Links to Revit tips on other Blogs

I have found a lot of great tips on other peoples blogs.

I’m listing some of the best here so I can find them later.

Managing Detail Level in Revit

Interference Check in Revit

Looking for Missing Items in Revit

Creating Custom Wall Types in Revit Architecture

If you find any great tips, please let me know.

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Revit Architecture Training Course Outline

Duration: 10 – 8 hour days

Each day is divided into 4 separate classes. Each class will have one hour of lecture followed by one hour of hands-on practice.

Day 1

1: Overview and Basic Drawing Tools

* Building Information Modeling
* Revit Terminology
* Overview of the Revit Interface
* Starting Revit Projects
* Viewing Commands

* General Drawing Tools
* Editing Revit Elements
* Modifying Tools

2: Datum Elements – Levels and Grids

* Setting Up Levels
* Importing CAD Files (Covered in more    detail in a later class)
* Creating Structural Grids
* Adding Columns

3: Drawing and Modifying Walls

* Drawing and Modifying Walls (Creating custom walls is in a later class)
* Helpful Editing Tools

4: Adding Doors and Windows

* Adding Doors and Windows
* Loading Door and Window Types from the Library
* Creating Additional Door and Window Sizes
* Creating Storefront Windows

Day 2

1: Floors

* Creating Floors
* Creating Openings
* Creating Building Sections

2: Roofs

* Creating Roofs by Footprint
* Setting Up a Roof Plan
* Reference Planes and Work Planes
* Creating Roofs by Extrusion
* Cleaning Up Wall and Roof Intersections

3: Vertical Circulation

* Adding Callout Views
* Creating Standard and Custom Stairs
* Creating Ramps
* Adding and Modifying Railings

4: Reflected Ceiling Plans

* Creating Ceilings
* Adding Ceiling Fixtures

Day 3

1: Interiors

* Duplicating Views
* Setting the View Display
* Adding Furniture and Fixtures to a Project
* Creating Interior Elevations

2: Construction Documents

* Setting Up Sheets
* Placing and Modifying Views on Sheets
* Printing Sheets

3: Annotating Construction Documents

* Working with Text
* Adding Detail Lines and Symbols
* Working with Dimensions

4: Tags and Schedules

* Adding Tags
* Working with Schedules (Creating custom schedules covered in a later class)

Day 4

1: Project Phasing and Design Options

* Project Phasing
* Design Options

2: Groups and Links

* Using Groups
* Linking Revit Files
* Links and Groups
* Visibility and Graphic Overrides in Linked Views
* Interference Checking

3: Importing and Exporting

* Importing Vector Files
* Working with Imported Files
* Importing Raster Image Files
* Exporting Files

4: Project Team Collaboration

* Introduction to Worksets
* Opening Workset-Related Projects
* Working in Workset-Related Projects
* Setting Up Worksets
* Best Practices for Worksets

Day 5

1: Advanced Modeling Tools

* Creating Sloped Floors, Roofs, and Slabs
* Creating Dormers

2: Curtain Walls

* Creating Curtain Walls
* Adding Curtain Grids
* Creating Curtain Wall Types with Automatic Grids
* Working with Curtain Wall Panels
* Attaching Mullions to Curtain Grids

3: Site Design

* Creating Topographical Surfaces
* Property Lines and Building Pads
* Modifying Toposurfaces
* Annotating Site Plans
* Site Components
* Shared Coordinates

4: Structural Tools

* Structural Basics
* Foundation Plans
* Framing Plans and Elevations

Day 6

1: Detailing in Revit Architecture

* Setting Up Detail Views
* Creating Details
* Annotating Details
* Patterning

2: Schedules

* Creating Schedules
* Creating Material Takeoff Schedules

3: Advanced Annotation

* Keynoting and Keynote Legends
* Creating Legends
* Revision Tracking

4: Advanced View Setup

* View Templates
* Working with Dependent Views
* Enhancing Views

Day 7

1: Massing Studies

* Basic Mass Elements
* Custom Mass Elements
* From Massing to Building
* Working with SketchUp Files

2: Space Planning & Area Analysis

* Space Planning
* Area Analysis
* Creating Color Schemes

3: Visualization

* Perspectives
* Creating Walkthroughs
* Solar Studies

4: Rendering

* Basic Rendering
* Working with Lighting
* Enhancing Renderings

Day 8

1: Creating Custom Templates

* Preparing Templates
* Presetting Annotation Styles
* Creating Titleblocks
* Creating Object Styles
* Materials and Fill Patterns

2: Custom Walls, Roofs, & Sections

* Creating Wall, Roof, and Floor Types
* Adding 3D Profiles
* Vertically Stacked Walls
* Vertically Compound Walls

3: Family Concepts & Techniques

* Introduction to Families
* Creating Parametric Dimensions
* Creating Family Elements
* Creating Family Types
* Adding Family Parameters
* Visibility Display Settings

4: Creating Specific Families

* Creating Custom Doors and Windows
* Creating In-Place Families
* Creating Profiles
* Creating Angled Cornices and Copings
* Creating Custom Railings
* Adding Custom Posts
* Creating Annotation Families
* Working with Shared Parameters

Days 9 and 10

Putting it all together – Creating a project from scratch

* Two days of hands-on practice with emphasis on your companies standards and project types. Work will be done on the various aspects of a “typical” project for your office.

What is Revit?

My interest is in the use of software for use by architects and designers. I always start any training class with definitions.

What is CAD?
CAD is a generic term that means “Computer Aided Design” and is used to indicate a class of software that is used to create dimensionally accurate drawings. You may also see it spelled CADD which stands for “Computer Aided Design and Drafting” there is no difference between the class of software these two terms refer to.  Sometimes you may see references to CAD/CAM. CAM is Computer Aided Manufacturing. Although all CAD programs have many things in common, CAD/CAM programs are specifically intended to design and manufacture products and aren’t typically used for architecture. Any CAD program can be used to draw architectural construction documents.
Who is Autodesk?
Autodesk, Inc. is a software company based in Sausalito, California. Autodesk develops and markets a variety of software programs. Autodesk owns, develops and markets several graphics software programs. The three CAD programs they have of most interest to architects are AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD LT, and Revit.
What is AutoCAD?
AutoCAD is the name of a CAD program first introduced in 1982. It is a general purpose CAD program, and was the first CAD program that would run on a Personal Computer. Most architects in the United States use AutoCAD.
What is AutoCAD Architecture?
AutoCAD Architecture is AutoCAD with additional architectural design and drafting tools. Many architects use this. It provides many features that can save time in producing architectural drawings.
What is AutoCAD LT?
AutoCAD LT is the name of another CAD program. It is sometimes referred to as AutoCAD Light, although its name actually is AutoCAD LT. It is basically AutoCAD with some functionality removed. Most notably it lacks some 3D modeling and custom programming capabilities that are included in AutoCAD. This is an excellent alternative to AutoCAD for those architects that don’t need 3D modeling capabilities and have no need for custom commands and menus.
Are there other CAD software programs?
Yes. There are many. Here is a link to a list of general Purpose 2D and 3D CAD Programs
What is BIM ?
BIM does not mean 3D, but it does typically use 3D dynamic building modeling.

BIM is sometimes used to refer to parametric objects, but that is a sloppy definition.

BIM is often used to mean Revit, but that’s not correct. Revit was not even the first BIM software product. Autodesk adopted BIM as a marketing term and it has caught on. It was intended to separate Revit from its competitors, but now they all use it. Revit is so much different from AutoCAD or ADT that many people that use Revit refer to it as BIM and to everything else as CAD.

BIM stands for “Building Information Modeling”. It is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle.

Are there other BIM software programs?

Yes. The most popular are;

ArhiCAD (Graphisoft) – arguably the first BIM software program.

Microstation or Bentley Architecture (Bently)

Vectorworks Architect (Nemetschek)

Architectural Desktop (Autodesk) – This is the previous name for AutoCAD Architecture – many don’t realize that this was also marketed as a BIM program.

What is Revit?

Revit is a parametric building modeler for architects and building design professionals. It was built from the ground up as a tool architects, and it shows. Revit is a CAD program. And, yes, it is also a BIM program.

How does Revit compare to AutoCAD.

Some of the biggest changes (and improvements) are things Revit does not have.

Some things Revit does not have;

user coordinate system (UCS) Colors
Layers LT scale
Paperspace/Modelspace Viewports
Plot routines Color dependant plot style files
Xrefs Dimstyles
Command Line Cursor crosshairs

What are the basics of Revit?

There are 2 kinds of objects in Revit; 3D objects and 2D objects.

You place and modify 3D objects to build a virtual 3D model of your building.

In the set of sheets typically needed for a building project, there may be some 3D views, but each sheet will primarily contain one or more 2D drawings. In Revit, each of these separate drawings is a different view of the same 3D model of the building. These “project views” of the model make up the plans, reflected ceiling plans, sections, elevations, and details. One of the very clever things that the makers of Revit did was to let you work in these 2D views to create the 3D model. You will be working in 2D most of the time, even when drawing 3D objects. 2D entities are used to “finish” these 2D views by adding things like dimensions, crosshatch, or 2D lines to show more detail. These 2D entities will only show up on the 2D view they are drawn in.

Different types of entities behave in different ways. Take walls for example. Doors and windows can only be placed in walls. If you create a 3D shape (sloped, curved, basically anything you can think of) and call it a wall, you can then place a door or window in it. You can create your building using more or less “standard” construction techniques. Or, you can go completely crazy and create any shape you want. If you call it a wall, it will behave like a wall. The same is true for all of the other entity types; floors, ceilings, slabs, roofs, columns, etc. Revit typically provides you with a set of generic entities to use, and tools to place or draw them in 3D. You can copy or modify these, or create your own.

For each type of 3D object, such as a wall or a door for instance, you can define what you want it to look line in a 3D view or projected onto a 2D view (like an elevation). You can also define what it looks like when cut in plan or section. (Plan views can look different from section views.) You can also define, for each of these views, what it will look like in a “coarse”, “medium”, or “fine” level of detail which allows for a different amount of detail at different scales.

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Graphic software programs

I thought that I would start by listing some of the software that I use. Later I will be commenting on each of these, offering my opinions and tips I have discovered along the way. Here are most of the graphic programs I use:

  • AutoCAD
  • Revit Architecture
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max
  • Sketchup
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Photoshop CE
  • Arris
  • Corel Painter
  • Irfanview
  • Piransei
  • Bricscad

There are others, but these are the main ones.