New features in Revit 2016

30 Sep

  • IFC links and rooms: When creating rooms in the host model, you can use many IFC-based elements to define room boundaries. See About Linking to IFC Files.
  • Floors: To improve annotation and scheduling of architectural floors, the following fields are now available: Elevation at Top and Elevation at Bottom.
  • Place Rooms: Use the Place Rooms Automatically tool to quickly place rooms in all closed and bounded areas on the current level. See Place Rooms Automatically.
  • Rendering: 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. See Workflow: Render Settings, About the Render Quality Setting, and Specify the Background for a Rendered Image
    Note: Autodesk Raytracer is an option for rendering a static image only. Revit continues to use the NVIDIA mental ray engine for functions such as: walkthrough export, FBX export, and previews (material appearance, RPC appearance, light color temperature, and decal).
  • Energy Analysis for Autodesk® Revit® : (for Subscription customers)
    • To improve the workflow, the tools for Use Conceptual Mass Mode and Use Building Element Mode have been removed from the ribbon. Instead, select corresponding values for the Analysis Mode parameter on the Energy Settings dialog.
    • A new analysis mode, Use Conceptual Masses and Building Elements, allows you to perform energy analysis on a model that includes both types of design. This mode can be helpful, for example, when a design is partially detailed and partially conceptual, or when you have modeled conceptual masses to represent additions to an existing building.
    • When you select an analysis mode that includes building elements and then show the energy model, Revit creates 3 views: 3D Energy Model (a 3D view), Analytical Spaces (a schedule), and Analytical Surfaces (a schedule). Use these views to examine the analytical model and make adjustments before running the energy simulation.
    • In the Results and Compare window, the Energy Cost Range dashboard provides new analysis tools. Use this dashboard to understand the current energy cost of the analyzed building model, and how changes to identified variables can reduce the overall cost.
    • The Potential Energy Savings chart has been removed from the Energy Analysis Results. Instead, use the Energy Cost Range dashboard to learn similar information in a more interactive way.

    See Energy Analysis for Autodesk Revit.

  • Remove Repeaters: Remove the repeater group from repeated adaptive components in your conceptual design. This leaves individual instances of the adaptive components in place. See Repeat Adaptive Components.
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