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    Question Looking for Opinions on Project Upgrade Frequency - REVIT 2016,17,18,19,...

    Looking for experience comments on the continuous upgrade of Projects as Revit is issued each year.

    Do you upgrade your projects to the newest version of Revit across your project team at project milestones or

    do you start with current Revit version and stick with it until the project is closed out of Autodesk Makes you upgrade because the version your using is not longer supported in the subscription service?

    Thanks for listening.

    For the moment lets assume all Revit designers involved work for the same firm across multiple offices and working with consultants on a different Revit upgrade schedule is not an issue.

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    We upgrade every active project to the latest version. Typically in late fall after a Service Pack or two has come out and all of our Add-Ins have been updated.
    We're Architecture only, so it requires a lot of close coordination with all of out consultants to ensure they are also ready to upgrade.
    I've found we have a lot less problems if we bite the bullet and take the time to upgrade everything rather than keeping 3 or 4 versions installed, configured and updated.
    It takes planning and effort, but it also avoids the "Hey, we just got a consultant file I can't open" problems where we're forced to update whether everyone is ready or not.

    That said, we are a bit behind this year & are only about 25% on 2019 right now. We're about to start the big push upgrading active projects.
    Obviously, we won't upgrade if the project is issuing next week, but if issue date it out 6 or 8 weeks, we upgrade.
    In the 12 years I've been doing this, I think we've only had a problem with 3 models.
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    If the project isnt actively working towards a deadline in the next 30 days, and if it doesnt cause an issue for Consultants, the jobs get upgraded.

    2016->2017, and 2017->2018 were exceptions (for me) because of changes to Text. It required a closer look at each project to decide if it was worth the man hours. I have some jobs that i let die in 2017, for that reason.

    Ive never heard a *REAL* case of Autodesk "making someone upgrade," either. I have clients with projects that are still in 2014.
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    I've also upgraded 6-year old projects directly to the current version without stepping them in-between & have had very few problems.
    Except, as Aaron says, with the Text changes from 2016->17 & I have a Dynamo script that fixes *most* of those.
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    Red face Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I've also upgraded 6-year old projects directly to the current version without stepping them in-between & have had very few problems.
    Except, as Aaron says, with the Text changes from 2016->17 & I have a Dynamo script that fixes *most* of those.
    This is great info, thanks for your input. This Forum is Awesome.

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