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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013

Phil Read, James Vandezande, Eddy Krygiel

ISBN: 978-1-118-24009-0

Jul 2012

1120 pages

Select type: E-Book



Learn BIM the Revit Way

Revit is Autodesk's industry-leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, and this Autodesk Official Training Guide thoroughly covers core Revit topics such as modeling, massing, sustainability, and more. It also brings you up to speed on advanced techniques such as using Revit in the cloud and how to go direct to fabrication.

Organized by real-world workflows, this book covers the interface, templates, worksharing, modeling and massing, visualization techniques for different industries, sustainability, roofs and floors, stairs and railings, documentation, and much more.

  • This Autodesk Official Training Guide teaches you how to use the leading BIM software and also serves as a study aid for Autodesk's Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams
  • Organized according to actual workflows, the book begins with an explanation of key BIM concepts, familiarizes you with the interface, and then moves into actual application
  • Covers modeling and massing, the Family Editor, visualization techniques for various industries, documentation, annotation and detailing, and how to work with complex walls, roofs, floors, stairs, and railings
  • Companion website features before-and-after tutorial files, so readers can jump in at any point

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture helps you learn Revit in a context that makes real-world sense.

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Foreword xxvii

Introduction xxix

Part 1 • Fundamentals  1

Chapter 1 • Introduction: The Basics of BIM 3

Chapter 2 • Principles: UI and Project Organization 15

Chapter 3 • The Basics of the Toolbox  61

Part 2 • Understanding the Workflow  101

Chapter 4 • Confi guring Templates and Standards 103

Chapter 5 • Managing a Project  147

Chapter 6 • Understanding Worksharing 173

Chapter 7 • Working with Consultants 203

Chapter 8 • Interoperability: Working Multiplatform 237

Part 3 • Modeling and Massing for Design  271

Chapter 9 • Advanced Modeling and Massing 273

Chapter 10 • Conceptual Design and Sustainability 353

Chapter 11 • Working with Phasing, Groups, and Design Options 399

Chapter 12 • Visualization 455

Part 4 • Extended Modeling Techniques 511

Chapter 13 • Walls and Curtain Walls 513

Chapter 14 • Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs 577

Chapter 15 • Family Editor 607

Chapter 16 • Stairs and Railings 659

Part 5 • Documentation  713

Chapter 17 • Detailing Your Design 715

Chapter 18 • Documenting Your Design 749

Chapter 19 • Annotating Your Design 785

Chapter 20 • Presenting Your Design827

Part 6 • Construction and Beyond 843

Chapter 21 • The Construction Phase 845

Chapter 22 • Using Laser Scans in Revit 867

Chapter 23 • Revit in the Classroom 881

Chapter 24 • Essential Hardware 901

Chapter 25 • Getting Acquainted with the API 911

Chapter 26 • Revit for Film and Stage 947

Chapter 27 • BIM in the Cloud 989

Appendices  999

Appendix A • The Bottom Line 1001

Appendix B • Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting 1027

Appendix C • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 Certification  1041

Index  1049

Chapter 2 UI
Chapter 3 Toolchest
Chapter 4 Templates
Chapter 5 Managing
Chapter 6 Worksharing
Chapter 7 Consultant
Chapter 8 Interop
Chapter 9 Modeling
Chapter 10 Concept
Chapter 11 Groups
Chapter 12 Visualization
Chapter 13 Walls
Chapter 14 Floors
Chapter 15 Family Editor
Chapter 16 Stairs
Chapter 17 Detailing
Chapter 18 Documenting
Chapter 19 Annotations
Chapter 20 Presenting
Chapter 21 Construction
Chapter 26 Film and Stage
Corrected images for Figures 4.25 and 4.26
ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
2Errors in Chapter 2 tutorials
A revised PDF of Chapter 2 incorporating these corrections is available for download on the Downloads tab of this page.

Replacement data and image files are in the Chapter 2 zip file on the Downloads tab

Page 32; second paragraph - change exercise file reference to c02-Levels-Start.rvt or c02-Levels-Start-Metric.rvt

Page 32; exercise step 1 - change exercise file reference to c02-Levels-Start

Page 32; exercise step 7 - "You can change the names and elevations of levels by selecting a level and then clicking on the name or the elevation. Rename Level 3 to Level 2B, Level 4 to Level 3, and Level 5 to Roof. If you are prompted to rename the associated views, click Yes."

Page 36; step 1 - change "...overlapping the label for Level 2..." to "...overlapping the label for Level 3..."

Page 36; Figure 2.40 - replace base image with new image supplied. Use same labels as original image.

Page 36; Figure 2.41 - replace with new image supplied.

Page 37; step 1 - change text to "Download and open the file c02-Grids-Start.rvt from this book?s website. Activate the South elevation view and you will see four grids.?

Page 37; Figure 2.42 - replace with new image supplied.

Page 37; second to last paragraph should read:
Before you continue, open the Level 1 and Level 2 floor plans and observe that grids 3 and 4 are still visible. If you had adjusted the analytic (3D) extents of the grids in the South elevation view, those changes would already be reflected in the other views. We're using this method because we want to maintain the analytic (3D) extents, but modify the graphic (2D) extents.

Page 37; step 4 - should read:
Return to the South elevation view and select grids 3 and 4 while pressing the Ctrl key. From the contextual ribbon, click the Propagate Extents button and the dialog box will appear as shown in Figure 2.43.

Page 38; Figure 2.43 - replace with new image supplied.

Page 38; step 5 - replace " the floor plans for Level 2, Level 3, and Roof" with " the North elevation view."

Page 38; step 6 - should read:
Click OK to complete the command and then activate the North elevation view. Observe that the 2D extents of grids 3 and 4 now match the modifications you applied in the South elevation.

Page 38; After step 6, please add paragraph:
You can use the Propagate Extents command to easily copy datum settings to any parallel views in your project. This is especially effective for propagating grid extents to many plan views in multi-level buildings. Page 38; step 1 - replace "In the c02-Project-Start file, return to the Level 1 floor plan." with "In the c02-Grids-Start file, return to the South Elevation view."

Page 38; step 2 - should read:
You will see the grid lines return to their original condition; however, this has been changed only in the current view (South elevation). Activate the North elevation view to observe this behavior.

Page 38; step 3 - should read:
Return to the South elevation and select grids 3 and 4. Click the Propagate Extents button in the contextual ribbon and select the North elevation view.

Page 39; step 1 - should read:
Download and open the file c02-Walls-Start.rvt from this book's website. Activate the Level 1 plan, select the wall segment, right-click and then choose Create Similar from the context menu. Use the Tangent End Arc option from the Draw panel in the ribbon to create a series of concentric walls as shown in Figure 2.45.

Page 40; paragraph after step 3 - replace "Figure 2.47 shows the results in a section view..." with "Figure 2.47 shows the results in a 3D view..."

3Errors in Chapter 3 tutorials
A revised PDF of Chapter 2 incorporating these corrections is available for download on the Downloads tab of this page.

Replacement data files are now in the Chapter 3 zip file on the Downloads tab.

Page 88; omit step 8

Page 89; step 1 - should read:
Download and open c03-Site-Link.rvt or c03-Site-Link-Metric.rvt from this book?s website at

Page 89; step 2 - should read:
For linked site data, download the file c03-Site-Link.dwg from this book's web page.

Page 91; omit step 8 (near top of page) and omit the paragraph after step 8 that starts "In the following sections..."

Page 91; step 1 should start as "Download and open the file c03-Site-Lake.rvt from this book?s website, activate..."

Page 98; step 4 - at the end of step 4 add "Click OK to close the dialog box."

Page 99; step 7 - should read:
"From the Massing & Site tab, click the Graded Region tool and you will see a dialog box appear with two options to continue the command. Choose the option to Create A New Toposurface Exactly Like The Existing One. This option creates overlapping existing and proposed surfaces, which will allow the software to schedule the differences between the two as cut or fill volumes."

Page 99; step 8 - should start "Select the existing toposurface and you will see the volume..."
Append the following to step 8: "Click the Finish Surface button in the contextual ribbon to complete the Graded Region command."

Page 99; paragraph after step 8 should start - "Activate the Section 1 view to see the building pad more clearly. Try selecting the building pad..."

4109Error in Line Pattern dialog box under Creating a New Line Pattern
The data in the Line Pattern dialog box should appear as follows:
Type Value
1 Dash 7/16"
2 Space 5/16"
3 Dot
4 Space 3/16"
5 Dash 3/16"
6 Space 3/16"
7 Dash 3/16"
8 Space 3/16"
9 Dot
10 Space 5/16"

4128-9Errors under Applying View templates
The second sentence under Applying View Templates,
"They will be described..." should read:
"The use of view templates will be discussed in various chapters of this book, but we will discuss their importance to the project template in this section."

Exercise step 1 should read: "On the View tab, find the Graphics panel and select View Templates > Manage View Templates."
Disregard the inline button icon following the step.

The first paragraph on page 129 should read:
"Changes to view templates are automatically reflected in the views to which they have been applied. This is a new feature in Revit 2013 as previous versions of the software required you to assign a default view template and reapply the default templates to views from the Project Browser. In Revit 2013, you can right-click on sheets in the Project Browser and choose Apply View Template to All Views (Figure 4.26); however, it is easier to apply view templates to individual views as required."

To download corrected versions of Figures 4.25 and 4.26, go to the downloads tab on this page.

A corrected version of the Chapter 4 download file Sample-Building.rvt has also been provided in the downloads.

5166, 170Text correction: inconsistent use of filename Jenkins-Central.rvt
The Chapter 5 project file for download, c05-Jenkins-Central.rvt, is referred to as c05-Jenkins_Central.rvt on page 166 and as c05-Jenkins.rvt on page 170. These should both read "c05-Jenkins-Central.rvt". The same file is meant in each case, and there is only one project file used in Chapter 5.