Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 – Who Needs Buttons When There are Snaps

I’ve been covering the new features and functionality of Revit 2015 Release 2 in a 10 part series. I’m counting down from 10 and this is #5. For this post, I’ll cover some of the structural updates. Just remember, Release 2 is only available for subscription customers. So if you’re not able to get the release, check your subscription.

New features covered in this post (#5):

  • Place Rebar in any 2D View
  • Enhanced Snapping for Structural Elements
  • User Interface for Structural Elements

For all the structural experts out there, you can now place rebar in any 2D view! When you start the Rebar tool, a Placement Plane panel appears on the contextual ribbon. The available options are Current Work Plane, Near Cover Reference and Far Cover Reference. These options allow you to place rebar in any plan, section or elevation view. However, the rebar can still only be placed in a valid host.

For example, with a floor placed at Level 1, you cannot use the Current Work Plane option to place rebar in the floor. The reason is because the rebar would not actually be placed in the floor – it would be on top of the floor. But you could use the Near Cover Reference to place rebar at the floor’s top rebar cover or the Far Cover Reference to place rebar at the floor’s bottom rebar cover. If a level or work plane passes through an element, then you can use the Current Work Plane option.

Additionally, the snapping capabilities for structural elements has been enhanced. You can now snap to points on model lines when defining structural elements along model lines. Additional snap points are available along model lines for structural framing elements, structural columns, trusses and isolated foundations. You can also snap to an imported and non-exploded CAD file. And when you place non-hosted loads, you can snap to model lines.

The last structural update I’ll cover in this post is the user interface changes. First off, when a framing element is selected, a Justification panel appears on the contextual ribbon. The y Offset and z Offset tools are now buttons in the panel and no longer appear in a drop-down.

Next, the analytical properties for structural elements have been reorganized and regrouped in the Properties palette. Tooltips are also available for the parameters under Structural Analysis. Lastly, the parameters for point loads, line loads and area loads have been reorganized and regrouped in the Properties palette.

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