction professionals.
  • Contributors across all disciplines use worksharing to share and save work to the same project.

Use Revit to analyze, simulate, and connect in the cloud to improve designs

  • Extend Revit functionality with interoperable software and services from Autodesk.
  • Customize and expand workflows with discipline-specific or regional solutions that are custom-built by third-party partners.
  • Connect project teams and data on the BIM 360 platform.

What's new in Revit 2020

New and enhanced Revit® building design software features support consistent, coordinated, and complete modeling for multidiscipline design that extends to detailing and construction.

With Revit 2020 all disciplines will see new tools and enhancements that help you generate consistent, coordinated, and complete model-based building designs and documentation.  As detailed in the public Revit Roadmap, our goal is to deliver start to finish capabilities that lead to improved project outcomes, and as product managers we’re proud to do so.

PDF underlay support

Insert a PDF into Revit from any source and snap to the PDF to model new elements based on the 2D data.

Path of travel

Understand how people will move in a building or navigate a space to analyze design performance. (video: 1:48 min.)

 

Elliptical walls

 

Create more advanced wall geometry with the ability to draw elliptical walls and curtain walls. (video: 43 sec.)

 

Tag, schedule, and view filter for elevation

 

Schedule elevation of elements and use those values in view filters, streamlining the ability to interact with elements in the properties palette. (video: 1:05 min.)

Track and edit scope box parameter in view list

Include the scope box parameter in a view list, coordinate crop regions across multiple views without opening each view.

Create parts from imported geometry

Imported geometry (direct shapes) can now be split into parts. Make cuts and adjustments to parts using Revit opening and cut tools. (video: 28 sec.)

Copy and paste legends across sheets

Enhanced copy-and-paste functionality for legends lets you efficiently copy legends for use in other locations.

Improved rebar copy and move logic

Get more predictable behavior when copying and moving shape-driven rebar, for higher accuracy and design intent fidelity. (video: 2:30 min.)

Enhanced multi-rebar annotation

Use multi-rebar annotations for planar parallel freeform rebar sets and concrete faces. (video: 2:01 min.)

Steel connections for Dynamo

Use Dynamo to accelerate the insertion of multiple steel connections based on user-defined rules. (video: 1:21 min.)

 

Propagation of steel connections

 

Quickly add similar steel connections to your project by propagating existing connections. (video: 47 sec.)

 

Homerun Improvements

 

Electrical panel feed through lugs connection

Model the connection of panels through feed-through lugs, more accurately documenting the system design.

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Electrical homerun wiring improvements

With more control over arrowheads and tick marks, create electrical documentation that is easier to understand and use.

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Revit extension for fabrication exports

Generate CSV output to be used in spreadsheets or other data environments directly from Revit.

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Change service improvement

Change service now allows multi-shape services to be preserved or replaced in a single operation.


Tools created expressly for your discipline

Tools for architects

Take an idea from conceptual design to construction documentation within a single software environment. Optimize building performance and create stunning visualizations.

 

Tools for structural engineers

Use tools specific to structural design to create intelligent structure models in coordination with other building components. Evaluate how well they conform to building and safety regulations.

 

Tools for MEP engineers

Design MEP building systems with greater accuracy and in better coordination with architectural and structural components, using the coordinated and consistent information in the intelligent model.

 

Tools for construction professionals

Evaluate constructability and design intent before construction begins. Gain a better understanding of the means, methods, and materials, and how they all come together.

 

Why Revit?

Design

Model building components, analyze and simulate systems and structures, and iterate designs. Generate documentation from Revit models.

Interoperability

Work with members of an extended project team. Revit imports, exports, and links your data with commonly used formats, including IFC, DWG™, and DGN.

Collaborate

Multiple project contributors can access centrally shared models. This results in better coordination, which helps reduce clashes and rework.

Visualize

Communicate design intent more effectively to project owners and team members by using models to create high-impact 3D visuals.

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 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.

CREATE

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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