Updated Standard Structural Steel Families for Revit


By Tomasz Fudala

New content for the Southern Hemisphere and much more

As an ongoing process, Autodesk is updating Revit content every year to match the local standards from all over the world.

With the 2017 release, Revit obtained a new structural detailing tool, Steel Connections for Revit,” an extension that can be installed from the Autodesk Desktop-App to model typical steel connections on framing elements. At the same time, new framing and column families were shipped with Revit, supporting the connection code check with exact and complete information on section geometry and analysis parameters.

While the first content release was focused on the United States, Canada and four European countries, we continued to enhance structural content for other regions all over the world – one of the most common requirements suggested during conversations with our international sales partners. A second step was made with the 2017.2 version in autumn last year, when Japanese and Chinese framing section families were delivered. Most recently, the standard structural steel families were extended for Australia, New Zealand, South-Africa, India and several more European regions like Scandinavia in the spring of this year. All the mentioned new families are delivered with the Revit 2018 installation out of the box. And there’s more to come! Right now, the team is again updating the content for even more regions.

U.S. Imperial structural columns
File location of U.S. Imperial structural columns as an example
German structural column
File location of German structural columns as an example.

A complete list with the available content and the file location can be found here. Keep a look out for new content by checking the Revit Product Downloads page from time to time for new updated content available for your region. For example, you can find there the new structural framing families mentioned above for Revit 2017 as well as a fix for some European framing families for Revit 2018 that enable the smooth model synchronization with Advance Steel.

Revit 2018 Content Hotfixes

What do you think about Revit’s out of the box content? How often are you using Autodesk structural framing and column families in your projects? Are you missing section sizes for your region or special parameters for your content? Let us know!

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  1. Hi, Could you explain why in Revit 2017, Certified Families for Steel Connections had to be used with the structural connections (http://help.autodesk.com/view/RVT/2017/ENU/?guid=GUID-6244E741-5D14-4DAD-AE25-5069F71B69F3). However, for 2018, it appears you can use non-certified families? Thank you.

    1. Udo Haedicke
      Tomasz Fudala

      Hi Damian, thanks for asking! Indeed the first implementation of Steel connections for Revit was limited to work only with the Standard Structural Steel Families, delivered by Autodesk. This was necessary in 2017 release, as the extension was focused on connection code check for EC3 and AISC. At this time the extension wasn't ready to understand other Revit families geometry and calculate the required information. However, various customer interviews and feedback on forum and support side validated our assumption, that this must be enhanced. We understand, that many customers have to use their own content, built over years and cannot give up that work just for the sake of steel connection code check and detailing. That's why we decided to prioritize the understanding of custom section families higher than other tasks and implemented this into 2018 release. Now the Steel connections for Revit analyze the geometry in background and create the detailed connections also on custom families. The feedback on this enhancement has been very positive so far and several customers implemented the new workflow already in their daily work. Please let me know, what your thoughts are. What would you see as next critical enhancements for the Steel connections in Revit? Do you know about the Revit Idea Station, where you can share your ideas and vote for the ideas from others? Thanks a lot and best regards Udo