Tour the Revit 2019.1 new features in the latest release

Sylvia Knauer Sylvia Knauer August 15, 2018

9 min read

Written by: Harlan Brumm, Sasha Crotty, Tomasz Fudala, and Emily Dunne

The team here at Autodesk can’t wait to show off the Revit 2019.1 new features in the latest update released today. Following the course charted by the Revit Road Map, Revit 2019.1 includes new capabilities that help you connect, create, and, optimize.

Revit Roadmap


Two Revit 2019.1 new features significantly deepen workflows with Autodesk BIM 360 project delivery and construction management software. When you first start up Revit 2019.1 you’ll notice how the new Revit Home screen makes it easier to navigate to and access your cloud models, providing BIM 360 Design users especially a more consistent and integrated experience. Big news is a new Site Collaboration workflow between Autodesk Civil 3D 2019.1, and Revit 2019.1 via BIM 360 Docs, that enables a connection between civil engineers and architects on large infrastructure projects. Additional Revit 2019.1 new features include free-form rebar aligned distribution and improvements to perspective views and dialog sizing. This update is available to subscribers and current maintenance plan customers via your Account portal or within Revit with the in-product Autodesk Desktop App.

Read on for more details about the top Revit 2019.1 new features


Our goal is to improve the processes by which you collaborate and exchange information. By building better experiences for sharing data across Autodesk tools and helping teams work together, we strive to help you get things done more efficiently.

Revit Home

Revit Home is a new user experience that modernizes the way you access, store, and share project information.

With Revit 2019.1, it is much easier for you to open your BIM 360 Design models directly from Revit Home. The BIM 360 project list is integrated into the left panel in the Home UI and you can quickly and easily browse BIM 360 folders to get to the model you need. With cloud models front and center, storing models in BIM 360 makes Revit workflows easier.


Easily open a Revit sample file from the updated Recent Files screen. Additionally, now as you click on a central file from Recent Files, Revit will create a local copy of the central model for you, adopting a consistent experience with BIM 360 Design models and reducing the risk of unwanted changes directly to the central files. With Revit Home, local copies are now hidden, and only central models show up on the recent files page, making your view more streamlined and easier to navigate. The new responsive Revit Home in the Revit 2019.1 release will improve model management, organization, and discovery.

Site Collaboration with Civil 3D

Site Collaboration is a Revit 2019.1 new feature that introduces unprecedented interoperability between Revit and Civil 3D. New workflows will help both save time and improve accuracy when you are transferring site information and project location data between project teams. You can easily link topography from Civil 3D into Revit using Autodesk Desktop Connector and BIM 360 Docs and will also be able to interact with this topography in Revit with surface hosting, tagging and scheduling.  Civil 3D is included in the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, which is great way to access Revit along with other essential tools at a great value.

Civil 3D Publish to Revit workflow:

The site collaboration feature connects architects using Revit and engineers using Civil 3D via the BIM 360 document management module. When publishing Civil 3D to Revit, the workflow focuses on topography only. Engineers in Civil 3D can publish topography from Civil 3D, view the resulting data in BIM 360 document management, and then link the published data into Revit.

Revit 2019.1

Revit publish from Civil 3D Workflow:

In Revit, you will be able to easily link topography, which will help you to collaborate more effectively with civil engineers on the project.

This workflow also supports sub regions and hosting railings. Sub regions are good for changing the surface material in Revit.

It is also possible to place elements on the topography – this will function as a link. Updates must be made in Civil 3D and edited and published again for use in Revit.

To work best, this workflow will require strategy for efficient navigation and linking and we recommend developing your BIM execution plan accordingly.  Read more about this workflow on the Infrastructure Reimagined Blog

Revit 2019.1

Making Updates to the Topography – Civil 3D and Revit Workflows:

This enhancement vastly improves the workflow for topography transfer from civil engineers to architects. You can make changes in Civil 3D and then upload as described in the previous process to BIM 360. In Revit, use reload or reload from and link topography again.

Revit 2019.1

Support IFC Links from BIM 360 with Desktop Connector

With Revit 2019.1 IFC files can be linked in Revit using Desktop Connector and they will maintain their links. This feature will open doors for new IFC collaborative workflows.



This category of Revit features is focused on delivering better tools, capabilities, and experiences central to authoring of project data, generating and using models.

Free Form Rebar Aligned Distribution

In Revit 2019.1 the Free Form Rebar tool can now be used to create rebar sets with planar bars distributed along the faces of a structural element and aligned to a distribution path. This new type of the free form rebar distribution increases 3D rebar modeling versatility and helps you define accurate reinforcement for standard and non-standard shapes of concrete elements.


As with the surface distribution type, you can model aligned distribution type by working in 3D views and selecting the structural element faces to which the bars are aligned. Bars in an aligned distribution are created at the intersection of each individual bar plane with the host surface. All the bars are planar, respect the cover of the host and are aligned to the distribution path.

Get further detail on this feature in Tomasz Fudala’s post on BIM and Beam.

Move Pattern on Top of Wall

With Revit 2019.1 you have greater control over the look of a wall at every visible surface. You can now drag, rotate and align a model pattern on a painted top surface of a wall, enabling you to  control alignment of pattern tile location on all faces of a wall.


Import Double Fill Patterns

With Revit 2019 you got double-fill patterns. Now with Revit 2019.1, importing patterns from AutoCAD to Revit is easier and requires less management. When importing a double fill pattern (a hatch with a background color) from AutoCAD to Revit, you will now see the background color on import. You can explode the AutoCAD hatch in Revit, and a Revit pattern with a background is created as a single object, removing the need to manage two coincident filled regions.

Revit 2019.1


Optimize means several things in the context of Revit – it’s how we can improve your ease in working by making the software work better and by improving your interaction with the software. It’s also in delivering tools that you can use to analyze and conduct simulations to get the insights you need to make the best design decisions.

Improved Work with Perspective Views

Revit 2019.1 includes a set of enhancements to perspective views that dramatically improve the modeling process in 3D views.


We’re confident these improvements will help you work more easily and faster in immersive 3D with perspective views.

Section View Align and Snapping

In Revit 2019.1 you can use the Align command to select the line for a section view and use it as the reference for alignment or as the object to align. For example, you can align a section line with an angled wall.


In addition, snaps are enabled for section lines, so you can snap while moving a section line, or snap to a section line during the placement of another element.

These enhancements support precise positioning of section views to make it easier and faster to get your work done.

Resizable Dialogs

In response to customer requests submitted via the Revit Ideas page, Revit 2019.1 new features include the ability to resize the Go To View dialog and the Add View to Sheet dialog. You can drag the corners or edges of these dialogs to resize them to display long lists of views and long view names that previously did not fit in the dialog boxes. Letting you see the entire view name continuously on the screen helps you work easier and faster with dialog boxes.


The Revit 2019.1 update for subscribers is here and available on your Account page now. With our move to more agile development and a subscription model, we are working to ensure that Revit delivers more frequent value with multiple releases per year. Revit 2019.1 new features represent progress along the Revit road map of growth and innovation that helps you create models, work more efficiently, and connect teams and data.

Remember, if you have an idea or suggestion the best way to get in front of not only the Revit Team Inside the Factory, but to get endorsement of other Revit users is to submit to the Revit Ideas Page.

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