What’s New in Revit 2018 for Architects

So it’s that time of year again, here are some quick updates for what is new in Revit 2018 for Architects.


Ability to add parameters and schedule RVT Links and Model Groups

Adding Parameters to RVT Links and Model Groups – Can Add parameters to both. For Model groups I see tons of potential for adding parameters (potentially parameters that would be added to room objects).  As for RVT Links, I’m having trouble thinking of good workflow examples for this, feel free to comment below if you have some good ones, I’d love to hear them.

Scheduling model groups – You no longer have to rely on rooms to create schedules of suites or offices.  But before embarking down this road there are some questions you need to consider. Are your model groups going to be ungrouped at some point? How will that affect all that time you spent adding parameters and data to them?  Which information will be stored in model groups vs rooms? And keep in mind that color schemes use rooms, so if you’re hoping to create a color scheme off of that parameter, it better be under rooms vs model groups. This is a great feature but make sure you plan out how this feature will affect your overall process.

Scheduling Model Groups for Quality Control – Scheduling groups has a huge QC potential. Great way for a BIM Manager or Project Manager to take a look at the groups in a project, the number of groups (should this really be a group if there is only 1?) the naming convention of the groups (group 1, group 2, tim’s group; not so helpful) and you can sort these groups by level.  If you do a lot of Multi-unit Residential or find yourself using a lot of model groups, a QC schedule should be making it’s way into your template file.  From a QC perspective this is my favorite feature in 2018.


Scheduling Links – I’m still a little unsure of the best use for this other than QC.  It is nice that you can get a list of Links in your project, but you can also get that from the Manage Links section.  The nice thing about this schedule is the room bounding check box.  How many people completely forget to check this off when they first bring in a link? Well now you can go into the schedule and check off the ones that you’ve forgotten about.

Stair Changes 

Bye Bye stair by sketch – They’ve completely removed the option to start a stair by sketch. You only get 1 option – stair by component, which is now just called the stair tool.  And for anyone worrying about how they’re going to make custom fancy stairs, or for anyone who just really likes to work with those colored lines, don’t worry, you can still convert the stair (or portions of it) to a sketch.


Multi-story stair attached to Levels – Now you can assign the stair to attach to multiple levels in a project regardless of their height differences.  You create the stair like you always have but instead of assigning a top level for the multistory stair in the instance properties box, you use the connect levels button in the modify tab, it then takes you to an elevation where you can select (or deselect) the levels you want it to attach to.


While experimenting with this new feature, I have to say, it’s not the easiest one to work with and I think there is going to be some confusion as people get used to it.  For example, when you select the stairs, it defaults to selecting the “multistory stair” as a group because it is now a separate system family that is different  from the assembled stair.  If you have selected the multistory stair, the edit stairs option is greyed out, you have to hover over the stair, hit tab, then you can edit the stair. Which seems a little clunky to me. Also, when you are adding and disconnecting levels, you have to finish editing the multistory stair (this being different from the actual stair) before you can see any changes to your stair in elevation.  Even trying to explain it sounds confusing so you’ll have to test this feature out for yourself to really understand it.

Railing Changes – Now you can host railings to topographic surfaces, this feature will be great for things like fences etc. They’ve added arrows while editing the railings of a stair to toggle the sketch orientation.

Coordination Models – This allows you to bring in Navisworks files (.nwd, .nwc) as an underlay.  But it’s different than RVT links because you don’t have nearly as much control over them. You can add them to phases but it doesn’t look like you can assign them to worksets.  It truly is just an underlay.

It will not show up in manage links, it’s under it’s own dialog box under insert – coordination model.

and there is not much control over visibility, so far you can only override the transparency.

Tag all to multiple categories at once. So now instead of having to hit CTRL to get multiple categories you can use the check boxes.



Global Parameters – Now you can add global parameters to radius and diameter dimensions.

User Interface Changes

Revit 2017

Revit 2018

File Tab replaces “big R” – They’ve replaced the “big R” with a file tab but when you select the file tab it looks exactly the same as the big R used to.

Print button – You now have a print button as part of the quick access toolbar.  In case you’re thinking “oh what a good idea but I’m sure you could’ve customized this” I thought the same thing, you can’t, I checked that in 2017.

Looks… different? –  Everything is now the same shade of grey on the ribbon.  And don’t worry your options bar is still there even though it doesn’t look like it.

Autodesk Seek– The Autodesk Seek search bar is gone.

Symbols and Text – You can now access symbols by right clicking when using a text box.

Verification of Family constraints – Constraints are checked when opening a family which should help with people having to test for breaks.

Michelle Ovelson


Michelle provides BIM support to Alberta-based customers. Focused primarily on Architecture and Interior Design related to Revit, Michelle brings five years of hands-on experience in architectural design and construction documentation to her role.

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