Revit 2022 Features That Will Increase Your Productivity

26 July 2021All, Architecture and Engineering, RevitFeatures, productivity



The changes and enhancements in Revit 2022 will likely change the way you work. If you haven’t checked out the new version yet, it’s time to discover the changes are more useful than they may first appear. For instance, there are impactful improvements for workflows in the structural discipline; there are some core features that have been long awaited; and there are some game changers in the architectural discipline. There have also been important improvements in the generative design tool affecting the management side of modeling.

For an overview of the new features and demonstrations of the highlights, you can access the recent Applied Software webinar “What’s New in Revit 2022” on demand. Here’s the rundown:

1. Revit Core Features

There are more project categories in object styles (sections cuttable):

  • Food service and medical equipment
  • Fire protection
  • Vertical circulation
  • Audio-visual devices
  • Signage
  • Hardscape
  • Temporary structures

There are categories in loadable families (can be set to cuttable sections)

  • Roads
  • Abutments
  • Bearings
  • Piers
  • Bridge framing, cables and decks
  • Vibration management
  • Expansion joints
  • Structural tendons

There are searchable parameters with a filter list. There are also view filter improvements.

You can resize more dialog boxes, plus custom revision numbering sequences allow you more control over revisions.

There are 2D or 3D shared views for simple markups and sharing views during collaboration, even if you don’t have BIM 360. Cloud models can now be opened from the “File” menu. Also for collaboration, there is Inventor to Revit interoperability.

There is a 2D PDF exporter to send drawings to a printer. You can create file names for PDFs based on view properties.

You are now able to turn on grids in 3D views, even if grids shift from one floor to the next.

New tags can be rotated and can have multiple leaders and multiple categories – no need for separate families.

You can filter by family name and type name in schedules. Also, a schedule can be split across sheets.

Worksets can be scheduled for project management.

Shared parameters are allowed in key schedules.

You can add a dimension prefix or suffix for dimension types.


2. Architectural Enhancements

Improving on the slanted walls feature of version 2021, creating tapered walls is now possible without needing to use the model-in-place tool.

The ability to control wall core visibility is one of those game changing features. Architects and structural engineers have the option to turn on/off the finish layers with a visibility graphic override.

The industry has been exploring and experimenting with the generative design tool, and user feedback has resulted in better ability to share studies. Sample studies are now included, and there is more flexibility in setting variables for studies. An improved end user experience includes a “Data Remember” function, which remembers the Revit outcome.

3. New Features for MEP Systems

You can now perform systems analysis before doing a lot of modeling, including systems analysis loads reports with psychometrics for sizing mechanical systems. A welcome change is that the set points now use actual ASHRAE values. You can use existing rooms or spaces for systems analysis, and there is a new unit format of “heat capacity per area.”

The panel schedules are improved, including the ability to specify auto-shading. You no longer have to manually name your circuits; they can also be named by properties of the electrical circuits.

4. Structural Improvements

With the steel connection improvements, you are able to build detailed connections, an integral part of steel design. You have the ability to set up sophisticated rules, and Revit can automatically decide which connection should be assigned. Having this ability completes the workflow: you build typical connections, then have Revit automatically and intelligently place the correct steel connection.

The rebar improvements make detailing in Rev much more feasible. You can edit, move or remove individual rebar in a set, so it can be moved/removed wherever a penetration in the concrete occurs in the model. The model will now also show the true diameter of rebar.

These changes and enhancements allow workflows that were not even possible before. Revit 2022 really can improve the efficiency and productivity of your work.

Ready to put the new features of Revit 2022 to work for you? Sign up for an Applied Software LiveLab Learning online course today.



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