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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Roundup: Revit 2015 Autodesk Subscription Product Enhancements (Updated)

Updated 5/9/2015 to include Autodesk Shared Reference Point 2015.

Updated 3/13/2015 to include AWWA Pump and Valve Content for Autodesk Revit 2015 and Autodesk Revit MEP 2015.

Updated 1/31/2015 to include US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk Revit 2015, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015, and Autodesk Revit Structure 2015.

Updated 9/28/2014 to include Autodesk Revit 2015 R2 and Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015.

Until now, I've been remiss by not posting about the Revit 2015 product enhancements available via the Autodesk Subscription Center. Here's a roundup, with text from each enhancement's page.

Autodesk Shared Reference Point 2015

Release Date: 2015-04-08

Autodesk® Shared Reference Point 2015 provides functionality to export known points and elevation from AutoCAD® Civil 3D software to an external file, in which Autodesk® Revit® software can import and setup a "Shared Coordinate System." This enables the collaboration of exported RVT, DWG and NWC files back to AutoCAD Civil 3D and to coordinate models in Autodesk® Navisworks® software.


AWWA Pump and Valve Content for Autodesk Revit 2015 and Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

Release Date: 2015-03-12

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Pump and Valve Content for Autodesk® Revit® 2015 and Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software helps enable MEP designers, drafters, and engineers to create more accurate water and waste water designs through access to additional components.

Content is available in English only.


To access this subscription entitlement, log into Autodesk Account.


US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk Revit 2015, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015, and Autodesk Revit Structure 2015

US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk Revit 2015, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015, and Autodesk Revit Structure 2015

Release Date: 2014-11-19
The US Structural Content Extension for Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 provides the latest AISC standard 14.1 hot rolled structural steel shapes.

Content is available in English only.


Autodesk Revit 2015 R2

Release Date: 2014-09-17

With Autodesk® Revit® 2015 R2, Autodesk Maintenance and Desktop Subscription customers get access now to new features that add powerful capabilities, make Revit perform faster, and can improve modeling productivity. Fully compatible with Revit 2015 releases, Revit 2015 R2 installs without disrupting ongoing work in Revit 2015.

Power: Revit 2015 R2 includes new features that enable you to do more with Revit.
  • Share more accurately predicted energy performance information in custom dashboards with Project Solon integrated into Revit.
  • Use existing geometry in a linked IFC model as a reference for dimensions, alignment, snapping, and hosting of some families in a Revit model.
  • Troubleshoot models better with the Reveal Constraints mode making all dimension alignment constraints in a view visible.
  • Explore visual programming with the Dynamo interface for computational design which now installs with Revit so you can more easily enhance and extend the power of the Revit API. 

Performance: Autodesk Revit R2 meets requests for faster software performance with the goal of making your work easier.
  • Edit and regenerate complex toposurfaces, subregions, and building pads.
  • Get better performance of the energy analytical model in Revit, with Revit R2 using less memory when analyzing large models.
  • Experience faster updates to views that contain multiple instances of families.
  • See faster display of Revit links within views.

Productivity: You’ll welcome multiple enhancements in Revit R2 designed to improve your modeling and work productivity.
  • Work in perspective views, making quick adjustments without having to change views with some modeling capabilities now available in perspective views.
  • Save more time by editing multiple wall joins together
  • Find content more quickly with Search capabilities in the Type Selector and all drop-down lists.
  • Navigate PDFs exported from Revit more quickly with hyperlinked views.
  • Experience easier interaction with structural elements through user interface improvements.
  • Improve productivity with more streamlined Rebar modeling and shop drawings creation.


Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-09-17

The Autodesk® Site Designer Extension for Revit® 2015 software helps architects, designers, and planners convey building site planning concepts to engineers. Site Designer runs inside Revit software and uses native families, components, and toposurfaces, so site designs become part of the overall model. You can model alternatives for mass grading, building pads, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and retaining walls all within the Revit environment. More easily convert a sketched line into a street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, retaining wall or parking lot in the model. You can manipulate Site Designer components using editing tools to change their location, elevation, grade or geometry, and Site Designer automatically updates and maintains the underlying toposurface.
  • Report and schedule areas, volumes, and cut and fill volumes to better understand the impact of site design changes on requirements to move or add fill.
  • Iterate conceptual designs and create more realistic visuals of the building site by incorporating grading features directly into the Revit model.
    • Better communicate conceptual design ideas about the building site to engineers who can then complete the detailed site design using professional civil engineering tools like Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software.
    • Share the appearance of site plan designs for better communication with everyone involved in the project, including owners, architects, designers, planners and civil engineering firms.
  • Share a site model between Revit and Civil 3D through Land XML files, improving collaboration between architects and engineers working on a project.
  • More quickly add design elements to your site such as berms and drainage swales, minimizing the time required to mass grade a site and to try alternatives at the design development stage.
  • Special terrain families within Site Designer provide you with parameters that control widths, cut and fill slopes and other projection settings.
  • Locate hardscape components such as streets, intersections, sidewalks, curbs and walls that can follow the existing terrain and have controlled elevations and slopes - all while the toposurface is automatically maintained.


Central European Content Extension for Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

Release Date: 2014-06-24

The Central European Content Extension for Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software provides an English language version of the German content pack, helping to reduce the need for users to seek alternative sources of content where country-specific packs aren't available.


Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-17

Revit® Extensions for Autodesk® Revit® 2015 extend the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 software in key areas, including structural analysis, modeling, reinforcement, interoperability and construction documentation. This download contains a portion of all previously released Revit Extensions (some content has been migrated to Autodesk Exchange Apps as separate installations or is no longer supported).


eTransmit for Autodesk Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-18

With eTransmit for Autodesk® Revit® 2015 software products, you can copy a Revit model and dependent files to a single folder for Internet transmission. You can transmit any model that has been upgraded to Revit Release 2012 or later and saved. With eTransmit for Autodesk Revit, you can:
  • Copy and detach a Revit model and associated files to a single folder for internet transmission. This removes the typical error messages when you copy central files using the operating system.
  • Locate dependent files automatically and include them in the transmittal folder, helping to reduce the possibility of error. All dependent files are automatically converted to use relative paths so the dependent files can be located by the model.
  • Choose to include related dependent files such as linked Revit models, CAD files, DWF™ markups, decal images, and external keynote files. You can transmit any Revit (.rvt) model that has been upgraded to be compatible with a Revit 2012 software product or later.
  • Choose to Upgrade the Revit (.rvt) model and linked models to the current release.
  • Choose to remove unused families, materials, and other objects from the Revit projects to reduce file size.
  • Transmit models that are using file-based worksharing or server-based worksharing. eTransmit for Revit can also work with non-workshared Revit models.


Autodesk Revit Server 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-23

Autodesk® Revit® Server 2015 software enables design teams to more easily collaborate, helping to keep team members coordinated as they work on a project over a distributed wide area network (WAN). Revit Server helps maintain a seamlessly integrated collection of Revit central models on a single server that users can access from local servers. Built-in redundancy helps protect work in the case of WAN connectivity loss.

Revit Server is part of the installations of Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 software. It is provided here as a stand-alone application for your convenience.

Content is currently available in English only.


Autodesk Revit DB Link 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-24

Import and export data between an Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015, or Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 project and an external database, and then more easily maintain relationships of linked data with Autodesk® Revit® DB Link.
  • A grid view of the data enables you to make any final edits before import.
  • Databases can be updated following internal or external changes.
  • The grid control enables you to create Revit shared parameters to add new fields to related tables in the database.
  • Changes to new fields within the database automatically update Revit shared parameters upon future imports.


Space Naming Utility for Autodesk Revit MEP 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-25

The Space Naming Utility for Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software is an intuitive tool that automatically assigns the names and numbers from architectural rooms to Revit MEP spaces. By downloading the Space Naming Utility for Revit MEP 2015 software, you can eliminate the need to manually assign names to the spaces, helping save time and simplifying your workflow.


Autodesk Revit Model Review 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-24

Automate the process of reviewing and auditing building information modeling (BIM) projects in Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015, or Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 software with the Autodesk® Revit® Model Review plug-in:
  • Check the accuracy and consistency of a Project or Family against standards set by your firm, your clients, or industry best practices.
  • Correct inconsistencies with a single click or with instructions provided when manual fixes are required.


Batch Print for Autodesk Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-25

Batch Print provides an easy way to print a large number of drawings (views and sheets) from a Autodesk® Revit® 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015, or Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software project.

After preparing the default printer and the Revit software project, use Batch Print to send any number of drawings to the printer and to control the order in which they print. When you start the print job, Batch Print manages the printing of the drawings, requiring no further interaction from you. If desired, you can monitor the progress of the print job using a status dialog.


Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-04-25

Worksharing Monitor facilitates the use of Autodesk® Revit® 2015*, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015, or Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015 software in a worksharing environment, in which multiple people work on one project. For workshared projects, Worksharing Monitor answers questions such as:
  • Who is currently working on this project?
  • Is my local copy of the project up-to-date?
  • When will my Save to Central operation finish?
  • Has my request to borrow elements been granted?
  • Are any issues interfering with my work on a Revit software project?
Note: Worksharing Monitor is not useful for standalone Revit software projects, which do not use worksharing to divide the work for a project among several people.


Roombook-Areabook-Buildingbook Extension for Autodesk Revit 2015

Release Date: 2014-06-16

The Roombook Areabook Buildingbook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2015, and Autodesk® Revit LT™ 2015 software helps you with the quantification of your projects:
  • Roombook calculates the room-related surface areas of walls, floors and ceiling elements as well as room circumferences and furnishing elements for a complete material calculation of the interior finish.
  • Areabook calculates living and net areas by rooms and room groups as well as net, gross and construction floor areas by projects for a comprehensive floor area calculation.
  • Buildingbook calculates the material-related quantities of constructive building parts for a detailed quantification of materials under consideration of layers, parts and components.
In addition to the automated detection of surfaces, areas and volumes, this extension helps users configure these elements manually to local requirements and country-specific standards (International and DIN/VOB), as well as achieve more accurate model take-offs. Quantified results can be exported to Microsoft® Excel® software, comma-separated CSV text files, native Revit® schedule tables and to DWF files for further quantification like Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff and Autodesk® Navisworks®.

To access these subscription entitlements, log into Autodesk Account.

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