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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

click Lines. ■ ■ Select the segment at the door opening.300mm Concrete].■ On the Tools toolbar. as shown. select Core Face: Interior. On the Design Bar. In the alert dialog. Draw a line beginning at the upper endpoint of the previous line and extending to the upper endpoint of the 11' [3000mm] vertical line drawn previously. for Loc Line. and split the north model line at both sides of the door opening.12'' Concrete [Basic Wall : Retaining . In the Type Selector. and complete the profile to the right of the door. ■ ■ Modifying the Entry Deck | 23 . 3 Add a wall to the entry deck: ■ ■ On the Design Bar. ■ ■ Draw a line beginning at the left endpoint of the north wall and extending up 3' 6'' [1000]. ■ ■ On the Design Bar. click Wall. as shown. Draw a wall from left to right on the slanted floor line. On the Options Bar. click Finish Sketch. click . and press DELETE. select Basic Wall : Retaining . click No.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and drag the circular blue controls to shrink the region around the model. for Shadow. specify 24. On the View Control Bar.■ On the View Control Bar. ■ On the View Control Bar. 4 Under Sun and Shadows Settings. 16 Use the same technique to modify the following views: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 02 Entry Level floor plan To Building 3D view Copy of To Building 3D view East elevation view North elevation view Leave an area of sky above the roof in the 3D and the elevation views. 3 In the Advanced Model Graphics dialog. click Crop Region ➤ Show Crop Region. Enter ZF to zoom to fit the entire view in the drawing window. 15 Modify a crop region to create a view for a sheet: ■ ■ ■ ■ Open the 01 Lower Level floor plan. 1 Open the To Building 3D view. Creating a Solar Study In this exercise. you create an animation of the solar activity at a particular place and time in order to study the light and shadows that affect the building site. click Model Graphics Style ➤ Shading with Edges. 2 On the View Control Bar. click Shadows ➤ Advanced Model Graphics. Select the crop region. click Crop Region ➤ Hide Crop Region. 36 | Chapter 1 Getting Started . click . under Intensity.

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

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

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