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Mastering Revit Architecture 2008

ISBN: 978-0-470-14483-1
736 pages
November 2007
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Revit Architecture has revolutionized how architects design, develop, and deliver projects—and now you can join the revolution with this expert guide. Authored by a team of Revit aficionados and experts, this in-depth book uses clear explanations, detailed tutorials, and practical examples to show you how to best implement Revit in the real world. Starting with a focused look at the basics of Revit and Building Information Modeling (BIM), you’ll move quickly into setting up and customizing your Revit tools, preparing your office/project templates and settings, creating your library of components, and much more.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Understanding BIM: From the Basics to Advanced Realities.

Chapter 2: Revit Fundamentals.

Chapter 3: Know Your Editing Tools.

Chapter 4: Setting up your templates and Office Standards.

Chapter 5: Customizing System Families and Project Settings in Your Template.

Chapter 6: Modeling Principles in Revit.

Chapter 7: Concept Massing Studies.

Chapter 8: From Conceptual Mass to a Real Building.

Chapter 9: Working with Design Options.

Chapter 10: Creating Custom 3D Content.

Chapter 11: Extended Modeling Techniques.

Chapter 12: Presenting Your Design.

Chapter 13: Fine-Tuning Your Preliminary Design.

Chapter 14: Evaluating Your Preliminary Design: Sustainability.

Chapter 15: Annotating Your Model.

Chapter 16: Developing the Design with Smart Workflows.

Chapter 17: Moving from Design to Detailed Documentation.

Chapter 18: Advanced Detailing Techniques.

Chapter 19: Tracking Changes in Your Model.

Chapter 20: Worksharing.

Chapter 21: Troubleshooting and Optimizing Tips.

Appendix A: The Bottom Line.


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Author Information

Tatjana Dzambazova was the product manager for Revit Architecture in Autodesk for the last two years and has recently moved into a new position where she explores emerging technologies, immersive experiences, and the impact of the Web 2.0 on our lifestyles. Before joining Autodesk in 2000, she practiced architecture for 12 years in Vienna and London. At Autodesk, she has focused on evangelizing technology and established herself as an internationally renowned speaker who has fostered relationships with architects and industry leaders around the globe. Powered with seemingly unlimited resources of energy, Tanja manages to make three days out of one, and when she is not working (is that ever?) or coauthoring technology books, she is advocating wildlife conservation and sustainability, reading books like a maniac, and getting inspired at the theater. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Bay Area, you might catch a glimpse of Tanja cruising the streets on her Ducati Monster.

Greg Demchak is a designer, technology advocate, urban explorer, and post-apocalyptic webisode producer. He holds architectural degrees from the University of Oregon and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a product designer for Revit Architecture and has been working with Revit since the year 2000 (Release 2.0, if anyone’s counting). He has been teaching Revit and BIM technology at the Boston Architectural College since 2003. He currently lives in Massachusetts.

Eddy Krygiel is a registered architect, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an Autodesk Authorized Author at BNIM Architects. He has been using Revit since version 5.1 to complete projects ranging from single-family residences to office buildings as large as 1.12 million square feet. Eddy is responsible for implementing BIM at his firm and consults for other architecture and contracting firms looking to implement BIM. For the last three years, he has been teaching Revit to practicing architects and architectural students in the Kansas City area and has lectured around the nation on the use of BIM in the construction industry. Eddy also coauthored a paper on sustainability and BIM that was presented at the 2006 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice conference.

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New to This Edition

  • Broken into Seven Parts:
    • Part I begins with a hands-on look at the Revit interface before introducing standards and documentation.
    • Part II explores preliminary design concerns, including massing the building, working with rooms and areas, and leveraging legacy data.
    • Part III has readers working with modeling components and explains host elements as well as system and component families.
    • Part IV delves into product documentation, including schedules, annotation, and details.
    • Part V looks at design options, project phases and site planning, while Part VI discusses collaboration and worksets.
    • Part VII explains how to manage content and includes advanced information on family editor concepts as well as a detailed testing and troubleshooting section.
    • The innovative Appendices will detail important Revit tools and commands so that readers can quickly learn how a tool or command is used. book’s exercises, sample families, other useful resources, and a trial version of the Revit software.
  • The accompanying CD features all the tutorial files necessary to complete the book’s exercises, sample families, other useful resources, and a trial version of the Revit software.

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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.

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3 62 Text correction
In the second paragraph, "Window selection," the last sentence reverses "left-to-right" and "right-to-left."

The sentence should read: "A left-to-right drag selects only elements completely within the election window; a right-to-left drag selects anything within or intersecting the selection window."
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