Big changes for Revit in 2018's release.

Big changes for Revit in 2018's release.

What's new in Revit 2018.

So rolls on another year and it's that time again to see what AuntieDesk will provide for us in her new Revit 2018 version.  As we have previously come to expect in every other year, this version has created anticipation and speculation, and for good reason too.  Inside information from AuntieDesk has revealed whispers about integration, simplifying Data transfer and with Global market embarking on a BIM breakthrough with Mandates, PPP's and individual Consultants wanting to jump on the BIM-Wagon. Migration should now apparently be almost seamless.

Heaps of Market research has gone into this update.

Extensive research has gone into this release. Auntie has collated the Data from the recent AuntieDesk Subscription and Industry Collections to understand what the end user is using and how they are using it. Spokesperson Professor of Analytical Disruption, Seymour Data has said "We understand that our product has been contentious for many years now. By reviewing how much Data our Clients are generating and what they are doing with that said Data, we concluded that the programme is over-complicated and to put it simply, provides too much freedom to create surplus Data." 

As you may have read recently, Advanced Steel will come with AutoCAD and not as a separate purchase, and there is a greater improvement for Structural Connections.  But how have they done this?  Well, my fellow modellers, sometimes to go forwards, we need to take a step back.  And that is what Auntie has given us.

The User Interface.

New AutoCAD inspired Revit 2018 Interface

The interface has now been updated to suit the migration of all the Sub-Contractors in the UK coming for 2D packages, by removing the entire dynamic object based Ribbon to an AutoCAD view of all the buttons on at once.  The background has had a review, and the beloved Black background comes standard, in fact, the option to change it has been removed.  This might have caused issues with the temporary text set to dark blue, but due to feedback from Builders interrogating Architectural Models, this has only caused more industry heartache due to lack of disclaimers on Opening View, so Auntie has improved the software workflow by removing this function.


For many years now MEP has struggled to provide model that kept up with the Architect.  It was found that most Schedules were lines and text.  The Construction Industry has spoken, and Auntie has listened. Due to their sheer complexity and not being able to achieve the right shade of black for several key Architects, Schedules have been removed and replaced with a direct link to Excel via the cloud - DIM360, for responsive updates to aesthetically pleasing tables.

BIM Data.

Just to much stuff to review.

Historically we have never had so much Data to produce a building, and Auntie has challenged herself by asking "is it necessary?"  I too have wondered for years what the "Nurse Call Devices" in the Visual Graphics Option function was.  Now the Project Browser is more "functional" by the culling of 90% of the Data.  AuntieDesk's spokesperson for Data Management, Miss Repre Scented stated that, "With BIM level 2 approaching, we felt it only fair to create an even playing field by moving the goal posts closer.  Also, Data transfer to IFC has never actually worked, and it was only when our HR mediator suggested everyone should feel like they are a winner, that we decided to remove the extra stuff and make it more… Apple-like, you know, so their customers don’t need to think too much about the process."   

Structural Connections.

This process could now not be easier, all 3D modelling for any Structural Framing has been removed from Revit and will now reside entirely in AutoCAD and linked in via the Structural Connections CAD Link.  This will enable Engineers to have more control over their linestyles so that Steel Framing has a 0.25 inside Web flange and 0.35 outer Web flange unless the Beam is supporting another Beam that has been designed to Span/300, then the lines are updated to 0.36 and 0.273 respectfully.  I can only assume the frustrations of Engineers leaning over Draftsperson stating that "I only want this to look like an Engineers Drawing" has finally been acknowledged.  Unfortunately, these improvements do not continue for Precast, circles along the length of the wall in plan still don’t work, I still just don’t know how the builders decipher the drawings without the circles!

Happy April Fools from The Captain.
I hope that you enjoyed this prank.
Hopefully, your day is BIMtastic and may all your lineweights print out correctly.

What is Infrastructure doing in preparation for BIM?

What is Infrastructure doing in preparation for BIM?

Revit Structural Connections are not ready for production.

Revit Structural Connections are not ready for production.