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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.
It takes more than just walls, doors and windows to create a building layout. There are many other items visible on the typical floor plan, such as plumbing fixtures, appliances, conveying systems and other equipment. Most Component families are added to your model in a similar fashion of doors and windows. You simply click the Component tool and choose the item that you want to place wherever you need it to go. So let's go ahead and take a look at some of the items that we have available. I'm in a file called Adding Components, in the Exercise Folder for Chapter 4, and I'm going to go to the Home Tab, and I'm going to click on the Component tool.
Now unfortunately there's not a whole lot of good components available to us in the template we use to start this project. We have a few desks, a couple of parking spaces and a few trees - not exactly the kind of items that I'm hoping to add to my condominium floor plan. So, I'm going to close out of that Type selector, and I'm going to come over here to Load family, just like we did in the Doors and Windows movie, and see what's available in the Library. So why don't we work in the Utility room first? So I'm going to come over here and scroll down and look in the Mechanical Equipment folder.
In the Mechanical Equipment folder, I'm going to find a really simple furnace, so I'm going to go ahead and load that one in. And what happens is, like doors and windows, Revit defaults to tagging almost every kind of component that you add. So it's telling me that there's no tag loaded for Mechanical Equipment and asking me, do I want to load one now? I don't really want to tag any of my equipment right now, so I'm going to go ahead and just say no here, and that will turn off the Tag on Placement feature, just like we saw with doors and windows previously. Now I'm going to come in here, and just like we saw before, if I tap the Spacebar, I can rotate this furnace around.
Now, let me show you another little tip with rotating. If your mouse happens to be hovering over something other than a 90-degree angle like the open space I was in, and you tap the Spacebar, it will actually match the rotation of the item underneath your cursor. And then, if you move away from that and you tap again, it can still pick that up if it's nearby or if I move somewhere else, it will snap back to a default rotation. So, I want this to be maybe oriented about like this, and I'll just place it over here.
And as before, I can always fine-tune the position with my Temporary Dimensions. So that's the basic process. You load in the family you want, you choose any options, like the Tag on Placement and the Type Selector, and then you go ahead and place it in and fine-tune placement. So, let's load a few more. So let's go in the Specialty Equipment folder, and then we'll go in the Domestic folder, and there is a variety of items in here. We have our dryer, we have a washer, we have a refrigerator, and we have a range. So, let's go ahead and load in all of these items, and then again we can simply tap our Spacebar to rotate, place the item where it needs to go, change to the next item, tap our Spacebar, place the item, and so on.
So let's load one more example. I'm going to Load Family, and this time I am going to look at the Plumbing Fixtures folder, and we'll come down here, and we'll find ourselves a toilet fixture. Now again, it's going to ask me if I want to load a tag for Toilet Fixtures, and again, I don't want to tag my toilets. So I'm going to go ahead and cancel that, and say no there. Press my Spacebar. And you may be noticing that Revit is trying to be pretty smart about placement, and even though this is not a hosted element, and it doesn't require a Wall Host, it will try and align itself to the face of the wall wherever possible.
And it has the flip grips, if necessary. So if you place it by mistake simply some place you don't want it, you can always flip it later. Now this one here, you can see I'm having a little trouble getting in on the face. So I just simply zoom in, and that usually allows me to highlight the face that I need. I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape twice to cancel out here, do a ZF zoom to fit, and basically the process would be more of the same. We can add countertops, we can add the refrigerator, and there are other plumbing fixtures that we're going to need, but in the next movie, we're going to look at how to get some of those other fixtures from libraries other than the provided out-of-the-box library.
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