What’s new in Revit 2015 for Electrical

There are plenty of “What’s new in 2015” posts going around and they are great. I read them myself, but what about specifically only to MEP professionals? and even more specific, Electrical professionals who use Revit on a daily basis? Well, I can assure you that this is a great release. I am more excited about this one than any previous one (except for 2011 when the introduced conduit and cable tray). Let’s just get right to it:

Family parameter order: ability to order/re-order parameter positions in your families

Schedules:
– Images in schedules: 
Obvious advantages here using symbol legends, fixture schedules, etc.

Reassign View reference: Huge! you can now re-assign which view your callout references.

IFC Linking: No explanation needed, great if you have IFC models to link in.

Hidden Line Visibility: the way MEP elements hidden lines are shown have changed a lot. Each model view is controlled by an instance parameter that affects how the hidden lines are shown. If you want a great detail on this, read this article over at AECbytes

API: Wire creation – Developers how have the ability to create wires via the Revit api

Obsolete APIs removed:

  • Autodesk.Revit.DB.Document.ElectricalEquipmentTypes
  • Autodesk.Revit.DB.Document.LightingDeviceTypes
  • Autodesk.Revit.DB.Document.LightingFixtureTypes

 *Look out for:
If you are logged into Autodesk 360 via Revit, your username will automatically change to your login name and cannot be overridden.

If you want more in-depth overviews of Revit 2015, read these great posts.

Steve Stafford’s Blog – Revit OpEd – http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2014/03/new-feature-list-for-revit-2015.html

Luke Johnson’s Blog – What Revit Wants – http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/my-top-4-revit-2015-new-features-plus.html

The trial download isn’t quite live yet, but a link has been generously provided by Luke here