What’s new in Revit 2019?
Autodesk released the latest version of its powerful, industry-leading modelling software a little earlier this year, Revit 2019.
The last few Revit annual releases haven’t been much to shout about, but Autodesk has upped their game this time around. There are many new useful features, and significant improvements to existing technologies. Combined these enhancements will do big things for your productivity.
Autodesk has listened to you – the two most requested features for Revit 2019 on the Revit Ideas page have now become a reality.
This blog explores the most notable updates – those most likely to help you in your day-to-day use of Revit.
Filters offer the most efficient way to control the visibility of elements. They offer plenty of freedom and let you be creative on how you want elements to display.
In previous versions of Revit, you were limited to the And rule when creating filters, which often creating lots of different filters.
Revit 2019 offers the Or variable when viewing filters, giving you greater control over the elements displayed.
Now you can create view filters with multiple rules and nested sets combining And and Or, allowing you to group filters in the same rule.
This was the feature most requested on the Revit Ideas page. Autodesk listened and delivered.
Tabbed views and multi-monitor support
Revit 2019 brings major improvements to the way you arrange and organise your working space. The brand-new view management system lets you take full advantage of tabbed views and multiple monitors, resulting in a much-improved design environment.
Most people are familiar with tabs – they’ve been available for years in most popular web browsers. Well, they’re now available in Revit, meaning that you can make the most of the limited monitor space you have available.
This change will make it much easier to navigate between different views in Revit.
This second most-requested feature on the Revit Ideas page was support for multiple monitors, and it’s been delivered.
These days, most computer users take advantage of a second monitor but, up to this point, you could only use Revit on a single screen. The only use for a second monitor was to hold the Project Browser and Properties panels.
In Revit 2019, you can now drag views out of the Revit application window to secondary monitors, dramatically adding to your options for increasing and managing your working space.
You get a clean, minimal style on the second screen, as the options, menus and properties are left on the primary screen.
Levels in 3D Views
Revit 2019 has introduced Levels in 3D Views, which lets you display and edit any level in any view, including perspective 3D and orthographic views.
There’s no longer the need to switch back and forth between 2D and 3D to orientate your model – you can do more of your modelling in 3D, making it easier and faster.
Uncropped Perspective Views
Revit 2019 offers uncropped perspectives, making it easier to view and work with models.
In previous versions of Revit, you could not deactivate the crop region in perspective views, meaning that you had to crop perspective views.
In Revit 2019, you can navigate in a perspective view on a full window, without cropping.
Revit 2019 introduces new double-fill patterns, enabling you to quickly and easily create more complex, effective graphical renditions by combining foreground and background fill patterns.
You can then apply these patterns to filled regions, visibility/graphics display overrides, object level overrides, and to both projection and cut settings of materials.
This feature will make patterning quicker and easier. In previous versions of Revit, you’d have to create two different region styles and put them one over the other to get an effect you require. Now, you can simply apply two patterns to a single region.
More life-like renderings
A brand-new library of physical assets is available to provide high-quality, realistic rendered images.
Assets are available for most commonly needed appearances for building design such as carpets, concrete, ceilings, fabric and leather, glass and windows, wood, metals, stone, and more.
These assets have been designed to work with the Autodesk Raytracer (ART) renderer.
Overall, they are a significant improvement on those available by default in previous versions of Revit (which, to be frank, were pretty average).
The Split tool is used on railing elements outside of the sketch mode to control railings generated from the railing path.
In previous versions of Revit, splitting a railing could be complicated, cumbersome and frustrating.
Now you can use the Split tool on railings with a single click, similar to how you can split a wall. The resulting elements have path independent sketches.
Revit 2019 delivers improvements to primary/secondary hydronic networks, enabling the modelling of much more complicated piping networks. These improvements include:
- Support for headered systems and hydronic bridges.
- Support for one-pipe primary loops.
Now you can:
- See the flow and pressure drop on each pump element in the overall network.
- Set up and analyse pumps in parallel in hydronic piping networks.
- Easily compute flow from duty and standby pump quantities.
It’s much easier to model piping networks than was previously the case, where you had to know a lot about how to configure connectors. Users with less experience will find it easier to create valid piping networks.
Steel Design Improvements
Revit 2019 offers a comprehensive range of new tools and features for working with structural framing and column elements providing, as Autodesk puts it a “more streamlined design-to-fabrication workflows”.
Steel components like plates, bolts, anchors, shear studs, and welds can now be placed in the 3D model to connect structural members together.
A comprehensive library of 125+ parametric connections are available out-of-the-box. You can also create custom connections within the application – there is no longer the requirement to use the separate Steel Connections for Revit add-in.
A set of dedicated tools is available to create precise and detailed engineering drawings that represented accurate steel connections. These structural drawings are easily created complete with dimensions, tags & schedules.
Accurate schedules can automatically be generated out of the 3D model including information for steel elements such as beams, columns, bolts and plates.
The new Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit offers enhanced capabilities to automate the design-to-fabrication process.
Girder slabs are now part of the precast automation process, and are part of the extension. You can perform segmentation and add reinforcement according to predefined rules to automate the whole process of modelling precast girder slab assemblies. You can use this feature in conjunction with the Shop Drawings and CAM Export features for seamless coordination from design to fabrication.
See the The new Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2019 blog for further details.
The new Precast for Revit dedicated API lets users create drawings for precast elements and integrate third party add-ins for precast configuration. This means that third parties can now leverage the Precast for Revit API for their precast automation mechanisms, empowering structural precast support and complementing the Revit platform.
The API enables creation of custom-made configurations for modelling, shop drawings, or customized numbering. It is available via the Autodesk Desktop App.
Enhanced Rebar Features
The scheduling and annotation of rebar in your documentation is significantly improved.
In Revit 2019, free-form rebar shape matching will either
- match rebar to existing rebar shape families, or will
- create entirely new rebar shape families from its bar geometry,
This is done for each bar in the set individually. It allows fabrication data like individual bar segment lengths and hooks to be extracted. The geometry of free form rebar is defined by the selected references, and if possible matched to a rebar shape family.
This feature helps you better-communicate design intent and fabrication data in the form of bar bending schedules showing individual segment lengths and shape codes when using planar free form rebar.
Overall, scheduling and annotation is a much quicker and easier process.
Other not-so-big but still notable updates
Dimensions for curved objects in section views
In previous version of Revit, cutting through a curved element was awkward. You could not use dimension on the elements, and so were forced to draw 2D lines over them.
In Revit 2019, you can use dimensions on view-specific geometry such as edges and points created by a view cut plane.
Warning for changing and deleting levels
Deleting a level can be a move with many dark consequences. Revit 2019 now gives you a warning including all elements that will be deleted or affected. But honestly… just don’t delete important levels, period.
Easier to rename views
In the project browser, you can rename a view with a slow double-click on it. You no longer have to go through the right-click menu to rename a view.
Match section box to scope box
Scope boxes are used to crop plan views and elevations. In Revit 2019, you can assign a scope box in the 3D view properties to create a Section Box fitting the scope box.
Improvements for IFC4 support
IFC import and export supports the latest IFC standard. Previously invalid elements import and export more cleanly in Revit and imported IFC and Rhino elements may be copied and mirrored.
Great job Autodesk!
All-in-all, Armada’s team of Revit trainers has given Revit 2019 a solid thumbs-up.
It offers an improved user experience, and a range of new features and enhancements that will help teams work more productively.
Have you used Revit 2019 in earnest yet? If so, we’d like to hear your views. Are you enjoying using this latest version? Were there any features you were banking not included in this release?
Armada offers Revit training to users at all levels, from all key target industries: architecture, structural engineering and MEP.