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Machine Specification
Processor i7 / Xeon (3.2Hz)
*Nos of cores is irrelevant
Revit uses single core, unless a lot of rendering works
Pc to be well ventilated
OS 64bit 7PRO
* windows 8 not recommended
* unless 8.1 however 7PRO is better
ECC ram better
1mb revit 20mb ram machine
Limit 200mb revit file to work comfortably
Graphic Card
Direct X 11
NVIDEA quodro card good professional concentrate to active softwares
Gaming graphic card ok but if running multiple softwares, not ok i.e CAD,
photshop, etc
Dual screen
Getting started
Landing page- 1st page seen when opening revit
Project rvt
Family rfa <15mb
Template use to start up project or family
Project rte
Family - rft
*revit group file rvg (no longer available)
Exchange apps add on tools can be used with revit

Using Revit
Opening file > Application button; R button >

*Panel i.e properties

To get more panel, go to view> user interface> .
Shortcut for properties type > PP
*View i.e working area
*Ribbon tools 3 components
Tabs i.e architecture,
Structure governed by panel i.e, build, ciruclation
Tools i.e ,wall, door
*Quick access toolbar i.e open, save
How to create shortcut
-Go to keyboard shortcut manager
Keyboard shortcut manager KS
-Key in in search
-Select command > fill in press new keys box > assign
Information Box > Bottom left of view
Type in letter, i.e P > press arrow button (continue to see more shortcuts)
Point to anything, tool tip will show information (pre selection)
Go to empty area> right click>zoom to region area
Zoom all ZA (all views will be zoom out)
Zoom region - ZR
Zoom out ZO
Zoom extend ZE (indepent views)
Previous zoom ZP
To look at all opened views
Shortcut WT
Bottom interface view tools
View tools varies on the view opened
View tools work independently i.e scale
Unable to open new views > need to close unused view
Go to Quick access toolbar> close hidden window
3D Views
Toggle press surface of 3d cube
To toggle free view press shift + mouse cursor

Select element (changes to blue & transparent property tool bar will show the
elements proporty) > shift + mouse cursor (will move within the object boundary)
Selecting Elements
Old revit version must select elements from views
Later version new interface at Bottom right
Select elements by face > on >
Editing Elements (Object Styles)
Manage Tabs to manage elements
Manage>settings>object styles>.. (list of catogaries fixed. However, can edit
as sub categories)
Model objects filter list - 5 categories i.e architecture, structure
*Changes done to the category will only effect the said project.
Line weight
1 is lightest
To define line weight thickness need to set up
On/ Off Layers
Select object> bottom interface (shade icon) > hide category
*views turn to cyan with note temporary hide/isolate
To on back layer select (shade icon)>reset temporary hide/isolate
Select multiple
CTRL add
SHIFT omit
Box selection
*point cursor to empty space - underneath cursor (no elements)
Left to right (top to bottom vice versa) selection in the box
Right to left (top to bottom vice versa) anything touching the line
Selection of specific selection
Selection will create new ribbon tool box (Modify/ Multi-select)
Filter tools in the modifier box or at the bottom right interface
Filter > check layers
Selection of the connected elements
Pre select wall> press tab button > select
(View the property panel to see the elements property)

Going about Properties toolbar*applies only to this specific view

Floor Plans (to insert levels of plans to associate with section)
Properties> Extent> View range> edit>
Duplicating Views
Projet Browser toolbar> floor plan> right click> duplicate view>
Duplicate just plans without colour
Duplicate with detailing duplicate and break view in separate pages with
indication line)
Duplicate with dependent
Colour scheme> name> none (now drawing has o colour schem. However, legend is
still visible. Select>delete)
Plot Style
Visibility graphic overrides>edit>
Shortcut - VV
(Similar to object Styles)
*using the same set of drawings, makes easy settings for different type of printing
(i.e submission VS tender drawings)
*if want to follow the default settings, always select no override
Hide Object
Select object> right click> hide in view
Bottom interface> click on lightbulb (boundary of hidden in red) > click on the
element > modify tool bar appear >click unhide category
Creating Template
New> select file default metric >create new check on project
*dont check on project template
Once saved file converts to rvt format
Setting up
Layers/ elements
-Manage> settings> Object styles> .
Project info
-Manage> settings> Project units> .
Adding up levels
- Architecture (ribbon panel) > Datum> level> enter dimension>ESC when finish
- Shortcut LL
- Editing height - select line> enter new dimension i.e 3000 @ 3m @10> enter
- Editing length of the line select line> enter and drag line

Project browser> elevation > .

*edit information from view
*Naming elevation line naming by 01 name as in project browser arranges plan
name in alpha numerical order
Creating Project
Open> select template file> save as> file type project files> options to change
nos of backup
Create boundary
Project browser> site > massing & site (ribbon tools)> modify site property line>
create by sketching (sketch environment limited to selected tools)
Select point> key in dimension> enter>> check tick at mode on the modify box
To check on the lines select line> tab> select line (all angles have circle)
Create setback lines
Project browser> site > massing & site (ribbon tools)> modify site property line>
create by sketching draw pick lines > offset (enter dimension)
Trimming lines
Modify> Trim> select lines that we want (similar to CAD fillet command)
Naming lines
Select Line> properties> comments> name
Revit has 3 reference points (seen from site view - project browser)
- Survey
- Project
- Internal 0,0,0
Moving from survey to project point pre select>tab
Moving the drawing to survey levels
Select line> properties> edit type> constraints- elevation base> survey
Manage (ribbon tools)> Project location> select line> enter dimension
*to change back to 0, - properties,> edit type> constraints elevation base>
project base point
Select survey point > move> manage (ribbon tools) > project location> specify
coordinates at point> select survey point at view> enter figure
Properties> Orientation> true north> Manage (ribbon tools)> project location>
rotate true north> enter point> enter angle
*for analysis
*always refer to project north in drawing (similar to CAD UCS command)

Architecture (ribbon tools)> Datum grid> line
*To add/remove bubble end of line check box (at the end of line)
To add more grids Architecture (ribbon tools)> Datum grid> pick lines> offset (add figure)
Rotate boundary
Architecture (ribbon tools)>work plane> ref plane (construction line)
Bottom interface> on crop boundary > click on the boundary> modifier box>
modify rotate> check on the place button> position the reference point> select;
1-construction line, 2-line to rotate
Select boundary> rotate> (key in angle) > expand the boundary (pull the box)
Shortcut RO
Setting the Elevation Views
Select> move
Exercise 4
Architecture (ribbon tools)> wall> Wall Architecture (Basic wall-family, Generic
Properties>base constraint define location> height box (below ribbon) enter the
next floor to be connected/ unconnected (enter dimension)>location line box
select wall position> select point> left to right
Shortcut AL
To align elements - Manage (ribbon tools)>Modify-align> pre select element (centre
line)> pick line> pick gridline
Select element> properties>location line>change property (when thickness wall
changes then we can see the change)
To create new type of wall
Select element> properties>edit type> duplicate>rename >
Structure>edit>pops up new dialog box (click preview box)>
Insert(to add layers of the element 2more layers i.e structure (finish)
structure(core) structure(finish)> shift the structure up and down (to sandwich the
core boundary)>add thickness to structure
*To define the structure function Click on the cell of the function box> select name
*To change the material Click on the cell of the material box> select material
**to create material select material>right click> duplicate>rename>edit
*default wrapping
At inserts: - i.e in plan where door or window happens (select both, both finishes for
exterior/ interior will happen)
At end: - exterior

To create the same type of wall

Pre select the element> right click> create similar> enter height unconnected>
enter point...
To edit constructed line from 3D
Select lines> properties> unconnected height> change the figure..
To mirror elements
Select elements> modifier box modify> mirror draw axis> select center reference
point of mirror>enter
To trim elements
Split element-select element> trim/extend select elements to trim
To create thick wall
Architecture (ribbon tools)> wall> Wall Architecture-> modify> join
Bottom interface> first box- change to fine (to see the material)
Bottom interface> second box- change to shaded (to see the colors)

Requires to register from autodesk360
Area (enclosed)

Architecture (ribbon tools)>Room&Area>Room>place at the room (if closed area, it

outlines the room) bounding area- vertical elements=walls & columns,horizontal
>Property panel>Tag (annotation element referring to other element) before
clicking on to the room>
Area (not enclosed)
Architecture (ribbon tools)>Room&Area>Room>room separator-draw
Determining area
Architecture (ribbon tools)>Room&Area-expand> area and volume computations>
Assigning Finishes/Spec to room
Select the X area>properties> edit finishes>enter apply
Tabulating Tables
View (ribbon tols)> schedules> schedules/quantities> select category i.e roofroom> enter> available field: i.e Area> add will update the schedule fields (to
create the schedule columns ) > enter
Room schedule> name:room,Area:Not placed (due to placement of area
earlier)>select room> rows(ribbon tool)> delete> fill in the table
Editing table - Merge cells
Select-drag cells> tiles & headers> group> name the cell
Editing table -Shifting cell position
Property> other-field> edit> schedule properties (pop up)> schedule fields> select
subject> move up/ move down> enter
To refer to the space location in model
Select cell> element (ribbon tool)> Highlight in model
Curtain wall
Architecture (ribbon tools)>wall> Curtain wall store front (allows to be embedded
within another wall)> define height> draw wall
*property> parameter- automatically embed> check box
Editing the curtain wall
Property> edit type>.
Border 1 first point clicked when drawing up the line
Border 2 second point clicked when drawing up the line
Omitting mullion (creating door)
Select the mullion> unpin the icon> delete (vertical grid still visible)
*not advisable

Pre select the mullion> enter Tab (until curtain wall grid selected)> select grid>
curtain grid tool> select> select mullion> done!
Select horizontal mullion below> unpin> delete> bottom interface select element
by face uncheck> preselect area> tab> select> unpin> edit type> load> select.
Adding mullion (create sub- panel)
Architecture (ribbon tools)> Build-curtain grid> point to area> placement tools>
select option i.e all segments, one segment
Adding mullion to other panels
Select horizontal grid line (activate)> curtain grid tools- add/remove segments>
enter position
Creating new curtain wall type (louvers)
Create a dummy curtain wall (independently)> properties> edit type> duplicate>
rename> parameter- curtain panel empty system panel: empty> vertical grid:
none.. > delete> select panel of curtain wall> properties> change wall type> (to
repeat select new type wall> match properties> pre select> tab> match
properties> repeat
*Editing curtain wall requires to unpin panels
To unpin all
Select curtain wall> right click> select panels on host> uncheck pins
Shortcut unpin- UP
Editing Mullion size
Select mullion> property> edit type> duplicate> rename> edit..
To shift mullion to center
Select> toggle icon> stretch
*to check position
Plan> view (ribbon tools)> section> select mullion> edit type> offset (position)
*Editing requires to unpin panels
Select component> create tool create group
- Select component> right click> create similar
- Modify tools> Mirror
Determining centre wall
Architecture (ribbon tool)> work plane- ref plane> create line> create dimension
(shortcut: DI)> specify first point, ref plane, last point> check EQ symbol
Editing Group/ profile
Select group

component > Group tools> edit group> (enter group mode)> select group> Mode
tools - edit profile> (edit).> finish
Architecture (ribbon tool)>Build-floor>Floor: Architecture> Property>height offset
from..> Draw- line/Pick Walls
To check floor level
Annotate(ribbon tool)>dimension-spot elevation
To create apron
Select floor> bottom interface> isolate isolate (bottom specs icon)>>
Architecture(ribbon tool>Build-floor>Floor: Architecture> Property> Pick Walls>
offset(enter dimension)> enter> isolate(bottom tool)> reset temporary isolate
To assign material
Select floor> property> edit type> duplicate> rename> edit> ..
To create floor fall
Select floor> bottom interface> isolate (bottom specs icon)> select slab> modifier
list shape editing- modify sub elements> select line> enter dimension in
elevation box
If automatic created lines not satisfactory - modifier list shape editing- add split
Go to section> select element> property> edit type> edit> variable> uncheck
Shortcut Thin line TL
Creating staircase
Select floor> Right click> override graphics in view> by element> surface pattern>
uncheck visible box
Architecture (ribbon tool)>circulation stair stair by component> modifier box
components select i.e. run, landing, support,..> properties> select type of
stair> edit type> duplicate> rename> edit>click any point for first flight > click
second flight> select> move
To edit staircase
Select staircase> modifier tool - edit staircase > tools convert> edit sketch (green
: boundary staircase, black,: staircase, blue: run (not important)> (define the new
boundary) delete green line>
Creating Railing
Architecture (ribbon tool)> Circulation railing> sketch a path> draw tools> done
*in a case railing does not sits on a platform Tools Pick a new host> select
railing> select floor
Editing railing
Select railing> edit type> duplicate> rename> edit

Rail structure> edit> insert 2 nos of rail (mainly for mid rail & bottom rail)> edit
height and profile
Repeat for baluster placement> edit> insert 2 nos of baluster (mainly for baluster
next to each other)> add another baluster (acts as a post)> edit base cell and top
cell - 2 nos of baluster (bottom and mid), 1nos of baluster (host and top rail)
To distribute baluster, edit the justify box, break pattern box, and excess length fill
* when applying railing to staircase, uncheck box use baluster per tread on stairs

Instance individual element
Type all instance
Family all type (will effect the project of future project)
Catogery Looking at plans below
Properties> underlay (to set what we see at the bottom level)
To attach wall with roof
Select wall> modify wall - attach to top base> select roof
Search center point of circular
Shortcut SC
*Reference plane can been seen at all plans
Load family
Mode tools
Placing column toolbar change depth to height
Rotate column press spacebar
To select all columns of the same size (to change properties)
Select column> right click> select all instances> in project/in view
*column style can be edited at the properties bar to change the profile of the
Door bubble
Properties> type mark> change to what we want> click on bubble> edit family>
shortcut VV> check box reference plane to get centre> create> line>select label
i.e. 101> property> label> edit> add type mark> load into project>
To tag all doors> tag - select tag all> select item
To draw 2d line
Annotate>detail-detail line (however this will only visible at that specific view
Creating special line
Annotate> Detail line> manage> settings- additional settings> line styles> edit>
properties> line style change

Creating blow up detail

View> callout> properties> section wall section
*to Extent> far clip settings>

Filled region
View (ribbon tools)> sheet composition sheet> . Project browser> plan drag &
drop to the tittle block
Export schedule
Open view schedule> export> report> schedule> export as txt file syllabus