The Australian and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS) was an initiative conceived at RTC (Revit Technology Conference) 2009 in Melbourne in response to the Revit user community’s frustration with lack of consistency and quality in Revit families available from Autodesk, Content Creators and other sources.

It’s been a mammoth effort, and not without the contributions of dozens of volunteers, but RTC 2011 marks the first public release of the Australian and New Zealand Revit Standards – for Content Creation and Management.

The project has attracted interest globally.

Feedback was received from a number of contributors during the recent Peer Review process, and this has been integrated within the body of the work.  On the basis of what was presented during this review, several local content creation firms have already agreed to adopt the standards.  These include KarelCAD (DesignContent), Benn Design and ProductSpec .

The document pack constitutes:

  1. Introduction and project contextual information
  2. Forms articulating criteria to be met in order to comply with the standards
  3. Reference material to assist content creators to surpass minimum requirements.

Key features of the Standards:

  • improved consistency of content and associated parameters
  • simpler, more consistent scheduling of object data through an established list of Shared Parameters
  • greater interoperability of content between subscribing parties and between disciplines
  • simpler, more familiar control over families through the use of a list of established subcategories
  • discipline-specific requirements for Revit Content (where not already included in the general documentation), for Architecture/ Interiors, Structural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)
  • measures for achieving minimum file size, while underpinning optimal performance for both family regeneration and project file performance

By adopting ANZRS, your firm will be able to:

  • Save time and money by sharing and/or purchasing Revit content that is both consistent and reliable – rather than employing specialist content creators in-house
  • Better understand and communicate the digital content needs of your own organisation as well as other project stakeholders
  • Provide better value to clients and other project participants through better digital content and consequently, better digital project models
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of the standards as technological advancements allow