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Getting Started with Autodesk Revit Building

August 2006

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Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Creating a Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Creating Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Creating Terrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Adding Exterior Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Adding a Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Adding Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Adding Interior Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Adding Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Adding Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Adding a Curtain Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Attaching Walls to the Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Modifying the Entry Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Adding a Sloped Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Adding Stairs and Railings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Modifying the Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Documenting the Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Creating a Solar Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Creating a Sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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change. and document a building. We hope you enjoy learning and using this revolutionary parametric building modeller. Revit Building is designed to accommodate various ways of working. You learn how you can make design changes in any view of the building. 1 . you learn how to use the features of Revit Building to design. so that you can concentrate on your building models rather than on adapting your methodology to the demands of the software. and the parametric change engine in Revit Building coordinates those changes in all other views.Getting Started 1 Welcome to Autodesk® Revit Building. In this short tutorial.

Note that the imperial and metric values are not direct conversions. install the software and register it as either demo or subscription. If you click Wall on the Design Bar on the left side of the Revit Building window. Exploring the User Interface When the Revit Building window is displayed. the Options Bar displays options related to the Wall command. or plot projects that have not been edited. Menu Bar and Toolbar At the top of the window is the standard Microsoft® Windows®-based menu bar. Type Selector On the left side of the Options Bar is the Type Selector. a drop-down menu that lists different types of elements to add to a project.Introduction Installation Before beginning the exercises. allowing you to export. take a minute to view the different sections. but appropriate values for completing either the imperial or metric project. All audiences using the metric measurements should follow the metric values in brackets only. Icons on the Toolbar are buttons for executing common Revit Building commands. all metric measurements are in millimeters. Demo mode serves as a no-cost viewer. print. a metric value is displayed in square brackets ([ ]) next to it. You can choose an element type by selecting it from the drop-down menu of the Type Selector. This means that when you see an imperial value. from which you can access all Revit Building commands. 2 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . For example: Offset the door 6'' [150 mm] from the end of the wall. which displays command options for the current operation. Options Bar Below the Toolbar is the Options Bar. Imperial and Metric Convention The exercises in this guide contain both imperial and metric values.

Site. To see all the tabs. Creating a Project In this first exercise. detail level. Some views. In the New Project dialog. which lists the tools available for the currently selected tab. have limited controls. above the Status Bar. graphics style. which displays the status of the current command or the name of a highlighted element. Rendering. Status Bar At the lower left corner of the drawing area is the Status Bar. drafting. and groups in the project. and temporary hide/isolate. Room and Area. you can start your first project. To display a single tab. Getting Started Now that you have explored the interface.Properties Button To the right of the Type Selector is the Properties button various parameters of a selected component. which accesses a dialog in which you can change Design Bar On the left side of the Revit Building window is the Design Bar. right-click on the Design Bar. View. . The controls are graphical shortcuts to various View commands. In this project. and rendered views. Structural. and Construction. The Project Browser is a listing of all views. you create and name a project in which you will create the building model shown below. families. Drafting. Creating a Project | 3 . 1 Create a project: ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ New ➤ Project. Massing. The exercises show how easy it is to design a simple building with no previous experience. click the tab name. click Browse. View Control Bar At the lower left corner of the drawing area. advanced model graphics. There are 10 tabs: Basics. is the View Control Bar. Project Browser To the right of the Design Bar is the Project Browser. such as sheets. You can select any of the items listed in the Project Browser. A convenient way to open a view is to double-click the view name in the Project Browser list. crop region. you use some of the basic commands found in Revit Building. namely scale. Modelling.

and then. In the left pane of the Save As dialog.■ ■ In the left pane of the Choose template dialog. enter Getting_Started. Note that the cursor is changed to a magnifying glass. click Training Files. ■ 3 Zoom to a view: ■ ■ In the Project Browser. and click Open. ■ In the drawing area. Enter ZR. 4 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . double-click South. Use a number as a prefix to the name so the plans are sorted by level. Click OK. In the Choose Template dialog. The floor and ceiling plans for Level 1 are renamed 00 Foundation. double-click Imperial [Metric].rte [DefaultMetric. For File name. enter 00 Foundation. select default. ■ Use the same technique to rename Level 2 and its corresponding views as 01 Lower Level. and click the Training Files icon. and click Save. move the cursor diagonally to draw a rectangle around the level markers. under Elevations (Building Elevation). 4 Rename levels: ■ Double-click the Level 1 text. click Yes to rename corresponding views. to zoom to a specific region. in the file window. The area within the rectangle is magnified to fill the drawing area so that you can work with the level marker text. ■ In the alert dialog. scroll down.rte]. ■ 2 Name and save the project file: ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ Save. and then press ENTER. open Imperial\Templates [Metric\Templates].

move the cursor up. click to create a level (Level 3). 1 In the Project Browser. select 02 Entry Level. under Floor Plans. enter 40' [12000].12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Retaining . double-click 00 Foundation to open that view in the drawing area. Move the cursor to the right. For Loc Line. click . 2 On the Design Bar. when a dashed line is displayed above the level line. click Modify to end the command. 4 On the Options Bar: Click . enter 40' [12000]. Creating Walls | 5 . 7 Rename the new levels and all corresponding views: ■ ■ Level 3: Rename as 02 Entry Level Level 4: Rename as 03 Roof 8 Double-click the level dimensions. draw walls on the foundation level: ■ ■ Click in the lower-right quadrant to select the wall start point. click Level. and enter new values: ■ ■ ■ ■ 0'0'' [0]: Change to -14'0'' [-5200] 10'0'' [4000]: Change to -10'0'' [-3000] 20'0'' [7000]: Change to 0'0'' [0] 30'0'' [10000]: Change to 10'0'' [3000] 9 On the Design Bar. verify that Wall Centerline is selected. NOTE You do not need to specify the unit.300mm Concrete]. click Wall. Creating Walls In this exercise. Revit Building uses the units specified in the project template.5 Create levels in the building: ■ ■ Enter ZO to zoom out. On the Design Bar. for Offset. 10 Save the project file. enter 10' [3000]. On the Options Bar. and press ENTER. select Basic Wall : Retaining . you work on different levels to add foundation walls to the project. and. and press ENTER. and press ENTER. highlight the 01 Lower Level line. Verify that Chain is selected. Use the same technique to create a level above Level 3. ■ ■ Beginning at the new endpoint. ■ ■ In the drawing area. enter 22' [6900]. click Modify. Move the cursor to the left. 5 In the drawing area. 3 In the Type Selector. ■ 6 On the Design Bar. ■ ■ ■ ■ For Height.

enter 5' [1500]. double-click 02 Entry Level.6 On the Design Bar.300mm Concrete]. enter 10' 6'' [3150]. click Modify to exit the command. and press ENTER. 10 On the Options Bar. for Depth. Click in the upper-right corner of the drawing area to place the camera. select Basic Wall : Foundation . 8 On the Design Bar. click Wall. 11 Draw walls on the lower level: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ In the drawing area. enter 6' 6'' [1950]. and press ENTER. Move the cursor to the right. select 00 Foundation. ■ Select the right endpoint of the north wall to complete the chain and connect the walls. and select the intersection with the extension of the north wall. 6 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . Click to place the camera target point. click Camera. click the right endpoint of the south wall as the wall start point. Move the cursor to the right. you create a 3D view and add a toposurface to the building site. 2 Create a 3D view: ■ ■ ■ On the View tab of the Design Bar. 7 In the Project Browser. double-click 01 Lower Level. 9 In the Type Selector. Move the cursor up. Move the cursor up. under Floor Plans. click Modify. and press ENTER. under Floor Plans. as shown.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Foundation . Creating Terrain In this exercise. 12 On the Design Bar. 1 In the Project Browser.

Drag the blue circular controls so that you can see the building. enter -10' [-3000]. Creating Terrain | 7 . as shown. enter -0' 6'' [-150]. enter To Building. for Elevation. and click Rename. ■ ■ On the Options Bar. double-click Site. as shown. On the Site tab of the Design Bar. 4 In the Rename View dialog. right-click 3D View 1. 3 In the Project Browser. for Elevation. On the Options Bar. Select points to the left of the building. 5 Create a graded building site: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. The view you create may differ slightly from the illustrations in the exercises because of minor variations in camera placement. click Toposurface. under Floor Plans. and click OK. Select points.A 3D view is created. expand 3D Views.

as shown. On the Options Bar. ■ ■ On the Options Bar. ■ On the Design Bar. enter -11' [-3300]. click . as shown. and then click Lines. Select points to the right of the building. 6 Create a pad surface: ■ On the Design Bar. 8 | Chapter 1 Getting Started .Contour lines are displayed. click Finish Surface. click Pad. ■ ■ Select the outer endpoint at the lower left of the building.

The Height setting defines how tall the wall is and establishes a relationship between the walls and the roof. select Core Face: Interior. click Wall. After you draw the walls. You use the Draw option to create exterior walls that extend to the roof level. You can import these files into your Revit Building project where you can automatically generate a terrain using the Toposurface tool. On the Design Bar. for Height. complex site models created by civil engineering professionals will be provided to you in DWG. you build upon the foundation walls. On the Design Bar. 7 Open the To Building 3D view to see the results. you created a simple toposurface in Revit Building by selecting points. DXF. select Basic Wall : Generic . click Modify. double-click 02 Entry Level. On the Design Bar. or point files. click Finish Sketch. the height of the walls will also change. 2 Add walls to the lower level: ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. for Height. select 03 Roof. On the Basics tab of the Design Bar. In this exercise. select 03 Roof. DGN. However. In the Type Selector. ■ ■ Beginning at the bottom right. 1 Add walls to the entry level: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. click Wall.6'' [200mm]. if you change the roof height.■ ■ Select the outer endpoint at the upper right of the building. trace the interior of the 3 existing retaining walls by selecting endpoints. On the Options Bar. On the Options Bar. Adding Exterior Walls In this exercise. under Floor Plans. Adding Exterior Walls | 9 . for most projects. and for Loc Line.

2 Draw a roof line: ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. On the Design Bar. click Modify. On the Options Bar. 1 Open the 03 Roof floor plan. Adding a Roof In this exercise. click . and clear Defines slope. ■ On the Design Bar. Using the Trim/Extend tool. 3 Create offset roof lines: On the Options Bar. Repeat for the west and south roof lines. enter 3' [900]. Beginning at the bottom right. you create a roof using the footprint of the exterior walls. trace the exterior edge of the south wall by selecting endpoints.■ ■ Beginning at the upper right. verify that Defines slope is selected. You specify an offset as you create the roof so that the roof has an overhang. ■ Select the east roof line. 10 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . trace the interior of the foundation walls by selecting endpoints. when a dashed line is displayed on the exterior of the wall. Repeat for the north and east walls. click . ■ ■ In the drawing area. you can close the roof sketch. for Offset. highlight the west wall. and then click Lines. click Finish Roof. click Roof ➤ Roof by Footprint. 4 Complete the roof sketch: ■ On the Tools toolbar. and then select the south roof line. 3 Open the To Building 3D view. click to place the roof line.

1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. for Rise/12'' [Slope Angle]. ■ ■ ■ Beginning with the north wall and moving counterclockwise.5 Modify the roof slope: Select the roof. On the Design Bar. and click OK. click Floor. select the interior of the walls. click Modify. Adding Floors | 11 . under Dimensions. click . you must sketch them first in a sketch editor. enter 1'' [10]. ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. and verify that Offset is 0. On the Options Bar. To create floors in Revit Building. and then click Lines. Pick and Draw. you create floors in the building model. Modify the crop region as necessary to see the roof. If the floor lines do not create a closed sketch. Adding Floors In this exercise. click Modify. and click . On the Design Bar. 2 Create a floor using the Pick method: ■ On the Design Bar. to sketch the floors. You use 2 different sketching options. the sketch is invalid and you need to clean the lines up. and zoom in to the corner of the model. 3 Enter ZR. ■ 6 Open the To Building 3D view. the sketch must be a closed loop with no disconnected or crossing lines. To be valid.

and click. On the Options Bar. 12 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . 8 View the floors in 3D: ■ Open the To Building 3D view. On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Beginning at the lower-left interior corner. Move the cursor down 16'6'' [5300] to align with the outside of the wall. and click to draw the sketch line. ■ ■ Enter ZP to zoom to the previous display. 6 Create a floor using the Draw method: ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. 7 In the alert dialog. On the Design Bar. select the lower endpoint of the west wall. Move the cursor to the right 36' [10000]. If you clicked Yes. click to trim the sketch lines. Move the cursor to the right 25' [9000]. and click to specify the point. click No. click Finish Sketch. 5 In the alert dialog. and click. Trim as necessary. and verify that Chain is selected. and then select the upper endpoint. selecting the portion of each line you want to retain. click Finish Sketch. click No. Move the cursor to the left. and then click Lines. click . and select the endpoint at the bottom left corner of the model to complete the floor sketch. Move the cursor down 4'6' [1300] to align with the inside of the wall. click Floor. the walls that finish on the lower level would be trimmed to the underside of the floor.4 Create a closed sketch: ■ ■ On the Options Bar.

Adding Interior Walls In this exercise. For Loc Line. select Wall Centerline. and click on the south wall to complete wall 1. ■ ■ ■ ■ For Height. ■ On the View Control Bar.■ Select the wall as shown. On the View Control Bar. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Hide Object. and then modify the walls to create rooms in the building. click Wall. select 02 Entry Level. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and click Create Similar. Verify that Chain is cleared. you add walls on the lower level and the entry level. ■ ■ On the View Control Bar. and click to select the wall start point. ■ ■ Adding Interior Walls | 13 . select Basic Wall : Generic . 5 Add walls: ■ Beginning at the west wall.6'' [200mm]. 3 In the Type Selector. 2 On the Design Bar. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading. Right-click on the wall. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate. On the Design Bar. The selected wall is temporarily hidden so that you can see the interior floors. click Modify to exit the command. 4 On the Options Bar: Click . Move the cursor down. move the cursor 26' [8000] along the north wall.

Using the following illustration as a guide. Right-click on the half-tone walls shown in the underlay of the lower level. click Modify. 8 Draw walls: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and click on wall 1 in the area indicated by the short line in the previous ■ ■ . click .■ Using the following illustration as a guide. as shown. place additional walls to create rooms. 6 Modify walls to create a corridor: ■ On the Options Bar. Trim the split wall to create a corridor. place additional walls to create rooms. 14 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . 7 On the Design Bar. click illustration. On the Options Bar. and click Create Similar.

select the door types: Bifold-4 Panel. click Door. Click Open. as shown. clear Tag on Placement. In the left pane of the Open dialog. click Door.rfa.rfa]. click Modify. While pressing CTRL.rfa. scroll down. ■ ■ In the Type Selector. On the Options Bar.9 On the Design Bar. M_Single-Glass 2. 2 Load doors from the library: ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Options Bar.rfa. Adding Doors | 15 . click Door. you load doors from the library into the project. and click the Training Files icon. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. The walls defining the rooms on the lower level and the entry level are complete. 1 On the Basics tab of the Design Bar. as shown. In the Type Selector.rfa [M_Bifold-4 Panel. Open Imperial\Families\Doors [Metric\Families\Doors]. Double-Glass 2. On the Design Bar. On the Design Bar. There are a limited number of door types in the project because there were few in the default template. select Single-Glass 2 : 36'' x 84'' [M_Single-Glass 2 : 0915 x 2134mm]. M_Double-Glass 2. In the Type Selector. and then add interior and exterior doors to the model. ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Single-Glass 2. ■ 3 Add exterior doors: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. add a door to the east wall as shown. Place the door in the north wall 7' [2100mm] from the end of the retaining wall. and then click Modify. click Load. You can load additional door types from the library. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. Adding Doors In this exercise.rfa. Place the door in the short vertical wall.

To change the swing after a door is placed. 4 Add interior doors: ■ In the Type Selector. 5 Open the To Building 3D view. ■ In the Type Selector. and add 2 doors. as shown. as shown. select Single-Flush : 32'' x 84'' [M_Single-Flush : 0813 x 2134mm]. In the Type Selector. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate. press Spacebar.NOTE To change the swing direction as you place a door. 7 On the View Control Bar. 6 For an unobstructed view of the doors. select Single-Flush : 30'' x 84'' [M_Single-Flush : 0762 x 2134mm]. as shown. 16 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click the flip arrows. click Hide/Isolate ➤ Hide Category. ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. select a wall. and on the View Control Bar. select Bifold-4 Panel : 72'' x 84'' [M_Bifold-4 Panel : 1830 x 2134mm]. and place 2 doors. and then place 2 doors.

Adding Windows | 17 . On the Options Bar. clear Tag on Placement. On the Options Bar. Select Casement 3x3 with Trim. You use alignment and dimension tools to more precisely position the windows. 3 Modify the view range: ■ ■ ■ In the drawing area. move the windows to resolve the conflict with the wall: ■ Select the right window. Because the windows are at the top of the wall. they are above the current view range for the plan.Adding Windows In this exercise. Select the window and edit the temporary dimensions. You will position them and align them with the top of the retaining wall later. and click View Properties. approximately as shown. you work in elevation and plan views to add windows to the model. and click the Training Files icon. You will resolve any conflict by moving the windows while in a floor plan view. On the Design Bar. 4 If necessary. a warning about the conflict is displayed. scroll down. and drag it 2' 6'' [200mm] to the left side of the interior wall. 2 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. for Cut plane Offset. close the warning.rfa [M_Casement 3x3 with Trim. for View Range. and then click OK twice. In the View Range dialog. Open Imperial\Families\Windows [Metric\Families\Windows]. enter 7' [1700]. click Edit. In the Element Properties dialog. If either of the windows spans an internal wall.rfa]. The windows are now visible in the south wall. right-click. as needed. under Extents. In the left pane of the Open dialog. and click Open. Add 2 windows. 1 Add windows in an elevation view: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the South elevation view. click Load. and zoom in to the building. click Window.

for Underlay. In the Element Properties dialog. and click OK. for Name. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. select Casement 3x3 with Trim : 36'' x 36'' [0915 x 0915mm]. and drag it 9' 6'' [2775mm] to the right of the west wall. Select the top of the wall. click . click Duplicate. enter 3' [915]. 5 Create a window type: ■ Open the South elevation view. Repeat for the second window. and then select the top of one of the windows. under Dimensions. and in the Type Selector. and click . In the Name dialog. click in the zoomed view.■ Select the left window. click Edit/New. enter 36'' x 36'' [0915 x 0915mm]. and then click OK. and click View Properties. Click OK twice. 8 Add windows in plan view: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. In the Type Properties dialog. 7 Align the windows to the top of the retaining wall: ■ ■ On the Tools toolbar. to activate thin lines so that element lines resume their true thickness ■ 18 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and zoom in to the west side of the model. under Graphics. In the Type Properties dialog. for Height. 6 Select the window on the right. In the drawing area. right-click. Select the window on the left. specify None. On the View toolbar.

and place 3 windows on the outside edge of the west wall. Select the north wall. move it up or down to see how the design intent is maintained. and see how the walls resize and the windows redistribute equally within the wall. The windows are moved so that all of the dimensions are equal. select each of the window centerlines.■ ■ On the Design Bar. In the Type Selector. Select the top wall. and then press ESC twice. ■ ■ Click . and then select the horizontal interior wall. select Casement 3x3 with Trim : 36'' x 72'' [0915 x 1830mm]. 9 Reposition the windows to be equidistant from each other: ■ ■ On the Design Bar. ■ Select the interior wall that contains the doors. ■ Adding Windows | 19 . click Window. click Dimension. move it up 3' [1000 mm]. Click to the left of the west wall to place the dimension line. Note that each of the four dimensions is different. as shown.

■ On the Standard toolbar. and open various plan. 11 Zoom as desired. In the Type Selector. select the upper portion of the east wall and the adjacent portion of the north wall. enter 4' [1200]. click . In the Element Properties dialog. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. click Duplicate. and 3D views to display the model results thus far. In the Name dialog. for Spacing. enter 4' [1200]. click OK to delete the line but maintain the constraints. Click OK twice. for Spacing. Under Horizontal Grid Pattern. enter House 4'x4' [House 1200 x 1200mm]. In the Type Properties dialog. elevation. for Name. ■ 3 Create a curtain wall type: Select the north curtain wall at an end so that the whole curtain wall is selected. Click Modify. you change existing exterior walls to curtain walls. and click The tooltip and the status bar will confirm the selection. In the warning dialog. In the Type Properties dialog. and then split the east wall just above the door. 20 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . On the Tools toolbar. click once to restore the top wall to the original dimension. You then create a curtain wall type that you can apply to other walls using the Match Type tool. 2 Create a curtain wall at the northeast corner of the building: ■ Zoom to the east wall. Adding a Curtain Wall In this exercise. select Curtain Wall : Storefront. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . and click OK. ■ ■ While pressing CTRL. under Vertical Grid Pattern. and press DELETE. click Edit/New. 10 Select the dimension line.

Attaching Walls to the Roof | 21 . and then click Attach. Select the outside edge of the curtain wall. Attaching Walls to the Roof In this exercise. click Shadows ➤ Shadows On. except the curtain walls. 1 Open the 03 Roof plan. 3 Attach the curtain walls: ■ ■ Open the North elevation view. click Delete Elements. Press TAB until the status bar indicates that the curtain wall is selected. Select the north curtain wall. or click Modify on the Design Bar to end the command. 4 Open the To Building 3D view. When you attach the curtain walls. The 4'x4' [1200 x 1200mm] spacing is applied to both curtain walls. In the error dialog about curtain wall mullions. On the Options Bar. ■ ■ ■ Select the roof. 5 Open the To Building 3D view. Open the East elevation view. In the drawing area. click . and then select the east curtain wall. Revit Building warns you of consequences and modifies the placement of mullions. 2 Attach the basic walls: ■ ■ ■ ■ While pressing CTRL. you attach interior and exterior walls to the roof. Click in the drawing area. and attach the east curtain wall to the roof. select the roof. 5 On the View Control Bar.4 Match the type of the north curtain wall to the east curtain wall: ■ ■ On the Tools toolbar. click Attach. select all the interior walls and exterior walls.

■ ■ On the Options Bar. select Chain. move the cursor up 11' [3300]. Modifying the Entry Deck In this exercise. Trace the 6'' [200mm] north wall from the left endpoint to the double door. 2 Edit the profile of the floor: ■ ■ ■ ■ Select the floor. and then down to the model line. Note the spacing of the top row of mullions/panels. 22 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . On the north side of the model. On the Options Bar.All walls extend up to the roof. you modify the floor profile on the entry level to include a deck on the north side of the model. click on the north wall in line with the right vertical model line. clear Chain. and on the Options Bar. mullions are created where the walls and roof attach. 1 Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. click Lines. and click to place the endpoint of the line. click Edit. On the Design Bar. because the spacing parameter cannot be satisfied.

■ On the Tools toolbar. ■ ■ Draw a line beginning at the left endpoint of the north wall and extending up 3' 6'' [1000]. for Loc Line. as shown. On the Design Bar. click . and press DELETE. click Finish Sketch. and split the north model line at both sides of the door opening. On the Options Bar. In the alert dialog. Draw a wall from left to right on the slanted floor line.300mm Concrete]. ■ ■ Modifying the Entry Deck | 23 . select Basic Wall : Retaining . and complete the profile to the right of the door.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Retaining . In the Type Selector. Draw a line beginning at the upper endpoint of the previous line and extending to the upper endpoint of the 11' [3000mm] vertical line drawn previously. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. 3 Add a wall to the entry deck: ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Wall. ■ ■ Select the segment at the door opening. click Lines. select Core Face: Interior. click No. as shown.

verify that Chain is selected. and drag it to the right. as shown. click Floor. as shown. 4 In the drawing area. select 00 Foundation. click Edit. and on the Options Bar. 1 Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and click . 6 On the Design Bar. and click OK.■ ■ Select the wall. Beginning at the left endpoint of the 6'' [200mm] north wall and moving counterclockwise. click No. you add a sloped floor to the entry deck to create a ramp up to the entry door. 7 In the alert dialog. for Base Constraint. select the floor. In the Element Properties dialog. sketch the floor to complete the deck previously drawn. 5 Select the short vertical line above the west wall. 24 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . Adding a Sloped Floor In this exercise. and then click Lines. under Constraints. 8 Open the To Building 3D view. 2 Sketch the floor: ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar. On the Options Bar. click Finish Sketch.

Adding Stairs and Railings | 25 . click Stairs. On the Design Bar. 1 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. click Finish Sketch. ■ ■ 3 Open the North elevation view. 4 Adjust the slope arrow in the floor plan as needed until the sloped floor meets the slope of the terrain. Select the midpoint of the west model line.■ ■ On the Design Bar. and then adding and modifying railings on the lower level and the entry level. Click near the double doors to start the stair run. In the Element Properties dialog. On the Modelling tab of the Design Bar. you complete the interior of the model by adding a staircase on the lower level. for Height Offset at Tail. and click OK. In the alert dialog. ■ ■ Select the slope arrow. click No. and click . Adding Stairs and Railings In this exercise. click Slope Arrow. 2 Add stairs: ■ ■ ■ ■ Zoom in to the east side of the model. The sloped floor begins at the lower level and extends to the entry level. and click to specify the stair endpoint. under Constraints. enter -1' [-300]. and then select the east model line. Move the cursor to the left until the tooltip indicates that no risers remain.

This distance is the width of the stair and its stringers. Select the floor. click No. Click at the corner of the model lines below the stairs to specify the start point. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Finish Sketch. click Edit. and press ENTER. ■ Move the cursor to the right. ■ ■ On the Design Bar.■ On the Design Bar. Move the cursor to the left. verify that Chain is selected. 3 Edit the floor profile: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. enter 3'4'' [1100]. 26 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click Modify. On the Design Bar. Select the vertical model line closest to the stairs. In the alert dialog. Zoom in to the east side of the model. click Finish Sketch. and press ENTER. and click on the vertical line to complete the sketch. On the Options Bar. Move the cursor up. enter 6' [1800]. and on the Options Bar. and drag the bottom endpoint up to the endpoint of the short horizontal line drawn previously. click Lines.

In the Type Selector. and then click the interior of the adjacent vertical floor line. and then select the horizontal railing.Pipe [900mm Pipe]. Adding Stairs and Railings | 27 . select Guardrail .Pipe [Railing : 900mm Pipe]. for Type. Click the lower corner of the modified floor profile as the move end point. click Finish Sketch. and drag the lower endpoint up until the resulting railing is 10' [2400]. and then click Railing Properties. drag the cursor from left to right. select the stairs and railings. as shown. select both railings. Drag the left endpoint to the right. and then press ESC. and click OK.4 Move the stairs and railings: ■ Using a selection window. Click the interior of the floor on the right. click . On the Modelling tab of the Design Bar. In the Element Properties dialog. 5 Modify the railing type: ■ ■ ■ Open the To Building 3D view. ■ ■ ■ Zoom to the entry deck on the north side of the model. select Railing : Guardrail . and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. ■ ■ ■ Click the lower-left corner of the stairs as the move start point. On the Options Bar. Select the vertical railing. click Railing. While pressing CTRL. click Modify. so that the resulting railing is 6' [1800]. click . On the Tools toolbar. To select only elements completely within the boundary of the window. On the Design Bar. 6 Add a railing to the entry deck: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Design Bar.

■ On the Design Bar. ■ ■ ■ ■ Select the left side of the horizontal railing. click Railing. and then select the vertical railing. click . ■ ■ Click above the south floor line. 8 Add a railing to the balcony: ■ ■ Zoom to the lower-right corner of the model. and. click . On the Options Bar. and then click above the north edge of the stairs. On the Design Bar.7 Add a railing on the north side of the stairs: ■ On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Click to the left of the vertical floor line above the stairs. click Modify. On the Options Bar. 28 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click Modify. and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. On the Design Bar. On the Tools toolbar. continuing in a counterclockwise direction. click Finish Sketch. click the interior of the remaining 2 floor lines that define the balcony. On the Design Bar. and for Offset enter 4'' [150]. click . click Railing.

and drag the left endpoint to the right until it touches the exterior wall near the door. and drag the left endpoint to the right. Adding Stairs and Railings | 29 . and use the same technique to add a railing below the stairs. just to the east of the exterior wall.■ Select the last line drawn. click Finish Sketch. 9 Zoom in to the stairs. ■ Select the south railing line. ■ On the Design Bar.

and split the top edge of the roof profile by clicking to the right of ■ ■ On the Design Bar. you modify the profile of the roof in order to extend the roof over the entry deck. and drag the left endpoint to the intersection with the vertical floor line. Modifying the Roof In this exercise. 4 Modify the roof profile: ■ On the Tools toolbar. 3 On the Options Bar. . ■ 30 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click Modify. click Edit. click Lines. select the roof. click the entry deck. Select the left segment of the split roof line. On the Design Bar. and drag the right endpoint up to align with the endpoint of the slanted deck line.10 Open the To Building 3D view. 1 Open the 03 Roof floor plan. ■ Select the right segment of the roof line. 2 In the drawing area.

1 Create a section view: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Double-click the middle of the section head circle to display the section view. Begin the section on the left side of the model and end it on the right side. you add tags to the project and schedule doors and rooms.■ Draw a line from the end of the right segment up to the end of the left segment. You change an element in the door schedule and see that the change is automatically made in the associated plan. Documenting the Project In this exercise. On the View tab of the Design Bar. making sure it cuts through the stairs. 5 Open the To Building 3D view to view the result. click Finish Roof. You also add color fill to rooms and modify crop regions for several views that you later add to a presentation sheet view. ■ On the Design Bar. click Section. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Modify. Documenting the Project | 31 .

Click OK. click Tag All Not Tagged. 32 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . 3 Create a door schedule: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Right-click on the Design Bar. Double-click on the right column boundary of the Family and Type column to expand it to its full width. and click OK. In the New Schedule dialog. and click Add. for Category. On the View tab of the Design Bar.Alternatively. 2 Add door and window tags: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Add the following fields: Width. and click OK. select Mark for Sort by. click Schedule/Quantities. select Family and Type. ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. and use the same procedure to tag all doors and windows in the view. Move Mark to the top of the list so that it displays first in the schedule. In the Schedule Properties dialog. Height. and under Category select Window Tags. in the Project Browser under Views. and Mark. On the Drafting tab of the Design Bar. In the Tag All Not Tagged dialog. select Doors. Click the Sorting/Grouping tab. for Available fields. expand Sections (Building Sections). press CTRL. and double-click Section 1. and click View.

Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. under Schedules/Quantities. 6 Create a Room schedule that contains the following fields: ■ ■ ■ Number Name Area The schedule is empty but is updated when you add rooms and room tags to the building. double-click Door Schedule. Click near the stairs to tag the large room. This bidirectional associativity in Revit Building ensures that changes made to any part of the design are coordinated in all associated views. including schedules. click in the upper room on the west side of the building. ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. ■ Documenting the Project | 33 . under Constraints. 7 Add rooms and room tags on the entry level: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. click Room. Notice that the bedroom door tagged 7 is now a bi-fold door. and then press ENTER. and then click OK. ■ ■ In the Type Selector. change it to Entry. and select Bifold-4 Panel 60” x 84” [M_Bifold-4 Panel 1525 x 2134mm]. On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar.4 Change a door schedule: ■ For the Mark 7 door. and then click . and then click in the small room on the west side. select Room Bounding. select Single-Flush : 30” x 84” [M_Single-Flush : 0762 x 2134mm] to return the door to the original family and type. Changes made in the schedule are automatically synchronized in the associated plan. ■ 5 Modify wall properties: ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. Double-click the tag text in the large room. The Mark 7 door is also restored to the original type in the schedule. click the Family and Type field. While pressing CTRL. In the Project Browser. select the 3 retaining walls.

In the alert dialog about changing a type parameter. and the text in rooms 7 and 8 to Store.■ Change the tag text in room 2 to Bedroom. On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. click Yes. enter B. Beginning in the large room on the right and moving clockwise. Change the tag text in room 5 to Bedroom. click Room. 34 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . and then press ENTER. 8 Add rooms and room tags on the lower level: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. change it to Living Room. Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. and press ENTER. Double-click the tag for one of the windows in the west wall. click in each room to add the tags. In the alert dialog. Trace the floor line from the north wall down to and around the stairs to define the Entry room and create a separate floor profile for that room. 11 Modify tags: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. the text in room 6 to Bathroom. and the text in room 3 to Store. click Room Separation. click Yes. 10 Define the floor in the Entry: ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. Double-click the tag for one of the windows in the south wall. On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. The area for the entry room is updated in the room schedule. and press ENTER. Double-click the tag text in the large room. 9 Open the Room Schedule view to see that it includes data for the specified fields. enter A.

■ Open the Room Schedule view to see that the bedroom and storage room areas have changed. In the drawing area. click Modify. 13 Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan and repeat the previous procedure in that view. On the Standard toolbar. right-click To Building. The Copy of To Building 3D view is opened automatically. and move it slightly to the left. click Color Fill. Documenting the Project | 35 . All of the walls resize to accommodate the new wall dimension. 14 Create a shaded 3D view: ■ In the Project Browser. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click to restore the wall to its original dimension. Select the left vertical wall.12 Add color fill to the rooms: ■ ■ ■ On the Room and Area tab of the Design Bar. and click Duplicate. The color fill in the bedroom and storage room readjusts and the room areas are automatically updated. click OK. In the alert dialog about disabled visibility. click to the right of the building to place the color fill legend. ■ ■ Reopen the 02 Entry Level floor plan and verify the wall has changed.

for Shadow. specify 24. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading with Edges. click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics.■ On the View Control Bar. Enter ZF to zoom to fit the entire view in the drawing window. click . you create an animation of the solar activity at a particular place and time in order to study the light and shadows that affect the building site. Select the crop region. and drag the circular blue controls to shrink the region around the model. Creating a Solar Study In this exercise. 1 Open the To Building 3D view. 36 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click Crop Region ➤ Show Crop Region. 16 Use the same technique to modify the following views: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 02 Entry Level floor plan To Building 3D view Copy of To Building 3D view East elevation view North elevation view Leave an area of sky above the roof in the 3D and the elevation views. under Intensity. 15 Modify a crop region to create a view for a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. ■ On the View Control Bar. 4 Under Sun and Shadows Settings. click Crop Region ➤ Hide Crop Region. 2 On the View Control Bar. 3 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. On the View Control Bar.

and click Save. select Full Frames (Uncompressed). You also change the slope parameter to test the parametric capabilities of Revit Building. Clear Ground Plane at Level so that the shadows fall on the terrain. In the Save As dialog.Your Location . click the Single-Day tab and then. under Settings.Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice if you are in the southern hemisphere). 13 Export the animation: ■ ■ ■ Click File menu ➤ Export ➤ Animated Solar Study. click Apply. 1 Create a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ In the Project Browser. In the Select a Titleblock dialog. and click OK. click . and click OK. select 22 June 2006. click Rename. 10 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. and click Rename. 11 On the View Control Bar. 8 In the Rename dialog. ■ On your desktop. In the Sheet Title dialog. The animation is played again as the AVI file is saved to your desktop. for Place. select a major city near to your location. expand Sheets. double-clicking on the AVI file displays the animation. you add multiple views to a sheet. Move the scroll bar to change the time. 2 Drag the 01 Lower Level floor plan from the Project Browser onto the upper-left corner of the sheet. for City. for New. Creating a Sheet In this exercise. and then click OK. showing the progression at 15-minute intervals for the location and date specified. click . right-click A101 .5 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog. The solar study animation is displayed. click the Desktop icon. 9 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog: ■ ■ ■ For Date. 12 On the Options Bar. 3 Add the following views to the sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 02 Entry Level floor plan To Building 3D view Copy of To Building 3D view Section 1 East elevation North elevation Creating a Sheet | 37 . click Shadows ➤ Preview Solar Study. enter One Day Solar Study . for Compressor.Unnamed. click OK. and click OK. For Time Interval. and click OK. 7 In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog. enter Presentation. and click OK. select 15 minutes. 6 In the Manage Place and Locations dialog. In the Project Browser. for Name. and click New Sheet. right-click Sheet. In the Video Compression dialog. The walls that are attached to the roof are updated to maintain constraints with the modified roof.

and click Activate View. Any modification to the model is updated in the project drawings so that they are always coordinated.■ ■ Door Schedule Room Schedule 4 Modify the roof slope: ■ ■ In the drawing area. for Rise/12'' [Slope Angle]. and click Deactivate View. On the Options Bar. 38 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . the walls and curtain walls that attach to the roof are extended and maintain the connection to the modified roof. Select the roof. the changes will be made in all drawing views and schedules. and enter a new value. In all views. Try deleting or moving interior walls and doors. under Dimensions. ■ Right-click. right-click the East elevation view. click . ■ Double-click the 03 Roof Level height. ■ Change the slope parameter back to 1'' [10]. and then click OK. enter 4'' [30]. ■ ■ In the Element Properties dialog. the walls and curtain walls that attach to the roof maintain the connection to the modified roof. The walls and curtain walls are updated with the roof. In all views.

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