what is new in systems 2?

Yesterday, I spoke with someone at a firm that offers MEP modeling services in Revit Systems v2. As much as I love the idea of having the complete model for a project in Revit (instead of dealing in ABS and Revit), I have some reservations.

I know that v1 wasn't quite ready for modeling; it lacked content and didn't efficiently support plumbing. Although we have a license to v2, I haven't had a chance to check it out.

So, where did I turn to find out if v2 was ready to support modeling? First Autodesk, then Google. And what did I find? For all intents and purposes, nothing! Autodesk has a page on features, but it didn't really tell me anything. Furthermore, I couldn't find a review of it anywhere; not in a blog, not on AECbytes, nowhere!

I'm surprised that Autodesk hasn't publicized the update more - I assumed that they would want the AEC community to know that they added more content and more features to a new software.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do about evaluating v2; I don't have the time to test it out and review it myself. But if anyone wants to prove me wrong by finding (or writing...) a review, feel free to.


BrianMyers said...

The answer is... not a lot if you are not interested in plumbing.

A PDF can be downloaded from this thread on AUGI.
(be sure the entire line from the http to the 8 is included when you paste in your browser)

There is a new plumbing tab which I'm sure will be greatly appreciated and is likely the greatest advance in this release. Also, Duct and Pipe sizing has been improved as well as improved memory usage which will aid in product stability.

So, it's not a bad release and if you get it then feel free to install it. But it's not a release (just yet) that will generate a lot of new revenue for Autodesk... but it's heading in the right direction.

Steve said...

I believe the addition of metric content is worthy of mention since R1 only supported Imperial.