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Revit Roadmap Update – April 2018

Sasha Crotty
April 13, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a roadmap, so with the release of Revit 2018.3 and 2019 we wanted to give you an updated glimpse inside the Factory. We’re thrilled with the capabilities in the new releases and we hope you love them too. We’ve also added some great functionality, including a few Revit Ideas, to the roadmap. Let us know what you think!

A few ground rules:

This roadmap may make statements regarding future events and development efforts for our products and services. These statements reflect our current expectations based on what we know today. Our plans are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features and purchasing decisions should not be made based upon these statements. We do not assume any responsibility to update this roadmap to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the publish date of this roadmap.

To better explain the roadmap, we’ve grouped our plans by theme:

  • Design
    • Efficiently create models that capture design intent
    • Engage in a delightful, intuitive, and contextual experience
    • Model to a high degree of accuracy and detail
  • Optimize
    • Analyze, simulate, and iterate to optimize designs
    • Work more productively with software that automates tasks
    • Have more time to design with reliable and efficient software
  • Connect
    • Connect project teams with AEC-focused collaboration tools
    • Enable multidisciplinary workflows to help deliver projects
    • Extend BIM to all phases of the project lifecycle

We use themes, colors, and icons to keep track of the roadmap details.

Delivered with Revit 2019

 Revit Idea Delivered with Revit 2019

 Planned (Some features may be available for testing in Revit Preview

 Accepted Revit Idea (Some ideas may be available for testing in Revit Preview)


DESIGN

The Design theme encompasses better tools, capabilities, and experiences for authoring of project data.  This is where you spend the bulk of your time, so we want to make it easier for you to create the models you want, to the level of detail you need, with the documentation required, all in a more enjoyable way. It won’t be easy, but we know this is an area we can make a big impact.

One way we can make design more efficient is by better capturing your intent. In Revit 2019, OR Rules in Filters allow you to more quickly customize your views to your requirements. On the roadmap – extending that capability to support more flexibility with true multi-category filtering. For complex piping, 2019 brings multiple improvements for hydronic separation of systems, making it easier to get more accurate systems calculations.

We’ve also invested in creating a more delightful, intuitive, and contextual experience. One example of this is the addition of uncropped perspective views in 2019. Together with the edit in perspective functionality added in 2017.1, if you’re an Architect, you can now do your work in perspective. Another new addition – Levels in 3D also supporting more modeling in context.

We also know it is increasingly important to model to a higher degree of accuracy and detail. For that reason, we have worked to increase our ability to model steel structures with greater level of detail and accuracy  with standard and custom connections in particular.  Revit 2019 also continues being a design to detailing software product for precast and reinforced concrete with the enhancements which extends the scope to support even more complex concrete model objects.

OPTIMIZE

Through the Optimize theme we’re looking for opportunities that enable you to do MORE and do it BETTER. In other words, improving the ease and productivity with which you can work, while also helping you work towards delivering better buildings.

For example, since Views are one of the most fundamental interactions you have with any model, we’ve made significant improvements through the addition of tabbed views and multi-monitor support, both top Revit Ideas. Yes! You read that right – you can finally drag your Revit views onto a second (or third) monitor!

Automation is a growing area (who doesn’t love getting more done with fewer clicks?) where in 2019 we’ve added more things to the automated, rule-based Design to Fabrication precast concrete workflows. On the roadmap – expanding the Structural automation capabilities even further through automated design of steel connections. We’re also continuing our work on the Forge Design Automation API for Revit which will enable cloud-native solutions to work with Revit data.

Likewise, analysis and simulation are also key aspects of creating better, more efficient buildings. For example, in 2019 you can now more comprehensively analyze fully connected hydronic networks helping to save a lot of time versus manual takeoff. The roadmap contains even more automation and optimization opportunities in areas such as mechanical system zoning and equipment selection and sizing. Another new addition to the roadmap is the calculation of travel distances to help you make more efficient decisions earlier in the design process.

 

CONNECT

The Connect the importance of connecting project teams and creating better multi-product workflows.  Our goal is to improve the processes in which you collaborate and exchange information to get things done.  In this area, we focus on building better experiences for sharing data across Autodesk tools, supporting industry standards like IFC and PDF, and giving project teams tools that allow them to work better together.

One example of this is the work in this release is the introduction of next gen Collaboration for Revit (aka BIM 360 Design). By allowing Revit Cloud Worksharing to connect to BIM 360 Document Management and BIM 360 Design Collaboration, we enable project teams to work better together by exchanging data through a common data platform and supporting project delivery workflows for both internal and external project stakeholders.

We also now make it easier to get data in and out of Revit. For example, we want to make it easy to link in a PDF file into Revit without using workarounds, so we’ve added PDF Underlay, one of the top idea requests, to our roadmap. We are also looking at improving our Sketchup import to support the latest file format.  Further, we continue to enhance our IFC capabilities, are pursuing IFC4 certification, and see IFC as an important part of our offerings to help facilitate the delivery of projects. Alongside these investments, we are also continuing our research into making Revit data more openly accessible outside of Revit.

On the workflow side, we are continuing to look at how we connect Design to Make by investing in support for fabrication modeling improvements and connecting to fabrication directly with shop drawing automation and CAM export.  This work is a key step to extending Building Information Modeling into all aspects of the project lifecycle. Finally, we are continuing to invest in improving how civil engineers and architects can collaborate better on the site design process to improve the sharing of information, support accuracy, and help reduce re-work.

Many of the areas we are investing in for Connect are about allowing as many people as possible to participate in the BIM process and to improve the workflows and experiences as they do so.  We’ve prioritized these areas as a critical part of our strategy not just for Revit, but as Autodesk as a whole.

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

There are a variety of other discussions and work related to connecting workflows from design to fabrication and beyond.  If you don’t see something listed here, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t on our radar. If you have specific suggestions for ways we can make the product better, we encourage you to submit them to Revit Ideas.

If you would like to provide feedback on these capabilities, we would be happy to involve you in our beta program (Revit Preview).  Reach out to revit.preview.access@autodesk.com to join Revit Preview.

We continue to post updates periodically, and your feedback helps!  Let us know what you think.

Thanks!

The Factory

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Sasha Crotty

Sasha Crotty joined Autodesk, Inc., in 2005 as a developer for Revit Structure. She went on to lead the Revit Structure development team before switching gears into product management. As the Revit Core product manager, she is responsible for the direction and evolution of Revit's multi-disciplinary tools, performance, and the API. Sasha holds a BA in Architecture and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Boston University. In her spare time Sasha enjoys growing miniature orchids and traveling around the world.

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  1. Chris_D_UK

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    aaaggghh, still no roadmap for site modelling improvements!!
    How many times must we repeat ourselves about this?? Civil 3D import is very very niche. Architects design sites, not engineers!

  2. ttourangeau_svn

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    We really, really, really, really, really, REALLY need improvements to the Project Browser. The Tabbed Project Browser idea from the Revit Ideas forum is by far the best, and should be fairly simple to implement. Can you PLEASE do something about this? It’s so, so difficult to navigate a large and complex file and we shouldn’t have to buy add-ins just to improve basic usability.

  3. ron.allen@aecom.com

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    Hi Sasha, Can’t wait to get a hold of Revit 2019 to try it out.

    One of the features you listed was AND and OR- I was wondering if instead of the rigid 3 to 5 places to put Boolean operators if it would be reasonably feasible to have an array of operators? There have been a few cases (sheet indexes for example) where we ran out of operators to narrow down lists.

    This idea could be expanded to trees of logic – to organize subcategories into grouped larger categories for deeper logic (PARAM1 or (PARAM2 AND (PARAM3 or PARAM4))) or expose the parameters and data in a scripting style so we can enter formulas : )

    1. pieter@aplusi.com

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      That’s how the new view filter system works. You can add as many rules as you want and nest them!

  4. pieter@aplusi.com

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    Hey Sasha,

    Congratulations on the Revit 2019, a really strong release!

    In all honestly, the new roadmap contains less exciting features/updates than we were hoping for. As always we understand there’s a lot at play here, but I guess we were just hoping for a few more top voted ideas. The only two features with a lot of votes that I see are:

    – pdf underlay
    – align sections

    Perhaps we can count “navigation improvements” in that category as well if it means making 3d views more intuitive/easier to navigate in.

    Perhaps we could also count “content management” in this category but only if it means a real family browser inside Revit. I’m guessing it probably means something different as the family browser idea is not accepted on the Revit Ideas platform.

    Is the new project browser project put on hold for now? I was looking forward to some improvements in that area.

    1. lionel.kai@camara.us

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      +1 to Pieter
      It was great to see tabs added, and the beginnings of filter improvements (and can’t wait for future improvements as window management and filtering STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO). We’d really like to see more USEFUL improvements (like project browser updates, per Pieter).

  5. htlcnn

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    Some features that you planned in the 2017 August roadmap don’t appear in this roadmap. They are not present in Revit 2019 either. What happened to them? (some Structure features like Rebar Adaptive Copy)

    1. Pawel PiechnikPawel Piechnik

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      Hi
      Yes, the feature that you are referring to is still something that that is under consideration but based on the customer feedback we have prioritized some other concrete detailing enhancements to be focused on instead, as presented in this post.
      As mentioned above this roadmap may make statements regarding future events and development efforts for our products and services. These statements reflect our current expectations based on what we know today. Our plans are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features and purchasing decisions should not be made based upon these statements. We do not assume any responsibility to update this roadmap to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the publish date of this roadmap.