Revit 2016 New Features – More Multi-Disciplinary Enhancements

This week I will cover the remaining Multi-Disciplinary Enhancements for Revit 2016. If you missed my blog post from last week, check it out! I covered the Allow navigation during redraw option, saved view conditions, and the new Selection Box tool.

Here are the remaining Multi-Disciplinary Enhancements for Revit 2016:

Rotate Project North

The Rotate Project North tool now rotates view-specific detail elements, such as text notes, detail lines, filled regions, and revision clouds. In the past, the tool only rotated model elements. This update will save you a lot of time by not having to go back and update the detail elements after you rotate project north. View-specific elements that have an orientation option, like tags, will maintain that orientation. So you do not have to worry about tags rotating and not being readable.

Open Sheet View

This is one of those minor updates that does not seem like a lot initially, but as you analyze it a little more, you realize that it is a nice feature to have. You can right-click a view in the Project Browser to access a shortcut menu with several options. For the 2016 release, there is an Open Sheet option in the shortcut menu. This option will open the sheet on which the view is placed. If the view is not placed on a sheet, then the option will not be available.

You can change the Project Browser organization so that it only shows views not placed on a sheet or only those views that have been placed on a sheet. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like organizing the Project Browser in a way that some views do not appear. For that reason, having the Open Sheet option available is very beneficial. I would imagine this update will come in handy for you – especially on large projects.


Why is Autodesk always updating the revision tracking tools? Why can’t we all just get it right the first time and not even need revisions?!?! I know, I’m dreaming.

There are actually multiple enhancements when it comes to revisions. First off, in the Sheet Issues/Revisions dialog, you can select multiple rows in order to delete multiple revisions at once. There are also Numbering options for both the Numeric and Alphanumeric methods. From the Sheet Issues/Revisions dialog, you can open the Customize Numbering Options dialog. This dialog has a tab for each numbering method.

On the Numeric tab, you can specify the Sequence starting number. This can be any integer greater than 0. You can also use 0 if you wish. Next, you can enter a Prefix or Suffix. As the note in the dialog states, the characters you enter will display, along with each value in the sequence.

On the Alphanumeric tab, you can specify a Sequence. The default is all the letters of the alphabet in correct order, but you can enter one or more characters to use for each value. Values can include letters, numbers, and other special characters. They just cannot include commas because each value must be separated by a comma. Also note that once all the values are used, the sequence will repeat with doubled values. You can also use a Prefix or Suffix.

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