It’s that time again for yearly Revit glee and groans. As overwhelming as working on office Revit projects and simultaneously keeping up with software updates can be, here are some impressions of what goodies are offered and what you are faced with in moving to version 2013.
Oops, looking past the renamed tab to the drawing area, my model window and curtain wall glass telegraphed through the model, as all too-solid “ghosts” regardless of the visual style selected from the view bar. Fortunately, this obtrusive specter had an easy solution found in updating my Nvidia graphics card driver.
Life in Revit is good again; let us see some of what we have in our 2013 grab bag:
Three new dimension styles:
If you are tired of web hopping to find Revit apps, Autodesk has started a new apps site where you can find some of them (think Seek). Log on to http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/Home/Index and look at the nascent collection of 13 free and free trial apps currently available. If you have previously felt that Revit’s “elevators didn’t quite go all the way to the top” you might enjoy trying Elevatorarchitect, a free app that does a fairly impressive job of helping select and model Otis, Kone, Mitsubishi, and Thyssen Krupp brand elevators. The only glitch I found was that even though it creates both cab and opening doors, the app does not cut an opening in the shaft wall to allow the doors to display (just use Revit’s Opening>Wall command to create the opening to solve the problem).
View Type Creation
Stair by Component
Editing and Managing Materials
Materials is a very happening place across Autodesk platforms and a subject too large to be covered here. Material properties are now found under the heading “Assets”. These assets now include Thermal properties along with the already existent Structural (now a subset “Strength” of a new heading “Physical” properties), Graphics, and Appearance properties.
Assets and Materials can now be saved together as part of your custom library. These user- and project-based libraries can not only be used on other projects, but shared between Autodesk platforms such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Autodesk says that manufacturers are now coming on board to add products to Revit’s platform-shared Materials. If you are thinking of the possibilities for the analytic data to be exported from Revit to GBXML, you are right on. From now, most of the (sometimes boring to architects) data on the strength of materials, R-values, etc. reside right in one Materials library.
There is far more to “play with” in the new Revit Architecture 2013 and a good place to start is with Autodesk’s videos http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/enu/2013/Help/00004-Video_Galleries/2013_New_Feature_Videos . We now have the opportunity to apply these new tools and find out how they work when applied in your studio. I look forward to your comments as we take this shiny new model out on the track for some good solid road testing.
Gerry G. Ramsey is a principal architect and LEED AP BD + C in San Francisco California with over 38 years of experience in public and private sector projects. He led his firm in its adoption of Revit Architecture eight years ago. As an Autodesk Certified Revit Architecture Professional, he currently teaches Revit Architecture I and II at San Francisco State University, and Revit Architecture I at Laney College in Oakland, California and serves as a Revit consultant in the design community.