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Autodesk Revit 2017 for Architecture: No Experience Required

ISBN: 978-1-119-24331-1
720 pages
August 2016
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The only Revit tutorial guide based on a real project workflow

Autodesk Revit Architecture No Experience Required is the ultimate real-world guide for mastering this increasingly prevalent BIM software package. Using a continuous, step-by-step tutorial, this book walks you through all project phases as you learn the basics of Revit by designing, documenting, and presenting a four-story office building. You'll begin by learning your way around the interface and conventions, then jump right into design by placing walls, doors, and windows. Next you'll work with grids, beams, foundations, dimensions, and text as you build floors layer by layer, join walls, create ceilings and roofs, and place stairs, ramps, and railings. The instruction covers construction documentation, advanced detailing, and families, as well as site considerations including grading and top surface features to provide a well-rounded, real-world Revit skill set. The companion website features downloadable 'before and after' tutorial files that allow you to jump in at any point and compare your work to the pros.

The shift from 2D drafting to 3D building information modeling has made Revit a must-have skill for an increasing number of design, engineering, and construction professionals. This book is designed to teach you the basics quickly, using a real-world workflow, process, and pacing.

  • Get acquainted with the Revit interface, then immediately start building
  • Learn to place structural components, text, dimensions, and more
  • Understand views, grids, editing, importing, exporting, and work sharing
  • Generate construction documentation including schedules and material takeoffs

This simple yet engaging tutorial brings together all of the major skills a Revit user needs to know to complete real workplace projects. Whether read from beginning to end as a comprehensive lesson, or used as 'dip-in' reference for unfamiliar tasks, Autodesk Revit Architecture No Experience Required provides invaluable practical BIM instruction for every phase of a project.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 The Autodesk Revit World 1

The Revit Interface 2

The Revit Workflow 4

Using the Ribbon 5

The View Window 13

Object Selection 17

Modifying and Mirroring 19

Building on Existing Geometry 21

View Control and Object Display 24

The Project Browser 31

Windows 33

File Types and Families 36

System and Hosted Families (.rfa) 37

Using Revit Template Files (.rte) 41

Using Revit Family Files (.rft) 42

Are You Experienced? 43

Chapter 2 Creating a Model 45

Placing Walls 45

Adding Exterior Walls 45

Using Reference Planes 46

Adding More Walls 49

Adding Interior Walls 58

Using Temporary Dimensions to Gain Control of Your Model 60

Editing Wall Joins 79

Displaying Wall Joins 82

Disallowing Wall Joins 84

Placing Doors and Windows 90

Adding Doors 90

Placing Openings in Your Walls 98

Adding Windows 100

Are You Experienced? 104

Chapter 3 Creating Views 105

Creating Levels 105

Adding Levels 108

Understanding the Composition of a Level 110

Making Other Level Adjustments 114

Creating and Modifying Building Sections 122

Adding a Building Section 122

Making Building Modifications in a Section 129

Adding Wall Sections 135

Creating Detail Sections 138

Using Crop Regions 139

Splitting a Section Segment 140

Creating Callouts 143

Creating and Modifying a Camera View 148

Adding a Camera View 149

Modifying the Camera 151

Creating an Elevation 152

Interior Elevations 156

Elevation Properties 159

Annotation Properties 161

Are You Experienced? 163

Chapter 4 Working with the Autodesk Revit Tools 165

The Basic Edit Commands 166

The Move Command 166

The Copy Command 169

The Rotate Command 171

The Array Command 175

Radial Array 175

Linear Array 180

The Mirror Command 185

The Align Tool 188

Locking an Alignment 193

The Split Element Command 194

The Trim Command 200

The Offset Command 203

Copy/Paste 205

Creating the Plans 208

Are You Experienced? 212

Chapter 5 Dimensioning and Annotating 213

Selecting and Applying Dimensioning 213

Aligned Dimensions 214

Linear Dimensions 225

Angular Dimensions 227

Radial Dimensions 228

Arc Length Dimensions 230

Using Dimensions as a Layout Tool 232

Constraining the Model 237

Using Dimensions to Move Objects 241

Using Dimension Text Overrides 244

Placing Text and Annotations 247

Adding Leader Text 250

Changing the Leader Type 251

Modifying the Text Placement 253

Changing Text Properties 253

Are You Experienced? 254

Chapter 6 Floors 255

Placing a Floor Slab 255

Creating the Slab 256

Sketching the Slab 262

Building a Floor by Layers 271

Adding Materials 272

Adding a Layer 273

Splitting the Floor Materials 283

Adding an Alternate Material 283

Splitting and Painting 286

Pitching a Floor to a Floor Drain 291

Creating Shaft Openings 296

Are You Experienced? 302

Chapter 7 Roofs 303

Placing Roofs by Footprint 303

Flat Roofs by Footprint 304

Pitched Roofs by Footprint 319

Creating a Sloping Roof f 332

Creating Roofs by Extrusion338

Adding a Roof Dormer 347

Are You Experienced? 352

Chapter 8 Structural Items 353

Adding Structural Grids 353

Placing a Grid 354

Adding Structural Columns 368

Using Structural Framing 376

Adding a Beam System 380

Adding Bracing 383

Understanding Foundation Systems 387

Adding Structural Footings 393

Structural Slabs 396

Piers and Spread Footings 400

Using Structural Views 403

Are You Experienced? 406

Chapter 9 Ceilings and Interiors 407

Creating Ceilings 407

Modifying Ceiling Grids 412

Setting Ceiling Element Properties 414

Creating a Plan Region 417

Creating a Custom Ceiling 419

Creating Ceiling Openings and Soffits 423

Creating a Ceiling Opening 423

Creating a Soffit 426

Adding Light Fixtures to Ceilings 431

Adding Interior Design 435

Adding Plumbing Fixtures and Furniture 435

Adding Parabolic Troffers 443

Adding Casework and Furniture 447

Adding Alternate Floor Materials 457

Separating the Floor 457

Creating a Tile Material 459

Are You Experienced? 462

Chapter 10 Stairs, Ramps, and Railings 463

Creating Stairs by Using the Rise/Run Function 463

Modifying Boundaries 467

Configuring Railings 470

Creating a Winding Staircase 486

Stair and Railing Families 501

Creating a Custom Railing System 502

Creating Custom Stairs 507

Adding a Custom Landing 512

Adding a Gooseneck 513

Adding Ramps 520

Are You Experienced? 526

Chapter 11 Detailing 529

Working with Line Weights 529

Drafting on Top of the Detail 532

Using Predefined Detail Components 532

Masking Regions 534

Repeating Details 536

Modifying a Detail Component 541

Modifying Filled Regions 542

Drawing Detail Lines 566

Specifying Drafting Line Weights 568

Adding Notes 570

Adding Textual Notations 570

Creating Blank Drafting Views 572

Creating a Detail Group 581

Adding a Section to Another View 587

Importing AutoCAD Files into a Drafting View 589

Adding 2D and 3D Lines to the Model 590

Are You Experienced? 593

Chapter 12 Creating Specific Views and Match Lines 595

Duplicating Views 595

Creating Dependent Views 597

Adjusting the Crop Regions 598

Adjusting the Annotation Crop Region 601

Adding Match Lines 604

Match-Line Appearance 605

Adding View References to a Match Line 606

Using View Templates 609

Are You Experienced? 610

Chapter 13 Creating Sheets and Printing 611

Creating and Populating Sheets 611

Sheet Organization 614

Modifying a Viewport 619

Viewport Properties 624

Adding Revisions to a Sheet t 625

Addressing Project Parameters 629

Generating a Cover Sheet 631

Printing from Revit Architecture 637

Are You Experienced? 640

Chapter 14 Creating Rooms and Area Plans 641

Creating Rooms 641

Configuring Properties 646

Placing and Manipulating Room Tags 651

Adding a Room Schedule 652

Adding a Color-Fill Plan 655

Adding Room Separators 657

Creating an Area Plan 659

Are You Experienced? 663

Index 665

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Author Information

Eric Wing is an architectural engineer and the Building Information Modeling manager at a New York engineering firm. An Autodesk Certified Instructor, he is director of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Training Program and the author of four books. Eric is also a Revit columnist for AUGIWorld magazine and AUGI HotNews and ConnectPress. He is a popular speaker at Autodesk University and often addresses American Institute of Architects, CSI, and AUGI user group events.

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