Software manufacturer Autodesk Inc. has made improvements to its suite of Revit products for building information modeling (BIM) and created an award for innovation in the implementation of the Revit platform. The San Rafael, Calif.–based company designed the new updates with the goal of expanding digital productivity through easier collaboration in the modeling space between architects, engineers, designers, and other project-specific consultants. The updates herald further automation of cross-discipline design coordination. In addition, the company says, the new software will facilitate easier integration of sustainable design features that can lead to better building performance and cost savings.

Three applications in the suite have been renamed: Revit Architecture 2008 (formerly Revit Building), Revit Structure 2008, and Revit MEP 2008 (formerly Revit Systems) for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing market. Revit Architecture 2008 adds a Google Earth plug-in for publishing models in the mapping software and includes a markup computer language that should allow designers to study energy performance with standard green building analysis tools.

In December, Autodesk launched the Revit BIM Experience Award to recognize building professionals around the world who are using BIM in ways that transform the industry. Winners are chosen by taking into account the degree of experience with BIM, the level of integration between disciplines, the value delivered, and other innovations. Autodesk will honor one organization each month. Winners are also featured on Building Design + Construction's website.