Learning Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials

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Published 6/2013 English

Course Description

This course covers all of the essential skills you'll need to get up to speed with Revit Architecture. Each lesson includes a complete video tutorial you can watch, pause, rewind, and watch again as the instructor explains the basics of the world's leading computer aided design software.

In just under 6 hours, you'll be able to open and save Revit projects, create building models, place additional building components, and create and print sets of construction documents. Most lessons include actual Revit project files that you can download and load into your copy of Revit so that you can follow along as the instructor demonstrates various concepts.

This course includes more than 50 lessons totaling 6 hours of video lectures, plus materials you can download and online quizzes.

If you want to learn Revit Architecture, this is the course for you.

Note: This course is based on Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 but can be used to learn other versions as well.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior Revit experience required. A copy of Revit (including the free 30-trial version downloadable from the Autodesk website) is needed if you want to open sample projects and follow along with lessons and demonstrations.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how tools are organized
  • Create and manage component families, system families, and parameters
  • Select, place, and modify building components
  • Create walls, doors, windows, floors, and roofs
  • Work with dimensions and annotations
  • Create sheets, place views on sheets, and print drawings

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning to use Autodesk Revit Architecture (no prior experience required)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Started with Revit Architecture
3 pages
This document provides a general course introduction as well as an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 1 and also explains some important aspects of this course, such as how to download and use the Revit project files.

To begin using Revit Architecture, it is important to understand the basics, such as opening and closing files as well as creating new files. You must also understand the user interface components and how to begin creating a building model. In this section, you will see how to get started using Revit as well as how to get started on creating a building model.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to open and save project files
  • How to understand important Revit concepts
  • How to load and work with family components
  • How to sketch model elements

02:46
When you start Revit, the program opens to the Recent Files window. While this window typically displays projects and families that you opened most recently, if this is the first time you’ve started Revit, the files shown are preloaded samples provided by Autodesk. In this lesson, you will learn how to open Revit project files.
04:51
The Revit interface is designed to simplify your workflow. The various interface components are organized in such a way that it’s easy to find tools and adjust settings. The user interface is also designed so that it takes up a minimum amount of space, freeing up as much of the display as possible so you have plenty of room to view and work on your project. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify the various elements of the Revit user interface.
03:49
Each view window has its own set of view controls that affect just that view. These view controls are located in the lower-left corner of the drawing window, in the View Control bar. These tools let you change various aspects of the view, such as its Scale and Detail Level. In this lesson, you will learn how to use those view controls.
03:37
When you start Revit or close all open files, it displays the Recent Files window. This window shows the projects and families that you worked on recently, in descending chronological order. In this lesson, you will learn how to start new projects from this same Recent Files window.
04:52
Once you have begun working on a new project, one of the first things you should do is save the project. In this lesson, you will learn how to save projects and close project files when you're done working on a particular project.
04:01
Revit is a three-dimensional design and two-dimensional documentation application. The concept of Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is like digital prototyping for buildings. This lesson explains many Revit concepts and why Revit is different from traditional computer-aided design programs.
06:22
All of the elements that you add to your Revit projects—whether they are walls, roofs, doors, structural members, mechanical equipment, or plumbing fixtures; or even annotation elements such as elevation symbols, door tags, and column gridlines—are organized into families. In this lesson, you will will learn about the different types of Revit families and how to use them.
05:04
Every model element in a Revit project file must either be placed (if it occupies a single location in a model, such as a specific piece of furniture) or sketched (if it covers a specific area, such as a floor or a roof). In this lesson, you will learn how to place model elements into your building.
06:54
Some model elements in Revit require that you first draw line work to define the extent of their geometry. This is what is referred to as sketching in Revit. In this lesson, you will learn about the tools you will use to create the two-dimensional sketches used to sketch model elements.
05:04
In Revit, there are view-specific elements that can be used to document your project. In this lesson, you will learn how to place view-specific elements, such as annotations and details.
06:52
Components such as doors, windows, and furniture are defined in separate Revit .rfa family files. The default Revit project already has several of these components pre-loaded, and Revit comes with a large library of additional families. In this lesson, you will learn how to locate and load other families that have not yet been loaded into your project.
12:12
Once a family has been loaded into a project, you can place instances of the component into your model. But what if you cannot find a family that exactly meets your needs? In this lesson, you will learn how to edit families within your project to better meet your requirements.
12 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 2: Modeling Essentials
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 2.

When working in Revit Architecture, it is essential that you understand some basic functions like selecting, copying, moving and deleting objects. You must also understand how to create levels and grids. Levels and grids establish the framework of your building model in three-dimensional space. In this section, you will learn about the selection features in Revit along with how to copy, move and delete objects.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to select objects
  • How to copy and move objects
  • How to copy and paste objects using the clipboard
  • How to delete objects
  • How to create and modify levels
  • How to create and modify grids

Remember some lessons include Revit project files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of Revit 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

09:21
When you work in Revit, you will likely spend a great deal of time selecting and modifying objects that have been placed in the building model. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify objects and various methods you can use to select objects. 
Copying and Moving Objects
04:27
09:13
In this lesson, you will learn how to copy one or more objects to the clipboard and then paste those objects from the clipboard to add duplicate copies of those objects to another location in the project, or into a different project
03:26
In this lesson, you will learn how to easily delete objects that are no longer needed in your building model as well as some rules and restrictions that you need to be aware of.
10:03
A level is a type of datum element, a non-physical item that is used to establish project content, and levels are fundamental to working in Revit. Levels provide the vertical or stacking framework for your project and many elements in a building model rely on levels. In this lesson, you will learn how to create and modify levels.
09:44
A grid is a type of datum element, a non-physical item that is used to establish project content. Similar to levels, which help manage vertical information, grids help organize the project horizontally. In this lesson, you will learn how to create grids along with bubbles that contain the grid ID.
4 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 3: Modeling the Building Core and Shell
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 3.

Typically, when you begin designing a building, you start with the building shell and then the core. In other words, you design the basic layout of the building, such as exterior walls, floors, roofs, and then the core of the building. In this section, you will learn how to create these building elements and see how to modify their properties to distinguish them as exterior or core elements.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to understand wall drawing aids, wall system families, and wall types
  • How to create exterior building walls
  • How to create building core walls
  • How to create doors
  • How to create windows
  • How to create curtain walls
  • How to create floors
  • How to create roofs based on the building footprint

Remember some lessons include Revit project files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of Revit 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

05:53
Walls make up a large portion of any building. In this lesson, you will learn how to place and modify walls using Revit, including several drawing aids that can assist you to ensure accurate and predictable results.
04:44
Walls in Revit are a type of system family. They are unlike objects such as doors and windows, which are loadable families and therefore defined in separate family files with .rfa file extensions. In this lesson, you will gain a greater understanding of wall system families and types.
07:29
Walls are probably the most basic building element you will create in Revit. In this lesson, you will learn how to create the exterior building walls for your Revit building model.
07:42
Building core walls differ from interior partitions or exterior walls primarily because of their multistory construction. In this lesson, you will learn how to model core walls from the foundation all the way to the roof.
06:06
Doors are a typical building component that you will place within your Revit building model. In this lesson, you will learn how to place doors, which must be hosted in walls that have already been placed into the building model.
07:24
Windows are a typical building component that you will place within your Revit building model. In this lesson, you will learn how to place windows, which must be hosted in walls that have already been placed into the building model.
05:25
Curtain walls represent a special type of wall that can often become quite complex. In this lesson, you will learn about the tools in Revit that are used to create curtain walls.
05:39
Floors and other horizontal elements such as ceilings and roofs aid in enclosing space and begin to articulate the design in sections and other views. In this lesson, you will learn how to create floors within your Revit building model as well as how to add openings within those floors.
07:29
When you create a roof, you need to define the boundaries of the roof. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Roof by Footprint tool to create a roof by using the building footprint to define its boundaries.
5 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 4: Modeling Building Interiors
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 4.

In Revit Architecture, there are several tools that can be used to design the interiors of your building project. You can create walls and identify them as interior walls. You can then place rooms inside of room bounding elements and specify several room parameters. Additionally, you can create stairs, ceilings and components, such as furniture, casework, light fixtures and many more. You will learn how to create building interiors in Revit in this section.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to create stairs using the Stairs by Component tool
  • How to create interior partitions
  • How to create rooms
  • How to place components such as fixtures, furniture, equipment, and site objects
  • How to place ceilings automatically within room boundaries and by sketching
  • How to place building components such as lights and HVAC diffusers in ceilings

Remember some lessons include Revit project files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of Revit 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

10:29
There are several methods to place stairs in your project. In this lesson you will learn how to create several stair layouts by using the Stairs by Component tool.
08:35
Interior partitions are placed as you would any other wall in Revit. The only significant difference is that these walls will have a type parameter that identifies them as interior walls. In this lesson, you will learn how to create interior partitions.
09:50
Rooms in Revit represent and describe space. Before you can place a room, your model must contain room bounding objects. In this lesson, you will learn how to create rooms within your Revit building model.
06:40
While elements such as doors and windows have their own tools for placing them in a building model, most other categories of elements, such as fixtures, furniture, equipment, and site objects, are placed using the Component tool. In this lesson, you will learn how to place components into your Revit building model.
10:05
In this lesson, you will learn how to place ceilings automatically within room boundaries as well as how to create ceilings by sketching their boundaries.
08:52
Ceilings can host various types of components, such as lights, fans, HVAC diffusers, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors and signage. In this lesson, you will learn how to place building components in ceilings.
4 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 5: Creating Documentation
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 5.

When designing a building, you need to properly document everything so that the building can be constructed properly by people that did not design the building model. Revit Architecture provides several tools to properly document your building model. In this section, you will learn how to schedule and tag elements along with how to place additional annotations.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to use parameters and create custom parameters
  • How to place element tags
  • How to create a schedule and specify the fields that appear in the schedule
  • How to adjust rows within a schedule once it has been created
  • How to add text annotations to any view, legend, or sheet
  • How to work with temporary dimensions
  • How to create permanent dimensions that will show up in printed drawings

Remember some lessons include Revit project files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of Revit 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

04:23
Creating custom parameters is a large part of adding important information to your building model. This lesson explains how to use parameters and how to create custom parameters.
08:16
A tag is an annotation used to identify elements in a drawing. When you place a tag, it then displays the properties of the element. In this lesson, you will learn how to place these view-specific elements.
08:55
A schedule is just another type of view in Revit. Schedules show the properties of items in a tabular form rather than graphically. In this lesson, you will learn how to create schedules, specify which fields appear in the schedule, and understand how the building model changes when you make changes to the information within the schedule.
04:46
In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust the ordering of rows within the schedule once it has been created.
08:51
In this lesson, you will learn how to add text annotations to any model view, drafting view, legend, or sheet in your Revit project.
05:23
When you place elements in a building model, Revit displays temporary dimensions. These can be used to help you place elements accurately, but they do appear in your printed drawings. In this lesson, you will learn how to leverage the power of temporary dimensions.
09:25
In this lesson, you will learn how to create permanent dimensions that will show up in your printed drawings.
6 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 6: Views, Sheets, and Printing
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 6.

Revit Architecture is a three-dimensional design and two-dimensional documentation application. Essentially, you are always working in 3-D, but you view the model in 2-D. You must understand how to create views to see and show portions of the building model and then place those views onto sheets in order to print sheets for your documentation set. In this section, you will learn how to create multiple types of views and then how to place those views onto sheets to be printed.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to control the scale and level of detail of each view
  • How to control the plan view range of each view
  • How to adjust object styles
  • How to control the appearance of objects using visibility and graphic overrides
  • How to create plan views and reflected ceiling plan views
  • How to create a set of drawings to document your project
  • How to manage project information such as the project name and client data
  • How to print individual views or an entire set of drawings

Remember some lessons include Revit project files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of Revit 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

08:19
In this lesson, you will learn how the scale and level of detail affect the appearance of a view within your Revit project and how to control those settings.
05:40
All model views in Revit are three-dimensional, even plan views. Floor plan and ceiling plan views may appear flat, but they actually do have depth. The depth determines how much information is displayed in the plan view. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the plan view range.
04:14
You can control the visibility of objects within each view, but initially, the visibility of each category of object is based on the object styles. In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust these object styles.
07:20
In this lesson, you will learn how to control the appearance of objects in each view on a view-by-view basis by using the visibility and graphic overrides.
05:18
In this lesson, you will learn how to create plan views and reflected ceiling plan views within your Revit project.
09:41
In this lesson, you will learn how to create building elevation views within your Revit project and control the appearance and location of elevation callout symbols.
10:03
In this lesson, you will learn how to create building section views within your Revit project and control the appearance and location of section callout symbols.
10:46
In this lesson, you will learn how to create sheets and then place views onto those sheets in order to create a set of drawings to document your Revit building project.
07:35
In this lesson, you will learn how to store project information, such as the project name, project number, client name, and project address, as part of the Revit project file.
09:18
In this final lesson, you will learn how to print individual views and entire sheets of drawings using Revit.
12 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
19 pages
This document provides a wrap-up at the end of the course and recommends resources you can use for continuing your Revit Architecture training.

If you have reached this point, that means that you have completed all of the lectures in this course, Learning Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials – Revealed!

Congratulations. What are your next steps?

You have learned the essential skills you need to know in order to do productive work using Revit Architecture. But as you may imagine, there is a lot more to learn about Revit if you want to truly master the software.

At CADLearning, we are continuing to develop additional courses and hope to launch more Revit courses on Udemy in the future.

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David is the Technical Publishing Manager at 4D Technologies, where he develops the CADLearning courses and eBooks for AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with AutoCAD and more than 12 years with Revit as a user, developer, author and consultant and is both an AutoCAD and Revit Certified Professional. A contributing editor to Desktop Engineering magazine, he is also the former senior editor of CADalyst magazine, and the author of more than a dozen books about AutoCAD. A licensed architect, David was also one of the earliest AutoCAD third-party software developers, creating numerous AutoCAD add-on programs. As an industry consultant, David has worked with many companies, including Autodesk. He has taught college-level AutoCAD courses and has consistently been a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University.

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