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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.
Many project settings are available in a Revit project. Even though you begin your project with the template file, there are certainly some settings that you'll want to double-check and possibly change with each project. Some of these include really simple things like the project location, the address and maybe the temporary dimension settings. So in this movie we're going to create a new project and configure a few of those settings. So let's take a look. Now we could easily start with the default template, but I'd actually prefer to start with one of the templates that gives us a little bit more structure to begin with. So I'm going to click the New link right here.
If you watch the earlier movie on Project Templates, then you saw that we could click this Browse button here and there were some other choices for us to use, and in this case I'm going to use the Commercial-Default and I'm going to click Open and click OK. Now this gives me some basic Views and a few Schedules and some Sheets. And so it's a good starting point for us to build a small commercial office building which is what this project is going to be. But before I start actually laying out and drawing anything, I'm going to verify a few of the settings that I might want to use in this project.
And I do this on the Manage tab. So I come over here to Manage and there actually lots of settings that we could look at here, I'm only going to focus on a few for this movie. Let's start with the Project Information. So when I click here, you don't have to do this right away, but it's not a bad idea to do this early, it's pretty basic stuff that you should know early on in a project, like you might have some idea of when the project is going to be issued, I'm going to put some date later this summer. So I'm going to put in August 1st, 2012.
The Status of the project it might be Design Development, you could put in the Owner. The Project Address is the actual street address that will occur on the title block. So in this case, you know perhaps it's on Main Street, Carpinteria, California. Project Name might just be simply Office Park and we'll give it a Project Number of 2012.01.
We can obviously change this information anytime we like. But that information, if we scroll down here, will already fill in to several of the fields in our title block, over here. So you can see the owner's name and the name of the project and the date have all filled in. So that's one of the settings you might want to look at early on. Some other settings you might want to look is, and this is sometimes confusing we just filled in the address, but the address is just for the title block, that's just going to fill in the actual mailing address, but it doesn't actually change the location of the project, we have to do that with this command right here.
So I'm going to click that, and let me make this window just a little bit larger here. And you could see that the default templates go to Boston. And that's because Revit is--the office where Revit is created is here over here in Waltham, Massachusetts, so they've set Boston as the default location. We just said that we were in Carpinteria, California. And if I click Search right here, because this is using Internet mapping service, it'll go right to that location.
Now this just accessed downtown Carpinteria, and it gave me the latitude and longitude. If we put in the exact address it can go right to that street address. You can also change the way this map is displaying, maybe you want a Satellite view, or a Hybrid view or just a Street Map view. You can drag it, you can roll your wheel to zoom in and you can even pick this little icon up and drag it around and put it wherever it needs to go, so you can either do it with an address or by typing in, and get yourself in the general location.
Now this is important if you are going to shadow studies or energy analysis or anything that requires a correct geographic location. The wind stations and the weather stations in Carpinteria are a little different than the ones a couple miles down the road, and so we'll get more accurate weather data and more accurate energy analysis if we get the address as correct as possible. So I'll go ahead and click OK there. So those are few of the settings that we might want to configure at the start of the project. Now there are lots of other settings that we could set and I'm not going to go through all of them. We could do a whole course on just the settings if we wanted to, but many of these things will be office standards.
We're going to rely on the settings that come out of the box, but things like Fill Patterns, and Line Styles and Line Weights, all of these things can be configured, and so you might want to explore some of those later at your leisure. The last step is really to just save the project, and since I've never saved it before, it'll bring up a Save As dialog and I'll just put this on my desktop for now, but if you have another location where you'd rather save it, you can feel free to do that, and I'll call this Office Park. And I want to show you right here there's an Options button, and if you want to you can actually click in here and make some modifications.
Now the one in particular that I want to talk about is this setting right here, Maximum backups, 20 is a bit much. Often you'll see projects that use two or three. I'm going to drop it down to 3 in this case. What this will do, let me show you the way this is going to work is, when you OK this and you Save, now let me go back and do Save As, there is the project I just created. I am going to hit Cancel. I want to save it again with the Save icon or you can do Ctrl+S, the Windows shortcut for save.
Now I'm going to do Save As again just to access that folder. And you see how I got an Office Park.001? That's the backup. So the way it works is, over here in Options because I said 3, I'll get 01 then 02 then 03. The next backup after that it'll take the oldest 01, it will throw it away and it'll create 04 and it'll keep doing it like that. So at any given time you'll have up to three backups of your project file.
And this is useful of course if you crash or something goes wrong, you can go back and restore one of those earlier backups. To restore you just simply open it and then resave it with a new name. So I'm going to Cancel out of there, because I don't actually want to make any change there. So we've created a new project, we've configured a few of the basic settings and now we're ready to start actually building our building and we'll start doing that in the next few movies.
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