Revit 2018 is here – a rundown of the new features


Revit 2018 has just officially launched. As per my comments last year on the release of 2017, the new version doesn’t have an extensive a list of new features simply because Autodesk released a number of new ones in Revit 2017.2. That means that you get the benefit of a new list of cool features half way through the life cycle but come the major release, it looks like the bag of goodies is smaller than you expected. Regardless, lets run down some of the new features.

Autodesk sees Revit 2018as the latest step in the continual evolution and development of Revit for multidiscipline BIM. There was an emphasis from the development team to deliver tools for consistent, coordinated, and complete modeling for architects, MEP and structural engineers and detailers, and construction contractors.  The new features and functionality was based on input coming directly from end-users via the Revit Ideas Page.

The interoperability of the software with other Autodesk offerings allows designers and engineers provide accurate design intent models and gives detailers the ability to develop models to a higher level of fidelity for fabrication and installation purposes. Revit 2018 has been improved to help you capture your design intent with productivity improvements that automate workflows and simplify painful multi-step processes.


General enhancements:


  • The Dynamo Player, released with Revit 2017.1, is now part of Revit 2018, offering a utility that plays scripts created in the Dynamo graphical programming interface, making it easier for users to apply scripts that can enhance and extend Revit model behaviour.  Dynamo is intended to give a wide range of users access to the power of Dynamo’s visual scripting without having to be an expert in programming language.Dynamo player
  • Revit 2018 extends the power of global parameters, which help embed design intent in a model. Global parameters can now be applied to radial and diameter dimensions as well as equality constraints.


  • A new coordination model linking lets you use a Navisworks file as an underlay in Revit, making it easier to coordinate with outside teams that might not be working in Revit.  This lets you use a Navisworks file as an underlay in Revit


  •  Revit 2018 now includes the ability to schedule and add parameters for links and groups, helping you to better understand and quantify a project. You can select Model Groups or Revit links as the required category when creating a schedule

RHINO & SAT Import:

  • Connecting conceptual design into the Revit design environment, Revit now supports SAT and Rhino file import.  This enhancement that was part of Revit 2017.1. Direct shape imports support more seamless integration with both projects and families

For structural engineers

While I am not a Structural engineer by trade, I’m excited to see the new tools for additional control over steel connections.  Revit 2018 improves the workflow between engineers and steel detailers, helping to reduce errors with more accurate estimating and detailing.

Key new or enhanced features include:


  • You can create steel connections between columns, beam, and bracings using any families, including those that are user-defined. In addition, the Steel Connections for Revit add-in brings in more than 100 new connections for detailed steel modeling. Engineers can now model not only the steel frame in a BIM environment, but also hundreds of types of steel connections and details that seamlessly integrate with Autodesk Advance Steel to automate steel detailing and make models fabrication-ready.



  • Additional features increase rebar modelling versatility with functionality that helps users define the accurate reinforcement for non-standard shapes of concrete elements. You can place rebar in concrete elements that have complex geometry such as curved piers or decks and architecturally demanding building objects.  And you can now reinforce imported concrete elements from SAT files or Autodesk InfraWorks software.
  • In Revit 2018 graphical rebar constraint management is available in 3D views, helping you define complete models more quickly. You can use Revit to transform a concrete design into detailing that connects to fabrication, allowing concrete engineers and detailers to work closely in a BIM environment.




Fabrication modeling improvements in Revit 2018 help you to more efficiently model fabrication-ready elements using routing capabilities, and now supports detailed modeling of sloped piping elements. Model MEP fabrication elements now have multi-point routing

Multipoint routing for fabrication


  • Mechanical design improvements help you capture early stage energy requirements more effectively with outdoor air settings for user-definable space and building types.



  • Hydronic system capabilities include new analytical connections to facilitate easier design iteration. Improvements for mechanical engineers include closed-loop hydronic piping analysis — connecting flow and pressure-drop data to pumps– and utilises a new analysis engine that computes in background processes, improving model editing performance.



  • Electrical design improvements include new capabilities to edit circuit pathways to better capture more accurate voltage drop and analytical design data.

For Architects

Revit 2018 introduces a new Multistory Stair object that enables faster and easier modelling of complex stair towers for buildings with many stories.  By connecting stairs to the levels in a project you can model one stair and expand it to the entire building.  When levels in your building change, the stair will automatically update as well.



Further improving stair design for multi-story buildings, the railing tool enhancements let you add accompanying railings to an entire stair tower with one click and propagate edits from one instance to all in a group of similar stair runs.

Beyond modelling railings associated with building staircases, with Revit 2018 you can also attach railings to topography to model fencing, road barriers, or outdoor handrails.  This continues the work we did in 2017 and 2017.1 to make modelling railings easier and simpler.

Also for architects, the ability to model in perspective view released with Revit 2017.1 reduces the need to switch views to perform everyday modelling tasks and work in the view that best supports your workflow.


Subscribers to Revit, suites containing Revit or the AEC Collection get access to all updates released during their subscription term and can access the new 2018 release starting today via their Autodesk Account now.

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