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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course 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 plotting and exporting your drawings.
Architectural drawings incorporate many kinds of symbols. Revit has dedicated tools for text and dimensions and many kinds of tags and certain kinds of notes, but there is many symbols that don't have their own dedicated tools. So we sort of have a catch-all tool in Revit called just the Symbol tool, and we can use that to add any variety of miscellaneous symbols. So in this movie I am going to just demonstrate the use of the Symbol tool and work with some symbols that are both in the template and some ones that we can load in from the provided content.
You can also make your own symbols, but that'll be out of the scope of what we'll cover here. So if you need additional symbols that are not in the out-of-the-box offerings, you certainly have that option. So I am in a file called Symbols. It's just a floor plan view with some dimensions and notes on it are already, but I want to add a few symbols, maybe a north arrow or a bar scale, stuff like that. So if I go to the Annotate tab, way over here on the right-hand side we'll find the Symbol tool, and you can see in the tooltip that it says is just a 2D annotation object. So when I click on that what that means is we are not going to expect a whole lot of smarts out of a symbol; it's a pretty low-tech tool, if you will.
It's just a graphical symbol. So on my cursor right now is the centerline symbol, and I'm in a place one of those right about here, in the whitespace, zoom in, and I've got this dimension here, and you could see the little centerline symbol. Let me cancel out of there. Click it. It's got its own little move grip so we could move it around, but first I'm going to go to Rotate command, put in an angle here. Let's rotate it 90 degrees, just so that it matches the orientation of that dimension, and then I'll use this little move grip to move it close by, and that's all there is to it.
So again, it's just a really simple process. You just find the symbol you want, drop it in, and position it. Let's Zoom Previous, try another one, go to the Symbol tool, open up the list. We've also have a North Arrow in here. Now again, not to disappoint you, but you may be expecting the north arrow to actually know which direction north is. Revit doesn't actually have tool that does that. So the north arrow is, again, just a generic symbol. So what you do is you just place it in. Now you saw me rotate the centerline symbol after I placed it, with the Rotate command.
We also have this option here where you could say Rotate after placement, and the way that works is I'll click the point and then it will immediately go into a rotation command. And so maybe I'll rotate it in this direction a little bit, like so. If I wrote it a little bit too far, that's when I could just click the Rotate tool and rotate it back again. So you can certainly fine-tune it afterwards, but the Rotate after placement just gives you the option to do it sort of in one step. So let's cancel out of there.
Well, those are the two symbols that were loaded into the template, pretty straightforward. So I want a bar scale under here. I don't have that one loaded in, so where would we get that? Well, like model families, we would just click on the Load Family button and see what's been provided for us in the out-of-the-box library. Now you can choose any symbol you want in here. I am going to use a bar scale. So I am going to go to this Annotations folder and then if we scroll down here a little bit, you can see what's available here. You can there is some other north arrows and different kinds of view titles and section heads and so forth.
But if I go up a little bit, we'll find our Graphic Scales. And I've got an 8th inch one here and a 1/4 inch one. So notice that the scales are actually built in, because again, an Annotation, or a symbol, is pretty low-tech, so it's not actually automatically seeing what scale the drawing is. So you have to actually build it for that scale. So that's why this one says 1/8 here, and I'll open it up and I'll place it where I want it to go. If you zoom in on it, you can see that it's got the graphical indications for how big everything is.
But let's take a look at how this looks on our sheet. So if I scroll down here, here is my floor plan sheet, A1, and I've got the first floor and the second floor and this is the one we've been working on. I'll zoom in over here. So it might be a little easier to kind of understand how all the stuff works seeing it in context here, but you could actually print this drawing now at full scale and put your scale ruler on this bar scale and you would find it from here to here is actually 16 feet, or you can measure those points here and compare them to your model and see that it's actually 16 feet.
So the Symbol tool is just a really simple way of adding any kind of graphical symbol that is not included in one of the other tools somewhere in Revit, and it allows you to add all those finishing touches that you need to your drawings before you print them out.
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