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Learn What’s New in Revit 2018 for Concrete Detailing

Tomasz Fudala
April 13, 2017

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and concrete detailing, the Revit 2018 release includes a number of new features that increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity for engineers and detailers. We’re excited to share these feature with you—take a look!

Reinforced Concrete in Revit

In Revit 2018 you can place rebar in concrete elements with complex geometry such as curved piers and decks. To place reinforcements for these objects in a section view you can simply sketch a rebar shape along the cover. Moreover, rebar constraints can be set, thus allowing the rebar to react to the host changes. All the functionalities used for detailing (such as tags and schedules) can also be used.

To fit rebar for complex shapes, you can use rebar sets that vary along inclined faces. To enhance productivity and detailing intent, varying rebar sets can now distribute along curved surfaces, including free form objects.

Documentation is easy with multi-rebar annotations, customizable numbering settings, and accurate schedules that display varying lengths.

These two new features increase 3D rebar modeling versatility and help you define the accurate reinforcement for non-standard concrete element shapes.

Concrete Detailing

To improve the reinforcement workflow, the graphical rebar constraint management is now available in 3D views. It means that now you can graphically make changes of rebar constraints, using in canvas tools in 3D views for enhanced and accurate rebar placement.

You can edit rebar constraints that snap to host faces. The user interface highlights each rebar segment that can be constrained, along with available targets.

Now you can also see a checkbox representing the reference (face or cover) and the value which will be set in accordance with the option set by the check box.

The snap constraint maintains its relationship when you place, move, drag, or copy rebar.

This functionality increases productivity and provides faster model definition completeness helping to keep designs coordinated and accurate.

And last but not least, you can now reinforce imported concrete elements from SAT files or InfraWorks. This improves the design to detailing workflow especially for Infrastructure.

Learn more on concrete detailing in Revit:


Structural Precast Extension for Revit Software Overview

Revit 2018.1 New Feature - Free Form Rebar Distribution


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Tomasz Fudala

Tomasz Fudala is the Technical Marketing Manager for Structure. He has over 17 years of experience in the software industry and a comprehensive background and vast knowledge of structural solutions in the Autodesk portfolio. With a Structural Engineering background he is responsible for technical sales readiness. He achieved a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the Cracow University of Technology, Poland. Find him on Twitter @tomekf


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    Hi Tomasz,
    wondering if this command(varying set) will work with a generic model when reinforcing?

    1. Tomasz FudalaTomasz Fudala (Post author)



      It should work once a generic model has the “Can host rebar” parameter checked.