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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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