What’s New for Architects in Revit 2022, Part 3: Productivity and Ease of Use

Architecture

By David Smolker

There are so many updates and enhancements for architects in Revit 2022 that we decided to introduce them in three installments. Part 1 was Modeling, Documentation, and Production; Part 2 addressed Interoperability and Data Exchange. In a final installment, we’re talking Productivity and Ease of Use

Roughly half of the new features in Revit 2022 originated with customer feedback from Revit Ideas. Improved productivity and ease of use for our customers were common themes.  

These enhancements make Revit more intuitive, logical, and user-friendly, so that you’ll save time and avoid workarounds. 

Improved Scheduling Abilities in Revit 2022 

You’ll find enhanced schedule flexibility, improved tagging abilities, and several smaller updates to Revit’s user experience that make Revit a more intuitive and effective tool for capturing and communicating design intent and documentation. 

“Data management, in particular, has seen several important improvements, significantly improving productivity and documentation and reducing the need for cumbersome workarounds,” says Technical Marketing Manager Cesar Escalante. 

Filter by workset. A new option for filtering in schedules has been introduced: filtering by workset. This will resonate with architects and engineers who rely on worksets to segregate systems and portions of their projects. If you’re working with separate interior and façade worksets, for example, you can now create separate door schedules for interior and exterior doors for subsequent review by different suppliers or contractors. 

Apply shared parameters in key schedules. Another exciting update to data management is the ability for key schedules to support shared parameters. Assign groups of parameter values to elements like rooms or doors based on a shared key value that is only input once. If you have a group of rooms that all use the same wall finishes, for example, it’s now possible to use shared parameters in the wall families. Include the shared parameter in a key schedule, and then update the schedule so that it dictates the visibility and materials in wall families. 

Split schedules. Those of you working on large, complex projects are all too familiar with schedules that won’t fit on a single sheet. Revit 2022 enables you to easily split a large schedule across multiple selected sheets. You decide where the cutoff point for the schedule is—whether it’s an equal distribution of data across sheets or a specific breakpoint of your choosing. 

Filter by Family name or Type name. You’re now able to limit a schedule to display specific families or types, enabling more specific, flexible reporting for everything from furniture to windows. 

Rotating & Multi-Leader Tags 

Another pain point that’s been resolved for documentation and production work is the ability to tag more than one item of the same type using the same tag. 

Gone are the days when you would need to tag multiple walls with the same partition type using separate, overlapping tags; now, you can simply select a tag and add or remove additional hosts under the Modify ribbon. 

You may have noticed that in previous versions of Revit, it has been possible to rotate some tags—but not all of them. Now, you’ll find that all tags, whether they’re material tags or keynotes, are able to support rotation, improving documentation with consistent behavior.  

Time Savers for Improved User Experience 

We know how tedious it can be to perform repetitive tasks; for this reason, we’ve updated the tools on the Modify panel of the ribbon to remember the option that was last selected in the session. 

The next time you need to Offset multiple items by the same distance or Copy with specific properties, your workflow will be quicker and simpler since you won’t need to go back up to the Options Bar and input your latest setting. 

Another handy user experience update is the ability to resize additional dialog boxes, e.g. when adding comments in Sync with Central or  selecting materials in the Material Browser. 

The interface remembers the size of your dialog box, making it easier to see all the properties and parameters you need at the same time, rather than having to adjust the size every time you open a dialog box. 

“These are little things that are huge time savers if you’re doing repetitive work,” explains Aaron Vorwerk, Senior Manager for Building Technical Marketing. 

And if these time-saving updates aren’t enough, you’ll also be pleased to hear that the Revit Home screen loads cloud projects up to 40 percent faster than before. 

Revit 2022 is about you 

“Ultimately, what we’re trying to do is create consistency as a means of productivity,” explains Sasha Crotty, Senior Product Manager for the Revit Platform and Services. 

“If you learn how to use one piece of the software, you should be able to do the same thing in another piece of the software without having to think too much,” she explains. Which not only saves time but also enables you to create more accurate, efficient documentation of your projects. 

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