You’ve got to see what’s new in Revit 2020

What’s New
New in Revit 2020

Written by Harlan Brumm, Sasha Crotty, Ian Molloy, and Pawel Piechnik

The Revit team is thrilled to release Revit 2020, incorporating improvements in Revit 2019.1 and Revit 2019.2.  The release year “2020” is epic, and Revit 2020 lives up to the name, reflecting both your requests submitted to the Revit Ideas page and also introducing new features and functionality. With Revit 2020 all disciplines will see new tools and enhancements that help you generate consistent, coordinated, and complete model-based building designs and documentation.  As detailed in the public Revit Roadmap, our goal is to deliver start to finish capabilities that lead to improved project outcomes, and as product managers we’re proud to do so.

Capture detailed design intent

Multiple features new in Revit 2020 equip you to create the more accurate, detailed documentation that more closely represents design intent.

A great example that we’re particularly pleased to release are long-requested electrical design workflow improvements.

  • Revit now lets you utilize feed through lugs when creating your electrical distribution systems. This capability streamlines related documentation tasks, and helps designers create a better digital model of the system to support analysis.  Learn more here.
  • Electrical homerun wiring improvements give you the control over arrowheads and tickmarks that you need to create electrical documentation that’s easier to understand and use.

With Revit 2020 you can create more advanced wall geometry with the ability to draw elliptical walls and curtain walls.

These features and improvements new in Revit 2020 help connect design to fabrication with tools for higher fidelity modeling for detailing, fabrication and construction of concrete.

  • Improved rebar copy and move logic translates to increased precision and more predictable results when copying and moving shape-driven rebar.

  • New in Revit 2020 you can use multi-rebar annotations for planar parallel free form rebar sets and concrete faces, helping you produce better documentation for concrete projects.

  • Another request from the Ideas Page, rebar in model-in-place stairs increases 3D rebar modeling versatility and helps you define accurate reinforcement.

Steel connection improvements new in Revit 2020 will help engineers create more accurate model-based and documented design requirements for steel detailing and fabrication.

  • The ability to propagate steel connections will save you time when you need to insert the same connection in multiple locations on a large project.

  • And you can manage repetitive connection designs more easily and efficiently with steel connections grouping which lets you easily update all instances of the same type of connection from one place.

  • Finally, with features new in Revit 2020 for tags and dimensions of steel elements, you’ll be able to create more accurate and readable engineering drawings for structural steel.

Connecting 2D data to BIM and beyond

Several significant features new in Revit 2020 help you connect data and people to enable smoother collaboration and project delivery.

You’ve been waiting for this one: Revit 2020 supports PDF underlay which means now you can bring 2D data into Revit and snap to the PDF to model new elements based on it. This top voted Revit Idea enables connecting 2D data into BIM to support construction workflows.

And if you work in Sketchup, you’ll be happy to see that new in Revit 2020 is support for Sketchup 2018 import. Get a more efficient workflow including colored imports to connect early stage design done in Sketchup to Revit.


Coinciding with the Revit 2020 launch, we’re introducing the Cloud Model Upgrade service that fully automates upgrading all cloud models in a BIM 360 project with literally the click of one button.  This is an incredible time-saver that simplifies and streamlines the move to the latest Revit version, and a real value-add for using Cloud Models.  Learn more about cloud model upgrade in BIM 360 here.

For MEP, use the new export fabrication data function in the Revit Extension for Fabrication add-in to generate a CSV or TXT data file that can be imported into spreadsheet applications or other tools.  Use this detailed fabrication data in various preconstruction and fabrication workflows, such as quantification, linear nesting, and procurement.

new in Revit 2020


Automate and optimize

Your ease and productivity in working with the software and ability to conduct analysis that helps with design decisions is really important, and here Revit 2020 does not disappoint.  These features new in Revit 2020 will help you decrease time spent on rote tasks and will contribute to your producing high-quality work.

  • You can easily understand how people will move in a building or navigate a space by simulating the shortest path between points in your design in Revit 2020. The Path of Travel tool analyzes the geometry in the plan and navigates around obstacles and through doors to optimize the route to help inform design decisions.

  • Over the past few releases we’ve increasingly integrated the Dynamo computational design extension with Revit.  Now Dynamo 2.1 ships with Revit 2020 in a unified experience, simplifying installation, use, and versioning.
  • And now you can work more productively modeling steel connections in Revit by using the “Autodesk Steel Connections 2020” Dynamo package.  Accelerate the insertion of multiple steel connections based on user-defined rules that can identify similar geometrical conditions for placing standard and custom connections.  The package includes several out-of-the box scripts for use with Dynamo Player. Learn more about this cornerstone for steel modeling in this post from Dan Peticila.

In previous releases we’ve optimized Revit to work faster.  Now you can get a faster response time when editing detailed steel connections in the 3D model with Revit 2020, which uses background processes to carry out these performance-intensive tasks.  You can continue working on your Revit project while the background process runs.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.  Here are a few:

  • Here’s another user request met: get more efficiency when laying out legend views that will appear on multiple sheets with enhanced functionality for legends that lets you copy and paste legends across sheets.

    • And a top customer request, improved OR in view filters new in Revit 2020 lets you focus on parts of your model at a higher level of specificity and gives you further control over view graphics.

  • For MEP, change service now allows multi shape services to be preserved or replaced in a single operation.

  • Schedule elevation of elements and use those values in view filters, streamlining the ability to interact with elements in the properties palette.

  • Create parts:. Imported geometry (aka direct shapes) can now be split into Parts. Make cuts and adjustments to the parts using Revit’s opening and cut tools. For Bridge Designers this means you can now make adjustments to bridge geometry imported from Infraworks.

Believe it or not, this post covers only some of the new features and updates in Revit 2020

Check out the full Revit 2020 release notes to see every update, including bug fixes.

What’s new in Revit 2020 YouTube Playlist

If you subscribe to Revit, you or your Admin will receive an emails to access  Revit 2020  in your Autodesk Account  once your product(s) are available for download.

Try Revit 2020 free for 30 days

Catch the product management team live in a free “What’s new in Revit 2020” webinar on May 8th at 10:0 a.m. Pacific.  Sign up here.

Harlan Brumm

Harlan is a Revit Product Manager with Autodesk focused on Architecture and Construction. Based in Manchester, NH, he has spent 10 years helping customers realize the power of BIM in a variety of roles. Before joining Autodesk, he worked for AEC firms in the Midwestern USA on a wide variety of project types. A geek, he loves learning about new technology and how it can help Architects design a better world. Find him on Twitter @HarlanBrumm

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    It's funny how even the simplest, most mundane things get messed up and not quite finished... the two buttons in the comm center that they removed still take up space! Unless you expand the search, but who cares at that point? At least we DID get a collapsed (by default) search... (see screenshot in @careys6L8CK: hopefully you've voted for - - and the related

  2. davidemazzaglia

    Nice to see elliptical walls but Autodesk (after more than 10 years of wish list) Do NOT give the option of UNFOLDING elevations so to have a flat circular or elliptical facade, fundamental if a facade is not faceted!

  3. BlueRocco

    Definitely Revit. My god, can it be any uglier? All those boxes stacked on top of each other. This makes me think of going back to hand designing. At least with that you get some choices as to what the end design will look like. and it wouldn't be a box. How about some Gothic, or Victorian? Or even a horse barn!?? Anything would have more style than a Revit Box!


    I would love to see the ability to add "Revisions on Sheets" to multiple sheets or pick individual sheets at one time instead of opening each sheet to turn it on. I have to do this when creating a sheet for review and then changing it for construction documents.

  5. cadbob2

    Where is this? Why has Revit Extension for Fabrication 2020 not been released?

  6. samuel.mosia.sampson

    when revit can convert a 3d view to a detail drafting view. they would reach the heavens.

  7. syed_atiqabb

    Hi, Mr Harlan Brumm sir thanx for hard work for all which are work on revit bundlw of thanx. sir if you attached Vray Plugin in your new version of revit 2020 than make easy and high quality of rendering thanx again

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    Ohhhh my god... finally the propagate structural connection feature. That is amazing. I only hope the army of Luddite Structural guys give up on 2d connection details & join the team modelling (or inserting) them. Rebar - same comment

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    Would be really nice if Revit MEP had proper phasing. Right now working with engineers in Revit is a major, for all other Revit users.

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    These are pretty good improvements. Additional minor interface improvements are needed like these ideas: Color legends for other categories: Improving the scale visibility: Preventing ‘blank’ values for multiple selections in a schedule:

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    is the PDF underlay option not available for Revit LT 2020? I cannot seam to find the import tab?

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      Correct -- PDF underlay is not a feature in Revit LT

  12. careys6L8CK

    Still no stacked fractions for dims? This small change would cause an immense positive impact on most of my projects. Also a halftone 'underlay' style option for sections and elevations would help a lot graphically. I do like the additions to move forward with more intelligent BIM models, but we should not forget that we are still producing drawings at the end of the day.

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    Can i schedule the reactions received from robot in this new version of revit ?


    and of course, just like last time, Autodesk's oldest customers (i.e. the ones who still have perpetual licenses for Building Design Suite Premium, etc.) get treated like second-class citizens - "we are in the process of fulfilling all the 2020 versions right now" .... "it might take a few weeks" - really? It's not like there are any new features that we really NEED, but still - why not make the new guys wait?

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    Revit 2020 best revit tell me about the PDF underlay

  16. cbradbury01

    When is a keynote editor going to be included on the "roadmap"?


    "If you subscribe to Revit, you can access Revit 2020 now in your Autodesk Account"<<<< Not yet if your Revit is part of the A E & C Collection.

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      The software should be appearing in AEC Collection subscriber accounts shortly

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    So when are we going to get an update fixing PDF snapping? Already heard it is garbage. Can we disable it so I don't have people in the office messing up models?

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    We're ready for the download - bring it on!

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    leland.fried.engent Any of the "Whats New" links go to 404 pages, as does your Release Notes link. Revit 2020 still isn't available for download, but AutoCAD is? Eager to test the changes.

  21. dukeh

    Still no pdf export... You’ve got to see what’s not in Revit 2020 BTW this issues is still unresolved, and dont tell me about workaounds.

    1. elbrecht

      Just edit the column family and untick "Automatically joins geometry to walls"

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