What' new in Autod 's n desk Rev 2013?

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The year is 2012 & the Autodesk fanfare announces the ar f rrival of Revit 2013. The R t Revit technol logy has now been under Autodesk ow A wnership for ju over 10 y ust years. Wow! How the wor has chang rld ged in that tim politically & economic me, y cally. 10 year ago I would have never believed tha Revit would rs d r at have had such an imp d pact on my ca areer. Back then the orig inal Revit vis t sion was a on stop shop ne p solution for all AEC di f isciplines. Whilst the tools for structure were less d s e developed th those for han r architectu certainly I was aware of engineer who were u ure, y e rs using Revit. I once heard a blasphem d mous rumour th a MEP tool set was be hat eing develop for Revit, but to this day, can’t con ped nfirm or deny that y was the case. Either way, Revit wa seen as a holistic solu c w as ution that wou serve the AEC indust uld e try. Nether th less Autod he desk saw thin differently & divided th product u into the 3 f ngs y he up flavours that we know as Architecture, Structure & MEP. But Au A utodesk have been under pressure fro the indus e om stry to look at the way Rev is served up. BIM by it nature is a collaborative effort & ma multi dis firms t vit ts any are using all flavours of the produc Also, othe firms want to use archit g o ct. er tectural tools in say an M s MEP workflow. The industry has spoken there shou be no BIM silos, so Mr Autodesk, g . y n, uld M give us the R Revit product which include all the disc w es ciplines! Revit 201 will come in its now we established traditional flavors of Arc 13 ell chitecture, S Structure & M MEP. But it will also come as a complete AEC solutio code nam “OneBox during dev a e on, med x” velopment, th his will be all three disciplines installed as one. The official nam will just be Revit 2013 In Revit 20 d me 3. 013 you have access to al of the platfo tools and if you need to, you can customize th ribbon ll orm d d he interface to turn off the discipline tools you don require. Th can be do via the o t n’t his one options dialog gue box unde User Interfa er ace.

Certain changes have been made to some too to allow co e e ols onsistency across the diff ferent discipl lines. For instan nce, the ability to save & load selectio selects is now available in Architec on cture & MEP, not , just structure. Site too are made available to the MEP use The naming & location of comma ols er. ns ands now prov vides a level of consistenc You will also discover that this exte o cy. a ends to the f filtering of categorie In all products the “sho categories from all dis es. ow sciplines” che eckbox has b been replaced with indus specific list of discipli stry ines. This en nsures you ha more con ave ntrol over the disciplines you e are working on.

What’s new?
So what else does Revit 2013 have to offer? This review will focus on the Revit platform enhancements as well are main architectural functionality; I will leave structure & MEP toolsets to others who are far more capable in providing an in-depth review than me! So as well as Onebox we have specific improvements to:View & view templates DGN v8 import & export DWF & DWG tweaks IFC Materials Further Construction modeling enhancements Worksharing General usability improvements Massing – repeating & dividing Visualization & Graphics Stairs & railings

Get a view
I have always been a big aficionado of view templates; to be honest I am probably guilty for not using them enough. But for view consistency they are great. However, they had a minor flaw & it seems to catch users out all the time. If you applied a view template to a view, one assumed if you made a change to that template it got automatically applied & updated. Wrong; you had manually reapply the view template. Fortunately the improvements in 2013 ensure that if a view template is updated it does indeed automatically update the view. If a view is controlled by a view template, then it is locked to the template, so then only way to make changes is via the properties embedded within the view templates management dialogue. The old school functionality of applying template properties to a view is still possible, so you have the best of both worlds.

The view template improvements also extend to the ability to associate a view temp t e plate with view types. Th means every time you create a view or duplicat a view it ca automatic his w te an cally have a v view template associated to it.

Other VT tweaks inclu T uded allow yo to explicitly control wh ou hich discipline your views are on during e creation; plumbing is now an optio for a view discipline in its own right the underla orientation on t; ay n

paramete can be con er nfigured in a VT; color sch hemes param meters can b assigned t views be to templates where applicable and when you crea a reflecte ceiling pla if the unde s w ate ed an erlay orientation is not define then it will be set to “re ed l eflected ceilin by default ng t”. While not exactly a vie template related impro t ew ovement, mo so a work around, but within the ore k t worksets dialogue box there is now a project standards wo x w s orkset for wor rkset global v visibility settin ngs. It’s a really a hack & is not an answ to prope access & s wer er standards con ntrol, but in e essence, if th his workset is owned by one person, others will be unable to c s o o e change the gllobal visibility setting for a y any workset. I still believe this is area where Revit falls short, so w ome sort of w wider management of standards really does need to be implemented going forwa But for th short term beggars ca s d ard. he m, an’t be choosers & this do provide a fix to an out oes tstanding pro oblem.

Colla aborating with AutoCAD g A D
A release of Revit wouldn’t be com e mplete withou some work on the DWG Export & Im ut k G mport capabilitie Minor twe es! eaks have be made to the Export C een CAD formats user interfac for DWG/D ce DXF/ SAT/DWF also views & sheets ar now displa F, s re ayed in alpha abetical order when the dialog box is r launched. There is a wealth of imp w provements with regards to Export & I w Import, some which are lo e ong overdue. Let’s start with Exporting w g:Finally! Revit Text ele R ements are no assigned to a text style when expo ow orted. This w make it ea will asier to edit mu ultiple text ob bjects at the same time in AutoCAD. s n Images in DWG files exported from Revit no lo n e m onger report a unreferen an nced error for the image p r path in AutoCA AD. The expo of custom hatch patter has been improved. E export of custom hatc patterns in ort rns E.g. f ch nside walls (e.g fire lines) will now be ex g. w xported with the correct h hatch pattern scale. n Export of underlined text elements from Revit has been imp t s h proved.

Improved DWG expor of filled reg d rt gions. Transparency value set on a Revit element is exported as a AutoCAD property on the object. s t e an D Options for hiding sco boxes, re f ope eference plan nes, and unre eferenced vie tags have been added to ew e d the Gene tab. eral

With rega ards to Impor rting: Improved DWG impor of inserted blocks. d rt DWG files using “Cen to Center positioning will now be imported center to cente of the view on nter r” g er w the X, Y plane. p So I am going to leave best improv g e vement on im mporting to la So how m ast. many times h have you imported a CAD file in Revit & se the mess nto een sage “lines s slightly off ax xis”? It is such a pain, as t h these errors alm most propaga like virus & often end up as embed ate dded errors in your mode They can b el. be time cons suming to chase down & rectify. In Re 2013 we can fix this w evit when importin CAD files. A ng new tick box option is provided on the import dialog called “Correct line that are slightly off axis So b d es s”. during im mporting of a CAD file, if th option is ticked, Revit w automatically correct lines that are C he will e slightly of axis (less than 0.1 degr ff ree).

DWF Export Improve E ements
I am genu uinely sold on DWF! Its lig weight, quick & retain the embed ght q ns dded model d data. With De esign Review mobile now appearing on the Ipad as well as Andro devices, I hope DWF has a health m w oid hy

future. But I do wonder, as it seems to continue to have a head to head battle with Navisworks. Although they do compliment themselves well, with Navis being able to link DWF files into its environment. Improvements to DWF in Revit 2013 mean that phasing information is exported in the DWF format & you can manually name multiple views / sheets when you export as a single DWF file.

IFC interoperability
IFC short for Industry Foundation Classes, the answer to interoperability or just a pipe dream? So I have to be honest with you, I have a love hate relationship with IFC! It’s a great idea, but in the case of Autodesk, I’m going to kick them hard, their implementation of IFC has been poor. Even round tripping from Revit to IFC back to Revit produces total nonsense! But in Revit 2013 I am encouraged by the amount of work which has taken place to improve IFC import & export. My understanding is that there were some limitations within the code & these have been remedied & over time will allow Autodesk to adopt IFC4 compatibility. Listed below are “some” of obvious the IFC export enhancements in 2013 if you are interested & these are straight from Autodesk development team:2D Plan view export no longer offset from 3D Geometry True North will always be exported to the IFC file, even if True North is the same as Project North. Beams never extruded upwards Better Geometry splitting for elements allows for fewer surface models Floors, Railings, and Room geometry exported as solids or surfaces (not extrusions) will have a coarser geometry than default. Doors with nested openings export opening Assemblies will now export as IfcElementAssembly, IFC export will no longer silently fail when a filename with multi-byte characters (e.g. Chinese characters) is used. If any of the PSet_BuildingCommon parameters are in the Project Information, we will export the standard IFC property set "PSet_BuildingCommon". Export Parts - If "Current View Only" export is chosen, and the view has Parts visibility on, then parts will be exported instead of the original element geometry. Export Uniformat information as IfcClassification and IfcClassificationReference General optimizations to reduce IFC export file size Better GSA support Light Source no longer exported for lighting fixtures MEP Plumbing Fixtures exported as IfcFlowTerminal Slab base quantities are only exported for COBIE or QTO On the Import front, some of the improvements include:Better wall joins Different representations have their own elements and sub-categories IFC import now properly handles faces that are almost planar. More materials imported IFC import now does more checks to ensure that illegal faces do not get created on import. Space geometry not imported as in-place family solid

Text Font now set cor t rrectly

Mater chan rial nges
Over the last couple of releases of Revit we ha seen ma terials dialog box continually chang o f ave gue ge. Much und the bonnet work has been taking place & last y der b p year you saw some of the results in w ese n 2012. Revit 2013 mov this forwa A new Materials data model has been incorpo ves ard. M a orated which h includes extended ass data within the materi definition. So as well a the appea e set ial as arance, you a are able to include structu and therm performa ural mal ance propertiies. This exte ends the cap pabilities of material for more than just rendering; the therm performa f n mal ance properties will open up opportunities to perform mance buildin energy an ng nalysis based on materiall definitions. The Structur properties data d ral s will mean this can be utilized for fa n aster structur analysis c ral calculations. I have to say that I perso y onally found the general UI improvement rather confusing, a lot o picking & clicking & op e ts of pening of win ndows which ma akes the work kflow baffling I guess I will work it out over time. g. w t

Construction Modelin “the next step” ng
Revit 201 introduced us to the no 12 d otion of Parts & Assemble for constru s es uction model ling. The tools represent the proce of being able to take a consultants model, then being able to slice & dic it ted ess a s n ce up as a model which is useful for construction. 2013 builds on that initia functionalit You are n m i c al ty. now able to merge Parts, so if you brea two or mo Parts, you can merge them into a s m s ak ore u single eleme ent.

You can now specifica exclude Parts from a project. The exclude Par is not visible & will not b n ally e rt be scheduled in Parts sc chedules or component lis These ex c sts. xcluded Parts can be rest s tored at any time by pre-hig ghlighting the Part & usin the restore controls fro the Ribbon. e ng e om

The shap handle fun pe nctionality has been expanded. If a Pa is selected you now g shape han art d, get ndle controls on all faces of the elemen just select the reset sh o o nt; t hape from the Ribbon if yo need to re e ou eset the Part back to its original form. b

Assembly views have also underg y e gone some ch hanges. Whe creating a Assembly view, you wi find en an ill additional views availa able, enablin you to crea detail sec ng ate ction assemb views from around the bly m e Assembly y.

The restrictions in 201 that relate to Assemb views & s 12 ed bly sheets have b been lifted. Y can now You place Ass sembly views on non-ass s sembly sheets; also Asse mbly sheets are able to h host nonassembly views. This opens up the opportunity for Parts & Assembly to play a significant role where y y o you need to do IPD re d elated construction inform mation or whe a designe might need to generate ere er d e fabrication detailing during CD sta age. All Assem mblies how have an origin which is vis n sible in the Ed Assembly Mode. The origin display as dit y ys a “point” similar to tha available within the con s at w nceptual mas ssing tools. T This origin points defines t the default or rientation of the assembly views & als is the cent t y so troid that is u used if you de ecide to swap p assembly types. y If you divide Parts by drawing sket line or us tch sing intersect ting reference planes, in t propertie the es you now choose to ad a divider gap value. Th allows yo u to generate parametric gaps on the dd g his e c e parts you have create I can see this being re u ed. eally useful fo creating qu or uick & dirty c concrete pane eling on facade where you don’t necessarily want to use face b es, based familie es.

Finally, th feature I have had mos fun with is the ability to add a custo profile to d he h st o om divided Parts A s. new type of family pro ofile called Division Profile has been in e ntroduced that is compris of a singl sed le curve cha that works with the pre ain s eviously men ntioned Divid gap param der meter. This a allows you to generate complex join conditions; for instance the types yo might typiically get on pre-cast con nt ; e ou ncrete panels. Previously I was hacking Curtain Pane to achieve this, but I like this new f P w C els e functionality m much more.

Each prof can be co file onfigured usi the prope ing erties dialog. The Edge M Match parame defines h eter how to relate the profile relative to the gap distance There are t t g e. three possiblle options; co omplementar ry keeps the profiles par e rallel to one another, mirro a ored will mirr the divisio & rotated creates a ror on mirrored & rotated con ndition.

Works sharing
Last year we saw a major overhau to worksha r m ul aring, certain ly these impr rovements ha helped w ave with the “large team” workf e flows but the were a few features w ere w which didn’t m make the ship pping version n, however they are now included in 2013. When an Edit Req w n quest Notifica ation appears if you mov s, ve your curs over the request, this highlights the correspond sor r e ding elements. A nice tou is the ability to uch click in an Editing Req n quest Notifica ation as this now enables the Editing Request Dia s alog. The Editing Request Notifications now provide Grant & Deny buttons fo granting or denying an editing requ e or uest, so you no longer have to bring up the Edit Req o e quest dialog t act on a notification req to quest. Additiona deleted & new eleme ally, ents in the central file are now shown iin the Editing Request g Notificatio on.

General prod ductivity improv y vements s
A release of Revit wouldn’t be com e mplete withou general pro ut oductivity improvements. These . enhancem ments can make all the difference to day to day pr m d roductivity, th here are num merous, but I will pick up th ones whic I feel are most compelling. If you ha a multi-s he ch m ave segment dime ension & you u decide that you want to remove a particular dim t mension in th string, you can now tab to the he u dimension & hit the de elete key & th dimension is removed from the str he n d ring.

It’s funny, but for a he eavy weight package such as Revit, th p h here was no diameter dim mension tool! 2013 now includes tha functionality. w at

If you equ ualize a dime ension string, you can now to set up d , w dimension pa arameter to display the dimension in a numbe of ways, so as well as having value & text you c er o e cans also Equality Formula String.

If you do a lot of pann ning & zoomin then you are genuine going to a ng, ely appreciate the ability to do e ouble click the middle wheel mouse butt to invoke a zoom to fit Another re m ton t! eally splendid feature is th d he ability to search the project browse About “blo s er! oody time”, I have wasted endless ho d ours scrolling up & down the PB on comp plex mega pr rojects lookin for a partic ng cular view wh hich I know e exist, but I ca an’t

find. The search funct tion works sim milar to the find function iin Microsoft W Word, you en the text f nter for the view you are looki for, and there is a nex & previous button to alllow you to se y ing xt s earch through the matches. Your match is highlighte in the PB & the PB will even scroll iif required to display the ed match.

Divide & Conquer e
I think mo Revit use are now comfortable with the conc ost ers c w ceptual massing tools & th in-place m he mass functionality in Revit’s project environment. Ho s owever, whils it opens up opportunitie to build st p es complex forms & surfa f aces it still la acks certain functions. Ha you ever noticed you cannot array in f ave y the massing environm ment? Revit 2013 breaks that limitation by including a divide pa tool. This 2 t n ath allows the users to div e vide a range of curves su as lines, a ellipses, partial ellips uch arc, , ses, Bezier splines, Hermite splines as well as chain curve & edges o forms. All y need to d to divide a H s es of you do path, is select the curv edge or form you wan to divide, i nvoke the Diivide Path too from the ve, f nt ol Ribbon & the path is divided, placi a series of node point along the p d ing o ts path. The pa can be div ath vided by Distan between divisions, Nu nce umber of divisions, Max o Min distanc or you can divide by or ce intersects Once a pat is divided, a number is position by the path, which defines the number o s. th s of divisions. This numbe can be clicked in canva & edited so that you ca alter the n er as o an number of divisions. As you would expect you can assign the division number to a parameter t drive the n to number of divisions. o

So dividin with a series points/no ng odes is all we & good, bu can you pla families or elements at ell ut ace each nod location? Well the answ to that is to use an Ad de W wer daptive Com mponent. If yo divide your ou line, then create a Sim mple Generic model Adap c ptive Compon nent family. N Next load the AC into the e e divided lin family & you can then place the AC on a node of the divided line. There is a new Re ne y C e epeat button; th allows you repeat the AC on all the nodes along the divided path. It couldn’t be simp his u A e g d pler.

There are various way you can place the AC’s so you can miss or eve mix up diff e ys p n en ferent AC’s ty ypes to create different con nfigurations fo AC’s on th nodes. As well as usin single poin AC’s, you can or he s ng nt also use multi point AC’s on multip hosted cu A ple urves, edges & even divid surfaces ded s.

Again, the principles is as before, but this time draw two lin & divide t e nes these. Create a 2 point A e AC, load this into the divid line family & place the AC onto the nodes in th two divide lines. Hit ded e e he ed Repeat & voila! I have played exte e ensively with this feature, looking at alll sorts of we & wonder eird rful options, even ones wh e hich I though it might fail on, but it wo ht orks a treat. W What is not y possible i to yet is have a sc cale paramet so as the AC is repea ter, e ated along a line it can red duce or incre eased in size by a e known va alue.

Archit tectural big tick item - visu l ket ms ualizatio on
So far if you have managed to wad your way through this review of ne Revit 2013 functionalit y de ew ty, hopeful you found som useful improvements which will as y me ssist when us sing Revit. However, wha at about som real barn storming fun me nctionality? Ok, let’s start with visualiz O zation graphic Whilst cs. visualizat tion graphics may be low hanging fruit to some BIM purists, to architects & designers a like, t M it is visua alization funct tionality & the way you pr e resent your s scheme that h helps sell it. I know plenty of y people who seemed to enjoy the class that Jas Grant & I gave at AU t c son U2011 on presentation graphics, so presenta ation graphics must be important to so s ome people. In 2013 the G Ghost Surfac & ces Transparent Override options have been repla e aced with a siingle Surface Transparen slider. Th e ncy he Transparency slider allows you to control surfa a aces between 0 & 100%, so you can c n control individ dual elements with differen levels of tra nt ansparency.

Anti-Alias sing can be applied to all views, not ju 3d views. If you use R a ust RPC content, these will preview correctly in Realistic Visua Style View The Grap hic Display O c R al ws. Option dialog has been fu g urther enhanced You can now choose to between a new Sky bac d. o ckground sty Images a backgroun as yle, as nd well as th now famed Gradients backgrounds You can ch he d b s. hoose a custo ground c om colour for the new Sky back kground, but the Sky colou itself is fixe also it sh t ur ed, hould be note that the Sk backgroun ed ky nd can is a li ittle heavy fo real-time us but ideal for presentat or se f tion graphics Finally we c also use Sky, s. can e images, and gradients in elevation sections, isometrics & perspective so no mor having to a s ns, es, re import bit tmaps into th hese views to create sky backgrounds o b s!

If you use Realistic Vi e isual Styles in 3d isometr or perspec ric ctives views, you can now specify arti w ificial lights & Photographic Exposure lig P ghting schem mes, exactly t same wa you do in t mental ra the ay the ay renderer. Performance is slow, but for presenta ation graphic where you don’t want t render the cs u to e image using mental ra it’s a prais ay, seworthy imp provement.

A new pro ogressive rea al-time ray tr race render style has bee introduced You enable this new sty s en d. e yle from the view control bar. As soon as you enab it, the Re caches th model; the view then s v n ble evit he e starts to render immediately as a photore y ealistic style. You are ablle still able to pan & zoom around the . o m e Revit mod allowing you to creat interactive walk through but be awa that this renderer is u del, te h, are using the proce essor & not th GPU of th graphics card, so the b he he better your pr rocessor, the quicker the e

viewport will render. The rendering quality star at low qua w T g rts ality, but the longer you le eave it the be etter the qualit of the imag You are able to set the lighting, ex ty ge. a xposure & ba ackground fro the graph om hic options dialogue. Onc you have reach the quality image y require, y can stop the renderin by ce r you you ng either clic cking in the view or stopping render fro the intera v om active Ray tra panel. Y are able t ace You to save view that have been render ws red, but be aw ware that the are only a screen res ese at solution. I am m confused why Autode thought we needed Ra trace view esk w ay wport rendering when we have Mental Ray & cloud re endering. Se eems rather over kill to me I would ha preferred the effort to have been o e; ave d focused on giving us sketchy grap o s phic styles sim milar to that p product that sounds like a well-known red n source pr roduct.

Archit tectural big tick item – stairs & railings l ket ms
Revit Stairs & Railings s…..where do you start! On the whole they are gre but those that are ne to O e eat, ew Revit soo realize the are some obvious sho on ere ortcomings w when using St tairs & Railin ngs. Not that they are a com mplete failure the sketch based proce works we & is more a e, ess ell aligned with how you typically draft a sta but granu control is not easy & the way stair displayed on screen do not alwa air, ular s rs oes ays match wit local graph conventio th hic ons. Howeve if you have ever read o watched P Reads AU er, e or Phil U class on stairs & railin you realiz once mas s ngs ze stered, you co ould hack yo way throu to create even our ugh the most complex stair design usin the standa tools ava ng ard ailable. But fo the rest of us, we just w or want a stair component which just work as we expe to see it. Therefore, to help the “m ks ect o modeling”

challenge Revit 2013 introduces a new stair tool which is componented, s s -based rathe than sketch er h based.

The new stairs allows you to assemble a stair using run, la nding & supp components. Each o s port of these com mponents can be individu ually modified using grab handles, so the changes can be mad in d s de canvas. The improved tools allow you to config T d gure compon nent based st tairs in multip ply configura ations.

The proce seems very reminiscent of how yo develop s ess v ou stairs in AutoCAD Archite ecture, the mo ove away from a sketch based approa m ached is certa ainly alien to me. But the more you pla with the ay functionality the more you recognize that this is genuine mo in the rig direction. For instance I s ove ght e am most pleased to see that I can now create a 3 run stair or switch ba stair. In th past you h n ack he had to either wrap the ske w etch on itself, which cause genuine d ownstream e es editing issues or you had to s create tw separate stairs. As the stair is a pro wo s oper 3d comp ponent, this o opens up far more flexibil in lity its configu uration, so th new stairs also allow you to custom he s y mize the end to suit differe concrete stair ent conditions.

The other challenge with stairs has been how they graphica appear a well as ho you dimen r w t ally as ow nsion & annotat them. I ha lost count how many hours I have wasted argu te ave t h uing / discuss sing with architects & project managers why Revit displa stairs how they do. B it’s difficul to defend th in s m y ays w But lt he defensible. So these new stairs ar far more customizable from a graph n re hics perspec ctive, although the number of sub-catego o ories used to define a stair is confusin I know tha Autodesk h done a lo of ng. at has ot user rese earch in this area, as I hav provided feedback on the way we like to see st cases a ve f tair displayed here in the UK. Annotation improvem d ments mean we can anno otate individu stair run, ual landing, and support components. We can now tag the trea depth; treads & risers can be a c . w ad numbered using a Sta Tread / Riser Number tag & we can now properly dimension stairs. d air n n

As stairs have moved to compone based app ent proach Revit 2013, so are railings. Th is not yet t e his complete, there is still much work to do, but the direction is promising. I Revit 2013 there are ne l e s In 3 ew handrail and top rail sub-category elements, im a s mproved railin transitions and the ab ng s, bility to includ de

system generated ext tensions to to rails and handrails. Ge op h etting access to the hand rail is very s confusing you need to tab select to get access to the hand g; t t s drail before y edit it. It c you certainly isn’t very t discovera able.

The stair & railing is an on-going multi-year pro a m oject, so wha you see in Revit 2013 is the first at incarnatio So if you still yearn for the sketch based stair t on. tools, they ar still include Also, you can re ed. u convert a component based stair to a sketch based stair fo more finite editing, but be aware once t b or you do th you are not able to co his; n onvert the ske etch back to a componen This is ann nt. noying, but a as long as you are aware its fine. e

Conclusion
So there you are, the major improv vements for Revit 2013. A I happy? I think so, b sometime my Am ? but es expectations are grea than wha is delivered Nether the less Revit 2 ater at d. e 2013 does de eliver genuine e

user productivity benefits. Slowly but surely each release of Revit sees improvements in primary functionality. If I am truthful, there are aspects of Revit development which have managed to keep up with the pace of industry BIM developments. The Assembly & Parts tools are a case in point, but there are others tools for whatever reason are lagging behind & are starting to show their age. My hope is Autodesk recognise this & address these short comings. The lack of development in the site tools is unbelievably irritating. One other major concern I have is that often functionality is released which on the face of it seems only partially complete. The staircase improvements are a good example of this. Whilst the new stair tool addresses some specific requirements, which is pleasing to see, in others areas it falls short. Why is this a concern? It relates to training. You now have to train two methods for creating a stair. This can be confusing to the new user & equally frustrating to the Revit expert. The number of hidden dialogue boxed & parameter settings you need to fight your way to customise a stair is truly amazing. It’s certainly not discoverable & goes against everything I believe Revit should be. It may not be a big deal for some, but as I have said many times, moving people to a BIM centric workflow is about changing hearts & minds. I don’t see why the experts have to continually justify why some tools are not finished or why there are two different ways to create the same element. I understand things take time to develop & there are only so many man hours during a yearly development cycle, but a maybe a modular approach could be the answer to ensure things get to a better completed state? It’s a careful balancing act between providing value to the existing client base and ensuring continued dominance and further growth of the Revit platform. BIM is no longer a pipe dream or something for the earlier adopters or technologists; therefore we need a suite of tools that can deliver at all levels. I do feel that after 10 years, Revit 2013 is going back to its original roots as a solution for the AEC industry.

 

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