Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training
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Creating a detail callout


Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

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Video: Creating a detail callout

In this and the next few movies we're going to look at the detailing process in Revit. Details are an integral part of any architectural documentation package. However, one of the challenges of working in building information modelling, and software like Revit, is there's this temptation to over-model everything. In other words, it's theoretically possible to add items, like flashing and fasteners and bolts and screws directly to your model. However, typically such items would only be shown in large scale views. And in smaller scale views, they'd actually kind of get in the way.
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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
  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. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      2m 52s
    2. The Recent Files Screen 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. Stacking properties and project palettes
      2m 49s
    7. Using the Project Browser
      5m 30s
    8. Navigating views (Zoom, Pan, and Rotate)
      5m 57s
    9. Selection and modifying basics
      9m 48s
    10. Understanding selection toggles
      3m 29s
    11. Accessing Revit options
      8m 19s
    12. Understanding view extents and crop regions
      6m 32s
  4. 47m 0s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multiuser project using worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 27s
    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. Wall properties and types
      7m 27s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 24s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 10m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 16s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 31s
    5. Create a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 23s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      5m 10s
    11. Understanding file formats
      1m 42s
  7. 54m 17s
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    4. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    5. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    6. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    7. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    8. Adding openings
      8m 33s
  8. 28m 51s
    1. Working with stairs
      7m 55s
    2. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    3. Working with component-based stairs
      9m 58s
    4. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 18s
  9. 49m 21s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 17s
    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
      7m 14s
    6. Model lines
      4m 22s
  10. 55m 2s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      8m 16s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 5s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      6m 27s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
    9. Using sketchy lines
      4m 15s
  11. 22m 20s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 52s
  12. 36m 37s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 43s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      7m 21s
    5. Using images in schedules
      4m 23s
  13. 58m 36s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 2s
    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
  14. 42m 49s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      8m 29s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      5m 23s
  15. 37m 22s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 3s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 34s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  16. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Tutorials & Training
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Build your Revit skills from the ground up. In this course, Paul F. Aubin teaches you the core building information modeling (BIM) techniques you need to complete solid architectural projects in Revit 2015. First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then get to modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and working with floors, roofs, and ceilings. Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs, complex walls, and partially obscured building elements, as well as adding rooms and solid geometry. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawing so all the components are perfectly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.

Topics include:
  • What is BIM?
  • Understanding Revit element hierarchy
  • Navigating views
  • Creating a new project from a template
  • Adding walls, doors, and windows
  • Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
  • Linking AutoCAD DWG files
  • Rotating and aligning Revit links
  • Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
  • Adding openings
  • Adding railings and extensions to stairs
  • Creating stacked and curtain walls
  • Hiding and isolating objects
  • Adding rooms
  • Creating schedule views and tags
  • Adding text and dimensions
  • Creating new families
  • Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
  • Plotting and creating a PDF
Revit Architecture
Paul F. Aubin

Creating a detail callout

In this and the next few movies we're going to look at the detailing process in Revit. Details are an integral part of any architectural documentation package. However, one of the challenges of working in building information modelling, and software like Revit, is there's this temptation to over-model everything. In other words, it's theoretically possible to add items, like flashing and fasteners and bolts and screws directly to your model. However, typically such items would only be shown in large scale views. And in smaller scale views, they'd actually kind of get in the way.

So, we want to resist the temptation to model such elements. There's little pay off in model them. And you often pay a high price in diminished computer performance. For such items, we continue to rely on traditional detail drawings. This has always been the case in architectural communication. Revit offers a full complement of tools to facilitate the detailing process and does so in a way that maximizes the potential of both the live 3D model and the large scale detail embellishments that we place on top. So, to get us started, I'm in a file here called Detailed Callout.

And what I'm going to demonstrate for you, over the course of this and the next few movies, is what I like to call the hybrid detailing process. It's hybrid because the detail will begin with an underlay of the live model, which will get us started and give us the basic framework. And then, on top of that, we're going to add a series of 2D embellishments, both in the form of drafted entities and text and dimensions and other kinds of annotations. So therefore, it starts with a call out. So, I'm in a view called section at stair, and if we zoom in, in this general area here, what I want to do is create a detail of the stair landing.

So, on my View tab, we have a callout button right here, and you can use this command to call out any portion of a plan, section, or elevation view. And all you have to do is click and drag two points to create a rectangular region and you'll see your callout symbol appear. On the project browser, you will get a new view called Callout of section at stair and I suppose you could leave that name, but that's not a very good name so I'm going to rename it.

Now, you can right click and choose Rename like we've done before or can actually use the shortcut which is the F2 key on your keyboard. And I'm going to rename this, Stair Landing Detail, click OK. Now, you can either double click it here or you can double click the blue circle there to open it up and what you see is, this is an enlarged callout view of just that area. It's enlarged to quarter inch equals a foot in this case. And, of course, it's cropped down to just that area.

So, let's start of by talking about this cropped region right here. If I highlight it you'll see the rectangle on the inside, highlight there, and then a further dashed rectangle up here outside of that. I'm going to start off by talking about this one right here in the inside. This is controlling what we're seeing. This is your model crop. That inner rectangle. Now, if you look down here at the view control bar, we've got these two little icons right here. One says Hide the Crop Region and the other one says Do not Crop the View. Now, these are both toggle switches so if you click them, the little tool tips will actually change because they'll serve a new function.

Let me click the one that says Hide the Crop Region and that object that I had selected there, that double rectangle disappears. So, it does exactly what it says. It's just going to hide the crop region and notice hear when I highlight it, it now says, Show the Crop Region. Now, if you scroll here on the Properties pallet, you'll see under the extense area there's a crop region visible check box and it's now turned off. If I check it, the crop region comes back, and the little toggle switch reverses. So, these two toggles are actually the same as these two check boxes.

Now, the one next to it that says do not crop the view, same as if I uncheck this box right here, will suddenly show me the entire view again. And if I zoom out, you'll see it's the full building again. So, what makes a call out a call out is simply that the crop region is focused in on a very small area and it's turned on, so we want to make sure that that stays on. Now, let's talk about that third check box, annotation crop region. That's the dashed line that's appearing around the perimeter here.

Let me zoom in a little bit. And to talk about the annotation crop, I really need a piece of annotation. So, I'm going to add a piece of text here and I'm going to call this. Click next to it to place the note and what you see is that note is sitting right on top of the drawing, so to make it a little bit more legible, I want to start moving it. Well. Watch what happens if I move a little too far. Oops, there it goes. So, I'm going to pull it out here and I'm going to let go. What actually happened? Well, this dash line here is the annotation crop and it only displays annotation that falls within that region.

Now, there's two remedies. You could, of course, use this little grip here and stretch that out to make it large enough for the notes. Some people like to do it that way, or you can simply come down here and turn off the Annotation crop. Now, where the Annotation crop has the most value is, for floor plans or overall elevations where you are working on both sides of a match line. For detail, I don't think that the Annotation crop has too much value. So I typically turn it off in my details, but it's really entirely up to you. If you want to resize it, you can do that is well.

Now, when I look at this however, at the size of the text here, and the size of the detail, I say, may be quarter inch isn't quite the right scale. So, I'm actually going to go something much larger here and use one and a half inch equals a foot. Now, of course, that means my note now is way far away, so let's just pull that in a little closer. We'll be using that in a few minutes. And then, I want to now make some fine tune adjustments here to the extent of this detail. I want to show a few more treads than what I'm seeing here. So, if I click on the crop, I can actually adjust this with these little dots here and show a little bit more of the detail.

I can also crop it in a little closer in these other directions. And the thing that I want you to understand here is, when you make changes like that, you are effecting the actual live view. You're affecting the callout. So, if you go back to the section, notice that these crop handles have adjusted as well. They are one in the same. So, if you adjust it in this view, or if you adjust it in the actual callout, you're really adjusting the same thing. Now, that brings to light some additional objects that are displaying here in this view, that are really, I'm not crazy about.

If I highlight here you can see here and here, I'm seeing mullions beyond. Now, if you went back to the main drawing, you would see that there's a curtain wall behind our staircase here, and so, for an overall section, that's fine. But, here in the detail, that makes it a little busy. So, I want to get rid of some of that clutter. If we scroll down on the project browser, back under the extension grouping again, you'll see that there's a far clip setting, and it currently says same as parent. I can change that to independent.

So, same as parent means that it's using the same view depth that the original view the call out came from is using. And they're sort of tied together. If I change it to independent, I can now edit this far clip offset feature. And I can reduce the number. I'm going to just pick a number, like maybe six feet. That ought to do the trick. And when I apply that, notice that all those mullions disappear. So, when you want to create a hybrid detail in Revit, it starts with a call out. You can create a call out from any plan, section or elevation view.

You're going to want to adjust things like the scale and the annotation crop and maybe the far clip offset. You might even want to do some visibility graphics adjustments and turn some features on and off. In other words, you're trying to leverage as much as you can from that underlying 3D view. So, do whatever you can to kind of get yourself in the best position so that when you do start adding your 2D detail components on top, you've limited the amount of work that you have to do to adjust what's required. And in the next few movies, we'll look at the process of actually adding those detail embellishments.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Revit Architecture 2015 Essential Training .

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Q: Which versions of Revit should I use with this course?
A: This course is written for users of Revit Architecture 2015 and Revit LT 2015. Because Revit LT does not have all of the same features as Revit Architecture, some movies in this course will not be relevant for Revit LT. Additionally, there are some topics that are relevant in both versions, but the button layout or location of those tools are different. In those cases, the features and procedures for Revit Architecture are shown in the course.
Q: Which content in this course is different or not relevant for Revit LT?
Chapter 2 – Accessing Revit Options (There are some slight variations in the option dialog in LT. Not all options shown are available in LT.)
Chapter 3 – Accessing a multiuser project using worksharing (The worksharing feature is not available in LT.)
Chapter 4 – Using modify tools (LT has a slightly different ribbon layout, but most tools covered should work the same. Some buttons will be located in slightly different spots.)
Chapter 5 – Establishing shared coordinates (The shared coordinates feature is not available in LT.)
Chapter 6 – Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof (The shape editing tools are not available in LT.)
Chapter 7 – All movies (Sketch-based stairs are not available in LT. LT only has component-based stairs.)
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