When using Revit for electrical design, using Panel Schedules should be an important part of your design process. Revit provides the user with some default panel schedule templates with the software, but most organizations modify the templates to function and appear the way that they desire. Revit allows the user to do quite a bit of customization to the templates, but be aware that there are still limitations to the customization ability and some nuances.
Revit Help has instructions for basic electrical template modification. In this article, we will look at some aspects of customizing a template that are not so obvious to the user.
Many people are now aware that Autodesk has released the 2017 version of its various software packages. There are many great blog posts about the enhancements in the packages and I really like some of those enhancements. Before discussing any of those 2017 enhancements, I thought I would post some links to official Autodesk pages for you to peruse.
Autodesk has released Update 1 for the R2 version of Revit 2016. Almost all of the improvements are stability related, so if you have been have any issues with Revit 2016, you will want to install this update. But then, you will probably want to install this update to help avoid potential stability issues.
Autodesk has just released the Revit 2016 R2 update to users that are on the subscription program (both maintenance and desktop). Autodesk has started providing these R2 releases mid-year and can include significant improvements. While there are reportedly 25 updates in this release, there is one that I particularly like as a user working on a model with multiple other users. That is the ability to unload a Revit link on a per user basis.
Prior to 2016 R2, if I unload a Revit link and Save to Central, the file will be unloaded for other users when they Save to Central or Reload Latest.
Being able to unload a Revit link on a per user basis means that I can unload a linked file and I will be the only user affected. I can save the file to central with the file unloaded and when other users Save to Central or Reload Latest, their version will still have the link loaded.
There are definitely times when I want to increase my Revit’s performance and memory usage and I don’t need a loaded link throughout the day, but I can’t unload it because others need to have the link loaded for their purposes. You can really annoy other users by unloading a link that they want to use or see.
For AutoCAD users, the latest big news is that Autodesk has released their 2016 version of AutoCAD. Along with AutoCAD, you can also get the 2016 versions of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical.
As with each release, there are features that you will love and some that you really don’t care about. However, which features are preferred vary per person and per discipline. I will try to give a basic description of some of the new/updated features of AutoCAD 2016.
Autodesk has released Revit 2015 Release 2 for users on the subscriptions program. It is meant to update your copy of Revit 2015 whether it is a standalone installation or part of one of Autodesk’s product suites. This seems to be more than the typical service pack and is available only to those on the subscription program. It includes additional capabilities, as well as includes service pack items included in update release 4. After Release 2 is applied, the build number will be 20140905_0730 and will say “Update Release 4”. (Note that non-subscription users do have access to Update 4 via the update page, but not this R2 version of it.) Revit users on subscription can access this update by logging into their Autodesk Subscription site.
Revit 2015 R2 does not have a file format change so you can continue to work with Revit users that continue to use the existing Revit 2015 release.
A big enhancement to this R2 version is in the area of sitework. Autodesk acquired the SiteWorks site planning software from Eagle Point Software Corporation. Sitework has long been an area of limited capability within Revit and this enhanced capability will please many users wanting to do more with that aspect. Subscription members can download the new Site Designer Extension for Revit 2015 from the Product Enhancements portion of the subscription site.
According to Autodesk’s notes on this release,
“This update requires either the initial release of Autodesk Revit 2015 (build: 20140223_1515) or Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 (build: 20140606_1530) . Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 3 will need to be applied to any installed Revit 2015 which has either Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 1 (build: 20140322_1515) or Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 2 (build: 20140323_1530) applied. Installation will also be blocked if Autodesk Revit 2015 Update Release 4 (build: 20140903_1530)) has been applied, a full uninstall followed by a new install of Autodesk Revit 2015 will be needed in order to apply Release 2.”
I installed this release without issue on my Autodesk Building Design Suite version which was running Update Release 3. Continue reading →