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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rfa]. While pressing CTRL. clear Tag on Placement. In the left pane of the Open dialog. M_Double-Glass 2.rfa. add a door to the east wall as shown. Click Open. There are a limited number of door types in the project because there were few in the default template. click Load. select Single-Glass 2 : 36'' x 84'' [M_Single-Glass 2 : 0915 x 2134mm]. click Door. as shown. Single-Glass 2.9 On the Design Bar. and click the Training Files icon. Adding Doors | 15 . In the Type Selector. as shown. On the Design Bar. click Door. Open Imperial\Families\Doors [Metric\Families\Doors]. In the Type Selector. ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 02 Entry Level floor plan. scroll down.rfa. The walls defining the rooms on the lower level and the entry level are complete. ■ 3 Add exterior doors: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan.rfa [M_Bifold-4 Panel. click Modify. Double-Glass 2. On the Design Bar. Place the door in the north wall 7' [2100mm] from the end of the retaining wall. ■ ■ In the Type Selector. You can load additional door types from the library. 2 Load doors from the library: ■ ■ ■ ■ On the Options Bar. Adding Doors In this exercise. click Door. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. M_Single-Glass 2.rfa. and then add interior and exterior doors to the model.rfa. select Double-Glass 2 : 72'' x 84'' [M_Double-Glass 2 : 1830 x 2134mm]. you load doors from the library into the project. Place the door in the short vertical wall. select the door types: Bifold-4 Panel. On the Options Bar. and then click Modify. 1 On the Basics tab of the Design Bar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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