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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Creating a new project

All of the work you do in Revit is contained in a single Revit project file. Revit offers a few methods for creating new project files. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create project files in both the Recent File screen and the Application menu. So we've already seen the Recent File screen in a previous movie. Let's just review it again here. At the very top of the Recent File screen, we have the Projects area, and we could of course use the Open link to open an existing project file that we already have somewhere on our network or hard drive, but if we want to create a brand-new project from scratch, we would click the New link 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

Creating a new project

All of the work you do in Revit is contained in a single Revit project file. Revit offers a few methods for creating new project files. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create project files in both the Recent File screen and the Application menu. So we've already seen the Recent File screen in a previous movie. Let's just review it again here. At the very top of the Recent File screen, we have the Projects area, and we could of course use the Open link to open an existing project file that we already have somewhere on our network or hard drive, but if we want to create a brand-new project from scratch, we would click the New link here.

When we do, Revit won't ask us any questions at all. It'll simply open up the screen and show us a blank view, ready for us to begin adding model geometry. So how did it know what we wanted here, you know, any configurable settings, what we were interested in? If we look at the Project browser we have Level 1, we have Level 2, we have a Site plan; how did it know all the stuff? All of that information is contained in a template file, and in a future movie, we will be talking in more detail about template files, but let me just explain to you right now where this template file came from.

If we go take a look at the Options command, which is on the Application menu, and we look over here at the File Locations tab, you are going to see the very first path here indicates a location, and at the very end there is this file name right here, default.rte. Now rte is the file extension that Revit uses for template files, Revit template files, and default is just that: It's just the default template file. So that default file comes from Autodesk. It includes two levels.

It includes a Site Plan, some Ceiling Plans, some basic Building Elevations and really not much else. So it's a really simple, straightforward, basic template file, and when you use - I am going to go ahead and close this without saving it - when you use this link right here on the Recent File screen, it just opens that default template automatically without asking any questions. Now if you go to the Application menu instead and choose New, and then over here you have several different kinds of file that you can create, so we can create new projects, new families, new conceptual masses or title blocks, if I create a New Project, which is the same thing that we were looking at with the New, this time we are going to get a dialog because it's going to confirm for us which template that we want to use.

Now by default, it's going to have a Template file selected here, and if I just kind of drag through here, you'll notice that it's the same default.rte that we saw a moment ago. It's just that here basically Revit is confirming that yes, in fact, this is the template that we want to use. In the next movie, or in a future movie, we are going to actually click the Browse button here and look at the other Template files that we have available to create projects from, but for now I'm just going to leave it default.rte. Down here, I want to create a new Project.

It's also possible to create a new Project template, which we are not going to get into, and we are going to OK, and when the screen opens, it looks exactly the same as where we were a moment ago. We got Level 1, Level 2, Site, and so on. So there's really not much difference in the two methods that I just chose to do that. So you'd really use the second method if you want to verify the template file is in fact the correct one, and/or click the Browse button to choose a different template file, and as I said, in a future movie we will go ahead and do that, and we will explore the other template files we have available.

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