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Adding grids

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Video: Adding grids

Like levels, grids provide organization and structure to your project. Where levels were horizontal datum elements cutting through the building at a certain height, grids are vertical datum elements that are located at certain locations along the building. Grids are used typically to locate where the columns occur in your projects and they provide key points of reference for things like views and sheets. Unlike levels not all buildings need grids. For example, most residential projects don't have any need for a column grid. Most commercial projects on the other hand do have column grids.

Adding grids

Like levels, grids provide organization and structure to your project. Where levels were horizontal datum elements cutting through the building at a certain height, grids are vertical datum elements that are located at certain locations along the building. Grids are used typically to locate where the columns occur in your projects and they provide key points of reference for things like views and sheets. Unlike levels not all buildings need grids. For example, most residential projects don't have any need for a column grid. Most commercial projects on the other hand do have column grids.

Therefore, the type of project that you are creating will dictate your need for grids. Now I am in a project called Grids and I'm looking at Floor Plan level 1 and I'm going to go here to the Architecture tab and click on the Grid tool, it's located here on the Datum panel. When I click the Grid tool there are a few different shapes you can create, and I am going to just stick with simple straight lines for this example, and for my first example I am just going to draw a grid out here off to the side. Now I click my first point down here and the second point can be anywhere I like, in fact, it can be at any angle.

But I am going to just draw it straight up to stay parallel with the building and click my second point. Now what you'll notice right-away is that Revit creates a grid bubble at the second end, the first end has no bubble, the second end has the bubble and it automatically numbered it as grid number one. The presence of the bubble is controlled by this little check box right here. So if I uncheck, that will hide that bubble, if I check it again, it will display it, the same was true down here.

Check, it will display it, uncheck, it will hide it. Now it turns out that same trick works with levels, so if you watch the previous movie we talked about levels you can actually check and uncheck whether or not you want to show the level annotation on either end of the level datum. So most of the features of grids work with levels and vice versa. Now let me cancel out of the command for a moment, and select this grid, and I am going to simply delete it. Now the reason I want to delete it is I want to talk about how Revit numbers grids.

So I am going to go back to the Datum panel, click the Grid tool again, and this time I'm going to click my first point below the building but inside the wall here. So if you're not careful it'll snap right to the wall. I don't want to snap it to the wall, I want to bring it inside a little bit, click my first point, pull it straight up parallel to the wall, and click again. And the reason I wanted to do it that way is notice that it remembers that the next number in sequence is number 2. So regardless of the fact that I've deleted grid one, it still remembers that it's grid two.

Now this is really important, it's important if I wanted this one to actually be one, it's also important if I want to use letters here instead. So let me show you how we can change this before we continue. You see where it says Edit Parameter right here when you put your mouse right over it? All you've got to do is click and it will make that editable text. And I'm going to change this to capital A to go with letters in this direction. Now if I continue, I'll zoom back out to do this, lineup right here, just like levels I can line up with the neighboring grid, snap it at both ends, lineup, snap it at both ends, notice that I'm getting A then B, then C, and then here is D, and then here is E.

We are going to fine-tune the positions of these grids later. So for right now I just kind of want to rough them in and about the locations that I'm interested in. Let me do the same thing down here, I am going to come inside this exterior wall, click. But here I want to stop before I continue, I want to click right on letter F and I don't want that to be F, I want to go back to numbers now, I want to make that number 1, and then I'll continue. Here is the next one, there is number 2, here is my next one, here is number 3, and finally here is number 4.

Just like levels we have lots of the same grips on these grids. I'm going to click my Modify tool to cancel out of the command or if you prefer you can press the Escape key twice. Just like levels if you select one of these grids that little open circle appears at the end and you can start to drag these and they drag together as one. Now notice that this one I stopped a little short, it won't do that, it'll drag all by itself. However, if I bring it all the way out here and snap it, now it will automatically lock and they'll work together.

So it's really easy to fix that if you accidentally make one that's too short. All you've got to do is drag it until it snaps to its neighbor and it will take care of the rest. As I said I've only roughed in the grids and I'm going to kind of leave them like this for now, we're going to clean that up in the next movie, but I wanted to show you a new feature here in 2013. In really complex commercial buildings you sometimes have a really complicated grid, and Revit 13 has included this new Multi-Segment Grid feature, and if I click on that that's going to take me into something called Sketch mode.

Now I don't really want to get into the details of Sketch mode yet, we are going to talk about that in great detail in a future chapter. But for right now I'm just going to stick with the Straight Line tool that's right here, and I'm just going to draw a couple shapes, like so. It doesn't really matter what the shape is, you can just draw two or three or four segments here, and then click this big green check box to finish the edit mode, and what I'll get is a continuous grid object but it has this irregular shape. So that's going to be really helpful in those complex buildings that have a more complicated column grid.

In this particular case I don't really need that grid, so I am actually going to delete it, but I did want to point out that new feature to you. So it's not necessary that you set up your grids right-away, but it can be a good idea to get them configured in your project as early as possible. Your column grid in a commercial project is a pretty important part of the building, so having those grids and columns located early on can be a big help. But remember, like all things in Revit we can always modify it later, and in fact, the subject of the next movie is we're going to take this starting column grid that we've begun here and we are going to position them all much more precisely relative to the surrounding building geometry.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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