Revit Architecture 2013

This review take a detailed look at Revit Architecture 2013, which packs a number of enhancements that continue to improve the usability of the application, such as the ability to specify an image file as the background in rendered views, a ray trace visual style that allows real-time photorealistic rendering mode, the ability to add real-world properties to materials to enable more accurate analysis and visualization, better interoperability and IFC support, improvements to both parts and assemblies for construction modeling, various dimensioning enhancements, and expanded Stair and Railing tools, facilitating the creation of custom stairs and the modeling of railing transitions, extensions, and supports.


3 thoughts on “Revit Architecture 2013

  1. I like to provide a couple of corrections.

    Firstly, help can be accessed offline if you click on the Help option when not having an internet connection — it saves it locally. Also, if you prefer, you can change the default to point to the offline Help and never access the net.

    Secondly, your review does not highlight at all the repeat array and updates to panelisation and Adaptive components. These new family systems accomplish exactly your biggest complaint — of not being able to produce high level interface with low level detailing.

  2. In response to Adam’s email, the fact that the application resorts to a stored local copy of the Help documentation when Internet access is not available was also pointed out to me by an Autodesk representative, so the review has been modified to remove that limitation previously listed under the “Cons” section of the Product Summary. Sorry about that.

    With regard to improvements in repeat arrays, panelisation, and Adaptive components that Adam refers to, these were not mentioned at all by Autodesk in any of its documentation or briefings on the new features in Revit Arch 2013. In any case, I do not see how these improvements are “game-changers” in any way — where “where the application needs only high-level ideas and can then rely on inference to model most of the building details by itself.” It seems to me that some readers may have misunderstood my criticism. As I pointed out in the Conclusion of my BIM Evaluation Study Report, “compared to other fields such as EDA (electronic design automation, or CAD for the computer chip industry) where the lower level design tasks have almost entirely been automated, BIM is still a relatively ‘dumb’ technology where the user is forced to model everything in the building.” By and large, current BIM applications have not made any advances along this front, and it’s a pity that even a leading vendor like Autodesk, with all its resources, is not working towards adding more “intelligent” capabilities to Revit.

  3. Hi Lachmi

    Panelisation are game changers if you apply some out of the box thinking. Pipe hanger, hangers, complete roof details with batterns, sheeting, insulation can all be detailed and design so that when you apply a single plane to the top of a truss/rafter roof design all these elements will come in and you simply have to make some parametric adjustments to suit.
    What the issue is, really comes down to how Autodesk markets there own tools which is a shame, and doesn’t promoted using this tools in very quickly automating mundane tasks.

    Granted compared to EDA, and Automated documentation compared to Tekla needs to be cleanup up, and I won’t deny the complexity of the families to build requires some very sophisted top end knowledge of tools.

    But once designed similar to an API you can hide most of the complexity and wrap it in some nice parameters, you just don’t have to learn how to code.

    I think the biggest limitation is simply the design codes and standards for each council, local and federal governement, area of volcanic or wheather activity. These all leave various options for acheiving design obligations.

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