Autodesk launches Revit 2024 with new tools to address challenges facing the ANZ construction sector

Autodesk recently launched Revit 2024, introducing additional capabilities including Site Tools for landscape designers, a Link Coordination Model to boost collaboration, and enhancements requested from the Autodesk user community like Dark Theme and interface improvements.

What challenges is the AEC sector facing in ANZ?

Building a better world is no easy feat, especially when it comes to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector. As Aristotle once said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.”


One of the biggest challenges facing the architecture, engineering, and construction sector in Australia and New Zealand is the need for more sustainable building practices. According to the Green Building Council of Australia, buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions. This requires AEC professionals to adopt new tech and strategies that prioritize energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and low-emission materials.


Improving collaboration and communication is also a significant challenge in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector. A research study by PlanGrid found that poor communication and coordination can result in rework, delays, and increased costs. To address this issue, AEC professionals need to adopt new collaboration tools and platforms that allow for seamless communication and data sharing across the entire project team.

In sports, teamwork is essential to achieving success. Just like in basketball, where each player has a specific role to play and must communicate effectively with their teammates to win, AEC professionals must work together towards a common goal. This involves breaking down silos, promoting transparency, and sharing knowledge and expertise.

Andy Cunningham, Senior Regional Director for ANZ at Autodesk
Andy Cunningham, Senior Regional Director for ANZ at Autodesk

“Amid the slew of challenges faced by the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, having simplicity is crucial to reduce risk and expedite planning, design and development, while ensuring collaboration is possible at every stage of a project,” said Andy Cunningham, Senior Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand at Autodesk.

“This launch of Revit adds site tools, capabilities for creating, scheduling and documenting, and the ability for project teams to work together using consistent, up-to-date information no matter where they are. This allows ANZ firms and contractors to have greater visibility over every element of their projects, reduce rework, and mitigate unexpected costs.”

Labour shortage

The AEC sector in Australia and New Zealand is also facing a shortage of skilled workers. According to a report by Engineers Australia, 65% of employers have difficulty filling vacancies due to a lack of skilled workers. To address this issue, the industry needs to attract and retain more young people who are interested in pursuing careers in AEC.

Timely delivery

Delivering projects on time and within budget is a constant challenge in the architecture, engineering, and construction sector. According to a KPMG report, only 31% of construction projects are completed on time and on budget. To address this issue, AEC professionals need to adopt new technologies and processes that can streamline workflows and reduce waste.

What does Autodesk have to offer with Revit 2024?

The new Site Tools, available for Revit and Revit LT, support the design and documentation of richly detailed landscapes. It enables users to collect and rationalise existing conditions data from CAD Imports, CSV point files, and more. It also allows users to model their design intent freely and easily, with versatile site and massing tools for modelling topography.

Additional functionality for the Site Tools spans: populating schedules, sheets, and views and calculate material quantities; cutting, filling, joining, and running phasing scenarios; and using the design-to-documentation engine of Revit to improve design quality when modelling landscape and site conditions. To expedite concrete detailing, Revit 2024 enables structural engineers and rebar detailers to access creating, scheduling, and documenting rebar perks.

The new bar bending details can help create reinforcement drawings and schedules with detailed fabrication instructions. With this new tool in Revit, when the model changes, the details adapt along with it. This means rebar bending details can be customised so that views and sheets respect typical practice, and errors and omissions in document sets are reduced.

The new Revit feature Link Coordination Model from Autodesk Docs makes it easier for project teams to evolve work together. It centralises project files light and teams on the same page so users can link models and views from any of the more than 60 formats supported by Docs and the Autodesk Construction Cloud directly into Revit.

Additionally, this also means platform users can underlay the coordination model as visual reference when designing in Revit, and also reduce the need for interpretation when coordinating up-to-date design deliverables with partners and project teams.

Controlling embodied carbon

Controlling embodied carbon has become crucial to design practice. A World Green Building Trends report asked 1,200 AEC experts for actionable approaches to improving sustainability in 5 years, with creating net-zero buildings and controlling embodied carbon topping the list.

This is why Autodesk is releasing the new Revit technology preview for Carbon Insights. With this free plug-in solutions for Revit, architects and engineers can quantify and evaluate carbon impacts, with tools for optimising their projects for greater carbon neutrality.

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