My Favorite Revit 2019 New Features

Most Revit users have heard that Autodesk has released the 2019 versions of its various software packages.  Autodesk has included a lot of nice enhancements with this release and delivered on many of the user wish list items.  While there are still many improvements to be made to Revit, I am pleased with enhancements in this release.

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Roombook Extension for Revit 2012 Available

In January 2011, I wrote an article about Autodesk releasing the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2011.  Autodesk has now released the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2012.

According to Autodesk, “The Roombook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 software helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project.”  It appears to be unchanged from the version available for Revit Architecture 2011.

The Roombook Extension can be downloaded from the Autodesk Subscription website for subscription members.

Read the previous article on the Revit Architecture 2011 Roombook Extension.

Display Ceiling Information in Revit Floor Plans

There are many times when you are working on a Floor Plan in Revit and want to display ceiling information in the floor plan view.  That may be for temporary reference purposes for positioning equipment or aligning cabinetry with bulkheads.  It may also be for permanent display, such as is often done on home plans for showing light fixtures or ceiling fans on the floor plan.  This is done through the use of Underlays, which are other levels that can be displayed in your current view.

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Revit Roombook Extension Available

Autodesk has released an extension for getting more information out of Rooms in Revit Architecture 2011.  The Roombook Extension was made available to Revit Architecture subscription members on December 9, 2010.  According to Autodesk, the extension “helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project”.  This is a nice utility to get quantities for room-specific information that exists in the model and is valuable for quantity takeoff analysis.

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Display of Demolished Ceilings in Revit

The various Autodesk Revit products have the Demolish tool function that designates an element as being demolished for phasing, display, and analysis purposes, and also shows the element as dashed linework.  Suspended acoustical ceilings (ACT) with gridwork are a bit of an exception as the grid does not show as dashed when the ceiling is designated as demolished.  In this article, we will look at how to get the grid lines of the ceiling to display as dashed when it is demolished.       Continue reading

Revit Gypsum Board Walls And Ceilings

Autodesk Revit Architecture’s standard project templates contain a stock material named “Gypsum Wallboard”.  The problem with the stock material is that there is no surface pattern.  This works very well for walls since you typically do not want to see any stipple hatch in an elevation view of gypsum board walls.  However, this does not work well for gypsum board ceilings when you actually do want to see a stipple hatch in reflected ceiling plans.  The answer to this problem is to create a new material to use for gypsum board ceilings. 

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