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Five New Cloud Enhancements Highlight Autodesk’s 2023 AEC Releases

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With the launch of Autodesk’s 2023 products to the AEC Collection, new debuts for working with data in the cloud take center stage. In this post, we cover 5 new services and workflows, some in technology preview, which are available to AEC Collection subscribers. These can help you improve how you setup and standardize projects, share model information with collaborators, and automate tasks to suit the way you and your teams prefer to work. 

1) New cloud service in Revit 2023 helps BIM managers deploy and standardize company-wide parameters | Technology Preview

With the Parameter Service released with Revit 2023 in Technology Preview, company-wide parameter libraries can be defined, updated, and deployed more universally and with greater standards control through Autodesk Docs in the AEC Collection. Migrate your parameter files to the cloud to make them more accessible and deployable for your project teams.

Use Parameter Service to create, upload, categorize, search, filter, and view parameter definitions. By sharing parameters from a central cloud repository in Autodesk Docs, you eliminate the need to track, update, and exchange local .txt files appended to Revit. You can batch upload parameters from an existing Revit shared parameters file to seed the cloud library. Then add or update parameters from the cloud to the local Revit model by using the ‘Manage’ tool in the Revit ribbon to access the ‘Parameter Service’. 

By sharing parameters in the cloud, BIM managers and project teams gain assurance that everyone is working with the most up to date parameter definitions, making project setup in Revit more predictable, and improving coordination across the project team. 

Next up, two desktop-to-cloud workflows for sharing data with “Data Exchanges” initiated with Autodesk Docs and Revit 2023 and made possible by the Autodesk Forge development platform.

2) Data Exchange in Autodesk Docs connects Revit data to low-code automation with the Microsoft Power Automate app ecosystem 

Revit 2023 debuts a workflow for bringing Revit data into Microsoft Power Automate, allowing users to trigger automation across the expansive Microsoft ecosystem of productivity apps through a low-code interface. Share just the data needed and trigger actions when a change happens to the Revit model.

Read more about Revit and Microsoft Power Automate here

3) Share design data for fabrication granularly, seamlessly, and securely with a new Revit to Inventor Data Exchange workflow 

A new design to fabrication workflow also gets a spotlight, with the release of the 2023 versions of Revit and Inventor. Once again, Autodesk Docs serves as the data connector between design and fabrication teams, enabling specific, access-controlled sharing of BIM data subsets to inform fabrication workflows in Inventor. 

Read more about Data Exchange for Revit and Inventor here

4) Manage Fabrication data in the Cloud with Fabrication Data Manager (FDM) | Technology Preview 

Built on Forge, FDM is a new service in Technology Preview for managing MEP fabrication content for Revit-based modeling workflows. FDM makes it easier to distribute and share content with other users, and creates opportunities for new connected workflows to emerge. 

Read more about FDM here

5) The new Autodesk Docs Point Cloud Viewer with ReCap Pro brings point-cloud data management to the browser 

With ReCap Pro 2023, you can now share large reality capture project data with other users via Autodesk Docs to facilitate more effective visualizations, presentations, and inspection workflows in the field.

Once published, you can view and markup point clouds and 360 RealViews of these projects in a browser. This capability is a great addition and foundational to cloud-based workflows for reality capture data.

Read how to share point cloud in the Autodesk cloud here

The bottom line: New 2023 releases for the AEC Collection put Autodesk Docs and the Autodesk Construction Cloud at the center of hybrid, desktop-to-cloud workflows that better meet the way you and your teams work. 

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Top Five Community Ideas Implemented in Revit 2023

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Ok, no, it is not the holiday season, but it sure does feel like it when the new version of Revit is released! Autodesk recently released Revit 2023 and there were quite a few Revit Ideas that have been implemented in this release. It was hard to choose the top five (in my humble opinion!), so based solely on the total number of votes on the Revit Ideas, here they are:

1. Measure in 3D

1120 votes | Submitted by user: damo3

This has been a long-standing request from our customers and has finally been implemented in Revit 2023! The ability to measure distances in 3D will save tons of time by eliminating the need to switch to a 2D view to measure a distance. The best part of this enhancement is that it was integrated into the existing Measure tool, so no need to look for a new ribbon button.

2. All system-ed elements maintain their connection after being demolished and PHASES & MEP. Be able to demolish elements while preserving their systems

341 total votes | Submitted by users casquatch and rxi.gg respectively

MEP users rejoice! Another long-standing request from our MEP customers has been granted! Connections for pipes, ducts and other elements stay connected to host systems when demolished. This has certainly been difficult with many work-arounds previously necessary. Elements retain their system connections allowing for easier phased modification.

3. Filter schedule by elements visible on same sheet

273 votes | Submitted by user colin.magner

The ability to show just the schedule items that are visible on a sheet is functionality that will help keep schedules clean and sheets organized. Keynotes have had this ability for a long time, so having this capability for schedules is a welcome addition!

4. Combined Ideas related to Additional Tagging Functionality

417 total combined votes

5. Duplicate Material and Assets – Autodesk Community

220 votes | Submitted by user dan.stine

Many hours of rendering frustration have been remedied by the newest enhancement to the Material library. Previously when duplicating a material both the material and its assets were copied, and if changes were made to the new material assets, the old materials would also be affected. For those wanting this functionality, the workflow has been preserved in Duplicate Using Shared Assets (change one, change all). The new Duplicate Material and Assets creates copies of both, so modifying the new material and asset will not affect previous materials.

Honorable Mention: Project Browser Sprite/Icon for View Placed on Sheet – Autodesk Community 

172 votes; Submitted by user benstanfish

This popular request was a combination of several separate (but merged) Ideas. Customers requested some kind of visual cue that a view had been placed on a sheet. Simple but effective blue squares now indicate that a view exists on a sheet. The impact of this request made it worth mentioning!

What’s next?

Our teams are continuing their work to bring requested improvements to Revit. Check out the Revit Public Roadmap to see what the product teams are currently working on and vote for your favorites. Continue to add your Ideas, comments and votes for your favorite Ideas on the Revit Idea Station.

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Revit 2023 Release Spotlight: Keep Model Performance in View

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[Authored by Autodesk’s Chuck Mies, Eddy Krygiel, and Brett Casson. For questions or to provide feedback on BIM Interoperability tools, email us at BIMInteroperability@autodesk.com.]

We are excited to announce that with the release of Revit 2023 comes the global release of the BIM Interoperability Tools v9 (BIT), an add on for Revit. If you have Revit installed, look in your Autodesk Account for the BIM Interoperability Tools as a Product Update, or check with your company’s account administrator.

If you’re not familiar with the BIM Interoperability Tools, they are an add-on to Revit for model review Best Practices that help you standardize, validate, and deliver model data for digital deliverables. The toolkit has been around since 2010 and is available for any current version of Revit (2019-2023 versions). You can find them using the Autodesk Desktop App.

With this release, we are bringing some new features to you around file performance and data validation workflows, while also adding some enhancements around reporting. Gone are the days of manual model reviews! We are here to bring you dashboard-able results and more automated workflows.

Model Performance and Model Maintenance

We are thrilled to announce a new service to our toolkit – model Best Practice dashboards. BIT has developed Best Practice checksets designed to analyze your Revit models to make sure they are optimized for performance. The checkset addresses 96 different attributes that can impact model performance. It’s a comprehensive overview of general model health. Models will open faster, navigate easier, and be less likely to crash. By reviewing the results from the Best Practice checks and updating the model, models open up to 12x faster. This means more time doing the things that matter and less time waiting for the model to load.

The results are delivered in both HTML and MS Excel with the Excel file formatted for PowerBI or any other data analytics tool. We even supply the dashboard, so you can go directly from model to results in minutes.

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Data and Dashboards.

With the release of BIT, we are also sharing our Best Practices dashboard. This PowerBI tool can consume the data from any version of the Best Practices checksets and deliver fast, effective results to your team around model performance. No more long lists – the graphical interface makes understanding where your model is performing poorly simple and fast. With the added ability to drill down to the element level, boosting model performance is easier than ever.

Both the checksets and dashboards are fully customizable so you can modify any of the values for your specific firm or project needs.

There is much more to this release and we’re excited to tell you about it.

  • Download a copy of our dashboard here
  • Check out the full release notes and find more documentation on Autodesk Revit BIM Interoperability Tools 2023.
  • Upgrade to Revit 2023 today!

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