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Updated on April 16, 2010:

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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 exe – (2.59GB)

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 — English

IMPORTANT

This download is the latest release of Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2011 software.

It is available to users for trial or demo purposes and users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

First Customer Ship of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (Full Install) – April 2010

Get Started

Click on the following link to download the executable file:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (exe – 2.59 GB)

Notes

  • The Readme file is located in the Documentation section of the installer.
  • The full install executable file contains both 32 and 64-bit versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • The executable file can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • Files saved in new releases of this product are not compatible with previous releases. However, files saved in the same release are compatible across different build numbers.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 browser (or later) is required.
  • For problems downloading or installing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 and for general information or questions, contact Autodesk Product Support (Autodesk® Subscription login required).

Source: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=14973244

Looking for installation requirements or recommendations for the new 2011 line of products?  Well there’s a webcast for that!  I’ve summarized the video below, as well as added my own recommendation for some of the hardware.  Chances are though if you have a computer built in the last 2 years you should be pretty compatible.

The biggest changes for Revit Architecture, is that rendering is no longer limited to 4 cores, so you can go all out rendering if you have more than 4 cores available.  Also even more reliance on 64-bit processing, so you’re best bet is using the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system with your hardware allowing your computer to use the most memory available.

UPDATE:
Supported Graphics Card Hardware for Revit 2011:
http://www.autodesk.com/us/revit/revit_graphics_hardware_-_graphics_hardware_list_final.html

System requirements for installing Autodesk 2011 products:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6vDZiRqLg

This includes:

  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit Architecture 2011
  • Inventor 2011

CPU (processor):

Requirement

  • Windows 7 or Vista processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

Recommendation

  • Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i5 or i7,quad-core processor, 2.33Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • AMD Athlon or Phenom X3 or X4, triple-core, or quad-core processor, 2.6Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.

RAM (physical memory):

Recommended

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB or more
  • 32-bit Inventor = 3GB for tooling
  • 64-bit Inventor = 6GB or more for complex models
  • 32-bit Revit Architecture = Use 64-bit for optimum performance
  • 64-bit Revit Architecture = 8GB or more
  • For all systems I’d recommend at least 4GB w/ 3GB switch enabled.  Keep in mind, memory is cheap, waiting on your computer is not!

Required

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 3GB

Graphics Card (video):

  • DirectX & Direct3D 9.0 or 10 capability
  • Shader Model 3.0 capability
  • 256MB or higher of video card memory (I’d recommend 512MB at minimum)

Hard Drive (virtual memory/page file/swap file):

Required free hard drive space:

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB min.
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2x memory installed
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 5GB min.

Operating Systems (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit):

  • Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit & 64-bit)

Autodesk will soon release Revit 2011 coming up in a couple weeks. After last years’ release of Revit 2010, I think people are ready for refinement.  For most, it took most of the year to get used to the new ribbon UI — and this year will bring that level of refinement that Revit needs.  Revit should finally become easier to use, more intuitive, and implement a lot of fixes for reported bugs & annoyances.

Out of the list, my favorites are the changes made to the ribbon UI. Many people will be glad to hear that the modify tab can be static now and the contextual tab will have the ability to return to the previous tab when done. Also they’ve included a QAT or Quick Access Toolbar that will give the user an option to “create their own” toolbar. These enhancements will greatly reduce confusion for new users.

Other essentials (read: wish list items) that were included in this release are backgrounds for renderings, a more realistic view for panning around in 3D, text enhancements, tagging items in linked models… a lot of these will help our workflow out immensely!

As I’m sure most of you are here for the details (and not my opinion), alas, here they are:

  • Improvements to DWG Export, increased visual fidelity, text treatment
  • Improvements 3D display quality & new types of views (ambient occlusion, realistic, consistent colors views)
  • View open time reduced
  • New Guide Grids (alignment grids) for sheets to help with view alignment
  • Align in 3D
  • New keyboard shortcut editing dialog box
  • New abilities around linked files, ability to tag an object in a linked file
  • Quicker file open times, now multi-threaded
  • Repeat last command (enter or right-click menu)
  • New Autodesk Material Library 2011
  • Materials displayed more consistently across views and platforms
  • New Placeholder sheets, ability to change placeholder to actual sheet
  • Ability to add/crop background image for rendering
  • Text enhancements
  • Find/Replace
  • Options for exporting text to CAD to maintain visual or functional fidelity
  • Box around text note
  • Distance between leader and text
  • Bullets & Numbering now possible
  • Additional dialog boxes now resizeable
  • Ability to create custom elevation tags
  • New sun path feature added
  • Ability to control temp dimension appearance (without editing Revit.ini)
  • Revit MEP copy/monitor fixtures
  • Ability to disable the auto-switch to contextual tab when object is selected so you can keep current tab active.
  • Ability to return to previous tab after action completion
  • New Properties Palette
  • Modify tab is both static & contextual now, remains in same location
  • New Customizable QAT (Quick-Access Toolbar) to add your most-used tools
  • New workset & design option controls added to the bottom-right of Revit window
  • Workset visiblity enhancements

That’s it for now! As always bookmark revit2011.info for the latest on Revit 2011.

With today’s press release announcing the 2011 software suite of products, they also updated their 2011 feature list.  Here are some of the new features we’ll see in Revit 2011:

Download the Autodesk Press Packet

Also the brochures for Revit Architecture 2011 & Revit Structure 2011 & Revit MEP 2011:
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_architecture_2011_brochure.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/revit_structure_2011_overview_brochure_us.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_mep_overview_brochure_us.pdf

Revit Architecture 2011 Revit Structure 2011

User Interface Improvements

  • A modeless properties palette allows the user to change the properties of an element during placement or modification.
  • Contextual tab improvements reduce the number of tab switches and provide consistent tool locations.
  • Users now have the ability to adjust the order of tools on the Quick Access toolbar.

User Interface Improvements

Adaptive Components

Adaptive component functionality is designed for situations when components need to flexibly adapt to unique contextual conditions. Adaptive points are created by modifying reference points. The geometry drawn by snapping to these adaptive points results in an adaptive component.

Adaptive Components

Form Editing

A form can be edited in sketch mode by modifying the curves from which it was created. A form can also be dissolved back to the curves from which it was created. Once a form has been dissolved, its profile curves and path (when applicable) remain. These curves and path can be edited to create a new form.

Form Editing

Large Team Workflow

Improve your ability to work with projects containing linked files with the capability to apply view filters, tag elements, and control visibility of worksets.

Large Team Workflow

Text Improvements

Improvements to text tools enable you to:

  • Adjust the location of the leader relative to the text block
  • Format text with bullets and numbering
  • Modify text using the Find & Replace Text tool

Text Improvements

New Structural Tools

Several structural tools, previously available only in Autodesk® Revit® Structure software, are now available to Autodesk Revit Architecture users.

These tools include:

  • Curved Beams
  • Metal Decking
  • Slanted Structural Columns
  • Trusses
  • Beam Coping tool
  • Beam System Tags

New Structural Tools

Enhanced Visualization

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display materials and ambient lighting in editable views.

Enhanced Visualization

Keyboard Shortcuts

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides a new interface for managing keyboard shortcuts for Revit Tools:

  • Add or remove keyboard shortcuts and assign multiple shortcuts for each Revit Tool.
  • Import keyboard shortcuts from another user.
  • Export keyboard shortcuts to share them with other users, or to a spreadsheet program where you can sort, organize, and print a list of shortcuts for quick reference.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Elevation Tags

Define the appearance of view tags used for elevations. Elevation tags can now have any shape and any number of arrows pointing in nonorthogonal directions relative to the tag body.

Custom Elevation Tags

Background Images in Rendering

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.

Background Images in Renderings

Sheet Improvements

Improvements to sheets enable you to:

  • List sheets on the drawing list that are not in the project, such as consultant drawings
  • Consistently align views on sheets

Sheet Improvements

Convert Line Types

The convert lines tool converts existing model lines, detail lines, and symbolic lines into the preferred line type.

Convert Line Types

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps you explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain your design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change you make is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping your design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Share essential BIM data with your partners for a more collaborative, integrated building design process. Support a more efficient design process that enables improved sustainable design analysis, clash detection, construction planning and material fabrication.

What’s New

Key Features Common to all Revit Platform Software Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software share a common set of key enhancements for improved design functionality and workflow to help design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. See the Autodesk® Revit® Platform Enhancements for 2011 backgrounder for information on the platform enhancements.

Enhancements specific to Revit Architecture 2011 include:
Form Editing
  • Sketch editing for conceptual masses in Revit Architecture 2011 has been improved with the ability to edit individual profiles of any type of form without having to delete the form first, similar to “sketch mode” but even more accessible.
  • The Dissolve Form command removes the surfaces from a form, leaving the valuable defining profiles, curves and points.
  • In the past, only voids could be used as cutting elements for Boolean operations, and it was difficult to access them again for further transformations. Now solids can be used to cut other solids, so that when the cut is executed, geometry from both forms remains visible.
Surface Rationalization
  • The ability to rationalize surfaces has been enhanced. Surfaces can now be split by levels, reference planes and model lines.
  • Now, divided surface patterns can be made up of any combination of UV grids and intersects created by these new elements. Adaptive
Components

The adaptive component is a generalized implementation of the pattern-based curtain panel family, which was introduced with the 2010 release of Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is designed to handle cases where components need to flexibly adapt to many unique contextual conditions. The adaptive component can be used to simply fill in the empty edge panels on a divided surface or for more complex modeling or framing applications.
Structural Tools
Several features formerly available only in Autodesk Revit Structure software are now available in Autodesk Revit Architecture, such as the ability to create:
  • Curved beams
  • Slanted columns
  • Beam copings
  • Trusses
  • Metal deck profiles, and more
Rendering Enhancements:
  • Background Images Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.
  • Procedural Textures Create custom procedural textures based on patterns such as checker, gradient, wood or tiles.
  • New Autodesk Material Library More smoothly exchange material data between Autodesk applications with the new Autodesk Material Library. Materials can be exchanged with certain other supporting Autodesk applications (AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure software) in a true one-to-one mapping — helping create a consistent definition and rendered look and minimize the need to rework materials after data import. Note: The new Material Library in Revit Architecture 2011 will only export materials, lights, or environments to 3ds Max/3ds Max Design 2011.
  • Removal of Four-Core Rendering Limit Rendering in Revit-based products is no longer limited to the use of four cores on multiprocessor computers. Revit-based products can now take advantage of as many cores as are available on your computer.
Access to Autodesk® Green Building Studio® Web-Based Services (Available with Subscription to Revit Architecture)
  • More smoothly extend BIM workflows to include sustainable analysis. With more than 1.6 million virtual weather locations across the globe, the climate information used in analyses can be more local, accurate and current.
  • By using the power of cloud computing, Green Building Studio can generate analyses in a matter of minutes, thus helping architects and designers to iterate through multiple design options earlier and more often.
  • For new buildings projects, whole building energy analysis can help predict more accurate building operation costs before construction. For renovation and retrofit projects, the software helps users to make the most efficient design choices.

Don’t forget to bookmark: http://www.revit2011.info

UPDATE: Release date set for April 8th

Well this time last year the details of Autodesk Revit 2010 were released along with webcasts showing off all the new features. Yet here we are still with no details (well publicly available) about Revit 2011 and the released date less than 2 months away.

Never fear, once Autodesk releases their press-release you’ll see the final list of new and improved features for Revit 2011. So bookmark this site and I promise you I’ll publish the feature post as soon as the news becomes public. Let’s just hope they don’t pull an “Apple” and hold all the details until the release date. Now that would be traumatic.

Maybe Autodesk is just waiting for the Olympics to end, so they can garner more press 🙂

Anyhow, if you have any public information or mere speculations on what’s new in Revit 2011, please feel free to comment below.

Just got this from AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) community.  They are announcing their 2010 BIM Awards call for entries.  The submission fee is $300.

If you have a BIM project that excels in any of the following categories, please submit!:

  • Category A: Creating Stellar Architecture Using BIM
  • Category B: Design/Delivery Process Innovation Using BIM
  • Category C: Outstanding Sustainable Design Using BIM
  • Category D: Outstanding Design for Fabrication Using BIM

The deadline for entries is 5pm EST, March 29, 2010

2010 Jury

Erleen Hatfield, PE LEED AP – Buro Happold – New York
Stephen Jones – McGraw Hill Construction – New York
Thom Mayne, FAIA – Morphosis – Santa Monica
Stephen Selkowitz – Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley
John Tocci – Tocci Group of Companies – Woburn

sourcehttp://www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAS074564

Duke Energy Center (formerly Wachovia Corporate Center) is now completed in Charlotte, NC.  Personally I think it’s about as close to flattery as you can get to the Shanghai World Financial Center… what do you think?

I prefer the slimmer sleeker profile that the SWFC has, clearly it has a height advantage, but the lines are seem much cleaner.  The Duke Energy Center on the other hand appears much more traditional.

If anything this building has shown the sad state of the economy.  After Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo, they ended up only occupying five of their originally planned 14 floors of the building.  Wake Forest originally was going to have a campus in the cultural arts campus as well but pulled out of the project after the buyout.

Nonetheless, I’m glad it was built and completed.

Well I think the time we’ve all been waiting for is finally here… Revit has grown up. With a new UI, robust and easy-to-use conceptual modeling tools, 3ds-max and SketchUp users who’ve been reluctant to change to Revit for schematic design, have no more reason not to. I for one am really excited about the UI change. This has been circling the rumor mill for years and it’s finally here. While some don’t like the ribbon UI, it’s something that after working with for a couple weeks, you’ll notice it’s simpler & easier to use. I think we’ll see some huge productivity gains (hopefully along with stability) with the new Revit Architecture 2010.

In terms of the release date of Revit 2010, I can say with confidence you can expect it in early April based on the last couple years of release dates:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009: April 15
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2008: April 5th
Autodesk Revit Building 9: April 12

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Box Shot

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Box Shot

To view the product launch webcast:  Click here

In the presentation section pull-down select Presentation PT 1.
Advance the slider to the 9 minute mark in the presentation for details specific to Revit Architecture 2010.

NEW User Interface Screenshot:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 offers a streamlined new ribbon user interface that optimizes workflow and increases discoverability of new tools.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 offers a streamlined new user interface that optimizes workflow and increases discoverability of new tools.

NEW Conceptual Design Tools Screenshot:

New conceptual design features help you to prepare models for fabrication and construction with builtin tools for dividing, patterning and panelizing complex forms.

New conceptual design features help you to prepare models for fabrication and construction with builtin tools for dividing, patterning and panelizing complex forms.

NEW Revolve Tool Screenshot:

New conceptual design features allow you to sketch freely, create 3D models quickly, and take your design from concept to construction documentation all in one environment.

New conceptual design features allow you to sketch freely, create 3D models quickly, and take your design from concept to construction documentation all in one environment.

2010 Autodesk Revit Platform

The Autodesk Revit platform based products for BIM feature an aligned user interface, giving the entire range of products a consistent look and feel. The updated Autodesk Revit platform also allows a greater level of interoperability for green building analysis, providing support for the green building extensible markup language (gbXML) format. Updates to the products based on the Autodesk Revit platform include:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software (BIM for architects and designers) enables customers to more accurately capture early design concepts with improved conceptual design functionality via:
    • An intuitive conceptual design workspace to create complex geometry more easily.
    • A new user interface (UI) that works the way designers think, providing a smoother and more continuous design workflow.
    • Improved interoperability with programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 software and Autodesk Inventor 2010 software.
  • Autodesk Revit Structure 2010 software (BIM for structural engineers, designers, and drafters) integrates a multi-material physical and an independently editable analytical model, to help provide for more efficient, more accurate documentation, analysis and design. Users will experience:
    • Enhanced conceptual design, modeling and analysis to handle more complex architectural forms.
    • Improved user interface with a new customizable ribbon toolbar.
    • Improved performance and interoperability, including native 64 bit support.
  • Autodesk Revit MEP 2010 software (BIM for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers) provides customers with optimum tools for system design and building performance analysis helping engineers to make better informed decisions. The 2010 release provides new functionality including:
    • Native heating and cooling loads analysis enabling MEP engineers to determine the energy demands of the building.
    • Enhanced gbXML export with the ability to examine an analytical model of the project before exporting to a gbXML file.
    • Improved performance of the application enabling users to see significant performance enhancements while handling and working on large project files.

View the full press release on the 2010 product lineup here:
http://pressreleases.autodesk.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=526%3C%2Ftd%3E

From Arcom MasterSPEC MasterFormat ’04

SECTION 01 42 00 – REFERENCES
PART 1 – GENERAL
1.1 DEFINITIONS

A.     “Approved“:  When used to convey Architect’s action on Contractor’s submittals, applications, and requests, “approved” is limited to Architect’s duties and responsibilities as stated in the Conditions of the Contract.
B.     “Directed“:  A command or instruction by Architect.  Other terms including “requested,” “authorized,” “selected,” “approved,” “required,” and “permitted” have the same meaning as “directed.”
C.     “Indicated“:  Requirements expressed by graphic representations or in written form on Drawings, in Specifications, and in other Contract Documents.  Other terms including “shown,” “noted,” “scheduled,” and “specified” have the same meaning as “indicated.”
D.     “Regulations“:  Laws, ordinances, statutes, and lawful orders issued by authorities having jurisdiction, and rules, conventions, and agreements within the construction industry that control performance of the Work.
E.     “Furnish“:  Supply and deliver to Project site, ready for unloading, unpacking, assembly, installation, and similar operations.
F.     “Install“:  Operations at Project site including unloading, temporarily storing, unpacking, assembling, erecting, placing, anchoring, applying, working to dimension, finishing, curing, protecting, cleaning, and similar operations.
G.     “Provide“:  Furnish and install, complete and ready for the intended use.
H.     “Installer“:  Contractor or another entity engaged by Contractor as an employee, Subcontractor, or Sub-subcontractor, to perform a particular construction operation, including installation, erection, application, and similar operations.  Installers shall be experienced in the operation they are engaged to perform.
1.  Using a term such as “carpentry” does not imply that certain construction activities must be performed by accredited or unionized individuals of a corresponding generic name, such as “carpenter.”  It also does not imply that requirements specified apply exclusively to tradespeople of the corresponding generic name.
I.     “Project Site“:  Space available for performing construction activities.  The extent of Project site is shown on Drawings and may or may not be identical with the description of the land on which Project is to be built.
J.     “As Required“:  As required by regulatory bodies, by referenced standards, by existing conditions, by generally accepted construction practice or by the Contract Documents.  In the event of ambiguity or conflicts, the most stringent requirements shall apply.
K.     “By Others” refers to work that is not a part of the Contract.
L.     “N.I.C.:  “Not in Contract” means the work or the item indicated is not a part of the Contract and will be provided by the Owner.