I'm going to assume you want to view all 18 HDMI inputs simultaneously on a few monitors, then be able to send one of those inputs to an output for broadcast/presentation? I don't know what sort of effects you need, or anything else like that, but maybe this will get you on the right track. Or if you need the switcher to be seamless (i.e: no momentary signal loss).
Look into the Kramer range of modular switchers: http://www.krameraustralia.com.au/products/model.asp?pid=2455&sf=55&pname=Kramer%20CORE
They're a chassis with slots for cards that you can configure yourself. Buy a chassis (e.g: VS-3232DN) and pop in the cards you need (e.g: five of the H-IN4-F32 HDMI input cards and one H-OUT4-F32 card) and away you go. The chassis is controllable over ethernet so you can use a PC to do all the switching and whatnot. You can also get cards that support HDbaseT, which is awesome if your HDMI cable runs are going to be more than say 10 meters as HDbaseT runs HDMI over Ethernet reliably (not like the crappy balun style converters on eBay and stuff).
This stuff isn't cheap though, you'd be looking at around US$15,000 for the setup with all the cards. That might not be an issue for you though :)
Again, this might not be the most appropriate solution for what you intend to use the gear for - on this chassis there's no seamless switching, no effects, no ability to put graphics on stuff. It's simply a switch with a load of inputs. It might be better to try get the inputs (are they all PCs?) to output 59.94 instead of 60, that way you can build yourself a rig with a couple of capture cards and it'd do everything all in one and be half the price of the switcher.