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 A 2D, view-specific element that you use to document a building or design. For example, symbols, tags, keynotes, and dimensions are annotations (also referred to as annotation elements). Annotation elements are always displayed at the same paper size regardless of view scale.

2. ARCHICAD  A CAD software from the company GraphiSoft and is similar with Revit. 3. AUTOCAD
 An Autodesk product. AutoCAD enables you to create, visualize, document, and share your ideas, from conceptual design through drafting and detailing. You can import AutoCAD files for use in Revit projects, and you can export Revit files for use in AutoCAD projects.

4. BIM  Building Information Modeling
 A design methodology that maintains a single database of information about a building design. All information for a building design, from geometry to construction data, is stored in a project file. This information includes components used to design the model, views of the project, drawings of the design, and related documentation.  In a Revit project, every drawing sheet, 2D and 3D view, and schedule is a representation of information from the same underlying building model database. For more information,

 A shape (such as a circle or cloud) that contains identification text for a grid, level, view title, callout, or annotation.

 A flat surface that is designed to be occupied by buildings and is prepared by grading, excavating, filling, or a combination of these.  In Revit Architecture, you can add a building pad to a toposurface, and then modify the structure and depth of the pad.

7. CAD
 Computer-Aided-Design  The use of computer-based tools that assist engineers, architects, and other design professionals in their design work.

 A visualization tool that you use to create a 3D view of a building model. When you place a camera in a 2D view, you can control the target point, the camera level, and the focal point of the camera.  The following views show a camera positioned in a floor plan view, and the resulting 3D view.

 A group of elements that you use to model or document a building design. For example, categories of model elements include walls, windows, columns, and beams. Categories of annotation elements include dimensions, tags, and text notes.  Categories are organized into families of elements with similar purposes and characteristics. Families are further organized into types, as shown.

 A drawing that shows the design of a ceiling.

 A sketched line that connects to itself, creating a 2-dimensional shape. A closed loop cannot contain coincident or intersecting segments.  In Revit Architecture, you sketch closed loops to create floors, ceilings, plan regions, openings in walls and roofs, solid extrusions, and other parts of a building design. In the following sketch, a closed loop defines the walls, ceiling, and floor. An open loop defines the roof.

 A vertical element in a building. Architectural columns add visual interest to a design. Structural columns are vertical load-bearing elements in a structure.

 A building element that is usually delivered and installed on site, rather than built in place. (Also referred to as a hosted component.)  For example, windows, doors, and furniture are components. In contrast, walls, floors, and roofs are built in place; these are called hosts or host elements.

 A parameter that defines a relationship between elements in a building design. For example, you can specify the top constraint for a wall as Level 2. If Level 2 moves upward, the height of the wall increases to maintain the relationship.

 An imaginary line that connects points of equal elevation to describe the topography of a building site. .

 A graphical icon in the Revit drawing area that you use to manipulate elements. For example, when you select a chain of walls, blue circles display. These blue circles are drag controls. You can drag such a control to change the shape of the walls.

 Other controls allows you to flip, lock, rotate, view, and change the shape or size of elements.

17. CORE
 The structural part of a compound wall or other host element. When you use Revit Architecture to design a compound wall, you specify the layers and materials that compose the core of the wall, as well as the interior and exterior layers of the wall.  In the following illustration, the core is outlined in green in the wall preview. The layer list is where you define and change the layers in and around the core.

 When aligning or dimensioning the wall, you can choose to measure from the center of the core or from the interior face or exterior face of the core

 An exterior wall consisting of panels connected by joints or mullions. The panels can be made of glass, brick, or other materials.

 A non-physical item that is used to establish project context. Also called a datum element. Datum elements include levels, grids, and reference planes.  For example, the following image shows a grid, which is used for the placement of columns and other model elements. The grid is not a part of the building (such as a wall or a roof) but is used in a view to help design the building.  Compare with annotation and model element

 An image to display on a face of a model element. For example, you can use decals for signs, paintings, and billboards. In project views, a placeholder indicates the location of a decal. The full decal displays in a rendered image. The following rendered image shows a decal on the television.

 view-specific element that shows the size of an element or shows distances between elements or points in a building model.  As you place an element, Revit Architecture displays temporary dimensions so that you can place the element accurately. You can create permanent dimensions and lock them to specify and maintain a particular size or distance.

 The drawing area of the Revit window displays views (and sheets and schedules) of the current project. Each time you open a view in a project, by default the view displays in the drawing area on top of other open views. The other views are still open, but they are underneath the current view. Use tools of the View tab Windows panel to arrange project views to suit your work style.  The default color of the drawing area background is white; you can invert the color to black. (See instructions below.)

To manage views in the drawing area

To display a project view that has not yet been opened, navigate to the view in the Project Browser, and double-click the view name. To see a list of open views, click View tab Windows panel Switch Windows drop-down. The bottom of the menu lists the open views. A check mark indicates the view that currently has focus in the drawing area. To display another open (but hidden) view in the drawing area, click View tab Windows panel Switch Windows drop-down, and click the view to display. To open a second window for the current view, click View tab Windows panel (Replicate). This tool is useful if you want to pan and zoom on certain areas of the design, while also viewing the entire design in another window. (Use the Tile tool to see both views at the same time.) Any changes that you make to the project in the new window also display in other windows of the project.

To arrange all open windows in a series in the drawing area, click View tab Windows panel (Cascade). To see all open views at the same time, click View tab (Tile). To close all hidden views, click View tab Windows panel (Close Hidden Windows). If more than one project is open, one window per project remains open. To increase the size of the drawing area, click View tab Windows panel User Interface drop-down, and clear check boxes to hide interface components, such as the Project Browser and the status bar. Windows panel

23. DWG  A drawing file format supported by AutoCAD and other CAD applications. Revit Architecture
can import and export DWG files.

24. EAVE
 The lower edge of a roof that overhangs an exterior wall.  The following drawing shows the eave of the roof in green.

 An individual item in a building model. Revit Architecture projects use 3 types of elements: Model elements represent the actual 3D geometry of a building. For example, walls, floors, and roofs are model elements. Annotation elements help to document the model. For example, dimensions, text notes, and section tags are annotation elements. Datum elements are non-physical items that are used to establish project context. For example, levels, grids, and reference planes are datum elements. The following drawing includes model elements (walls, doors, planters), annotation elements (dimensions, text notes), and datum elements (grid lines). F

 Appearance or behavior attributes of elements in a project. Element properties include both instance properties and type properties.  When an element is selected in the drawing area, you can view or change its instance properties on the Properties palette. Click the Edit Type button on the palette to access a dialog in which you can view or edit the element’s type properties.

 An orthographic view of a vertical part of a building model. Typically, an elevation provides a side view of a building. Also called an elevation view.

 A board (or other covering) used to conceal the exposed ends of roof rafters. The fascia can be plain or decorative, as in the following illustration (shown in red).

 A drafting term that refers to rounding a square corner, using a radius to define the curve.

A mechanism for eliminating or including the display or selection of elements in a view, based on their properties. In Revit Architecture, you can use filters in the following ways: To select or deselect elements in a view. To override the graphic display and control the visibility of elements in a view. To control the display of elements based on their phase status: new, existing, demolished, or temporary.

 A graphical icon in the Revit drawing area that you can use to reverse the position or orientation of an element in the drawing area.  For example, when you click the flip control wall flips over, so its layers reverse.. Compound wall with flip control for a compound wall, the

 triangular area of an exterior wall formed by 2 sloping roofs, from ridge to eaves.



34. GRID
 A series of lines that you can use to help draw or place elements in a building design. Grids are useful in the design and documentation phases of a project. In Revit Architecture, grids are datum elements.

 A trough (often made of metal or plastic) along the edge of a roof. A gutter collects water off the eave and carries it to the down spout.

36. HOST
 A model element that can accept (host) other components. For example, a wall is a host for windows and doors. A roof is a host for skylights and dormers. A host may also be referred to as a host element or a host component.

 To bring information from another source into a Revit project. For example, you can import DWG files created using a CAD application (such as AutoCAD) into Revit Architecture.

 An individual occurrence of an element type.  For example, when you place a wall in a building model, the wall is an instance of the wall type. If you change parameters for the wall instance, the changes affect only that wall. If you change parameters for the wall type, the changes affect all walls (instances) of that type, including existing walls and new walls that you create in the future.

39. JOIN
 The intersection where 2 or more elements share a common face.  To resolve intersections between elements that share a common face. The level of detail for the view determines the detail of join geometry that is shown.  The following images show geometry before they are joined (top) and after they are joined (bottom) in a view with a coarse detail level..  Before joining geometry

After joining geometry

 platform between sets of stairs, or the floor at the head or foot of a ramp or a set of stairs.

41. LATITUDE  This is the value specified for Latitude in the Location Weather and Site dialog.

 A finite horizontal plane that acts as a reference for level-hosted elements, such as roofs, floors, and ceilings.  In Revit Architecture, you define a level for each vertical height or story within a building, or other needed reference of the building (for example, first floor, top of wall, or bottom of foundation). You can add levels in a section or elevation view.

 A collection of predefined resources that you can use in a Revit project.  For example, you can access libraries of templates, detail components, entourage, materials, and families of model elements and annotation elements. Revit Architecture provides some libraries. Other libraries are available on the Internet. Family categories in the Imperial library

44. LOAD
 To transfer a file or a collection of information from an outside location into a Revit project.  In Revit Architecture, you can load groups, templates, detail components, entourage, materials, families of model elements and annotation elements, and other project information.

 The substance of which an element is made.  In Revit Architecture, the material assigned to an element determines how the element appears in a view or rendering. Revit Architecture includes several materials in the default project templates, or you can define your own. You can specify the color (in a shaded view), texture (in a rendered image), surface pattern (in a projection), and fill pattern (in a cut view).

46. MAX
 An Autodesk product. 3ds Max is professional 3D animation software that provides animation, modelling, and workflow functionality for the most complex problems in design visualization and visual effects.  Revit Architecture can export 3D models for use in 3ds Max.

 In Revit Architecture, a vertical or horizontal strip between panels of a curtain wall or curtain system.

 A model element, annotation element, datum element, or imported element in a project.

 A uniform distance from an element or line, along which the element or line will move, or a new element or line will be created.  For example, when creating walls, you might specify an offset of 5 meters. When you select an existing wall, Revit Architecture draws a new wall 5 meters from the selected wall.  The following illustration shows that, when you move the cursor near the outside of a chain of walls, Revit Architecture draws a preview line to show the offset from the walls..

 A 3D view that shows a building model in which all components are the same size, regardless of the camera’s distance from them.  Compare with perspective view.

 A setting that determines a particular property of an individual element, an element type, or a view.

52. PLAN
 A 2D drawing of a building model that shows the layout of walls, rooms, and other building components. A floor plan presents a view of the building as though you are looking down on it from above, with the roof and intervening levels removed. A reflected ceiling plan is a drawing that shows the ceiling in a building design.

 A series of 2-dimensional lines and arcs that form a closed loop. Use profiles to define cross-sections for railings, balusters, soffits, cornices, and other sweep-defined objects.  Gutter profile

 A Revit file that contains all information about a building design.

 Part of the Revit interface that shows a logical hierarchy for all views, schedules, sheets, families, groups, and linked Revit models in the current project.

 An attribute of appearance or behavior for an element, type, or view. Properties are specified through instance parameters and type parameters.

The boundary of a plot of land or the site for a building project.

58. RAMP
A sloped floor or passageway.

 The process of generating a photorealistic illustration of a building design. Rendered images are often used to present building designs to clients. Revit Architecture renders 3D project views with various effects, such as lights, plants, decals, and people.

 An Autodesk product. Revit Architecture is a building design and documentation system that uses building information modeling to coordinate changes across all aspects of an architecture project.

 The ribbon displays when you create or open a file. It provides all the tools necessary to create a project or family.

 As you resize the Revit window, you may notice that tools in the ribbon automatically adjust their size to fit the available space. This feature allows all buttons to be visible for most screen sizes.
Expanded panels

 An arrow next to a panel title indicates that you can expand the panel to display related tools and controls.

 By default, an expanded panel closes automatically when you click outside the panel. To keep a panel expanded while its ribbon tab is displayed, click the push pin icon in the bottom-left corner of the expanded panel.

Dialog launcher

Some panels allow you to open a dialog to define related settings. A dialoglauncher arrow on the bottom of a panel opens a dialog.

Contextual ribbon tabs

 When you use certain tools or select elements, a contextual ribbon tab displays tools that relate to the context of that tool or element. In many cases, the contextual tab merges with the Modify tab. A contextual ribbon tab closes when you exit the tool or clear the selection.

You can specify whether a contextual tab automatically comes into focus or the current tab stays in focus. You can also specify which ribbon tab displays when you exit a tool or clear a selection.

 Use the Room Separation Line tool to add and adjust room boundaries. Room separation lines are room-bounding. They are useful for designating one room within another, such as a dining area within a living room, where a wall between the rooms is not desired. Room separation lines are visible in plan views and 3D views.  If you create a room bounded by walls, the room area is computed from the inside face of the walls by default. If you add openings to those walls and still want to maintain separate room area computations, you must sketch room separation lines through the openings to maintain the room area as it was first computed.

63. RVT
 The file format for a Revit project.

 When using Save As from the application menu, click Options in the Save As dialog, and specify the following in the File Save Options dialog: Maximum backups. Specifies the maximum number of backup files. By default, nonworkshared projects have 3 backups, and workshared projects have up to 20 backups. See Backup and Journal Files. Make this a Central File after save: Sets the current workset-enabled file to be the central model. See Creating a Central Model from an Existing Workshared File. Compact File. Reduces file sizes when saving workset-enabled files. During a normal save, Revit Architecture only writes new and changed elements to the existing files. This can cause files to become large, but it increases the speed of the save operation. The compacting process rewrites the entire file and removes obsolete parts to save space. Because it takes more time than a normal save, use the compact option when the workflow can be interrupted. See Using Workshared Files. Open workset default. Sets the workset default for the central model when opened locally. From this list, you save a worksharing file to always default to one of the following options: All, Editable, Last Viewed, or Specify. See Creating a Central

Model from an Existing Workshared File. The only way a user can change this option is to resave a new central model by selecting "Make this a Central File after save" on the File Save Options dialog. The local model can use the Reload Latest tool to update the changed option. To change this setting in an existing central model, resave the file using Save As and adjust the Save Options. When opened locally, you can override this default setting each time the project is opened. The override only affects that work session, and will revert to defaults the next time the file is opened. Preview. Specifies the preview image that displays when you open or save a project. The default value for this option is Active View/Sheet. Revit Architecture can create a preview image only from open views. If you select Regenerate if View/Sheet is not up-to-date, Revit Architecture updates the preview image whenever you open or save the project. This option can consume considerable resources on a complex model. Use it only if you want the preview image to update frequently.

 The proportional system used to represent objects in a drawing. In Revit Architecture, you can assign a different scale to each view. Metric view scale

 A tabular display of information.  In Revit Architecture, a schedule is extracted from the properties of elements in a project. It is displayed in a schedule view. Using Revit Architecture, you can create many types of schedules, including quantities, material takeoffs, annotation schedules, revision schedules, view lists, and drawing lists.

 A user interface mechanism that crops the model in a 3D view. Elements in the building model that are outside the section box do not display in the view or in an exported view.

 A user interface mechanism that you use to select elements within a defined area by dragging the cursor around them.  To create a selection box, place the cursor near the elements to select, click and hold the left mouse button, and drag the cursor diagonally across the screen to draw a rectangle around the desired elements. Dragging from right to left includes elements completely enclosed by the selection box. Dragging from left to right includes any element that the selection box encloses or touches.

 A visual style in which Revit Architecture shows the image with all surfaces shaded according to their material color settings and project light locations. A default light source provides illumination for the shaded elements.

 A construction document. Also referred to as a drawing sheet.  In Revit Architecture, you place project views on sheets to create a construction document set. For more information, see Sheets.

71. SITE
 The location or defined plot of ground for a building project.

72. SKETCH  To draw a line or shape. Revit Architecture provides several tools and techniques for
sketching  A drawing of a 2D shape. The following sketch contains an open loop (the roof) and a closed loop (the walls, floor, and ceiling).

73. SKP  The file format for projects created using Google® SketchUp, a general purpose
modeling and visualization tool.

 74. SLOPE
 An angled surface (such as a roof or ramp), or the angle at which the surface rises.

 A user interface mechanism that defines the slope of a roof, floor, or ceiling plane, using a line in the direction of the slope.  Use a slope arrow when you know the height at the top and bottom of the object’s plane rather than the slope. For example, slope arrows can be used to adjust a flat roof to satisfy a particular height at a drainage point.

 The exposed underside of an architectural element.  On a roof, the soffit is the underside of an overhanging roof eave.

 A curved line drawn by specifying and positioning a number of points. Revit Architecture uses a mathematical polynomial function to smoothly join the segments at these points, creating the curved line.

 To divide a single object into multiple objects or sections.  In a Revit project, you can split walls, lines, faces, toposurfaces, layers in vertically compound walls, and schedules using various split tools.

 You can use Split Face on any non-family instance. The Split Face tool splits the selected face of the element; it does not change the structure of the element. After splitting the face, you can use the Paint tool to apply a different material to this section of face. A wall with a split face (around the window) before painting

A wall with a split face (around the window) after painting

1. Click Modify tab

Geometry panel

(Split Face).

2. Place the cursor on the element face to highlight it. You may need to press Tab to select the desired face. 3. Click to select the face. 4. Sketch the face area to split. NoteThe sketch must be in a closed loop inside the face or an open loop that ends on the boundary of the face. In the following example, the wall around the window is split, so that it can be painted to match the border around the door.

5. Click (Finish Edit Mode). TipYou can split the face of a column. However, if you plan to have multiple instances of the split-face column in your project, create the column in the Family Editor and apply the split there.

 The status bar is located along the bottom of the Revit window. When you are using a tool, the left side of the status bar provides tips or hints on what to do. When you are highlighting an element or component, the status bar displays the name of the family and type.
To hide the status bar

 The progress bar appears on the left side of the status bar when a large file is opening and indicates how much of the file has downloaded.

Several other controls appear on the right side of the status bar:  Worksets: Provides quick access to the Worksets dialog for a workshared project. The display field shows the active workset. Use the drop-down list to display another open workset.  Design Options: Provides quick access to the Design Options dialog. The display field shows the active design option. Use the drop-down list to display another design option. Use the Add to Set tool to add selected elements to the active design option.  Active Only: Filters selections to select only active design option components.  Exclude Options: Filters selections to exclude components that are part of a design option.  Press & Drag: Allows you to drag an element without selecting it first.  Editable Only: Filters selections to select only editable, workshared components.  Filter: Refines the element categories selected in a view.

 A series of steps that allow you to go from one level to another. Also referred to as a staircase.

82. STRINGER  The diagonal support for the treads and risers in a staircase. 83. SUN 84. SURFACE 85. SURFACE PATTERN
 The graphic design (fill pattern) used to represent a surface when shown in projection. Surface patterns (left) and cut patterns (right) for a wall

86. TAG
 An annotation used to identify elements in a drawing. Tags provide a way to automate the display of attributes for an element or type. Revit Architecture provides default tags for some types of elements, such as windows, doors, and rooms. You can change the information displayed in tags, and you can create labels to add information to tags. You can also control the visibility of tags in each view. For example, the following floor plan shows a door tag and a room tag.

87. TEAPOT  First form drawn in 3D by AutoCAD. 88. TEMPLATE
 A collection of settings that you can use as a starting point for projects, families, views, and more

89. TEXTURE  Render appearance of a material 90. TITLEBLOCK
 A template for a sheet. A title block generally includes information about the company, address, date of the project, and revisions.

 Topographical surface. A graphic representation of the terrain of a building site or plot. The toposurface may include contour lines to represent elevations.

 The horizontal surface of a step in a set of stairs.

93. TRIM
 Use the Trim and Extend tools to trim or extend one or more elements to a boundary defined by the same element type. You can also extend non-parallel elements to form a corner, or trim them to form a corner if they intersect. When you select an element to be trimmed, the cursor position indicates the part of the element to retain. You can use these tools with walls, lines, beams, or braces.

 In Revit Architecture, you can add a truss to your building model. Use the Truss tool, which creates the truss according to the layout and other parameters specified in the truss family type you select. For information about creating a truss family, see Creating a Truss Family.  The lines in the layout determine the placement of the sub elements that comprise the truss element, such as the top chord, bottom chord, and web members.  All types within a truss family share the same layout. Individual types specify other parameters, such as the structural framing families to be used for modeling chords and web members.  To use the Truss tool, select a truss family type and then specify the truss start point and endpoint in the drawing area. Then Revit Architecture creates structural framing elements as necessary, placing them on the layout lines specified for the selected family.

 NoteWhen you move the cursor over a truss in the drawing area, the truss element displays as a set of dashed blue lines. Clicking any of these dashed blue lines selects the truss element itself. The sub elements that comprise the truss, such as the top chord, bottom chord, and web members, are individually selectable.

 You create structural framing elements along each of these layout lines. You can define the structural framing elements in the truss layout family. Several different types of the same family can have different pre-set framing families using the same geometric layout.

NoteStructural members associated with the truss type are included in the geometric layout. These structural members can be changed to a different size, but they must be selected from sizes available within the specific truss family. The structural framing type can be specified in the truss layout family definition file RFA file..

95. TYPE
 A subdivision within a family of elements.  For example, the family of Concrete Round Columns is further divided into types such as Concrete Round 18”, Concrete Round 24”, and Concrete Round 30”.

 A project view or imported file that you use to help position elements in the current view.  For example, when you use a section view as an underlay to a detail view, model elements in the detail view display in halftone or a different line weight and line pattern. This allows you to see the difference between the model geometry (from the section view) and added detail components.  To use a view as the underlay for the current view, set the Underlay parameter in its view properties.

 The View Control Bar is located at the bottom of the view window above the status bar.

 It provides quick access to functions that affect the current view, including the following: Scale Detail Level Visual Style Sun Path On/Off Shadows On/Off Show/Hide Rendering Dialog (Available only when the drawing area displays a 3D view.) Crop View Show/Hide Crop Region Temporary Hide/Isolate ( Reveal Hidden Elements

 Room volumes display on the Properties palette, in tags, and in schedules for rooms. By default, Revit Architecture does not compute room volumes.  When volume computation is turned off, room tags and schedules display Not Calculated for the Volume parameter. Because volume computation may affect Revit Architecture performance, turn it on only when you want to prepare and print schedules or other views that report volumes. To turn on volume computation, see Enabling Volume Computations.

 Revit Architecture uses the Room component to maintain information about the area where it is placed. Rooms store values for a variety of parameters that affect the heating and cooling for a project. An effective energy analysis can only be accomplished if all the areas in your model are defined by room components in the building model and the entire volume of the building model is included.  When project information is exported as an analytical model to a gbXML file, the volume for areas that are not typically considered as rooms in an architectural model must be included in the overall volume for the project. This includes spaces such as attics, shafts, chases, and the spaces between a ceiling and the floor above. Also, rooms in the building model should be defined to the center line of bounding walls and from floor height to floor height, so there are no gaps between the spaces in a building. You can examine a shaded 3D analytical model in the gbXML Export dialog to detect gaps. When there are gaps in the analytical model, you must adjust the room properties in the building model to correct the volume.

 A representation of a building model that simulates a person walking through the model along a defined path.  The following walkthrough view shows the walkthrough path in red.


 An intersection of 2 or more walls.  In Revit Architecture, you can specify the type of join between walls.


WALL REVEAL  to add a decorative horizontal or vertical cutout to a wall in an elevation or 3D view. To add a reveal for all walls of a type, you modify the wall structure in the wall’s type properties.


WALL SWEEP  tool to add a baseboard, crown molding, or other type of decorative horizontal or vertical projection to a wall. You can add a wall sweep to a wall from a 3D or elevation view. To add a sweep for all walls of a type, you modify the wall structure in the wall’s type properties.


 In Revit Architecture, windows are hosted components that you can add to any type of wall (or to an in-place roof, in the case of a skylight). Windows can be added in plan, section, elevation, or 3D views. You select the type of window to add, and then specify its location on the host element. Revit Architecture automatically cuts the opening and places the window.


 A visual style in which Revit Architecture displays the image of the model with all edges and lines drawn, but no surfaces.


XLS  The extension name for MS Office EXCEL files.