By now you may have heard about a "new release" of Revit that is being called "Revit 2015 R2". This release of Revit adds new features and functionality to Revit 2015 and was released at the same time as a new extension for Revit, Autodesk Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015. The first thing you have to know about the R2 versions of Revit (Revit R2, Revit MEP R2, Revit Architecture R2, Revit Structure R2 Revit LT R2) is:
You have to have an active relevant Autodesk subscription to access the updates. If you have Revit 2015 but your subscription lapsed, you will not be able to get to the update and extension.
That primary piece of information is followed very quickly by this one (call them #1a and #1b):
The R2 release of Revit is fully compatible with regular Revit 2015 software products - the file format did not change.
So... how do you get these updates and enhancements and what can they do to your Revit? I'm glad you asked. To access the downloads, you need to log into the Autodesk Subscription site (subscription.autodesk.com) and find the link to get to your available Product Enhancements. Here is one of the places you can click:
From there, you should be able to scroll down and find links to download the two new enhancements:
The Revit 2015 R2 "application" installs like a service pack - it modifies your existing installation, it does not need an uninstall/reinstall process. (yay!) So what does it add? Well, the improvements can be categorized into three categories, Power, Performance, and Productivity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The full list is too large for me to want to place in this blog, so here's a link to a PDF with all the specifics:
Now what about the Site Designer? If you were familiar with EaglePoint's SiteWorks product... well... you know what this extension is all about. Autodesk acquired that technology and is distributing it under this new extension name. Click on the image below for a full size version of the Site Designer Ribbon:
And here's a quick list of what you'll be able to do with this extension:
- 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.
There's a lot of information to absorb here - hopefully it is enough to get you informed and know if you want or need either of these recent updates!