The release of Autodesk Revit 2017 included some brand new features that have been on many users’ wish lists for a while. Here are some of the newest enhancements for architecture, structural, and MEP.
The new Text Editor includes WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing, including the ability to add spaces between bullet points, indenting, incrementing numbers, and setting text to uppercase, subscript, and superscript. Furthermore, text in Revit is now measured the same way as it is in AutoCAD, making import and export to AutoCAD even better.
Designed for architects, Depth Cueing lets you add depth to your elevations and sections in either architecture of coordination views to better communicate your designs. This features works in any view effect and, when you turn it on, you can control where the depth stars, stops, and the limits.
While this isn’t really a new feature, Global Parameters have been substantially enhanced in Revit 2017. For example, you can now associate Global Parameters with a type property for an element, assign it to a group for better organization, filter a schedule by Global Parameter association, and transfer Global Parameters between projects!
Want a more in-depth look at what you can do with Global Parameters? Revit expert Paul Aubin is presenting a special Global Parameters, Global Control! session at the Phoenix BIM Workshops.
With Tangency Locks, you gain greater control when sketching in the Family Editor. You can place tangency locks to sketch lines, and this features works anytime you are sketching a shape or when creating geometry in the Family Editor. The only place it doesn’t work is with model or reference lines.
FormIt 360 Converter
Now with your Revit installation, you have access to FormIt 360 Converter, which gives you the ability to work easily in Revit with your FormIt designs or vice versa for a fully integrated BIM workflow.
Again, while this isn’t necessarily a new feature, Railing Hosts have been improved so that architects can now host railings on shaped edited floors, roofs, and walls with a single sketch line. With this new ability, architects can host a rail as it is intended to be built on site.
Brian Mackey, aka the Revit Geek, walks us through everything about Rationalizing Revit Railings during his special 2-part lecture and lab class at the upcoming 2016 Orange County BIM Workshops. Don’t miss it!
Fully Integrated Dynamo Interface
The Dynamo visually programming platform is now fully integrated with Revit and no longer requires an additional download. Accessible to both non-programmers and programmers, the Dynamo interface allows you to visually script behavior and define custom pieces of logic.
Paul Aubin tackles this new feature in his Dynamo: Moving Data To and From Revit session at the upcoming 2016 Phoenix BIM Workshops. Learn more about how to utilize Dynamo to enhance your Revit workflows during this 90-minute session.
Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit
For structural engineers, Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit provides access to a variety of parametric steel connections in Revit, enabling connections to be modeled with a higher level of detail. The application also includes a built-in steel connection design engine based on U.S. and European codes. With this new functionality, you can bridge the gap between design and fabrication as both members and connections can be synchronized between Revit and Advanced for detailing.
Design to Fabrication
The new Design to Fabrication tools allows MEP designers to convert design of level detail model elements to construction level of detail elements to better prepare a model for coordination modeling and construction.
Route and Fill
To help MEP designers automate fabrication model layout, the new Route and Fill tool enables the selection of two open endpoints of a run and options for automatically connecting them. You can preview which fittings will be inserted in each option and also specify which fittings are required, providing more control over automating the layout between two open runs.
MEP Design Computation Improvements
New tools like Temperature Difference Parameter Type simplifies design computations in family definitions by easily computing the Delta T using the new unit type parameter. Additionally, Revit can now associate a pressure drop table with duct fitting taps to provide more accurate pressure drop calculations on duct networks.
MEP expert Jack Trexler reviews some key workflows during two special lab sessions designed especially for HVAC and Plumbing engineers. Attend one of his classes at the upcoming 2016 Orange County BIM Workshops! Read HVAC Designers/Engineers: Can You Do This in Revit? and Plumbing Designs in Revit: Can It Be Easier?
Replacing the old Rebar Constraints dialog box are new in-canvas tools that allow structural engineers to place rebar more precisely and snap them to adjacent standard rebars or constrain them to host faces.
What are your favorite new features in Revit 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments!