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Autodesk Revit 2019: What Is New In The Revit 2019 Release – Best New Features and Updates

Ethan Adams

REVIT 4/12/2018

Revit 2019.1 was released on August 16, 2018. Read about the new features in Revit 2019.1 here.

Revit 2019 is here.

Autodesk released the latest version of its powerful, industry-leading modelling software yesterday, consistent with previous Revit releases that have been unveiled mid-April each year.

The new release continues to hone in on optimizing user workflow, improving on a number of features from previous versions.

The Jedi Revit Masters on our team have been playing around with the new Revit release like it’s Christmas morning, so we’ve got a pretty decent sample of first impressions. 

Some comments I’ve heard from some of our team from across the room:

 

- “Alright, I like it, I like it, oh – hmm.”

- “Ok, where did they put the…okay. Why would you move that?”

- “Damn it's about time.”

 

According to Autodesk, the top two requested features for Revit 2019 have now become a reality. (They say there were over 2,000 votes to add these features – strength in numbers, ladies and gentlemen.)

As might be expected from any update, the reviews are mixed, but on the whole positive. 

I sat down and took stock of what our Revit pros have to say about the new update, and compiled a list of what they seem to agree are the most notable features to Revit.

So here they are, our favorite new and updated features in Revit 2019.

 


(Warning: we're heading into territory where you probably shouldn't even try to explain to your spouse why these things are exciting. Just tell him/her you're happy. That's all they care about.)


New Features In Revit 2019

Opening Act

First of all, you have to look forward to the opening rendering Autodesk provides when launching the latest release of Revit. But seriously, how the heck do you draw that in Revit...

Revit 2019 loading screen

 

Addition of the “Or” Variable In Filters

Apparently the #1 request by users prior to this release, Autodesk added the "or" variable when viewing filters. Now you can officially combine "and" and "or" to your heart's content.

Or, perhaps more specifically, you can combine "or" and "and" and/or "and" and "or".

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Don't think too much about it. It makes sense.

 

Revit 2019 Or Filter View

Screencapture courtesy of Harlan Brumm, Autodesk

Tabs!

Google Chrome, meet Autodesk Revit. That's right, we've got tabs now. 

Autodesk calls it a "more modern experience," which is probably an understatement.

Regardless, it's going to help make the most of limited monitor space (can Autodesk get me more of that too?), so we're on board.

Tabbed Views in Revit 2019

 

Support for Multiple Monitors

In close conjunction with the previous update is the exciting news that you will now be able to pull different views out of your main Revit window to use on additional monitors. 

It may not be an earth-shattering revelation, but it was a top user request and it's no doubt why. Small changes like these can do big things for productivity.

Revit 2019 Tabs and Multiple Monitors

Screencapture courtesy of Harlan Brumm, Autodesk

 

Double-Fill Patterns

Revit 2019 introduces new double-fill patterns, enabling you to quickly and easily combine foreground and background fill patterns for more complex graphics. 

Use these patterns on filled regions, visibility/graphics display overrides, object level overrides, and more.

Double Fill Pattern Revit 2019

 

Levels in 3D

Revit 2019 has added a new feature to make it less cumbersome when working with geometry in 3D views.

With the addition of Levels in 3D Views, users can now display and edit any level in any view. This includes perspective 3D and orthographic views.

 

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In short, there's now a lot less need to switch back and forth between 2D and 3D to orient your model.

That's good.

Revit 2019 Levels in 3D Views

 

Uncropped Perspective Views

Revit 2019 also now includes uncropped perspectives. In previous versions this feature was simply grayed out, making it mandatory to crop perspective views. Uncropping the view allows the user to have a more immersive 3D experience without boundaries.

 Revit 2019 Uncropped Views

 

Split Railings

Revit 2018.3 made some updates to user control over railings, but Revit 2019 incorporates the Split tool to split railings with a single click. 

When you use this feature, the now disparate elements will have separate path sketches.

This is a nice dose of simplified and enhanced control for anyone who has been frustrated with the railing workarounds of previous Revit versions.

Revit 2019 Split Railing Feature

 

Piping Improvements

It's now quite a bit easier to model piping networks in Revit 2019. In older versions of Revit, leveraging these capabilities required significant understanding of connector configuration and typical pump setups. While that won't hurt you in Revit 2019, the new release makes it significantly easier for users with less experience to enable complex piping networks.

Fresh from Autodesk's Harlan Brumm's release notes:

"Revit 2019 has improvements to primary/secondary hydronic networks which enable modeling of much more complicated piping networks. These improvements include support for headered systems, hydronic bridges, as well as one-pipe primary loops. Users can easily see the flow and pressure drop on each pump element in the overall network.  Using Revit 2019, engineers can also set up and analyze pumps in parallel in hydronic piping networks, and easily compute flow from duty and standby pump quantities."

 

Revit 2019 MEP Piping Improvements

Screencapture courtesy of Harlan Brumm, Autodesk

 

Steel Design Improvements

Revit 2019 also includes new features for modifying and manipulating structural framing and column elements. 

Features include the ability to add plates, bolts, shear studs, anchors, and welds as connections between elements, as well as engineering documentation capabilities to better detail engineer-related requirements, layouts, and communication.

There seems to be a good bit of new functionality here that we didn't get time explore, so let us know if you find other significant updates related to steel design in the comments!

Revit 2019 Steel Design Feature Improvements

Screencapture courtesy of Harlan Brumm, Autodesk

 

Enhanced Rebar Features

Scheduling for free-form rebar in previous versions of Revit was always a pain. In other words, you just didn't want to do it.

Revit 2019 improves this scenario, adding functionality where free-form rebar will either match existing rebar shape families, OR it will create entirely new rebar shape families based on its geometry, making scheduling and annotation a significantly easier process.

Revit 2019 Rebar Feature Improvements

Screencapture courtesy of Harlan Brumm, Autodesk

 

Precast for Revit APIImage

Third parties can now leverage the Precast for Revit API for precast automation mechanisms. 

 

Extended Global Capabilities 

Miscellaneous new additions to Revit 2019 should make it run more smoothly for users in countries like Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

It appears that the main components are new content and multidiscipline workflow capabilities "optimized for use in German-speaking countries."

Autodesk calls this "countrification." I don't even think that's a real word. 

 

Our Review: Autodesk Revit 2019

Given the above, our team gives Autodesk a solid thumbs up for Revit 2019

With Revit spanning such diverse applications and users, everyone is going to have pain points that are not addressed in a single update. It’s inevitable.

However, given the circumstances and the overall need for improvement after Revit 2018, the crew at Autodesk seems to have managed a quality upgrade from previous versions. Plus, as usual, it's given a few hints at extensions and updates yet to be released (specifically mentioning a Structural Precast Extention), so we can expect more down the road for any immediate gaps we see. All in all, we're happy. 

What about you? Have you found any significant updates we missed? Let us know!

Happy Revit Day, everyone. #BIMon

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Ethan Adams

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