Learning Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013
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Learning Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2013

Get a working knowledge of Revit Architecture, the leading BIM software, through hours of step-by-step instruction.
4.3 (86 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
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Created by John Wiley & Sons
Last updated 6/2013
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Navigate the Revit Architecture interface
  • Create walls and curtain walls
  • Design floors and ceilings
  • Add stairs and railings
  • Work with families or groups, including creating families
  • Designate rooms and floor-plan color-code patterns
  • Add annotations
  • Create compelling drawing sets
  • Import AutoCAD drawings and transfer information between projects
  • Print and render your designs
  • Anyone with video capability can watch and learn from the Learning Revit Architecture lessons. But you must have Revit Architecture installed on your computer in order to walk through the exercises yourself. It's recommended that Revit users have at least: Windows 7, 8 GB of RAM, an I7 dual core processor with 4 GB of RAM, and 1 GB of graphics memory. Students must also download the Revit native files for each lesson from Sybex.com.

Learning Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 features eight hours of step-by-step video instruction on Revit Architecture, Autodesk's industry leading building informational modeling software. Learning Revit Architecture quickly teaches viewers how to use the software's core features and functions.

Each video chapter begins with a quick overview of the lesson and then immediately moves into an approachable hands-on exercise that readers can follow to gain confidence using the software. Viewers can download starting and ending files for the exercises so that they can start anywhere in the book and compare their results with the pro's. Topics include:

  • The Revit interface
  • Creating walls and curtain walls
  • Designing floors, roofs, and ceilings
  • Adding stairs, ramps, and railings.
  • Working with families, groups and phasing
  • Designing rooms and color fill patterns
  • Details and annotations
  • Creating compelling drawing sets
  • Presenting designs

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Who this course is for:
  • Learning Revit Architecture is the perfect resource for architects, draftspeople, other professionals, and students who want a step-by-step visual method to quickly learn the software.
Course content
Expand all 92 lectures 09:25:54
+ Getting Started
2 lectures 03:56
Watch a visual overview of the project that is used throughout the course: a five-story mixed-use commercial building.
Preview 02:40
The project for this course is a single building, and you can see the entire detailed project in the final file (associated with the final lectures in Section 17); but interim files are provided for every stage of the process as you work through the course.
Preview 01:16
+ The Revit World
6 lectures 33:08
Revit was designed for architects and engineers, so it focuses on the functions those job roles need (no command prompt, and no crosshairs!). We talk about where Revit is on your screen, and what it looks like, and how it works.
Preview 05:20
We explore the ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, and see how you can choose how Revit works for you.
Preview 05:33
Practice modeling by learning how to select and manipulate objects.
Object Selection: Modifying and Mirroring
Possibly the biggest item that makes Revit rock: the Project Browser. It organizes your views, which in turn manage your elevations, notes, and much more.
Navigating with Views and the Project Browser
The actual physical objects you place into your model are called "families". The various families and file types enable Revit to use and apply objects intelligently.
File Types and Families
This lecture helps you get comfortable with working in Revit in 3D.
Navigating in 3D
+ Creating a Model
9 lectures 55:51

Reference planes increase the accuracy of your model. They help you not lose focus on the basics in terms of laying out a building.

Using Reference Planes
Practice modeling walls at different angles.
Placing Exterior Walls
Adding elevator shafts allows you to venture inside our building. We'll also use this opportunity to see how to edit your model to correct walls that were drawn improperly.
Adding Masonry Elevator Shafts
It's time to add a ton of interior partitions, and you'll see how to model an arc wall.
Placing Interior Partitions
We need more walls, and intersections--and sometimes your walls will need angles other than 90 degrees!
Creating 45-Degree Chamfers
Revit will help you join walls cleanly and, often, automatically. By doing so you can even save materials (using joins to edit the cut profile).
Editing Wall Joins
When you start adding doors, you can start gaining speed in Revit. Revit will automatically the door opening out of the wall, spec the jam, and even number the door for future scheduling.
Adding Doors
Doors are easy; wall openings are almost as easy, but they're considered to be generic models so be sure you're looking for them in the right place!
Placing Wall Openings
We let some light into our rooms, and see how to adjust sill heights in the process.
Adding Windows
+ Creating Views
8 lectures 42:03

Learn how setting a level creates a view, one that can be an elevation, a perspective, a section, a schedule -- any way you can think of to see and use your model.

Adding Levels and Views

Levels control how your walls begin and end; change the elevation of a level, and you change the properties of the associated walls.

Constraining Walls

A building section is a "slice" through the model, adding a new, dynamic, view -- one that it updates automatically.

Adding a Building Section

We'll edit the profile of a wall within a building section.

Making Building Modifications Within a Section

Sometimes we don't want a section to follow a straight line; here, we'll add a "jog" so the section reveals an area inside a wall.

Splitting a Section Segment

Callouts are a type of view, similar to a section, which creates a new view by enlarging an area.

Creating Callouts

Let's see how to add a perspective view aiming down the hallway.

Adding a Camera View

Elevations give a straight-on, 2D view of a vertical surface; now let's create some and modify their markers.

Adding Elevations
+ Working with the Revit Tools and Commands
5 lectures 31:08

We have used most of these commands at least briefly, but let's cover them together and in detail so we can get into more important model manipulations.

Moving, Copying, Extending, Rotating, and Arraying

When adding multiple similar items, create a linear array and you can modify many of the items' properties all at once.

Linear Array

Revit's Align tool rescues us when we've placed or moved something not entirely accurate!


The Split Element commands allows us to break an area or object into pieces that need to be moved or defined separately. We'll also cover Trim (which eliminates excess lines) and Offset (which creates a displaced copy ofan object).

Split Element

Revit's version of the old-fashioned copy and paste process allows you to align the pasted content based on their original location.

+ Dimensioning and Annotating
5 lectures 27:33

Dimensioning is a way to find out whether we've done anything inaccurately. And changing a dimension lets us reposition objects with precision.

Aligned Dimensions

We'll test-drive the Linear, Angular, Radial, Diameter, and Arc Length dimensions.

Other Common Dimensions

We continue to add dimensions, as they should be the principal means for placing and positioning your model.

Using Dimensions to Lay Out the Model

As you continue to model, you'll learn many more properties and behaviors of dimensions.

Using Dimensions as a Constraint

Revit text has some limitations. But let's add some standalone text and some text with a leader.

Adding Text
+ Floors
4 lectures 25:08

It's time to place and build a floor, including defining the materials and thicknesses and pitch.

Creating and Placing a Concrete Slab

You can add finishes to your floors, from terrazzo to marble to carpet.

Adding a Terrazzo Layer

Not every room on a floor will have the same material. We'll split the floor to place tile in the restroom, and we'll pitch the floor to a floor drain.

Splitting, Pitching, and Altering the Floor's Materials

We'll punch a shaft opening for a future elevator, and include some symbolic lines so the opening is clearly marked on every level.

Creating Shaft Openings
+ Roofs
7 lectures 45:44

We'll finally close in our building. The tools and commands for a roof are very similar to those for floors.

Flat Roofs

Even a "flat" roof can't be truly flat, so let's taper this roof in several directions for good drainage. (We'll leave the actual drains to the plumbing engineer!)

Tapering Roof Insulation

Next, we'll plan a roof and a dormer to the hall connecting the two wings of the building. We'll work with view ranges, because the corridor roof is lower than the wings.

Pitched Roofs by Footprint

We need to modify the walls and floor joins first, because it'll be easier to do that now than it will after we construct a roof. And dormer is not a one-button action! So there's a lot to do here.

Roof Dormers and View Range

The protruding section on the west wing gives us the chance to build a free-form roof with a radial pitch, using extrusion and a command called Attach Top Base.

Roofs by Extrusion

Let's beef up the fronts of these skinny roofs.

Roof Facias

Finally, the last roof: a slope arrow sets the slope of a one-way roof on the west wing.

One-Way Sloping Roofs
+ Structural Items
6 lectures 44:19

Walls and grids: which came first is a chicken-and-egg question. Here, see how to construct and modify a grid that can be used to design walls.

Adding Structural Grids

Add a structural plan, and manually include some structural columns

Adding Columns

Add some independent structural beams, either one-by-one or by defining a space and letting Revit fill it with framing.

Adding Framing and Beam Systems

The external canopies around our exit doors get some brace supports.

Adding Bracing

The trick when placing foundation walls is to know how to work relative to our view range.

Adding Foundation Walls

First we'll add piers. Then we'll create strip and spread footings: linear and rectangular areas (respectively) that are dependent on a wall or column as their host.

Adding Piers, Strip Footings, and Spread Footings
+ Ceilings and Interiors
6 lectures 39:06

We're going to insert some automatic two-by-four acoustical ceilings.

Creating Ceilings, Modifying Grids, and Setting the Properties

Let's add some nicer ceilings: a cherry veneer.

Adding Custom Wood Ceilings and Plan Regions

We'll punch a hole in one of our cherry-veneer ceilings, to make room for an architectural appointment.

Creating Ceiling Openings and Soffits

Some lights are hosted by a wall, some by a ceiling. Once we have a specialized light in place, we'll create a camera view to see how they work in render.

Adding Pendant Lighting

It's time to convert the empty spaces into actual lavatories. We'll use the various object families to add sinks, toilets, and more.

Adding Bathroom Fixtures

We'll add troffer lighting in the main rooms, aligned to the acoustic ceiling grids; plus wall sconces in the hallways.

Adding Ceiling Lights and Sconces