Revit Architecture 2012: Part 2
by Lachmi Khemlani
This software review takes a detailed look at Revit Architecture 2012, released in March 2011, to see how much progress it has made since the last two releases. The two-part review concludes here with an exploration of improvements to worksharing, visualization and rendering tools, and other tools and changes, along with an overall analysis of the 2012 release. —Editor
Collaboration Improvements: Worksharing and Vault Integration
Revit Architecture 2012 finally includes some major improvements to its worksharing module, the limitations of which were brought into sharper focus by the revamped Teamwork module that had been introduced in Graphisoft's ArchiCAD 13 close to two years ago with a color-coded workspace and a flexible element reservation system.
Revit has also introduced color-coding to provide greater visibility into element ownership and status to better manage team workflows. When worksharing is enabled on a project, a new Worksharing Display Settings dialog is available, which allows different color settings for four different aspects of worksets: checkout status of elements, the specific owners of elements, elements that are out of date with the central model or have been deleted in the central model, and which elements are assigned to particular worksets. For example, activating the last Worksets option enables you to ensure that elements are being created in the right workset, as they will be displayed in the colors assigned to the different worksets.
Other worksharing improvements include balloon notifications that are displayed when editing requests are placed, granted, and denied — they also show the elements involved, enabling team communication to be faster and more efficient. There is a new option in the general Options dialog where you can specify the frequency of updates between the local copy and the central model. There is also the option to disable worksharing and detach the project from the central file, which could not be done directly in previous versions of Revit.
Autodesk has also re-engineered its Vault application, traditionally used in MCAD, for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). This is part of a broader Autodesk initiative called BIM 360 to support collaboration and data management in AEC.
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This article is excerpted from "Revit Architecture 2012" by Lachmi Khemlani, copyright © 2011, with permission of the publisher, AECbytes.
In Revit Architecture 2012, elements can now be displayed in a semi-transparent mode when selected, allowing users to see through them to the objects beyond.
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A worksharing display enhancement in Autodesk's Revit Architecture 2012 allows you to see which elements belong to which workset. Here, the curtain walls are in a different workset and are therefore displayed in a different color from the other elements, which are part of another workset.
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