Autodesk© Revit Building

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. Revit Building is designed to accommodate various ways of working. 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. You learn how you can make design changes in any view of the building. and document a building. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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