Revit 2020.1 – Update has been released

What is the 2020.1 release?

Autodesk recently released the Revit 2020.1 update for Revit 2020. Autodesk has been releasing interim updates to customers for a few years now. It is an extra bonus to get some new enhancements mid-way through the release cycle.

If you don’t have the update, you can get it through the Autodesk Desktop Application, in the Updates section. You can also download it from the Autodesk Account Center. If you are in a larger practice than be sure to check with your IT / CAD / BIM Manager before updating as it’s best practice for everyone to be one the same build of Revit. 2020.1 incorporates all the updates / patches that have been released up to this point as well 😉

Some of the standout features are:

BIM 360 Design Sync Indicator –  If you are working in the BIM360 Cloud space then this tool will be useful as it gives you notifications on when other team members are syncing to the Cloud. You can now see when the model is not being sync’ed which can reduce internet traffic in your office.

Schedule Row Stripping – This is a small tweak that only works in the edit-Schedule mode but it will be useful to allow you to more easily scan a Schedule by alternating every second row in a gray infill.

Attach Wall Dialogue – Another minor tweak that was added due to feedback from Autodesk users. Revit will give you repeated warnings about Walls that it considers to be incorrectly joined to each other or not joined to a Roof. You can now elect to turn these pops up off for the rest of the Revit session.

SketchUp 2019 Support – The title is sort of self-explanatory 😉

Enhanced Path of Travel Tool – This tool has has some enhancements to make it more controllable:

  • New “from room” and “to room” parameters for path of travel now report the rooms where the paths start and end. These parameters can also be scheduled and tagged
  • You can now adjust the start and end points of placed path of travel lines by simply dragging the nodes to their new desired position; the path of travel automatically updates when the points are adjusted
  • Get Revit to reveal in a View which elements in route analysis are considered obstacles with new “reveal obstacles” mode in floorplans, highlighting obstacles in orange

Reveal survey points and project base point for Linked Models – If you are working with linked files and you’re sharing coordinates across files then this will be a boon for you. You can now easily expose the Survey Point and Project Base Point of the linked file is visible in the host file.

Rebar enhancements – Autodesk has added some enhancements to the creation of Rebar in the Project. There are new icons that pop up to show you constraints whilst you are editing and creating Rebar in hosts.  Editing large amounts of Rebar has been given a performance boost too. Rivet can now automatically place Rebar in a double Wall (precast Concrete construction) and there yuo can now create runs of Rebar that are set at a predefined relationship to other existing Rebar – even if that Rebar is of a different type.

MEP Enhancements – This is last in the list but it is actually the biggest rework in the 2020.1 update. Autodesk have devoted a dedicated Blog post to all of the new features here –  Revit 2020.1 MEP Enhancements Blog

Perhaps the biggest item in the MEP side of things is the ability to model Building Performance in great detail from the Schematic Design stage without having to model MEP Systems. These means that Building Energy analysis (location and climate data, material thermal properties and building/space type occupancy, lighting, equipment, outdoor air information and more) can be used hand in hand with projections on proposed Systems performance.


Conclusion – Autodesk is understandably excited about the enhancements, especially in the MEP side of things and I think there’s a little bit for everyone in this update. Download and enjoy!