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V-Ray 6 for Revit is now available!

V-Ray® for Revit architectural rendering software is renowned for its photorealistic quality. Deep integration ensures that you can work without leaving Revit and innovative tools enable advanced visualization techniques without altering your original BIM data. From early mock-ups to final design, Chaos® V-Ray has all the tools you need to visualize your Revit projects.

As of July 2022, Chaos will no longer sell V-Ray for Revit and for specific host applications. Instead, customers will only need to purchase a single V-Ray license to access all V-Ray integrations offered in three tiers: SoloPremiumand Enterprise. To find out more, check out this article on What you need to know about Chaos’ V-Ray licensing and pricing changes.

What’s new in V-Ray 6 for Revit?

 

Enscape compatibility

Transfer your Enscape materials, compatible 3D models, and cloud settings to V-Ray. Build on designers’ work and take your model to the highest level of photorealism.

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Render-ready 3D assets

Our integrated asset library, Chaos Cosmos, enables you to search and add render-ready objects, materials, and HDRI skies to your model directly in Revit. With accurate scale, automatic LODs and interoperability across 3ds Max, SketchUp and Rhino, Chaos Cosmos assets are an essential addition to any Revit pipeline.

 

CPU, GPU & Hybrid rendering

V-Ray comes with two powerful rendering engines. You can choose between super-fast GPU and CPU or Hybrid rendering to best suit your project needs and requirements.

 

Real-time preview

With V-Ray Vision, you receive real-time high-quality visual feedback of your model as set up materials, lights, and cameras. Alternatively, you can take your design to the next level with Chaos Vantage Live Link, and explore even the most complex model in pure ray-traced real-time.

 

Denoiser

The NVIDIA AI Denoiser uses artificial intelligence to remove noise in an instant. And the V-Ray Denoiser supports denoising individual render channels to simplify compositing.

 

Interactive rendering

Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights, materials and cameras and see the results right away.

 

Chaos Cloud Rendering

Rendering on the Cloud is just one click away.

 

V-Ray Swarm

Powerful and scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast. Get an extra speed boost with V-Ray Render nodes.

 

Render Channels

Choose from many unique beauty, utility and matte passes to give you more control over your rendered images in compositing.

 

Scene Intelligence

Automatically analyzes your scene to optimize rendering so you get the best quality in less time.

 

Settings management

Set up individual lighting, mood, and composition per view in the same Revit model. Easily share render settings across teams and projects.

 

Batch rendering

Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.

 

Sun animation

V-Ray adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualize the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of timespans.

 

Other features in V-Ray 6 for Revit include:

Seamless integration: V-Ray naturally fits into Revit’s UI and complements your Revit workflow without altering your BIM database.

Asset Editor: Create, edit, save and manage your V-Ray materials all in one place with the Asset Editor. Assign materials to a new proxy object, save it in the Editor and reuse this configuration in any project.

Appearance Manager: Take your Revit renders to the next level. With the Appearance Manager, you can set basic Revit assets to automatically switch to more realistic V-Ray assets at render time.

Frame Buffer: Track history of your rendered images, fine-tune their color parameters and save them directly to your Revit project. Use the new layer-based compositor to do color corrections of final renders and save your presets for future projects.

Chaos Cloud Collaboration: Upload images and image panoramas to Chaos Cloud directly from the VFB, and collaborate with colleagues and clients.

Asset tags: Add tags to families and materials, and manage complex projects more easily.

Accurate lighting: Simulate any type of natural, artificial, or image-based lighting.V-Ray automatically converts all Revit lights to V-Ray ones and further extends Revit’s lighting capabilities.

Light Gen: Study your model in different lighting scenarios without the need for lengthy manual setup. Automatically trigger hundreds of natural lighting scenarios, choose the ones you like best and render.

Light mixing: Experiment and adjust your model’s lighting after you have rendered. Tweak the brightness and color of individual or groups of light sources to find the best rendition for your space.

Adaptive lights:This lighting algorithm dramatically speeds up rendering in scenes containing many lights. And you can render image-based lighting much faster with the new Adaptive Dome Light. It’s exceptionally quick for interiors and substantially speeds up your rendering.

Lighting analysis: Easily visualize real-world illumination values (lux) with the new Lighting Analysis render element.

Sun & Sky: Take advantage of our improved sky model to present your design in its best light when the sun is at the horizon. Alternatively, use the sky generation parameters for full creative control.

Procedural clouds: Add clouds to your V-Ray sky and animate them when exporting solar studies.

Global Illumination: Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with powerful and fast global illumination.

Real-world cameras: Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.

Automatic exposure & white balance: Capture the perfect exposure every time. The new Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance camera controls make rendering as simple as point and shoot.

Lens effects: Add that extra touch of photorealism with real-world camera lens effects such as bloom and glare.

Virtual Reality: Experience your designs at 1:1 scale. Create content for popular VR headsets with 6×1 cubic and spherical stereo camera types.

Interested in purchasing V-Ray 6 for Revit?

To simplify V-Ray’s product line and to offer customers more value and flexibility, Chaos will no longer sell V-Ray for specific host applications. Instead, customers will only need to purchase a single V-Ray license to access all V-Ray integrations, including 3ds Max, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, Nuke,  and Unreal.

 

For customers looking for the most cost-effective way to use V-Ray on a single computer, Solo is a great option. This node-locked V-Ray license can be used to set up and render on a single machine using any supported host integration. Access to 3D content on Chaos Cosmos is also included. V-Ray Solo is an excellent choice for those looking to save money without compromising on quality or features. Solo node-locked licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Fixed license on one computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:
  • Chaos Cosmos content library

The Premium tier is the best option for most customers and is comparable to Chaos previous V-Ray Collection offering. With this tier, customers can install V-Ray on any machine and use it with any supported host application.

Premium also includes a floating license for Chaos companion products, such as Phoenix, Player, Scans, and Vantage. In addition, it includes a starting pack of 20 free credits for Chaos Cloud rendering and access to the growing Chaos Cosmos content library. Premium floating licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

Enterprise is the most cost-effective option for studios and firms that need 5 or more licenses of V-Ray. Customers get all of the benefits of the Premium tier but are priced at a discount for multiple seats. Enterprise floating licenses will be available as annual and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

If you would like to purchase Chaos V-Ray Solo, Chaos V-Ray Premium or Chaos V-Ray Enterprise, please contact us at vray@microsolresources.com.

If you are not sure about upgrading your licenses, you can request a free 30-day trial, to get an overview of its new features and functionality. You can test it out with your team and find out how this new version will improve your workflow.

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The Role of Revit in Construction

If you work in the construction industry, it can be helpful to know a little about Revit. This modeling tool contains many helpful aspects for engineers, architects, contractors, and more. Keep reading to discover all the features of Revit and see how to use Revit for construction projects.

What Is Revit?

So what is Revit? Formally called Autodesk Revit, Revit is a type of building information modeling (BIM) software. It has some of the AutoCAD features found in other Autodesk products, but Revit focuses on features for engineers, architects, designers, and contractors.

Revit contains a broad range of tools needed for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). It can help with everything from ordering materials to launching an opening ceremony. This software for construction products stands out because it is one of the first three-dimensional BIM systems. It’s gone through many changes over the years to ensure it’s always up-to-date with industry standards.

What Is Revit Used for in Construction?

Revit’s primary use is for designing and modeling buildings. You can load various components, such as roofs, slabs, furniture, lighting, and doors. Typically, a person working on a building project will craft a custom 3D Revit structure for their project. This scale model will show everything from elevations to rebar types. They can use this model to view their drafts in a 3D environment and adjust as needed. The models also allow for cutaways and floor plans of a building, so designers can more easily explain their projects to outside viewers. The extremely detailed, precise models you can make in Revit are a valuable part of the design process.

Revit software also makes it very easy for the various project teams to communicate with each other. All changes are documented, so everyone is updated on any alterations. The various people involved in the building can see how other teams’ designs are going and use this data to inform their own designs. In addition to helping builders manage their workflow, Revit helps with client communication. Clients can easily check up on progress and annotate as needed, so collaboration goes seamlessly.

The builder’s main uses of Revit are trying designs and communicating with other teams. In addition to these advantages, numerous small, helpful ways to work with the program exist. Revit models can provide clash detection or help you calculate materials needed for a project. All of these little perks add up to a lot of saved time. Many companies use Revit to quickly get through time-consuming tasks, so they can focus on the rest of the building process.

What Are the Key Features of Revit in Construction?

Revit comes with a broad range of features for building teams to try out. Here are some of the most popular tools available within this BIM process software.

Data-Rich 3D Modeling

3D models made in Revit are far more than just a pretty pictures. These 3D views also help with functionality. You can view specific dimensions, types of connectors, joint types, and more. All these visualizations help improve workflow and coordination.

Premade Construction Models

Revit does allow for custom modeling, but it also has some premade BIM models and templates you can use. For example, you can browse through standard types of steel connections and attach your preferred one to a beam. This speeds up modeling and ensures you use effective designs.

Fabrication Recommendations

For systems like ductwork, Autodesk Revit lets you click on a system and see a list of all necessary fabrication parts. This makes it quick and easy to order the materials you need.

Identify Clash Detection

This feature is very helpful when you have multiple teams designing different systems. Clash detection can recognize when a slab and steel column are placed in incorrect, overlapping spots.

Parametric Components

Parameters are various sets of guidelines that the system follows. It can do things like automatically offset beams from the floor. When you change the flooring, the beams and trusses will automatically adjust.

Conceptual Mass Modeling

Revit can help architects discover overall massing for a building’s height, area, weight, volume, and orientation. This is particularly helpful for more unusually shaped, non-linear buildings.

What Are the Benefits of Using Revit in Construction?

Revit’s ability to provide design plans, enhance team communication, and implement time-saving features make it very beneficial. Revit has some advantages not found in other BIM software used in construction.

One of the significant advantages is its interoperability. You can import and export with many other AutoCAD products, and it’s compatible with formats like IFC, 3DM, SKP, and OBJ. This allows for seamless coordination with any other software. Revit even allows you to load add-ons. These provide additional features not found in the base software. For example, Revit MEP add-ins allow plumbers to automate things like hydraulic design, or you can use add-ins for 3D printing.

Another perk of using Revit for construction is its sustainability. When working with BIM software, designers don’t have to manually draw designs on paper and throw them out. They can experiment with a variety of options without wasting office resources. Using Revit for notes and team communications further cut back on memos and other paper products.

A huge benefit of using Revit over other BIM is its personalization options. You can fully customize the user interface, so you get a helpful toolbar filled with all the features you need for your project. You can also further customize with parameters and other features. This can set system-wide guidelines so every part of the project adheres to your business’ construction preferences.

Furthermore, Revit is straightforward to use. The interface contains a lot of detail, but it’s easy to get started. A person who is new to Revit can produce professional models in minutes. Detailed tables and extensive search capabilities make it quick and easy for beginners to find the tools they need. Like most other Autodesk products, Revit is almost an industry standard at this point. Once you get the basics down, you’ll find yourself using it for countless projects.

Is Revit the Same as BIM?

To fully understand what Revit is, it’s important to distinguish it from BIM. BIM is short for building information modeling, and it refers to any intelligent software that provides 3D modeling related to construction. Ultimately, Revit is not the same as BIM, but it is a type of BIM.

If you hear industry professionals talking about BIM software, they might be talking about Revit or another software that fits within the same category. Revit can be used in just about any situation where you need BIM tools or BIM workflow. Just keep in mind that all BIM is not automatically Revit. There are a lot of other BIM platforms out there that provide similar services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some other helpful details to know about Revit.

Who Uses Revit?

A wide range of construction industry professionals works with Revit. Structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers, and many types of contractors use Revit. Many professionals also use Revit for architecture. It’s also sometimes used by project managers and clients who use the messaging system or look at deliverables even if they don’t use any complex tools.

Is Revit Hard to Learn?

The basics of Revit are usually easy to learn. The interface is intuitive, so you can learn a lot just by playing around with it. Autodesk also provides helpful Revit tutorials. However, keep in mind that this software is versatile and complex. People who have been using it for years are still finding new ways to work with Revit. You can make basic project files right away, but some of the more niche uses can take a little time to learn.

Is Revit Better Than AutoCAD?

Autocad vs Revit, which is best? This will depend on what you need to accomplish. AutoCAD is very helpful for big-picture design and data collection. However, Revit tends to be better at actual design and construction documents. It tends to do a better job of keeping track of the details and supporting individual phases of the building.

Ultimately, Revit has a lot of exciting applications. By learning how to use all the features of Revit, you can save time on jobs and enhance your customers’ satisfaction.

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Revit 2023.1 introduces Twinmotion for Revit

As you may have heard at Autodesk University in September 2022, Autodesk is collaborating with Epic Games to include access to Twinmotion with all Revit subscriptions. Whether you subscribe to the AEC Collection or standalone Revit, use Flex pricing, or have an education license, you now have at your fingertips the real-time visualization power of Twinmotion for Revit.

Twinmotion is a real-time visualization tool that enables you to produce high-quality images, panoramas, standard or 360° VR videos and interactive presentations from design data. The changes you make in Twinmotion update in real-time.

Revit 2023.1 introduces Twinmotion for Revit, upgrades to MEP modeling tools, more analytical to physical model automation for structural analysis, and handy advancements for everyone, like the ability to edit revisions on multiple sheets, upgrades to the project browser and command functionality, and more!

 

The update installs Twinmotion for Revit and Datasmith Exporter for Revit, which allows you to open the current Revit model in Twinmotion with a single click. You can continue the design process and synchronize the changes in real-time.

 

A drop-down menu allows you to synchronize your changes via Direct Link Synchronize, or do a one-time  Export to Datasmith file. The export may be useful for scenarios where you prefer to import a file containing specific geometry into Twinmotion, or when you want to share a file with another design team.

 

 

Thinking about an upgrade? Recent releases of Revit are faster, user-friendlier, and chock-full of useful features. In Revit 2023 alone, the Revit Factory shipped:

  • New structural analysis workflows optimized for BIM
  • Electrical load analysis for early-stage systems design
  • Data Exchanges for better interoperability and collaboration
  • Cloud Parameter service for more consistent BIM standards
  • A raft of fine-tuned enhancements for your documentation tasks
  • A fresh look and feel and an easier-to-use Dynamo
  • A boatload of performance enhancements that improve loading times, graphic performance, and more

 

Launch Twinmotion for Revit directly from the Revit ribbon in Revit 2023.1. Immerse yourself in the intuitive creator environment, and turn your design data into photo-realistic stills, scenes, and scenarios. Paint a more complete picture of how your design is working, and better weigh options, reach decisions, and take clients and stakeholders through signature experiences that can add shine and sophistication to your practice — not to mention help you win more work.

 

Interested in installing Twinmotion? You can check this article on best practices for installing Twinmotion and how to create a direct link to your Revit model. Feel free to reach out to our team at support@microsolresources.com if you have any questions.

 

 

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