New release focuses on delivering updates and features that are most requested by users

It’s that time of year again when Autodesk unleashes a tsunami of updates to its portfolio of products and industry compilations - the most important component of which is Revit 2019. This version brings all the new features which were rolled out to subscribers in the previous year 2018.1 and 2018.2 together with an array of new ones.

With attempts to further involve the installed base in deriving new features, it seems Autodesk is actively trying to deliver updates and features that are most requested. Autodesk has broken down its key development areas to design, optimise and connect, which could also be viewed as a better modelling, new analysis tools and integration with its collaboration platform.

For structural engineers and detailers, there are new tools for structural framing and column elements. Steel components like plates, bolts, anchors, shear studs and wells can now be placed in a 3D model to connect structural members. There have also been improvements to the interoperability with Advance steel.

One of the most obvious benefits of Revit 2019 is the improvement to the view management system, which now supports multiple monitors and greater control over view filters. The new release also includes expanded modelling capabilities for detailed steel design and fabrication functionality for precast concrete.

There are improvements to the modelling of primary and secondary piping networks. It’s also possible to analyse pumps in parallel in piping networks, computing flow, duty and standby pump quantities.

Other improvements include dimensions for curved objects in section view, forthcoming structural precast extension, enhanced communication tools for working with fabricators, an API for precast automation, improvements to IFC4, and optimisations for Autodesk’s BIM 360 collaboration.

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