in Autodesk October 18, 2017
Do you want to see new features in your applications? Here's how to get your voice heard!
The developers at Autodesk are always adding new and better functionality in their software applications. You may not be aware, but many of these ideas originally come from users. If you have something you want Autodesk to add to an application in the future (and get others to support your idea!) go to the Autodesk forums, select a product and explain what you would like to see. You can see and support what others’ ideas are by searching ‘wishlist’:
In future posts we’ll look at more recent mid-term updates, but for now, we’re gong to recap some of the new features that were included in the release of Revit 2018.
Revit 2018 - Some Key New Features
Revit 2018 puts a major emphasis on better, more consistent co-ordination for complete modelling within a multi-disciplinary environment which extends to detailing and through to construction. In terms of co-ordination one of the major new features is the ability to link in a co-ordination model directly from Navisworks. When linking in a .nwd file from Navisworks you have the option to bring It in Origin to Origin or by Shared Co-ordinates and you can set it as either an Absolute or a Relative path type. You can see the Co-ordinated model in all views including sections and elevations giving you an excellent ability to visually co-ordinate your Revit model with other team members that may be using other modelling software that won’t come natively into Revit on its own.
You’ve probably heard about Dynamo by now, it brings computational design and automation to Revit and the entire design industry. Over the last few releases we’ve initially seen the addition of the Dynamo button within the Ribbon, then the Dynamo player and now there are even more enhancements to make the process of using Dynamo scripts within Revit even more user-friendly. Now when using the Dynamo player you can input project specific information directly into the dynamo player, meaning anyone can use it without having to open Dynamo itself in order to run the scripts for your design. We’ll return to Dynamo in a later post.
With the new Multi-storey Stair function you can quickly add stairs to all the required levels within your building which mean if the levels in your building change, the stairs will automatically adjust to fit. Multi-storey stair are created from within an elevation or section view where you can see the level that the stairs will be applied to, then using the “Connect Levels” button in the ribbon within the Modify/Create Stair tab. You can connect and disconnect levels from the multi-storey as necessary. The stairs are place by level groups and come in automatically pinned. You can
Tab-Key select individual stair components and unpin them to edit the properties of individual segments within the stair group if needed.
To accompany the stair enhancements, there have also been several improvements to the functionality of railings, such as the ability to place railings on multiple storeys in one click. They are also easier to work with in the sketch environment as we can pick a new host, meaning while still sketching we can pick the stairs as a host to make the railing follow the slope of the stairs. However one of the most exciting new features is the ability to now host railings on most system families i.e roofs, walls, floors etc and directly onto toposurfaces making it much easier to model site conditions such as fencing. No more need to struggle with fences or railings correctly attaching to objects that have variable heights..
MEP and Structural Improvements
For Mechanical and Structural Engineers we see new features such as MEP Fabrication modelling where Revit now allows you to use multipoint routing for fabrication elements and model sloped pipes. Design and analysis for circuit pathways and the ability to define your own space types. We now also have a mechanical simulation where we can see Flow and Pressure-drop data which is now connected to the pump and to the computational processes in the background. There is also Free-Form Rebar distribution where you can model reinforcement in 3D using multiple face segments and the ability to manipulate rebar graphically allowing you to complete model definitions much faster.
We hope this is a helpful reminder to look at some of the new features in Revit 2018. Why not give them a try and familiarise yourself with some of these new features.