A quick look at some of our favourite new features in Revit 2018.
Revit 2018 has been out now for a couple of months, and we’re pretty impressed with some of the new features.
BIM Managers are probably happy to see you can now use Navisworks models directly within a Revit model now to provide context from other consultants, and for large complex projects schedules can be created for linked RVTs and groups.
Those working in collaborative endeavours will notice their C4R gets installed directly with the application and there’s a whole plethora of new structural steel connections.
If you’re new to structural steel, you might find this to be a great way to learn some detailing. The application automatically analyzes the members you choose for your connections and recommends the correct set of connection detailing, leaving you only to select the primary and secondary elements, and massage it into the right sizes, spacing and code compliant settings.
In-canvas graphical constraint overrides also make it easier for people using Revit to place rebar into their concrete elements, thus greatly speeding up the shop drawing process for structural engineers and coordinating with other relevant sub-trades like structural steel for embedment coordination.
The one new feature set that I’ve been waiting to see with bated breath however; is the stair and railing tool enhancements.
With the new stair by component tools, you can select a floor to floor stair and connect it as a multi-story system.
If you have transition floors that have a varied height, these can be left out and have a separate floor to floor stair added for this area or simply adjusting the level height in the connected system will adjust the stair itself. If a railing edit is required in the connected stair system, editing one railing will modify each one when you click ‘Finish’.
Adding railings to a stair after they have been created has become much more simple with single click hosting.
One can simply draw their path and after clicking ‘Finish’, you can simply click on ‘Pick New Host’ and the new railing will automatically attach itself to the ramp, stair or wall. Yes…wall.
Separate sketch lines in a railing sketch can now be hosted to different lengths of wall, perhaps transitioning from a floor to a wall, or landing to wall, or floor…or even…topography!
I want you all to know how happy I am to write these words.
Hosting a railing to topography has been something I’ve been waiting for since the Dynamo junkies showed us how to do it a couple of years ago. Yes, this was cool to see, but not everybody is down with Dynamo yet or if they are down, they’re still learning the ways of visual scripting.
This new functionality allows one to create a fence as a railing, or perhaps a sidewalk, with evenly dispersed lamp posts, a road, complete with curbs and gutters.
I can barely contain my excitement.
So…anytime you have a balloon to burst, someone will come along and try to do it, it’s just too tempting.
I’m expecting the questions, ‘Yeah but what about hosting the railing to a wall created by face?’ or ‘What if my topography has too steep of an incline?’
No, unfortunately the railing will not host to some funky mass formed wall…maybe with Dynamo.
I find myself saying this way too much these days, and if the railing breaks when you try to host it to a steep topo surface, you’ll either need to flatten your topo more to accommodate it, or add a step.
Adding a step doesn’t help if you’re using this trick to create a road, however if you’re really looking for more features on roadways and parking lots, my suggestion is look into the Site Designer features which are more geared to this function.
Anyway, I hope you’re learning and loving these new features the way I am. If you’re interested in seeing more in video format, you can find them on the Autodesk site.
Finally, if you haven’t installed your 2018 yet, what are you waiting for?!?
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PS. If you’re a fabricator, check out How to Use the Multi-Point Routing Tool in Revit 2018.
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