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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Adding symbols

Construction documents incorporate many kinds of symbols. Revit has dedicated tools for text, dimension, tags, and keynotes. Any other kind of symbol we can use generic annotation families. Such families can represent any symbol where you require. Let's go ahead and have a look. I am in a file called Symbols, looking at a first floor plan, and we have a couple of symbols that are already in the file based on the template that we started with. On the Annotate tab way over at the right we can find Symbol tool, and again as I said these are just generic annotation symbols, and there is a couple of them that are loaded in here.
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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 symbols

Construction documents incorporate many kinds of symbols. Revit has dedicated tools for text, dimension, tags, and keynotes. Any other kind of symbol we can use generic annotation families. Such families can represent any symbol where you require. Let's go ahead and have a look. I am in a file called Symbols, looking at a first floor plan, and we have a couple of symbols that are already in the file based on the template that we started with. On the Annotate tab way over at the right we can find Symbol tool, and again as I said these are just generic annotation symbols, and there is a couple of them that are loaded in here.

Let's start with the North Arrow. Pretty simple north arrow. I am just going to place that somewhere down in the corner of the drawing. Now if I click on it, you may be expecting the North Arrow to kind of actually know what direction north is, and that wouldn't be that unreasonable expectation for somebody using a program like Revit. But it turns out that North Arrow is just a generic annotation symbol. It doesn't actually have any 'smarts' built into it. So you literally have to select it, go to rotate, and then put in some sort of an angle here for whatever north is.

So let's say that north was 20 degrees. We just put in 20 degrees and we press Enter. Now it turns out that when you click the Symbol tool, there actually is an option here where you can check say Rotate after placement. That takes you right into the Rotation option after you place a symbol. Okay, let's look at another example. Let's look at the Centerline symbol, a really simple symbol. I am going to kind of place it over here towards the top of the plan, click Modify, zoom in, like so.

So we've got these two dimensions here where it's an equal dimension. Let's go ahead and select this symbol. We will click Rotate again. Type in 90 degrees, and then use the little move handle that's on there and just drag it like so, and that tells us we've got a Centerline right there. I am going to do ZF for Zoom to Fit. So there aren't anymore currently in this project. So we will go over here to the Insert tab, and we will click on Load Family. That takes us to our Library folder like we've seen in previous movies, and I am going to go to the Annotations folder, and scroll down a little bit.

We'll get a couple of graphic scales right here. I am going to go ahead and choose this one, 1-8. Click Open. Go back over to my Annotate tab, click on the Symbol tool, see the Graphic Scale is listed there, and I will go ahead and place it right about here. Now it's a little tough to judge the actual scale here, but if you zoom in on this, if we were to actually measure these points, it is accurately telling us the distance.

Let me go ahead and Zoom Previous. And it might be easier to kind of see if we go ahead and open up our Floor Plan sheet. So here is our Floor Plan sheet. We will zoom in. This is our first floor plan, and you can kind to see the graphic scale there with the north arrow. So it looks a little better in context when you see it surrounded by the rest of the drawing and how it sits on the sheet. It makes a little bit more sense. So those are just some different symbols that we can add in to our projects.

If you don't have a 'smart' symbol for the test that you are trying to do, you can basically create these generic annotations which again they are not terribly smart, in the sense that they don't react to things and they aren'y linked to anything, but they do the job of giving us symbol that we need. There are a few other types of items that you might want to look at. We've got Spot Elevations, Spot Coordinates, and even Slope symbols. So no computer design program would be complete without the ability to add various symbols required by architectural documentation and Revit is no exception.

In this movie we saw just a few simple examples of the Symbol tool in action, and we can use those to put the finishing touches on our various drawings and plans.

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