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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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You learn how you can make design changes in any view of the building. 1 .Getting Started 1 Welcome to Autodesk® Revit Building. you learn how to use the features of Revit Building to design. We hope you enjoy learning and using this revolutionary parametric building modeller. change. 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. In this short tutorial. and document a building. Revit Building is designed to accommodate various ways of working.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating a Solar Study In this exercise. Enter ZF to zoom to fit the entire view in the drawing window. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading with Edges.■ On the View Control Bar. 3 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. Select the crop region. click . 4 Under Sun and Shadows Settings. 36 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . ■ On the View Control Bar. 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. 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. specify 24. under Intensity. click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics. On the View Control Bar. 15 Modify a crop region to create a view for a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. 2 On the View Control Bar. for Shadow. click Crop Region ➤ Show Crop Region. click Crop Region ➤ Hide Crop Region. and drag the circular blue controls to shrink the region around the model. 1 Open the To Building 3D view.

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

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