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Creating wall sweeps and reveals

From: Revit Architecture 2014 Essential Training

Video: Creating wall sweeps and reveals

In this movie, we'll look at sweeps and reveals. A sweep is material that you add to a wall, and a reveal is material that you carve away. Both use a two dimensional family type called a profile, which determines the shape of the material that you're either adding or removing, and then that material is pushed along the length and or the height of the wall. We can apply sweeps and reveals at either the type level in which case they would apply to all instances of that wall type, or we can actually apply them wall by wall by selecting the individual walls that we want to add them to. So I'm in a file here called Sweeps and Reveals and let's go ahead and start by doing a type based sweep that we're going to apply to this exterior wall type. So I'm going to select one of the instances of this interior wall and you could see that its the basic wall exterior brick on metal stud type. And I'm going to choose the Edit Type dialogue.

Creating wall sweeps and reveals

In this movie, we'll look at sweeps and reveals. A sweep is material that you add to a wall, and a reveal is material that you carve away. Both use a two dimensional family type called a profile, which determines the shape of the material that you're either adding or removing, and then that material is pushed along the length and or the height of the wall. We can apply sweeps and reveals at either the type level in which case they would apply to all instances of that wall type, or we can actually apply them wall by wall by selecting the individual walls that we want to add them to. So I'm in a file here called Sweeps and Reveals and let's go ahead and start by doing a type based sweep that we're going to apply to this exterior wall type. So I'm going to select one of the instances of this interior wall and you could see that its the basic wall exterior brick on metal stud type. And I'm going to choose the Edit Type dialogue.

Next, I'm going to go to the Edit Structure, like we have done before. And what I want to get to is Sweep button down here, but as you can see, its currently grayed out. Well, the key to this is right here it says this is available in Section Preview only. So before you are able to use any of these buttons down here, you have to make sure that not only is your Preview turned on which it is over here, but also the View is set to Section. And as soon as you do that, you can see all those buttons laid up and you are now looking at a section cut through this wall type.

Now, I am going to go ahead and widen this up just a little bit. Then I'm going to click the Sweeps button right here. And I'll take this Sweeps dialog and I'm going to move it out of the way slightly so that I can see the Preview window in the background. Now, you get this sort of table here with lots of options, and it's really important to see that preview in the background so you can kind of have some idea of. How your progress is going as you work. The first we want to do is click the Add button right here, and that will add our first sweep. Now, the profile is the first thing you want to consider. If I click there, that's actually a drop down list, and you can see that the template that we use to create this building from has several sweeps already built into it. There's some vinyl base and there's some parapet caps and so on. I'm going to scroll down here to the bottom of the list and choose this wall sweep, Brick Solider Course 3 bricks.

Now, let's see what that looks like. Let's click Apply right here. Now, notice I'll take that sweep and it will just drop it at the very bottom of the wall, and it's kind of hanging off the outside of the wall. So it's probably not quite what I want to do. So let's work our way across the table here and make some modifications. Now, the first thing I might want to consider then is where that sweep is located. So you could see there's a From column here and there are two choices Base and Top. Now, in this case, I want to go ahead and measure it from the base.

So I'm going to leave that set to base but I'm going to change this distance right next to it and I will put in about 6 feet for that. Now, if we click Apply on that, you will see the Soldier Course move up and it's measured 6 feet off the floor. If you'd rather measure it from the top of the wall, you can change the from point to top and then you probably need to use a negative number in the distance field. Now, let's go ahead and assign a material to to this sweep. So we are going to click right there and over here in the Search field, I'm going to type in soldier.

And that would bring up machinery brick solder course, I'll will select that. You could see that it's got this vertical pattern assigned to it, let's click OK. And now we've assigned that material to this, then I'm going to come over here and look at these other settings here because we're still kind of hanging off the outside of the wall. So I'm going to look at this Offset feature next. And a brick is about 2 and 2 3rds inches or in this case, it might be maybe a little bit more than that. but i am going to go ahead and put in 2 and 2 3rds inches for the offset, press the Enter there. When I click Apply though, you are going to see that it actually pushes it away from he wall.

So it turns out that what i really want to do is put negative number in front of that and let's click Apply. And as you could see, it's a little bit off, so you want to actually increase this number perhaps to about 3 inches instead, you can get it to set in the thickness a little bit more. So, you can fine tune that setting a little bit, if you like. I'm going to let it cut the wall, and as you can see here in the preview, that kind of makes a pocket in the existing wall to receive the soldier course, that's what Cuts Wall does. And if I also make it cuttable, then any windows or doors that interrupt this soldier course will actually cut through the soldier course. So that seems like a pretty good thing to do.

Let's go ahead and click OK and then OK two more times to see the result. And, as you can see the soldier course added not only to the wall that I had selected but you can see it here and in fact, all the way around the building if I hold my Shift key in and drag with my wheel and it also appears right here. Because that wall up there actually is using the same wall type. Well, ahead of time, here in the file I created a copy of that wall type and just named it No Sweep. So, that's the easiest way to deal with that problem is to just reset it back to an original of that type that doesn't have the sweep. So, that's an example of a type based sweep.

We could also add sweeps wall by wall by using the drop down here on the Wall tool and choosing Wall Sweep. Now, notice there's also Wall Reveal. Reveals are available in both the type dialogue right here with the Reveal button, and you can see it's a very similar dialog, I'll cancel out of there. And they're also available right here using the Wall Reveal. Now, if I wait for the Tool Tip to appear, you can kind of see what the reveal is going to do, it's going to carve away the material of the wall instead of adding to it.

So, I'm going to choose the Reveal. And, here on the list there's only one choice. It just says reveal, an it's a simple rectangular profile. If you want to change the shape of the profile you can choose edit type an pick a different profile, but in this case I'm just going to accept the default. And the next thing I want to look at is how I want to place it. You can place it horizontally or vertically. Now, when you do a reveal or a sweep at the type level, it only runs horizontally. But in the case of the individual wall by wall sweeps and reveals, you can actually do it vertically as well, and the way it works is you just simply click where you want to place that thing. And notice that you can actually place it on more than one wall. Let's go ahead and cancel out of there, zoom in and take a look at the result. And you'll see that the reveal has cut away from the wall. Now, if I repeat the command and change to vertical, you can see that we can also run the reveal in the other direction.

This button right here restart, allows you to finish that reveal and then add a second one. Restart and add another one. So each time you want to add another one, you click the Restart button. Otherwise, it will continue to add to the existing one. So, you can add either sweeps or reveals in the same basic process. You can add them at the type level in which they apply to all instances of that wall type or you can add them wall by wall by using the tools on the drop down menu.

In both cases, they use a profile family which just determines the shape of the sweeper reveal. And then that shape is pushed along either the height or the length of the wall to create architectural detailing in bands and moldings and so on.

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Revit Architecture 2014 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    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. 1h 9m
    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
      6m 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 multiuser worksharing projects
      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 9m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 0s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 31s
    5. Creating 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 5s
  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. 50m 47s
    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
  11. 22m 23s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 52s
  12. 32m 14s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 43s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      7m 21s
  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 12s
    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
      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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