Autodesk Revit 2017 is an innovative software for building design and documentation system helps you work naturally. Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for architects, structural engineers, Autodesk Revit MEP engineers, designers and contractors developed by Autodesk. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model’s database. Autodesk Revit 2018 is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction and later maintenance and/or demolition.
The main purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk Revit Architecture 2016 mirrors the real world of buildings and helps you accurately capture your early design concepts and maintain your vision through design, documentation, and construction. Support sustainable design and perform energy analysis through easy exchange with partner applications. And with parametric change technology, any change you make is automatically coordinated everywhere in your project, including model views, drawing sheets, schedules, sections, and plans.
Depth cueing is a new graphic-display option for indicating distance in elevations and sections. It can create a range of fading effects on lines, shadows, and colors to indicate hierarchy and to show what is most in the foreground. By building this setting into view templates, you can produce great-looking elevations and sections with far less tedium than a similar feature in Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD Architecture. The output feels much less like a technical drawing but it is still useful for marketing images and construction documents. Perhaps this is the panacea that interior designers and architects have sought to create more readable interior elevations since depth variations tend to be more discreet than in exterior views.
Two ongoing developments by Autodesk have reached a noteworthy level of maturity: Global Parameters, introduced in Revit 2016 R2 and improved upon in this update, brings the level of parametric flexing found in objects (or families, in Revit-speak) to the project environment. You can assign parameter values across multiple categories for effecting large cascading changes to the project. Global Parameters can now be organized in groups and help filter schedules for better data management. Dynamo, the independently developed and enabling creation of Revit workflows analogous to Grasshopper for Rhino, is also coming into its own. The visual programming environment now gets properly integrated as a tool in Revit.
Preparing a model for energy analysis has become much simpler with Revit 2017, requiring fewer clicks. While this may seem like a minor feature, it is vital in encouraging architects to conduct performance analyses early and often in their projects rather than waiting until the late stages of design of Autodesk Revit Families. The only thing you need to start an analysis is a project location, according to Autodesk, which hid the more advanced features behind a button to reduce the intimidation factor.
The precision and creation speed of an energy model has increased again with this version. The analysis tool uses Autodesk Revit Viewer Green Building Studio, which has been getting a makeover with the introduction of the intuitive dashboard style interface of Insight 360, a collaboration between Autodesk and the 2030 Palette, a project of the non-profit Architecture 2030.
Surprisingly, the Insight 360 tools and dashboard have not been directly integrated into Revit, as they have with FormIt, the conceptual design tool by Autodesk. Rather, they are offered as a separate plug-in. I hope to see that integration in future versions to more clearly illustrate how BIM can contribute to better building energy and environmental performance.
Autodesk Revit Architecture can be purchased as part of the new offering Revit Collaboration Suite, which also includes AutoCAD and A360 Team; or as part of the Building Design Suite Premium or Ultimate editions. Prices for the three degrees of suites range from a retail price of $315 to $605 per month to a range of $2,500 to $4,830 per year including Autodesk Revit Tutorials.
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