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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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