Top 5 Reasons to Choose Autodesk Revit Structure 2017

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Reason 1: Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit


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This is one of the best enhancements to come to Revit Structure in several versions:  the ability to add highly detailed parametric steel connections easily with just a couple clicks.  This is not an add-on or extension.  This is a tool incorporated into the Revit 2017 interface.  Not only will this tool add plates, angles, and bolts for all sorts of steel connections, it will also extend or cope framing members to the connection.  Very detailed and specific properties can be applied to the different types of connections, such as: plate, bolt, and hole sizes and shapes; reinforcing, shim, and stiffener plates; even welding information.

With Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit, design and documentation coordination is improved, with that coordination transforming into collaboration with steel fabricators.

Reason 2: Structural Connectivity


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With the introduction of Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit, a new element relationship is also introduced:  The Structural Connection.  The category “Structural Connection” has always existed, and this category usually includes the component families of plates, bolts, and mounting parts used to model structural connections.  But now a new system family element can be applied that creates a relationship between multi-material structural framing elements.  Once this relationship is established, it can be utilized in many ways, such as applying a Steel Connection, or supplying information about the connection with several built in parameters for approval and code checking status.  Extended data for schedules and tags, even pictures and links to design reports about the particular connections can be stored with the connections. The symbolic connectors can be assigned colors based on these parameters for an easier review and approval process, all of which improves the workflow between design and detailing within the BIM environment.

Reason 3: Continued Improvements to Concrete Reinforcement


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Every new version of Revit has included several improvements to the ways in which concrete reinforcing is modeled and documented, and Revit Structure 2017 is no exception.  From new family-based, fully customizable reinforcement connectors, to bent fabric sheets and more flexible variable rebar distribution, placing rebar has never been easier.  And one of the biggest advancements is the graphical rebar constraints management. This new in-canvas tool is much easier to use than the dialog box it replaces.  Now place standard rebar shapes that snap to adjacent standard rebar or constrain them to host faces. The user interface highlights each rebar segment that can be constrained, along with available targets. The snap constraint maintains its relationship when you place, move, drag, or copy rebar.

All this new and improved functionality helps increase productivity and provides faster model definition completeness, helping to keep designs coordinated and accurate.

Reason 4: Improved Structural Columns and Foundations


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This is one of those simple improvements that just make life easier.  Now when a column is selected and the contextual tool “Attach Top/Base” is utilized, Structural Foundations are now included as a category.  So if the depth elevation of the footing changes, the column attached to it will automatically adjust its length.

So simple and such an improvement to user productivity that it makes one wonder why it wasn’t there in the first

Reason 5: Split Element Modify Tool Now Works on Structural Columns


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The Split Element tool can be used to split Structural Framing, and now it can also be used to split Structural Columns.  This ability allows for ease of column placement: place one column from the base level of the project to the top level, then just use the Split Element tool to create the Column splice.  No need to add two separate columns, one on top of the other.  Just add one and split it.

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons to Choose Autodesk Revit Structure 2017”

  1. Do you know when Revit Structure 2017 will be available? My company has been waiting to be able to update to 2017. It’s a pain when the architects we work with have Revit 2017 but we can’t coordinate with them since we can’t update our Structure version. I understand this isn’t Autodesk but any info would help.

    1. Alex,

      The release of Revit 2017 now includes all disciplines (MEP, Architecture, and Structure). So the old days of Revit “flavors” seem to be over and done with. Revit 2017 has all the features and tools that you have come to expect with Revit Structure as well as the added improvements noted in this post. Download Revit 2017 and you’ll be good to go.

      I hope this helps you!

      1. Thanks Chris. I heard that before. I just got off a chat with Autodesk. They finally confirmed the same. I am beyond upset because months ago I was in contact with the brain-dead Autodesk customer service and the answer I got was “you have to wait until you receive an email from Autodesk that notifies you when that version of Revit is now available”. That is the level of genius these people at customer service have. I finally got someone to look into why my account doesn’t show 2017 as an available update. Hope this gets fixed soon. The application has always been breaking ground for innovations in construction design but the Autodesk customer service has always been sketchy at best. Hope the 2018 updates include updating customer service personnel.

        Thanks again for confiming that Revit 2017 is all-in-one now.

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