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Autodesk announced several new and enhanced features for its flagship Revit software designed to increase software performance and help users better model and communicate design intent. Autodesk Revit 2017 software is the latest version of its software purpose-built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), offering a single tool for architectural, MEP, and structural engineering, and construction professionals. Enhancements in Revit 2017 will help drive more efficient processes within an extended, multidiscipline BIM workflow, the company said.

Behind-the-scenes optimizations and improvements to more than 100 functions help the software keep up with users working with large, complex models. According to Autodesk, more operations running with multi-threaded capabilities improve overall software performance by as much as 20 percent. Revit 2017 also works faster by displaying only the visible elements of a view and not drawing elements that are hidden. The result of this occlusion culling is view refresh and user navigation that is as much as 4.5 times faster than before, the company said.

Revit 2017’s Global Parameters feature helps encode and capture design intent within a model by enabling users to define relationships between building elements and to use parameters to drive dimensions and values across a project.

With Revit 2017 designers can include the higher level of detail needed for downstream fabrication and building, modeling projects of any size and complexity. Mechanical detailers can automate the fabrication model layout and convert design level of detail model elements to fabrication level of detail elements. This helps contractors more quickly prepare a model for detailed coordination fabrication and installation. Structural engineers can improve the definition of design intent, or the level of detail for reinforcement modeling and documentation, to better connect steel design to detailing workflows.

Revit 2017 elevates communication capabilities in ways that help users share data both within Revit and in extended BIM workflows. A new what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) Text Editor and new options for text placement provide text control to help document project details. Data sharing within Revit 2017 has been improved with new tools that simplify the reuse of schedules.

Facilitating BIM interoperability and data sharing in a connected workflow beyond Revit, Revit 2017 is one of the first BIM tools to support IFC4. With the new Autodesk FormIt 360 Converter provided with Revit, users can convert FormIt, Revit Families (RFA), and Sketchup (SKP) files and continue to develop designs in Revit. The Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit service installs with Revit 2017, enabling easier use of this subscription service for project team collaboration via cloud worksharing.

Revit 2017 makes it possible to add depth and pop to elevations and sections in either architecture or coordination views with the new Depth Cueing option.

Autodesk Raytracer rendering engine, the default visualization engine in Revit 2017, features efficient settings, video card agnostic CPU operation, and image-based lighting to provide quick, more photorealistic results for architectural rendering, according to the company.

Coinciding with the release of Revit 2017, Autodesk is discontinuing Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit Structure, and Autodesk Revit MEP software, replacing them and providing current subscribers to each solution with a single, all-in-one version of Revit that includes all functionality of the individual titles now available as a standalone product.

Information provided by Autodesk (autodesk.com/products/revit-family/overview).

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