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Adding curtain walls

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Video: Adding curtain walls

Curtain wall is our third type of wall system family. Curtain walls are the most complex, in that they can vary in any direction, and they can even form complex patterns within the structure using grids, mullions, and panels. In this movie, we'll get you started with the essentials of the curtain wall object and in the next movie we'll get a little deeper into the whole curtain wall mullion grid panel thing. I want to jump right in by drawing a curtain wall and discussing it. Let's remember that the curtain wall is a wall. So we use the Wall tool to access it, and if I open up the Type Selector, Basic Wall was at the top of course, gray bar, and like any other object in Revit, the family is listed with the gray bar.

Adding curtain walls

Curtain wall is our third type of wall system family. Curtain walls are the most complex, in that they can vary in any direction, and they can even form complex patterns within the structure using grids, mullions, and panels. In this movie, we'll get you started with the essentials of the curtain wall object and in the next movie we'll get a little deeper into the whole curtain wall mullion grid panel thing. I want to jump right in by drawing a curtain wall and discussing it. Let's remember that the curtain wall is a wall. So we use the Wall tool to access it, and if I open up the Type Selector, Basic Wall was at the top of course, gray bar, and like any other object in Revit, the family is listed with the gray bar.

So here is Curtain Wall, and this template that we started with actually includes three types. I am going to use the Storefront for this example, because it's the one that has the most interesting stuff going on in it by default. So I am going to just draw a simple little segment. So when I pre-highlight the curtain wall, you'll get this sort of little I shape to it. That's actually the whole curtain wall itself. So that's if you want to select the actual curtain wall and then modify it in the Properties palette or something like that, you look for that sort of I-shaped dash line. Otherwise, you'll notice that this curtain wall has several internal mullions, and if you press the Tab key, you can even reach in there and get the panels as well.

So there's actually a lot going on. If you select the curtain wall and drag these little handles at the end, you are going to actually see that instead of just stretching out the spacing, at some point it will actually add another mullion. So there's some rules built into this curtain wall that we are going to take a look at. So if I select it and I edit its type, you are going to see that there is a Vertical Grid Pattern and a Horizontal Grid Pattern. The Vertical Grid Pattern is set to a Maximum Spacing of 5' 0".

So it might not always be 5', but it will never be more than 5'. Then in the vertical direction, it's actually set to a Fixed Distance of 8' 0". So that mean that it's always 8', and if there's any left over, they just sort of leave that at the top. While we are here, just real quickly down here at the bottom, you can see that there is a variety of settings for mullions and in this case they are all set to the same 2.5"x5" mullion, which we are seeing here very clearly in a section cut. Now, before I move on from the curtain wall that we have here onscreen, let's take a quick look at it in 3D and I'll do that here on the QAT by going to the default 3D View.

Let's go ahead and spin the view around and then zoom in, like so. There you can see very clearly the 8' spacing that we were just looking at for this curtain wall. If I highlight it in this view, instead of the little long thin dashed I shape, we get more of a dashed box shape. So it's the same thing though. If you select it, you are actually selecting the entire curtain wall. I am going to delete that, go back to the floor plan, and I want to show you one of the neat feature of this particular curtain wall.

The Storefront is still selected on my Type Selector. If you draw it right on top of another wall, it will actually embed itself in that wall. I'll show you that again. Draw it right on top of another wall. It will actually embed itself in the wall. Now, like doors and windows and other walls, there's also a little flip here, so you notice the glass is on the inside. I can easily remedy that by flipping it over to the outside. So the setting that controls this embedding behavior was also part of the type, and that's right here at the top, this little check box: Automatically Embed.

So when that's turned on in the Type, the wall will embed itself and actually cut a hole in the other wall. So if we look at 3D, we can see that a little bit more clearly, because you can see it has actually made a hole in the wall, kind of like a door or window would. Now, I am going to go to an Elevation View. Let's go to the North Elevation, zoom in, and I am going to select the curtain wall. I might need to use my Tab key. With this little shape handle here, I am going to drag it up and snap it to that level line right here.

That gives me much more glass on that facade, a little bit more light in the stairwell, and you can see again the 8' spacing is being repeated, and what I mentioned about the top is the leftover all occurs at the top. So again, that's all being controlled by the Type parameters. Now, this is a little tight right here. Maybe that's not quite so nice. So let's look at one other feature that we can do here. On the Ribbon, when the curtain wall is selected, we can actually click this Edit Profile button. We can actually do this for any wall, not just the curtain wall.

We'll do it here for the curtain wall. When you do that, you are in a Sketch mode and you get a sketched rectangle for the default shape of the curtain wall itself. But I can modify the shape now using any of my standard drawing tools. In this case, I am going to use Pick Lines, as this is going to be the easiest way to do this. I am going to set an Offset of, I don't know, about 5' 0", and I am going to highlight the edge of the roof eave. And by doing that, you'll see a dashed line appear down below it, and I am going to click. I have that sketch line and I'll trim it up and I can change the shape of the curtain wall, like so.

When I click Finish, you'll see it adjust and it automatically adjusts any of the mullions and the grids and the panels and so forth to fit the new shape. So that's not too bad, right? Let's take a look at that in 3D. See the final result. So let's draw one more curtain wall. I am going to zoom back out to the front of the building and it might be nice to put a curtain wall in this location instead of the single door. So I am going to select the door, press the Delete key, and delete it. But for this curtain wall, I want to have a little bit more control over the design.

I mean, the Storefront is fine with the whole 5x8 spacing, but I'd rather set up my own grid pattern. So I am going to choose just the generic Curtain Wall type and draw it the same way that I did the other one, along here. But this time I am going to get a little warning, and it says highlighted walls overlap and one of them might be ignored, and at the very end of it says something about cutting geometry. So what they are telling us there is we need to use this tool right here, the Cut Geometry tool, to actually manually embed the one curtain wall within the other.

Now, why do we need to do that? Well, if we click Edit Type, this one, Curtain Wall, rather than Storefront, that's the type we are using, is not set to Automatically Embed. So that's why I have to use the Cut tool, tell Revit which wall I want to cut, and then tell it which wall I want to do the cutting with. So now that embeds the wall. So that gets us set up for the next movie and what we'll do is make a custom design on the front here to give us a nicer entrance to the building.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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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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