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Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels


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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels

In the Adding curtain walls movie we saw that we can use a curtain wall type that has a predefined spacing in both the horizontal and vertical directions. This will certainly serve your needs in many situations, but there are many situations where you need a curtain wall that has to match a certain design intent. Maybe it doesn't have a regular spacing and maybe you need to customize it in some way. So in those cases you're going to want to just lay out the curtain grid yourself; and in this movie that's exactly what we're going to do. This file is called Curtain Wall Grids and Mullions and it represents where we left off in the adding curtain walls movie.
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training
8h 30m Beginner Jul 23, 2010

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In Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training, author Paul F. Aubin shows how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Revit. This course covers the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from design concept to publishing. It also covers navigating the Revit interface, modeling basic building features such as walls, doors and windows, working with sketch-based components such as roofs and stairs, annotating designs with dimensions and callouts, and adding 3D geometry. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
  • Adding levels, grids, and columns to set up a project
  • Creating building layouts with walls, doors and windows
  • Modifying wall types and properties
  • Working with DWG files and CAD inserts
  • Adding rooms
  • Adding filled and masking regions and detailing
  • Generate schedules and reports
  • Understanding families
  • Using reference planes, parameters and constraints
  • Outputting files, including DWF and PDF files
Subjects:
Architecture BIM Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
Revit Architecture
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels

In the Adding curtain walls movie we saw that we can use a curtain wall type that has a predefined spacing in both the horizontal and vertical directions. This will certainly serve your needs in many situations, but there are many situations where you need a curtain wall that has to match a certain design intent. Maybe it doesn't have a regular spacing and maybe you need to customize it in some way. So in those cases you're going to want to just lay out the curtain grid yourself; and in this movie that's exactly what we're going to do. This file is called Curtain Wall Grids and Mullions and it represents where we left off in the adding curtain walls movie.

We have a simple curtain wall here using just the out-of-the-box curtain wall style, which is essentially just a big plain glass like a blank canvas. And I could certainly work here in Plan view. It's going to a lot easier if I go to an Elevation view, such as the South Elevation in this case, so that I can look right at the curtain wall that I'm designing and get a better sense. So I'm going to zoom in on that area and as you can see, we have this big blank slate to work with. On the Home tab, we've a Curtain Grid tool and as you move your mouse around the edges of the curtain wall, you'll see you can draw these grids either horizontally or vertically, and what I want to do is to sort of get them in rough locations for right now.

We've seen this kind of approach before in Revit. And then of course, like other places in Revit, we can go in and modify the temporary dimensions to fine- tune position of these things later. Now we can certainly do that by selecting each one using the temporaries, but sometimes it's actually handy to see the dimensions before you edit so that you've a better idea of which ones need editing. So I'm actually going to make a permanent dimension. On the Annotate tab I'm going to click the Aligned tool and then just select each of my edges, and I'll just place the dimension up here to kind of get it out of the way, but keep it still visible.

So now when I select Grid, the remainder of the dimensions will stay visible, but the two on either side of the grid I have selected will become editable temporary dimensions. So I can just click and make whatever modifications I want. I pretty much want each of these bases to be three feet. That one there, and the ones at the end to be 1'6". So that kinds of takes care of that, and then let's double check in the other direction. We've got two feet here. That's good, six feet there, and we're ultimately going to put a doorway in here, so that will give us a total of an 8 foot tall door.

So that's the basic layout of our grid. What we want to do next is take a look at how we could start adding mullions to that grid. When I click the Mullion tool on the Home tab, you can see that there are three placement options. We can add mullions to an entire grid line. We can add mullions to individual segments, and we can even add mullions to the entire grid of all empty segments. But I'm not going to do that yet, because I still have some more work to do with the grid itself. So for now I'm just going to add mullions along the outer grid lines like so, and maybe these two over here and these two right here.

So we'll start with those and then I want to do some work in this area because as I mentioned, I want to put a door in here. You can't make an irregular shaped grid directly. The way you do that is you actually create the overall grid lines and then you select them and on the ribbon you have this Add/Remove Grid Segments button. So when I click on that it will allow me to remove segments of the grid line that I don't want to see. So I'll do that again. I'll select this grid line, Add/ Remove Segments, and remove this grid line segment right here.

So what that leaves me with, if I use my Tab key, is one big panel right there in the middle of the grid. So that's pretty handy approach to customizing the grid and getting exactly the effect you're looking for. Now you can do other things with these panels. I'm going to go ahead and Tab in and select one of these panels. Now it turns out if you right-click you have other selection options for the panels, so we can select them each individually with the Tab key, but that gets a little tedious. You can also do tricks like this where you can say select them all on the horizontal or vertical grid.

You see how those highlighted all the way across. So what I'm going to do is take those four panels that I've selected and they're currently using the system panel called Glazed, and I'm going to change those to Solid. Now that actually captured my doorway as well. I'm going to select my doorway, and let's see what we have available for that. It turns out if we scroll up a little bit, we actually have a Store Front Double Door panel type that we can load in there, and that will actually make that a door.

Now it's a little tough to see what we did here down at the bottom and the door is easy enough to see, but let's go ahead and change the Shading mode down here on the View Control Bar, and I'm going to choose the Shaded with Edges option. Now I know the blue is a little bright here, but the blue represents glass, and you can see the gray panels, those are actually spandrel panels, and so those are Solid panels. You can see also that I've missed one grid line here with mullions, so let's go ahead and take care of that, just like so.

One last little touch-up that we can do. You can actually control whether or not the vertical mullions or the horizontal mullions interrupt one another, and you can do that by selecting on them and they have these little controls that appear right here. And that might be a little easier to see if I set that back to Hidden Line. Well, about the same. But I'm going to click on those little things, and you'll see that that now makes the horizontal predominant. We'll do it again over here, like so. I can maybe do it here as well. Here as well.

Missing one grid line right there, and again, I want that one to be interrupted there and there. As a finishing touch, let's go take a look at our 3D. Let's spin this guy around to get a better look. Zoom in and we definitely want to look at this one with Shaded and Edges.

And so there you have it. So by adding some grids and then applying mullions to those grids and then swapping out different kinds of panels, you can make more interesting customized curtain wall design than you could get if you just rely on the equally spaced type controls.

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