What’s New in Revit 2018?

Harlan Brumm Harlan Brumm April 13, 2017

6 min read

Check out new productivity tools and more support for multidiscipline design extending to fabrication detailing and construction

It’s that time of year, and  we’re prouder than ever to share what we’ve been working on.  Revit 2018 is the latest step in the continual evolution and development of Revit for multidiscipline BIM. We are striving to deliver tools for consistent, coordinated, and complete modeling for architects, MEP and structural engineers and detailers, and construction contractors.  Last year, we put out our first public Revit road map and this release marks some movement along that path. The road map defines forward-looking themes that guide and prioritize the development of Revit features and functionality with input coming directly from you via the Revit Ideas Page.  We think Revit 2018 is the best yet.

As Autodesk moves to a subscription model, we are working to ensure that Revit delivers more frequent value with multiple releases per year. Revit 2018 includes and builds on new features and functionality that were first made available to subscribers in the Revit 2017.1 and 2017.2 point releases.

Our goal is to help designers and engineers provide accurate design intent models and gives detailers the ability to develop models to a higher level of fidelity for fabrication and installation purposes.

Our VP of BIM products, Jim Lynch, says “Revit 2018 is optimized to be part of a foundational BIM portfolio that serves the major design disciplines of architecture, MEP, and structure, and the major material trades with MEP, steel, and concrete,”. “This enables designers, the trades, and contractors to model with greater levels of detail that can drive the fabrication process seamlessly.”

We want you to focus on design rather than on the software, Revit 2018 helps you capture your design intent with productivity improvements that automate workflows and simplify painful multi-step processes.

Key new or enhanced features include:

Use a Navisworks file as an underlay in Revit

Select Model Groups or Revit links as categories when creating a schedule

Direct shape imports support more seamless integration with both projects and families

For structural engineers

While I am not a Structural engineer by trade, I’m excited to see the new tools for additional control over steel connections.  Revit 2018 improves the workflow between engineers and steel detailers, helping to reduce errors with more accurate estimating and detailing.

Key new or enhanced features include:

Over 100 new connections for detailed steel modeling

Define reinforcement for non-standard concrete elements

Get better control of rebar placement in concrete formwork



Fabrication modeling improvements in Revit 2018 help you to more efficiently model fabrication-ready elements using routing capabilities, and now supports detailed modeling of sloped piping elements.

Multipoint routing for fabrication

Model MEP fabrication elements with multi-point routing

Key new or enhanced features include:


flow and pressure drop data connected to pump, and computation processes in the background

Manipulate and define the intended circuit pathway for downstream analysis

For Architects

Finally, for Architects, Revit 2018 introduces a new Multistory Stair object that enables faster and easier modeling of complex stair towers for buildings with many stories.  By connecting stairs to the levels in a project you can model one stair and expand it to the entire building.  When levels in your building change, the stair will automatically update as well.

Add and edit stair towers in multi-story buildings

Further improving stair design for multi-story buildings, the railing tool enhancements let you add accompanying railings to an entire stair tower with one click and propagate edits from one instance to all in a group of similar stair runs. Beyond modeling railings associated with building staircases, with Revit 2018 you can also attach railings to topography to model fencing, road barriers, or outdoor handrails.  This continues the work we did in 2017 and 2017.1 to make modeling railings easier and simpler.

Add railings to a stair tower with one click. Attach railings to topography to model fences or outdoor handrails.

Also for architects, the ability to model in perspective view released with Revit 2017.1 reduces the need to switch views to perform everyday modeling tasks and work in the view that best supports your workflow.


Subscribers to Revit, suites containing Revit or the AEC Collection get access to all updates released during their subscription term and can access the new 2018 release starting today via their Autodesk Account now.

Revit 2018 is available globally for subscribers to Revit, or via a subscription to the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection.  Revit 2018 is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.  Availability, pricing, and related cloud services vary by country.

Get more information on features here.

Stay tuned here on the Revit Blog for future posts that will dive deeper into individual features and the thought process happening behind them.

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