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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press

ISBN: 978-1-118-57508-6
416 pages
May 2013
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Quickly learn essential Revit Architecture tools and techniques

Autodesk Revit Architecture is the powerful, sophisticated building information modeling (BIM) software that has transformed the architectural design industry. This Autodesk Official Press guide is the perfect introduction to the powerful software for architects, designers, and students. Three Revit experts provide concise explanations, real-world examples, and plenty of hands-on exercises and tutorials. You'll soon master the basics and then find yourself using the software confidently, productively, and effectively.

Beginners will get comfortable with Revit's core features and functions. Current users will have a valuable reference to refresh and hone their skills. And everyone can use this practical book to help prepare for the Revit Architecture certification exams.

  • Gets readers up and running on Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014, Autodesk's industry-leading building information modeling software
  • Explains core Revit tools, features, functionality, real-world workflows, and BIM concepts
  • Covers schematic design, modeling, families, views, creating drawing sets, and more
  • Features best practices, rendering and visualization, worksharing, documentation, and annotation
  • Provides downloadable starting and ending files, so readers can compare their work to that of the pro's

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials is your perfect introduction toto the powerful industry-leading BIM software.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 Introducing the Autodesk Revit Architecture Interface 1

Understanding the Interface 2

Properties Palette  2

Project Browser 4

Status Bar 5

View Control Bar 5

ViewCube 5

Options Bar 6

Understanding the Interface Workflow  6

Creating a Simple Layout 7

Using Filter, Mirror, and Trim/Extend  8

Adjusting Datums 11

Changing Element Types 13

Using Common Modifying Tools 16

Using Dimensions for Modifying Designs 16

Aligning Elements  20

Rotating, Grouping, and Arraying  23

Aligned Copying and Group Editing  27

The Essentials and Beyond 30

Chapter 2 Walls and Cur tain Walls 31

Understanding Wall Types and Parameters 31

Basic Walls 32

Stacked Walls 34

Curtain Wall Types 35

Creating Numerous Wall Configurations 36

Sketching Walls 37

Picking Walls  39

Hosting Elements in Walls 40

Modifying Walls 41

Instance Parameters 43

Editing Profiles 44

Attaching and Detaching the Top and Base  45

Resetting Profi les 47

Cutting Openings 48

Splitting Walls 49

Swapping Walls 50

Creating Curtain Walls 51

Curtain Grids 52

Adding Mullions 53

Embedding Curtain Walls 55

Modifying Curtain Walls 56

Editing the Elevation Profile 56

Adding and Modifying Grids and Mullions 57

Unpinning and Toggling Mullions 58

Modifying Curtain-Grid Segments 60

Modifying Curtain Panels 61

Going Beyond the Basics 62

The Essentials and Beyond 64

Chapter 3 Floors, Roofs, and Ceilings 67

Creating Floors  67

Sketching 67

Editing the Boundary   68

Creating Sloped Arrows and Floors  70

Creating Sloped Floors via Shape Editing  72

Creating Openings by Sketching 74

Creating Openings with Shafts 76

Picking Walls 80

Laying Out Roofs 81

Picking Walls 81

Creating Slope Arrows 82

Creating Extruded Roofs 86

Adding Ceilings 89

Creating Automatic Ceilings 90

Sketching Ceilings 91

Dealing with Bulkhead Conditions 94

Adding Lights and Rotating the Grid 96

Changing the Ceiling 97

Sloping the Ceiling  97

The Essentials and Beyond 98

Chapter 4 Stairs, Ramps, and Railings 99

Creating Stair Configurations 99

Creating the Generic Railing  100

Creating Your Design Stair  103

Creating a Straight-Run Stair 104

Creating a Straight-Run Stair with Landing 107

Creating Multistory Runs 110

Setting the Host Function for Railings 112

Designing Ramps 114

Creating a Straight-Run Ramp 115

Editing Boundary Conditions 116

Building Railings for Level and Sloped Conditions 118

Using the Set Host Function 120

Editing the Top Rail 121

From Basics to Creative Art  121

The Essentials and Beyond 123

Chapter 5 Adding Families 125

Understanding the Model Hierarchy 125

Assigning Families to Categories  127

Working with System Families 130

Loading System Families 130

Placing System Families 131

Working with Component Families 132

Loading Component Families 133

Using Hosted Families  134

Using Face-Based Families  138

Using In-Place Component Families 139

Finding Content 139

The Essentials and Beyond  141

Chapter 6 Modifying Families 143

Editing View Display and Detail Level 143

View Scale and Detail Level 145

Level of Detail 148

Changing the Family Category 151

Editing the Family Category 152

Editing the Insertion Point 153

Modifying Family Geometry 158

Editing the Family 158

Editing Profiles  159

Detail Components  163

Repeating Details  167

Title Blocks 168

Hosted Components   172

Family Tips and Best Practices 177

The Essentials and Beyond 179

Chapter 7 Schematic Design 181

Working from a Sketch   181

Importing Background Images  183

Accurately Scaling Images   184

Using Reference Planes and Levels  186

Creating and Placing Groups 190

Modeling In-Place Masses 193

Modeling the Base Mass 193

Modeling the Middle Mass  195

Modeling the Upper Mass 197

Working in 3D 198

Creating Mass Floors 202

Scheduling Mass Floors 203

Updating the Massing Study 206

The Essentials and Beyond  208

Chapter 8 Rooms and Color-Fill Plans 209

Defining Rooms in Spaces 209

Room Tags 210

Room Boundaries 213

Room Separation Lines 215

Deleting Rooms 217

Generating Color-Fill Room Plans 219

Adding a Color Legend 219

Modifying Color Schemes 221

Adding Tags and Fill Colors in Section 222

The Essentials and Beyond 225

Chapter 9 Materials, Rendering, and Visualization 227

Using Materials  228

Editing Material Properties of Walls 228

Using Graphic Display Options 231

Presentation Elevation Drawing  231

Presentation 3D Isometric Drawing 235

3D Exploded View  237

Rendering Graphics 238

The Essentials and Beyond 241

Chapter 10 Worksharing 243

Enabling Worksharing 244

Preparing the Central File 244

Creating Central and Local Files 246

Creating the Central File 246

Creating the Local File 247

Adding Worksets 248

Workset Visibility 250

Assigning Elements to Worksets 250

Saving to the Central File 253

Creating New Elements 255

Opening and Closing Worksets 259

Worksharing Display Modes 260

Editing Requests 263

Worksharing Best Practices 264

The Essentials and Beyond  265

Chapter 11 Details and Annotations 267

Creating Details 267

Detail Line 268

Region 269

Component 269

Creating a Detail 270

Insulation 280

Detail Groups 280

Linework 281

Annotating Your Details 282

Dimensions 283

Tags 288

Text 291

Using Legends  292

The Essentials and Beyond 294

Chapter 12 Creating Drawing Sets 297

Creating Schedules 297

Understanding Schedules  298

Making Schedules  305

Creating a Window Schedule 305

Creating a Room Schedule  307

Creating a Sheet List 309

Placing Views on Sheets 313

Adding Floor Plans to the Sheet 313

Adding the Schedules  319

Printing Documents 321

Exploring the Print Dialog Box 321

Exploring the Print Settings  322

Exploring the Print Range 325

The Essentials and Beyond 327

Chapter 13 Workflow and Site Modeling 329

Understanding a BIM Workflow 329

Staffing a BIM Project 332

Project Roles Using Revit Architecture 332

Adding Team Members to Fight Fires 336

Modeling a Site  337

Using a Toposurface 338

Creating a Building Pad 340

Performing Quality Control on Your Model 342

Keeping an Eye on File Size  342

Dealing with Warnings 345

The Essentials and Beyond 347

Chapter 14 Repeating Objects, Best Practices, and Quick Tips 349

Repeating Objects 349

Optimizing Performance 352

Utilizing Best Practices 355

Using Quick Tips and Shortcuts 359

Finding Additional Resources  365

The Essentials and Beyond  366

Appendix: Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Certification 367

Index 377

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Author Information

Ryan Duell is a senior quality assurance analyst for Revit. He also contributes to the Revit Clinic blog (revitclinic.typepad.com), presents at Autodesk University, and is a former BIM manager. Tobias Hathorn is a licensed architect and user experience designer for Revit and also lectures at Autodesk University. He previously worked at BNIM architects on a million-square-foot IRS paper processing center using Revit. Tessa Reist Hathorn is a licensed architect at Austin Architects (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and has worked on everything from private residences to the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. All three authors teach Revit at the Boston Architectural College.

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Errata

Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
Metric measurements updated/corrected, and metric project files
Many imperial measurements in the first printing of the book were not accompanied by metric equivalents or the equivalents given were not those a metric user would typically use. See the individual errata entries below for the details of these corrections. Also, at the time of the release of the first printing, metric project files were not provided. Project files using metric measurements are now available for all chapters on the downloads tab of this page. The filenames of these files are the same as the filename given in the book, with "-metric" or "_Metric" appended to the name.
8/27/13 1st
3 67 Text correction: Incorrect floor type
First paragraph under "Sketching": "The floor type you'll be using is Generic - 12'." should be "The floor type you'll be using is Generic - 12"." (12 inches, not feet)
8/28/13 1st
3 84 Text correction: Incorrect Height Offset under "Creating Slope Arrows"
Under step 2, "Set Height Offset at Head to 6" (2m)." should read: 6', feet not inches.
8/29/13 1st
5 131 Text correction: Errors in tutorial under "Loading System Families"
Step 5: "Start the Wall tool from the Home tab..." should read "Start the Wall tool from the Architecture tab..."
"...locate the transferred wall types that begin with c05" should read "...locate the transferred wall types that begin with c05 or c06"
8/28/13 1st
9 228 Text correction: Typo in dimension of wall type
In step 2, "Generic 62 wall type" should read "Generic 6" wall type"
8/28/13 1st
11 293 Text correction: Typo in dimension of wall type
In step 2 "Gyp 4 7/82 wall type" should read "Gyp 4 7/8" wall type"
8/29/13 1st
12 308 Text correction: Wrong columns identified under "Creating a Room Schedule"
In step 2, the wrong columns are named. The first sentence should read: "Hold down the Shift key, and click the four cells that are directly above the D, E, F, and G columns..." as shown in Figure 12.10.
8/30/13 1st
1 Chapter 1 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 12: last sentence, step 5: "...to operate in 6" increments." 6" = 100 mm
page 19, steps 13 and 14: change 3.6 m to 3600 mm
page 20, step 1: change 2.5 m to 2500 mm
page 23, step 3: for Desk: Type D1 in metric, use M_Desk 1525 x 762 mm
page 26, step 16: change 2.5 m to 2500 mm
8/27/13 1st
2 Chapter 2 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 32, second sentence of second paragraph: "Generic 8" (200 mm) Masonry wall type"
page 41, step 1: change 12 m to 12000 mm
page 44, step 1: change 12 m to 12000 mm
page 51, second paragraph: change 12 m to 12000 mm
page 55, step 1: change 12 m to 12000 mm
page 55, step 2: change 9 m to 9000 mm
8/27/13 1st
3 Chapter 3 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 67, first paragraph under "Sketching": Generic - 12' should be Generic - 12" (300 mm) [12' in original is a typo; metric measurement added - Ed.]
page 68, step 3: change 4.5 m × 9 m to 4500 mm × 9000 mm
page 70, step 4: change 4.5 m × 9 m to 4500 mm × 9000 mm
page 78, step 4: change 6 m × 1 m to 6100 mm × 1000 mm
page 84, step 2 (near top of page): change 2 m to 2000 mm
page 84, step 3 (near foot of page): change 1 m to 1000 mm
page 86, step 8: "Change the value to 6'-0"...": 6'-0" = 1800 mm; reset the offset to 0 mm
page 87, step 4: change 6 m to 6100 mm
page 91, step 2: "sketch a 2' × 4" (1.2 m × 600 mm) system": 4" is a typo; the measurements should be 2' × 4'. Use 600 mm × 1200 mm for the metric equivalent.
page 92, caption of Figure 3.32: 2' × 4" (1.2 m × 600 mm) should be 2' × 4' (600 mm × 1200 mm)
page 94, step 1: change 2.3 m to 2400 mm and 700 cm to 700 mm
page 95, step 3: change 2.7 m to 2700 mm
page 96, step 2: both instances of 2' × 4" are in error. Change to 2' × 4' (600 mm × 1200 mm) [4" in original is a typo; metric measurement added - Ed.]
8/27/13 1st
4 Chapter 4 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 100, step 3: change 10 m to 10000 mm
page 109, step 1: Let's change the dimension to 4'-0". 4'-0" = 1200 mm
page 109, step 3: Set Actual Run Width to 6'-0"... 6'-0" = 1800 mm
page 111, step 1: change 3 m to 3000 mm; change 15 m to 12000 mm
page 114, second paragraph under "Designing Ramps": change 9 m to 9000 mm
page 115, first paragraph: change 3 m to 3000 mm; 36.5 m to 36,600 mm; 9 m to 9000 mm
page 119, step 3: set the offset value to 0 mm
page 119, steps 4 and 5: change 1 m to 1000 mm
8/27/13 1st
5 Chapter 5 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 126, "Instance": the metric equivalent type of 36 × 80 Wood is 0915 × 2032mm
page 131, step 1: metric users should create a new project using the DefaultMetric template
8/27/13 1st
6 Chapter 6 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
Throughout the chapter, reference is made to the names of families (like Furniture Tag and Rectangular Handrail). In all such instances, the equivalent metric family has the same name with "M_" preceding the name. (M_Furniture Tag, M_Rectangular Handrail, etc.)
page 154, step 3: change 180 cm × 90 cm to 1830 mm × 915 mm
page 156-7, steps 8 and 10: change 1829 mm to 2000 mm
page 160, step 4, change to read: "In the Project Browser, select Families > Railings > Railing, and right-click Handrail ? Rectangular (1100mm). Select Duplicate from the context menu. The copy is named Handrail ? Rectangular 2 (1100mm 2); right-click it, and select Rename from the context menu. Change the name to L Shaped Handrail (M_ L Shaped Handrail)."
page 66, step 9: "Change the Jag Depth value to 0' 6"...": 0' 6" = 150 mm
8/27/13 1st
7 Chapter 7 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 183, step 1: "On the home screen, select Architecture Template (DefaultMetric template)..."
page 184, under "Accurately Scaling Images": 70 feet is approximately 21 meters, not 52 as given.
page 185, step 1: "Notice the current dimension for the Height field is 113' 9"..." 113' 9" = 36,124 mm
page 186, step 2 (cont.): So for this example, you'd use the following:
113'-9" × (800' / 70') or (36,124 mm × (243,000 mm / 21,000 mm)
page 186, step 3: 1" = 40'-0" (1:500)
page 187, step 5: type in 30 (9000); type in 20 (6000)
page 188, step 1: change 3 m to 4000 mm; type in the new elevation of 20' (6000)
page 188, step 2: change 10 m to 10,000 mm
page 190, step 2 (near top of page): change 45 m to 45,000 mm
page 190, step 3: change 3.6 m to 3600 mm
page 191, step 4: 1" = 40'-0" (1:500)
page 206, under "Updating the Massing Study"; change 12 m to 12,000 m; change 80 m to 80,000 mm
8/27/13 1st
8 Chapter 8 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 212, step 4: 274 square feet (26 square meters)
8/27/13 1st
10 Chapter 10 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 256, step 2: change "...right-click 72" × 30" (180 cm × 75 cm)" to "...right-click 72" × 30" (1830 × 0762mm)"
page 257, step 3: change "350 cm × 120 cm" to "3500 × 1200mm"
8/27/13 1st
11 Chapter 11 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
Throughout the chapter, reference is made to the names of families (like 06 Blocking and 06 Baseboard). In all such instances, the equivalent metric family has the same name with "Metric" following the name (06 Blocking Metric, 06 Baseboard Metric, etc.)
page 278, step 2: "Create a masonry joint 6" long..." 6" = 150 mm
page 289, step 4: the metric equivalent of 5/8" GYPSUM BD is 16mm GYPSUM BD
page 291, step 1: the metric equivalent of 1/2" SHIMS is 12mm SHIMS
page 293, step 2: the metric equivalent os Interior - Gyp 4 7/8" is Interior - Gyp 120mm
8/27/13 1st
12 Chapter 12 corrections and updates to metric equivalents
page 303, last sentence under "Formatting": Metric users should set Units to Cubic Meters.
page 312, step 5: The metric equivalent of Sheet CD - C1 is A1 metric
8/27/13 1st
263 Text Question
In the secton, "Editing Requests"
Do the authors intend to say "While UserB is working in their local file, they receive a modal Editing Request Received dialog..."
Or should modal be model?
10/02/14
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