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Creating a new project from a template

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Video: Creating a new project from a template

All the work you do in Revit is contained in a single Revit project file. There is a few different ways that we can create new projects in Revit, we can use the Recent Files screen or the Application menu, both of these which we've looked at in a previous movie. So I want to focus just on the new file creation areas. Here we've got New or the Architectural and Construction Template, or under the big R, the Application menu we can go to New > Project. Now there is not a whole lot of difference between which ways you choose it. If I choose New Project here, it brings up a dialog, New Project, and it lists out for me those same two templates that we saw listed here.

Creating a new project from a template

All the work you do in Revit is contained in a single Revit project file. There is a few different ways that we can create new projects in Revit, we can use the Recent Files screen or the Application menu, both of these which we've looked at in a previous movie. So I want to focus just on the new file creation areas. Here we've got New or the Architectural and Construction Template, or under the big R, the Application menu we can go to New > Project. Now there is not a whole lot of difference between which ways you choose it. If I choose New Project here, it brings up a dialog, New Project, and it lists out for me those same two templates that we saw listed here.

And if I click this new link I get the same dialog, so it's really the same command either way. The difference would be if you're already in a project then you wouldn't see the Recent Files screen, so you'd want to use the Application menu. Now the differences between the Architectural Template and the Construction Template are something that I want to look at here in this movie. So if I choose the Architectural Template and I click OK and I could've gotten there with that shortcut, I get a really basic starting point. If we look at the Project Browser, we get a Level 1 and Level 2 Floor Plan, we've got a couple of Ceiling Plans and a few Elevations.

There are no sheets, there are no schedules, it's a really, really basic project. It's sort of like a no frills, just get me into the program sort of project. But there are lots and lots of settings or lots of things that can be pre-configured in a project template. Now I am going to just show you a couple examples by closing this, not going to save it, and opening up some of the other templates to take a look, and I'll start with his contraction template right here, just as a point of contrast. When I open that, the screen here looks pretty much the same.

But if you look at the Project Browser you can see that there are some differences. Instead of just having Level 1 and Level 2 Floor Plan, I now have some additional floor plans showing in the list. Under 3D Views, I have several additional views showing in the list. And if I scroll even further down, I have some Schedules, quite a few actually, and I have some Sheets already. Now let me show you how some of this works. All of those views don't really tell us very much unless there's something to view.

So I am just going to come over here and add a wall, and don't worry about the specifics right now, we'll be talking about walls and doors in a future movie, but I'm going to add a wall and a couple of quick doors, and zoom in here, and this one is door number 1, you can see right there. This one is door number 2, you can see it right there, and this one is door number 3, you can see it right there. Now if I scroll down and look at one of these other views, like a South Elevation, you can already see the wall and the three doors, or perhaps this Door Quantity Schedule. What you see here is that there is a single line item listed here, but it says the count is three.

So it's recognizing that I actually have three different doors on that list. Now if I go back to Level 1 and I select one of these doors and change it to something else, it gets a little smaller, scroll down, open up that same one, you'll see I now get two different line items. So this was the construction template and if you look at the names of these schedules they all start with either qa or qc, for quantities or quality control.

So the kinds of things that a contractor might be interested in is counting stuff or verifying that everything is the way it should be. But they're certainly interested in the quantities that that would be in the model, so that they could order the correct materials and make sure everything gets to the site. So you can see that all these schedules are pre-configured to list out that kind of information, so that they just simply start drawing and these lists are already populating themselves automatically. So this is one of the really powerful benefits of starting with a template.

I am going to close this one and I'm not going to save it. And there are a few other templates that are provided, and I want to just show you what a couple of those look like, and to do that I am going to click the New link here and go to Browse this time. Construction and default are listed here. Default is actually what they're calling the Architectural Template; that was that really simple one that had very little in it. And Construction is the one that we just looked at. But there's also a Commercial and a Residential-Default listed here as well.

Now we are going to begin a project here in the coming movies and we are going to start it with the Commercial- Default and let me just show you what that template looks like. So I am going to choose it right there, click OK, and take a look, we've got some different Floor Plans, Elevations, simpler Schedules this time, you know, just a basic Door Schedule, basic Room Schedule, but this one's got a whole bunch of Sheets already in here. So here's what I'm going to do. I am going add a wall, again don't worry too much about the specifics, I am going to add a door to that wall, again don't worry too much about those specifics.

Now if I scroll down here, we would see that wall that I've just drawn from either the South or one of the other elevations like the West or the East. Here is what it looks like from the South, here's what it looks like from the West. Okay we are just sort of seeing it edge on, I drew it at a slight angle. If I scroll down here you'll see that there is a couple sheets that are listed here that already are set up for Elevations. A4 has the North and South Elevation; A5 has the East and West Elevation. I am going to open up A4 by double-clicking on it right here.

And what you see is this right here is the North Elevation, that's number 2. This one's the South Elevation, that's number 1. Here is the model, here is the model. Now if I return to my floor plan, Level 1 Floor Plan and you zoom in here, this is the West Elevation, that's number 2 on A5. The ones we just looked at are this one, number 1 on A4 and this one number 2 on A4.

Revit automatically inputs the drawing number and the drawing reference directly in the symbols for us, and when you start in one of these templates that's already pre-configured this way, you can basically just start drawing your model in the correct location. And you're already getting Schedules that are populating themselves, like the one we saw a moment ago in the Construction Template or Sheets that are showing appropriate views already. There is a lot of things that can be pre-built and put into the template to get you started. Now there is a lot of stuff that you can't put in the template automatically as well.

So in the next few movies we're going to be looking at some of the early project set up things that we would want to do like setting up levels and setting up grids, and so forth. So your template can only take you so far, but it's a great place to get started and you are highly recommended to always start your Revit projects with an appropriate template. Now many of you may actually be in a firm that has their own custom template. So rather than choosing from one of the ones I've just shown you here, which are really just examples, you might be using one that comes from your office standards that somebody there in your firm has created.

Regardless of the temple you start with though, all projects should really be begun with an appropriate template.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  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. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window 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. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    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. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    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
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    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
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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