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You can identify a drop-down list with a down arrow on it. For example, Type Selector drop-down list, Units drop-down list, and so on; refer to Figure 5. Figure 5 Selecting an option from the Type Selector drop-down list. Options are the items that are available in shortcut menus, drop-down lists, dialog boxes, drop-down lists, and so on. For example, choose the Zoom In Region option from the shortcut menu displayed on right-clicking in the drawing area; refer to Figure 6.

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You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel www. Welcome to the realm of Autodesk Revit Architecture, a powerful building modeler that has changed the outlook of the building industry about computer aided designs. Autodesk Revit Architecture is a design and documentation platform that enables you to use a single, integrated building information model to conceptualize, design, and finally document a project.

Its integrated parametric modeling technology is used to create the information model of a project, and to collect and coordinate information across all its representations. In Autodesk Revit Architecture, drawing sheets, 2D views, 3D views, and schedules are a direct representation of the same building information model. Using its parametric change engine, you can modify a design at any stage of a project. The change in the project is automatically made and represented in all its views, resulting in the development of better designs, along with an improved coordination.

The use of Autodesk Revit Architecture provides a competitive advantage and a higher profitability to architects and building industry professionals. The history of computer aided design and documentation dates back to the early s when architects began using this technology for documenting their projects.

Realizing its advantages, information sharing capabilities were developed, especially to share data with other consultants. This led to the development of object-based CAD systems in the early s. Before the development of these systems, objects such as walls, doors, windows were stored as a non-graphical data with the assigned graphics.

These systems arranged the information logically, but were unable to optimize its usage in a building project. Realizing the advantages of the solid modeling tools, the mechanical and manufacturing industry professionals began using the information modeling CAD technology.

This technology enabled them to extract data based on the relationship between model elements. In , a group of mechanical CAD technologists began working on a new software for the building industry. The Building Information Modeling BIM provided an alternative approach to building design, construction, and management. This approach, however, required a suitable technology to implement and reap its benefits.

In such a situation, the use of parametric technology with the Building Information Modeling approach was envisaged as an ideal combination. They developed a software that was suitable for creating building projects. This led to the development of a software that later came to be known as Autodesk Revit Building, and has now been changed to Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Autodesk Revit Architecture is a building design and documentation platform, in which a digital building model is created using the parametric elements such as walls, doors, windows, and so on. All the building elements have inherent relationship with one another, which can be tracked, managed, and maintained by the computer. Autodesk Revit Architecture enables you to envisage and develop a building model with actual 3D parametric building elements. It provides a new approach to the architectural thought and the implementation process.

In a way, it replicates the way architects conceive a building. However, in Autodesk Revit Architecture, you can create a building model using 3D elements such as walls, floors, doors, and windows, as shown in Figure Figure Autodesk Revit Architecture project created using parametric building model.

Using these 3D elements, you can visualize the architectural or interior project with respect to its scale, volume, and proportions. This enables you to study design alternatives and develop superior quality design solutions. Autodesk Revit Architecture automates routine drafting and coordination tasks and assists in reducing errors in documentation.

This, in turn, saves time, improves the speed of documentation, and lowers the cost for users. A project in Autodesk Revit Architecture is created using the in-built parametric building elements. The term parametric refers to the relationship parameters between various building elements. Some relationships are made by Autodesk Revit Architecture itself, and others by the user.

For example, doors, which have an inherent parametric relationship with walls cannot be created without first creating a host wall. A door always moves with the host wall. Similarly, floors too are parametrically linked to walls. When you move walls, the floor extents are also modified automatically. Each building element has in-built bidirectional associativity with many other elements in the project.

A building information model is created using different interdependent parametric building elements such as walls, floors, roof, ceiling, stairs, ramps, curtain walls, and so on. As they are bidirectionally associated elements, any change made in one element is automatically adopted by others. The integrated building information model thus created contains all the data for a project. You can then create project presentation views such as plans, sections, elevations, and so on for documentation.

This capability is, therefore, the underlying concept in Autodesk Revit Architecture. As changes are made immediately and automatically, it saves the time and effort in coordinating them in all other associated views which for most projects is an inevitable part of the design process.

Autodesk Revit Architecture also provides a variety of in-built parametric element libraries that can be selected and used to create a building model. It also provides you with the flexibility of modifying properties of these elements or create your own parametric elements based on the project requirement. Before using Autodesk Revit Architecture, it is important to understand the basic terms used for creating a building model. Various terms in Autodesk Revit Architecture such as project, level, category, family, type, and instance are described next.

A project in Autodesk Revit Architecture is similar to an actual architectural or interior project. In an actual project, the entire documentation such as drawings, 3D views, specifications, schedules, cost estimates, and so on are inherently linked and read together.

Similarly, in Autodesk Revit Architecture, a project not only includes the digital 3D building model but also its parametrically associated documentation.

Thus, all the components such as the building model, its standard views, architectural drawings, and schedules combine together to form a complete project. A project file contains all the project information such as building elements used in a project, drawing sheets, schedules, cost estimates, 3D views, renderings, walkthroughs, and so on.

A project file also stores various settings such as environment, lighting, and so on. As data is stored in the same file, it becomes easier for Autodesk Revit Architecture to coordinate the entire database.

In Autodesk Revit Architecture, a building model is divided into different levels. These levels may be understood as infinite horizontal planes that act as hosts for different elements such as roof, floor, ceiling, and so on. The defined levels in a building model can in most cases relate to different floor levels, or stories of the building project.

Each element that you create belongs to a particular level. Apart from building elements, an Autodesk Revit Architecture project also contains other associated elements such as annotations, imported files, links, and so on.

These elements have been divided into following categories:. Model Category : Consists of various building elements used in creating a building. Annotation Category : Consists of annotations such as dimensions, text notes, tags, symbols,. Datum Category : Consists of datums such as levels, grids, reference planes, and so on. View Category : Consists of interactive project views such as floor plans, ceiling plans, elevations, sections, 3D views, renderings, and walkthroughs.

In addition to these four categories, other categories such as Imported , Workset , Filter , and Revit Categories can also exist if the project has imported files, enabled worksets, or linked Autodesk Revit Architecture projects, respectively.

Another powerful concept in Autodesk Revit Architecture is family. A family is described as a set of elements of the same category that can be grouped together based on certain common parameters or characteristics. Elements of the same family may have different properties, but they all have common characteristics. For example, Double Hung is a single window family, but it contains different sizes of double hung windows. Family files have a. You can load additional building component families from the libraries provided in Autodesk Revit Architecture package.

Families are further divided into certain types. Type or family type, as it is called, is a specific size or style of a family. For example, Double Hung : 36 x 48 is a window type. All uses of the same family type in a project have same properties. Family and family types can also be used to create new families using the Family Editor.

Instances are the actual usage of model elements in a building model or annotations in a drawing sheet. A family type created in a new location is identified as an instance of the family type. All instances of the same family type have same properties. Therefore, when you modify the properties of a family type, the properties of all its instances also get modified. The family categorization of Revit elements is given below:. The hierarchy of building elements in Autodesk Revit Architecture plays an important role in providing the flexibility and ease of managing a change in the building model.

Figure shows the hierarchy of categories and families in a typical Autodesk Revit Architecture project. The following is another example of the terms described in this section. Another classification of categories of elements followed in Autodesk Revit Architecture is based on their usage. Autodesk Revit Architecture uses five classes of elements: host, component, annotation, view, and datum. Hosts are the element categories that form the basic structure of a building model and include model elements such as walls, floor, roof, and ceiling.

Components are the elements that are added to host elements or act as stand-alone elements such as doors, windows, and furniture. Annotations are the 2D, view-specific elements that add content to the project documentation such as dimensions, tags, text notes, and so on.

Views represent various orientations of a building model such as plans, elevations, sections, 3D views, and so on. Datum refers to the reference elements that assist you in creating a building model, which include grids, levels, reference planes, and so on. There is no specific methodology available for creating a building model in Autodesk Revit Architecture. It provides you with the flexibility of generating building geometry based on the project requirement, design complexity, and other factors.

However, the following steps describe a general procedure that may be followed for creating an architectural building model using the in-built parametric elements provided in Autodesk Revit Architecture. The first step is to create the exterior walls of a building at the predefined lowest level level 1. Next, create interior walls at that level and add components to the building model. Then, define the upper levels based on the story height of the building.

You can also link the control height of the walls to the levels and extend the exterior walls to their full height. Next, create floors and roof using the defined levels. Add the site topography to the building model and then add site components to complete the building project. You can then create drawing sheets with the desired views for its presentation.

Autodesk Revit Architecture also provides tools to create rendered 3D views and walkthroughs. Figure shows an example of a building section with various building elements and annotations. Autodesk Revit Architecture enables you to control the display and graphic representation of a single element or the element category of various elements in project views by using the visibility and graphics overrides tools.

You can select a model category and modify its linetype and detail level. This can also be done for various annotation category elements and imported files. These settings can be done for each project view based on its desired representation. You can also hide an element or an element category in a view using the Hide in View and Isolate tools.

The scale is another important concept in an Autodesk Revit Architecture project. As you set a scale, Autodesk Revit Architecture automatically sets the detail level appropriate for it. You can also set the detail level manually for each project view. Each detail level has an associated linetype and the detail lines associated with it. The details of annotations such as dimensions, tags, and so on are also defined by the selected scale.

A single integrated building information is used to create and represent a building project. You can extract project information from a building model and create area schemes, schedule, and cost estimates, and then add them to the project presentation. Autodesk Revit Architecture also enables you to export the extracted database to the industry standard Open Database Connectivity ODBC compliant relational database tables.

The use of the building information model to extract database information eliminates the error-prone method of measuring building spaces individually. After creating the building model, you can easily arrange the project views by plotting them on drawing sheets.

Drawing sheets can also be organized in a project file based on the established CAD standards followed by the firm. In this manner, the project documentation can easily be transformed from the conceptual design stage to the design development stage and finally to the construction document stage. The project view on a drawing sheet is only a graphical representation of the building information model and therefore, any modification in it is immediately made in all the associated project views, keeping the drawings set always updated.

Autodesk Revit Architecture also helps you conceptualize a building project in terms of its volume, shape, and proportions before working with the actual building elements. This is possible by using the Massing tool, which enables you to create quick 3D models of buildings and conduct volumetric and proportion study on overall masses.

It also enables you to visualize and create an unusual building geometry. The same massing model can then be converted into a building model with individual parametric building elements. It provides continuity in the generation of building model right from sketch design to its development. Autodesk Revit Architecture provides a large number of in-built family types of various model elements and annotations.

Each parametric element has the associated properties that can be modified based on the project requirement. Autodesk Revit Architecture also enables you to create the elements that are designed specifically for a particular location. The in-built family editor enables you to create new elements using family templates.

This provides you with the flexibility of using in-built elements for creating your own elements. For example, using the furniture template, you can create a reception desk that is suitable for a particular location in the design. An extensive in-built library of structural elements has been provided in Autodesk Revit Architecture. You can add structural columns, beams, walls, braces, and so on to the project. Thus, structural consultants can also incorporate their elements in the basic architectural building model and check for inconsistency, if any.

In Autodesk Revit Architecture, you can work on large projects by linking different building projects together. For a large project that consists of a number of buildings, you can create individual buildings as separate projects and then link all of them into a single base file.

The database recognizes the linked projects and includes them in the project representation of the base file. For example, while working on a large campus of an educational institution, you can create separate project files for academic building, administration area, gymnasium, cafeteria, computer centre, and so on, and then link them into the base site plan file.

In this manner, large projects can be subdivided and worked upon simultaneously. Worksets in Autodesk Revit Architecture enable the division of the building model into small editable set of elements. The worksets can be assigned to different teams working on the same project and then their work can easily be coordinated in the central file location. The effort required to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate the changes between various worksets is taken care of by computer.

Various consultants working on a project can be assigned a workset with a set of editable elements. They can then incorporate their services and modify the associated elements. For example, a high rise commercial building project can be divided into different worksets with independent teams working on exterior skin, interior walls, building core, toilet details, finishes, and so on.

The structural consultants can be assigned the exterior skin and the core workset in which they can incorporate structural elements. Similarly, the rest of the teams can work independently on different worksets. When you turn on your computer, the operating system is automatically loaded. You can start Autodesk Revit Architecture by double-clicking on the Revit Architecture icon on the desktop. Figure Starting Autodesk Revit Architecture using the taskbar.

The path for starting Autodesk Revit Architecture depends on the operating system being used. The interface screen has three sections: Projects , Families , and Resources. The options in the Projects section are used to open an existing project, a new project, and an existing template. The options in the Families section are used to open a new or an existing family. You can also invoke the Conceptual Mass environment from this section to create a conceptual mass model.

From this page, you can download various components for your project. In addition, you can choose the Help option from the Resources section. In the left of this page, the Contents and the Search tab will be displayed. On doing so, the New in Revit page will be displayed with various links. You can know about various enhancements through these links.

In the Resources section, you can choose the Essential Skills Videos option to view the videos related to basic and advance concepts in Autodesk Revit Architecture These videos and their associated information help you to learn about the complete software. Moreover, you can choose the Exchange Apps option to access various add-ons that can be used to enhance the productivity of Revit. Once you have completed this computer based training course, you will have developed a strong understanding of advanced concepts in Revit Architecture Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.

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