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Overview

The Ultimate Real-World Reference for Revit Architecture

This comprehensive guide has been completely updated to provide the most modern, detailed, and in-depth coverage of Autodesk's leading building information modeling software. This packed new edition features clear discussions of core topics that are reinforced by compelling examples and tutorials to guide you to Revit Architecture mastery.

The expert authors use real-world workflows to show you how to immediately implement and use Revit Architecture 2011 with spectacular results. They delve deeply into every crucial topic, including how to most productively use the interface, how to create fantastic building designs with Revit, and how to produce solid documentation. They also explore such advanced topics as using Revit Architecture during construction and how to leverage the API.

Coverage includes:

  • A thorough, complete overview of the Revit Architecture tool chest
  • Advanced modeling and massing using the Family Editor
  • Designing simple and complex walls, curtain walls, roofs, floors, stairs, and railings
  • Preparing your designs for presentation with color fills, animations, visualizations, and more
  • Using the Revit API to create custom applications
  • Performing various types of sustainable design analysis
  • Advanced topics not covered anywhere else, including modeling for construction, and Revit for film and stage
  • Other critical coverage such as managing Revit projects, family creation, office standards, and more

Quickly Become Productive Using Core Revit Features and Functions

Document, Detail, Annotate, and Present Your Designs

Improve Your Workflow with Worksharing and Collaboration

Explore the Essentials of Sustainable Design

Prepare for the Revit Architecture 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional Exams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470626962
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1168
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eddy Krygiel is an Autodesk Authorized Author and registered architect at HNTB Architects, where he implements BIM and has used Revit to complete projects of all sizes. Phil Read is Vice President and Director of Practice Integration at HNTB, one of the driving forces behind the original Revit software, and a popular presenter at Autodesk University. James Vandezande is a registered architect and Senior Associate at HOK, where he is one of the company's BIM leaders. James is also the president of the New York City Revit Users Group and teaches Revit as an adjunct lecturing professor at NYU. All three authors maintain the popular Revit blog www.architecture-tech.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Part 1 Fundamentals 1

Chapter 1 Beyond Basic Documentation 3

Leveraging the BIM Model 3

Planning for BIM 4

Setting Firm Goals for BIM 10

How BIM Affects Firm Culture 12

Predictability vs. Innovation 12

Evolution vs. Revolution 13

Focusing Your Investment in BIM 13

The Bottom Line 15

Chapter 2 Principles of Revit 17

Project Organization 18

Datum 18

Content 30

Views 33

Management 49

Interface Organization 50

Application Button 50

Quick Access Toolbar 51

InfoCenter 52

Properties 52

Project Browser 53

Status Bar 54

Drawing Area 54

View Control Bar 55

ViewCube 56

Navigation Bar 57

Ribbon 57

The Bottom Line 61

Chapter 3 The Basics of the Revit Toolbox 63

Selecting, Modifying, and Replacing Elements 63

Selecting Elements 63

Filtering Your Selection 65

Selecting All Instances 65

Using the Properties Palette 66

Matching Properties 67

Using the Context Menu 67

Editing Elements Interactively 68

Moving Elements 68

Copying Elements 71

Rotating and Mirroring Elements 71

Arraying Elements 74

Scaling Elements 76

Aligning Elements 76

Trimming or Extending Lines and Walls 77

Splitting Lines and Walls 78

Offsetting Lines and Walls 79

Keeping Elements from Moving 79

Exploring Other Editing Tools 81

Using the Join Geometry Tool 81

Using the Split Face and Paint Tools 82

Copying and Pasting 82

Using the Create Similar Tool 84

Using Keyboard Shortcuts (Accelerators) 84

Modeling Site Context 85

Using a Toposurface 86

Creating a Building Pad 93

Generating Property Lines 94

Cut and Fill Schedules 97

The Bottom Line 98

Part 2 The Revit Workflow 99

Chapter 4 Configuring Templates and Standards 101

Introducing Project Templates 101

Customizing Project Settings for Graphic Quality 102

Object Styles 102

Line Settings 104

Materials 108

Fill Patterns 111

Color Schemes 116

Efficient View Management 118

Organizing Views 118

Creating and Assigning Filters 120

Applying View Templates 122

Creating Custom Annotations 123

Tag Family Fundamentals 124

Creating a Custom Door Tag 125

View Tags 127

Starting a Project with a Custom Template 132

Strategies for Managing Templates 133

Aggregating Template Data 134

The Bottom Line 138

Chapter 5 Managing a Revit Project 139

Understanding a BIM Workflow 139

Staffing for BIM 144

Project Roles Using Revit 145

Adding Team Members to Fight Fires 149

Detailing in Revit 149

3D Details 150

2D Details from 3D Views 150

2D Details 151

Working in a Large Team 152

Breaking Up a Model 153

Using Worksets 154

Quality Control and BIM 155

Keeping an Eye on File Size 156

Using Schedules 161

Finding Errors and Warnings 165

Activating Design Options 166

The Bottom Line 167

Chapter 6 Understanding Worksharing 169

Understanding Worksharing Basics 169

Using Worksharing in Your Project 171

Types of Worksets 172

Organizing Worksets 174

Managing Workflow with Worksets 175

Creating a Central File 175

Creating the Local File 177

Saving Work 180

Saving at Intervals 182

Loading Work from Other Team Members 182

Moving Elements Between Worksets 183

Understanding Element Ownership in Worksets 185

Borrowing Elements 186

Requesting Permission 186

Granting Permission 188

Relinquishing Permission 189

Closing Revit 189

The Bottom Line 191

Chapter 7 Working with Consultants 193

Preparing for Collaboration 193

Coordination in Revit 195

Linked Models 198

Coordination Tools 211

Interference Checking 219

The Bottom Line 223

Chapter 8 Interoperability: Working Multiplatform 225

The BIM Curve 225

Overview of Importing 226

Import Settings 226

Importing vs. Linking 228

Options During Importing/Linking 229

Manipulating Linked Data 230

Importing 2D Data 232

Backgrounds for BIM Conversion 233

Coordination 234

Details 235

Importing 3D Data 236

Imported Data as a Mass 236

Imported Data as a Face 238

Imported Data as an Object 241

Overview of Exporting 242

Preparing for Exports 243

Export Layer Settings 245

Exporting 2D CAD Data 247

DWG Settings for Export 248

Exporting 3D Model Data 248

Studies in Google SketchUp 249

IFC Interoperability 251

The Bottom Line 254

Part 3 Modeling and Massing for Design 255

Chapter 9 Advanced Modeling and Massing 257

Massing UI and Functionality 257

Intuitive and Formula Mass Creation 258

In-Place Masses 258

Family Component Masses 260

Floor Area Faces and Scheduling Masses 260

Intuitive Massing 274

In-Place Surface 275

In-Place Solids 289

Formula-Driven Massing 304

Simple Mass Family 305

Generic Model Mass Family 312

Complex Mass Family 324

The Bottom Line 333

Chapter 10 Conceptual Design and Sustainability 335

Sustainable Design Concepts 335

Using Schedules 337

Calculating Recycled Content 337

Calculating the Window-to-Wall Ratio 341

Sun Shading and Solar Paths 346

Sun Studies 348

Creating a Solar Study 348

Creating an Animated Solar Study 354

Creating a Solar Path 358

Energy Modeling 360

Using Revit for Energy Analysis 361

Exporting to gbXML 362

Daylighting 367

Setting Up for Daylighting Analysis 369

The Bottom Line 380

Chapter 11 Phasing, Groups, and Design Options 383

Associating Phasing to Geometry, Views, and Project Settings 383

Using Phasing to Give the Element of Time 385

What Can Be Phased? 388

Phase Settings 389

Geometry Phase 393

View Phase 396

Creating, Distributing, and Updating Groups 402

Creating Groups 403

Modifying Groups 405

Copying Groups 406

Excluding Elements Within Groups 408

Saving and Loading Groups 411

Creating Groups from Links 412

Best Practices for Groups 414

Making Design Options for Design Iteration 416

Creating Design Options 416

Editing Design Options 419

Viewing and Scheduling Design Options 420

Deleting Design Options 421

The Bottom Line 438

Chapter 12 Visualization 439

The Role of Visualization 439

Analytic Visualization 441

Monochromatic Views 441

Project Parameters 444

User-Defined Parameters 447

Identifying Design Elements 449

Solar and Shadow Studies 450

Photorealistic Visualization 454

Visual Styles 454

Ambient Lighting 465

Section Box 467

Rendering Settings 469

Creating Your View 473

Still Image Camera 473

Animation Path 475

Visualization Sequence and Workflow 482

Geometry and Cameras 483

Sunlight 484

Artificial Lighting 487

Light Groups 488

Materials 498

The Bottom Line 498

Part 4 Extended Modeling Techniques 501

Chapter 13 Walls and Curtain Walls 503

Using Extended Modeling Techniques for Basic Walls 503

Creating Basic Wall Types 504

Adding Wall Articulation 512

Modeling Techniques for Basic Walls 518

Creating Custom In-Place Walls 524

Creating Stacked Walls 525

Creating Simple Curtain Walls 528

Designing a Curtain Wall 530

Customizing Curtain Wall Types 537

Creating Complex Curtain Walls 542

Dividing the Surface 544

Dividing the Surface with Intersects 546

Applying Patterns 547

Editing the Pattern Surface 548

Surface Representation 549

Adding Definition 550

Creating Custom Patterns 559

Limiting the Size of Pattern-Based Families 560

Using the Adaptive Component Family 563

Scheduling Pattern-Based Panels 565

The Bottom Line 567

Chapter 14 Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs 569

Understanding Floor Modeling Methods 569

Floor 569

Structural Floor 572

Floor By Face 574

Pad 574

Slab Edge 575

Creating a Custom Floor Edge 576

Sketching for Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs 578

Modeling Floor Finishes 580

Split Face for Thin Finishes 580

Modeling Thick Finishes 581

Creating Ceilings 583

Understanding Roof Modeling Methods 584

Footprint Roofs 584

Roof by Extrusion 588

Roof In-Place 590

Roof By Face 591

Sloped Glazing 591

Slope Arrows 591

Advanced Shape Editing for Floors and Roofs 595

Creating a Roof with a Sloped Topping 596

Applying a Variable Thickness to a Roof Layer 597

The Bottom Line 599

Chapter 15 Family Editor 601

Understanding the Family Editor 602

Putting the Family Editor in Context 602

Choosing the Right Family Template and Category 603

Creating a Family Component 607

Hosted vs. Nonhosted 608

Family Category 609

Insertion Point 609

Reference Points, Planes, and Lines 611

Visibility Settings 615

Materials 617

Dimensions 618

Object Styles and Subcategories 619

Type and Instance Parameters 620

Using Advanced Modeling Techniques 621

Creating Solid and Void Relationships 623

Carving Geometry 625

Using Geometry to Drive Geometry 629

Building a Shelf Using Formulas and Type Catalogs 635

Modeling the Brackets 636

Nesting the Brackets 638

Assigning Family Type Parameters 640

Creating Parametric Arrays 641

Using Formulas 643

Associating Materials 645

Creating and Editing Type Catalogs 647

The Bottom Line 652

Chapter 16 Stairs and Railings 653

How to Approach Stairs and Railings 653

Key Components of Stairs and Railings 656

Components of Railings 656

Components of Stairs 660

Railings In and Out of the Box 661

Railings Inside the Box 661

Railings Outside the Box 667

Stairs In and Out of the Box 677

Stairs Inside the Box 677

Stairs Outside the Box 690

The Bottom Line 707

Part 5 Documentation 709

Chapter 17 Detailing Your Design 711

Creating Details 711

Detail Line 711

Regions 714

Components 720

Insulation 730

Detail Groups 730

Linework 731

Adding Detail Components to Families 732

Adding Details to a Window Family 733

Visibility Settings 739

Learning Efficient Detailing 742

The Bottom Line 744

Chapter 18 Documenting Your Design 745

Documenting Plans 745

Room Areas 746

Area Plans 747

Creating Schedules and Legends 754

Schedules 754

Legends 764

Using Details from Other Files 766

Linking vs. Importing 766

Options During Import/Link 769

Reusing Details from Other Revit Projects 770

Laying Out Sheets 774

Adding the Area Plan 775

Adding the Schedule 777

The Bottom Line 779

Chapter 19 Annotating Your Design 781

Annotating with Text and Keynotes 781

Using Text 782

Using Keynotes and Textnotes 785

Annotating with Tags 798

Inserting Tags 799

Using the Tag Toolbox 800

Adding Dimensions 804

Annotating with Project and Shared Parameters 805

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