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Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013: No Experience Required

Book Description

Introducing the only continuous, step-by-step tutorial for Revit Architecture

Revit is the industry-leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software package, noted for its power and sophistication. This is the only book to teach Revit basics using a continuous, real-world tutorial that covers each phase of designing, documenting, and presenting a four-story office building. Revit newcomers will quickly learn the essentials through concise explanations, focused examples, and step-by-step instructions for an actual project, modeling each step of a real structure from placing walls and windows to creating roofs, stairs, and railings.

  • Presents the industry-leading BIM software in an easy-to-follow tutorial developed by a Revit expert who has trained thousands of architects and engineers

  • Introduces the interface and Revit conventions, then moves into modeling a four-story building, showing how to use Revit tools for views, grids, and editing

  • Tutorial progresses just as a real project would, including placing walls, doors, and windows to working with structural grids, beams, and foundations; building floors and joining them to walls; and creating roofs and ceilings

  • Shows how to add text and dimensions, use dimensions as a design tool, generate construction documentation, and create schedules and material takeoffs

  • Explores crucial site considerations, Revit's rendering capabilities, how to import and export to various formats, and many more advanced features

Autodesk Revit Architecture: No Experience Required takes newcomers step by step through this leading BIM software with a real-world project that enhances understanding.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Chapter 1: The Autodesk Revit World
    1. The Revit Architecture Interface
      1. The Revit Workflow
      2. Using the Ribbon
      3. The View Window
      4. Object Selection
      5. Modifying and Mirroring
      6. Building on Existing Geometry
      7. View Control and Object Display
    2. The Project Browser
      1. Windows
    3. File Types and Families
      1. System and Hosted Families (.rfa)
      2. Using Revit Template Files (.rte)
      3. Using Revit Family Files (.rft)
    4. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  5. Chapter 2: Creating a Model
    1. Placing Walls
      1. Adding Exterior Walls
    2. Using Reference Planes
      1. Adding More Walls
    3. Adding Interior Walls
      1. Using Temporary Dimensions to Gain Control of Your Model
    4. Editing Wall Joins
      1. Displaying Wall Joins
      2. Disallowing Wall Join
    5. Placing Doors and Windows
      1. Adding Doors
      2. Placing Openings in Your Walls
      3. Adding Windows
    6. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  6. Chapter 3: Creating Views
    1. Creating Levels
      1. Adding Levels
      2. Understanding the Composition of a Level
      3. Making Other Level Adjustments
    2. Creating and Modifying Building Sections
      1. Adding a Building Section
      2. Making Building Modifications in a Section
    3. Adding Wall Sections
    4. Creating Detail Sections
      1. Using Crop Regions
      2. Splitting a Section Segment
    5. Creating Callouts
    6. Creating and Modifying a Camera View
      1. Adding a Camera View
      2. Modifying the Camera
    7. Creating an Elevation
      1. Interior Elevations
      2. Elevation Properties
      3. Annotation Properties
    8. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  7. Chapter 4: Working with the Autodesk Revit Tools
    1. The Basic Edit Commands
      1. The Move Command
      2. The Copy Command
      3. The Rotate Command
    2. The Array Command
      1. Radial Array
      2. Linear Array
    3. The Mirror Command
    4. The Align Tool
      1. Locking an Alignment
    5. The Split Element Command
    6. The Trim Command
    7. The Offset Command
    8. Copy/Paste
    9. Creating the Plans
    10. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  8. Chapter 5: Dimensioning and Annotating
    1. Dimensioning
      1. Aligned Dimensions
      2. Linear Dimensions
      3. Angular Dimensions
      4. Radial Dimensions
      5. Arc Length Dimensions
    2. Using Dimensions as a Layout Tool
      1. Constraining the Model
      2. Using Dimensions to Move Objects
      3. Using Dimension Text Overrides
    3. Placing Text and Annotations
      1. Adding Leader Text
      2. Changing the Leader Type
      3. Modifying the Text Placement
      4. Changing Text Properties
    4. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  9. Chapter 6: Floors
    1. Placing a Floor Slab
      1. Creating the Slab
      2. Sketching the Slab
    2. Building a Floor by Layers
      1. Adding Materials
      2. Adding a Layer
    3. Splitting the Floor Materials
      1. Adding an Alternate Material
      2. Splitting and Painting
    4. Pitching a Floor to a Floor Drain
    5. Creating Shaft Openings
    6. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  10. Chapter 7: Roofs
    1. Placing Roofs by Footprint
      1. Flat Roofs by Footprint
      2. Pitched Roofs by Footprint
    2. Creating a Sloping Roof
    3. Creating Roofs by Extrusion
    4. Adding a Roof Dormer
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  11. Chapter 8: Structural Items
    1. Adding Structural Grids
      1. Placing a Grid
    2. Adding Structural Columns
    3. Using Structural Framing
      1. Adding a Beam System
      2. Adding Bracing
    4. Understanding Foundation Systems
    5. Adding Structural Footings
      1. Structural Slabs
      2. Piers and Spread Footings
    6. Using Structural Views
    7. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  12. Chapter 9: Ceilings and Interiors
    1. Creating Ceilings
      1. Modifying Ceiling Grids
      2. Setting Ceiling Element Properties
      3. Creating a Plan Region
      4. Creating a Custom Ceiling
    2. Creating Ceiling Openings and Soffits
      1. Creating a Ceiling Opening
      2. Creating a Soffit
      3. Adding Light Fixtures to Ceilings
    3. Adding Interior Design
      1. Adding Plumbing Fixtures and Furniture
      2. Adding Parabolic Troffers
      3. Adding Casework and Furniture
    4. Adding Alternate Floor Materials
      1. Separating the Floor
      2. Creating a Tile Material
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  13. Chapter 10: Stairs, Ramps, and Railings
    1. Creating Stairs by Using the Rise/Run Function
      1. Modifying Boundaries
      2. Configuring Railings
    2. Creating a Winding Staircase
      1. Stair and Railing Families
    3. Creating a Custom Railing System
    4. Creating Custom Stairs
      1. Adding a Custom Landing
      2. Adding a Gooseneck
    5. Adding Ramps
    6. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  14. Chapter 11: Schedules and Tags
    1. Creating Schedules
      1. Adding Fields to a Schedule
      2. Sorting and Grouping
      3. Controlling Headers
      4. Modifying Elements in a Schedule
      5. Modifying the Schedule’s Appearance
    2. Creating Material Takeoffs
      1. Creating a Calculated Value Field
    3. Creating Key Legends and Importing CAD Legends
      1. Adding Legend Components
      2. Adding Symbols to a Legend
      3. Importing AutoCAD Legends
    4. Adding Tags
      1. Adding Tags Individually
      2. Using the Tag All Command
      3. Tagging by Material
    5. Creating Custom Tags
      1. Using Multi-category Tags
    6. Keynoting
      1. Keynoting by Element
      2. Keynoting by User
      3. Creating Keynote Legends
    7. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  15. Chapter 12: Detailing
    1. Working with Line Weights
    2. Drafting on Top of the Detail
      1. Using Predefined Detail Components
      2. Masking Regions
      3. Repeating Details
      4. Modifying a Detail Component
      5. Modifying Filled Regions
      6. Drawing Detail Lines
    3. Adding Notes
      1. Adding Textual Notation
    4. Creating Blank Drafting Views
      1. Creating a Detail Group
      2. Adding a Section to Another View
      3. Importing AutoCAD into a Drafting View
      4. Adding 2D and 3D Lines to the Model
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  16. Chapter 13: Creating Specific Views and Match Lines
    1. Duplicating Views
    2. Creating Dependent Views
      1. Adjusting the Crop Regions
      2. Adjusting the Annotation Crop Region
    3. Adding Match Lines
      1. Match-Line Appearance
    4. Using View Templates
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  17. Chapter 14: Creating Sheets and Printing
    1. Creating and Populating Sheets
      1. Sheet Organization
    2. Modifying a Viewport
      1. Viewport Properties
    3. Adding Revisions to a Sheet
    4. Addressing Project Parameters
    5. Generating a Cover Sheet
    6. Printing from Revit Architecture
    7. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  18. Chapter 15: Creating Rooms and Area Plans
    1. Creating Rooms
      1. Configuring Properties
      2. Placing and Manipulating Room Tags
    2. Adding a Room Schedule
    3. Adding a Color-Fill Plan
    4. Adding Room Separators
    5. Creating an Area Plan
    6. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  19. Chapter 16: Advanced Wall Topics
    1. Creating Compound Walls
      1. Adding Layers to the Compound Wall
    2. Adding Wall Sweeps
      1. Modifying a Wall’s Profile in Place
      2. Manually Adding Host Sweeps
    3. Creating Stacked Walls
    4. Creating Curtain Walls
      1. Adding a Predefined Curtain Wall
      2. Adding a Blank Curtain Wall
      3. Creating Curtain Grids
    5. Adding a Wall to a Massing Object
    6. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  20. Chapter 17: Creating Families
    1. Creating a Basic Family
      1. Adding Reference Planes to a Family
      2. Adding Dimensions and Parameters to a Family
      3. The Type Properties Dialog
    2. Using a Complex Family to Create an Arched Door
      1. Creating a 3D Extrusion within a Family
      2. Creating a 3D Sweep within a Family
    3. Creating an In-Place Family
    4. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  21. Chapter 18: Site and Topography
    1. Adding a Site Within Revit
      1. Modifying a Toposurface
    2. Splitting the Surface
    3. Creating Subregions
    4. Adding Site Components
      1. Adding Contour Properties and Labels
    5. Adding Building Pads to Displace Earth
    6. Adding a Property Line
    7. Creating a Toposurface by Instance
    8. Creating a Graded Region
    9. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  22. Chapter 19: Rendering and Presentation
    1. Creating an Exterior Rendering
      1. Creating Lighting Groups
    2. Creating an Interior Rendering
    3. Creating Walkthroughs
      1. Exporting an Animation
    4. Creating a Solar Study
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  23. Chapter 20: Importing and Coordinating Models
    1. Linking a Revit Structure Model
    2. Activating Copy/Monitor
      1. Coordination Alert
    3. Running Interference Detection
    4. Importing and Exporting CAD Formats
      1. Exporting a Model to CAD
    5. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  24. Chapter 21: Phasing and Design Options
    1. Managing Project Phasing
    2. Examining Graphic Overrides
    3. Creating Design Options
    4. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  25. Chapter 22: Project Collaboration
    1. Enabling and Utilizing Worksharing
      1. Enabling Worksets
      2. Creating a Central Model
      3. Creating a Local File
    2. Working in the Revit Shared Environment
      1. Loading or Not Loading a Workset
      2. Detaching from Central
    3. Are You Experienced?
      1. Now You Can…
  26. Index