Beloved Revit User,

We are delighted to announce that we have incorporated some new features and benefits to the 2016 edition of Revit.

For a complete and comprehensive list of features and benefits across the Architectural/MEP and Structural side of Revit.

Revit Architecture Users:
Feature 1: Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit (for Subscription customers)

Architects will see a few more improvements to the Energy Analysis Tools such as combining building elements and mass mode analysis at the same time.

This mode can be helpful, when a design is partially detailed and partially conceptual, or when you have modeled conceptual masses to represent additions to an existing building.

  • New analysis mode
  • No longer need to export to gbXML
  • Revit creates 3 views, 3D Energy Model, Analytical Spaces, and Analytical Surfaces

Feature 2: Rendering enhancement

  • NVIDIA mental ray
  • Autodesk Raytracer

When rendering a static 3D view, you can now choose between 2 rendering engines: NVIDIA mental ray and Autodesk Raytracer.
Raytracer rendering does not support some quality and background options that are available with NVIDIA mental ray.
Bottom Line: Gain greater precision, handling, and recognition of your energy analytical model.


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Revit MEP Users: 

 Feature 1: Calculation setting options to improve Revit performance

  • Performance calculations mode
  • Volume only
  • None

 To improve performance while working with most duct and pipe systems, a new setting called Performance has been added to the Calculations drop-down.

When this parameter is set to Performance, it suppresses the processing of system-level calculations with most duct and pipe systems.

The “Volume Only” setting improves Revit performance while working with large Fire Protection, Vent, and Other classification system types by turning off the calculation of the Volume parameter.

In addition, upgraded projects will have the Calculations parameter set to Volume Only for existing systems in which the Calculations parameter was set to None.

Bottom Line: These new settings will help you improve model performance when working with large projects.

 Feature 2: MEP fabrication detailing

  • MEP fabrication LOD elements used by fabrication products
  • Enables production in sheet metal shop
  • Enables detailed costing

MEP Fabrication LOD elements coordinated in Revit may be written out for consumption by Autodesk MEP Fabrication products.

You can send the project directly to production in the sheet metal shop via Fabrication CAMduct.  As well as perform detailed costing and estimation in Fabrication ESTmep.

Bottom Line: The coordinated model data is utilized in the downstream process to help with cost control and production.

Revit Structure Users:

 Feature 1: Rebar constraints improvements

Structural engineers will see another round of improvements related to reinforcing.

In this release, there are a number of enhancements of the Rebar Constraints dialog like interactivity with a view, graphical selection, constraint to sloped faces, and offset to covers.

  • Interactivity with a View

Previously, when you opened the Rebar Constraint manager, the position of the element was fixed and you were unable to Zoom or Pan in the drawing area. You would have to close the dialog, set the desired position for the view, and then re-open the Rebar Constraint manager.

Now, after accessing the Rebar Constraints manager, you can zoom to the scale that is the most useful so that everything is visible and clear.

  • Graphical selection

Previously, when you opened the Rebar Constraint manager, to choose a Constraint Target you had to pick one from the drop-down list. You would have to select each one until you got the needed constraint.

Now, after accessing the Rebar Constraints manager, you can graphically select the desired constraint so that you can work faster and more efficiently.

  • Constraint to sloped faces

Right now any segment from the shape can be constrained to an inclined face.

  • Offset to covers

Previously, when you opened the Rebar Constraint manager, the option “To Cover” would automatically place the bar segment to the cover of the element without the possibility to introduce an additional distance. You would have to make some calculus to introduce the correct distance.

Now you have the possibility to introduce the distance directly.

Bottom Line: All these enhancements help increase usability and model definition completeness as well as enable reinforcement to be updated based on any calculated changes helping to keep designs coordinated and more accurate.


Feature 2:  Shapes for path reinforcement

  • Variety of rebar shapes
  • Staggered rebar
  • Stirrups distribution along polyline sketches
  • Use cases
  • Circular distribution
  • Slabs and walls edges

 To improve reinforcement detailing of concrete, you can assign rebar shapes to the primary and alternating bars in a path reinforcement system.

When complete, each bar will display as specified while maintaining the cover of the host and the full range of the path reinforcement system sketch. You can also select a bar and rotate the shape according to your needs.

Bottom Line: This increases 3D rebar modeling versatility and helps you define the more accurate reinforcement for slab and wall edges.