Customers have historically used Revit for concrete rebar and timber modeling and documentation including use of Autodesk productivity extensions delivered as Revit® Extensions. However, in recent years many customers have found value in adopting automated Revit apps provided by regional technology partners, particularly for timber and reinforcement. For this reason, as of April 20, 2018, Autodesk will not deliver Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2019. Instead, customers using the timber and reinforcement modeling extensions can easily migrate to alternative solutions delivered by technology partners. Below we will share more details about how this migration will work.
Concrete Rebar and the quest for integrated design to detailing
Autodesk started investing several years ago to make Revit the platform for BIM-based concrete. Today, many have adopted Revit for concrete planning and production and also in reinforcement detailing. A primary reason is the number of technology partners extending Revit as a platform for rebar design and detailing. These partners customize Revit for the local needs of their markets, bringing greater productivity gains to their customers as detailed in this blog post on BIM for reinforced concrete.
One such partner is Symetri, based in Northern Europe. Symetri has been in the business of delivering apps on top of Autodesk products for years, including tools for reinforcement detailing. Symetri will deliver the reinforcement extension capabilities within Revit Extensions as part of their Naviate Rebar Extension. They will make it available at no cost to customers using Revit 2019 and it will be released in late 2018. We are excited to have this agreement with Symetri to improve the capabilities of Revit for reinforcement detailing.
Timber and the adoption of DfMA
As the adoption of DfMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) practices rises in residential and low-rise commercial buildings, we see a number of technology partners delivering more integrated timber design to fabrication workflows using Revit.
As stated above, Autodesk will not deliver Revit Extensions for Revit 2019, and this includes the timber modeling extension. As a path forward for customers, we encourage users of this extension to adopt one of our AEC Industry Partner solutions that are based on Revit. Partners hsbcad, AGACAD, and StrucSoft provide robust timber modeling apps for Revit that help structural engineers, architects, and detailers automate the design to detailing process for timber elements. Capabilities include integrated structural analysis, estimating, documentation, shop deliverables, and even exports to CAM/ERP systems.
These partners will deliver free versions of their Revit apps to existing timber extension customers for Revit 2019.
To learn more about the technology partners and their Revit apps mentioned above, you can visit them here: