Revit Construction Modeling Tools
Illustration by Richard Downs

Revit Construction Modeling Tools

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Dividing parts

Once you create some parts, you'll probably want to start dividing them up. And this will give me my standard complement of sketch tools, but I want

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Revit Construction Modeling Tools
2h 9m Intermediate Mar 11, 2014

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

If your job requires working on Revit models created by someone else, then you have probably run into situations where portions of the model need to be reworked. Perhaps you're a subcontractor or an interior designer who needs to accurately convey finishes. Traditionally tasks like these would require a good deal of time, but with the three unique construction modeling tools in Revit, you can now add the details and refinements you need without rebuilding the entire model. Paul F. Aubin shows how model elements can be broken down into parts and articulated with their own finishes, materials, and other details. To assist in documentation, Paul explores assemblies: detailed drawings of isolated portions of the model. And with the Displace feature he shows how to create compelling "exploded view" illustrations to convey how things fit together.

Topics include:
  • Creating and removing parts
  • Dividing parts
  • Adding and merging parts
  • Creating parts from linked files
  • Creating assemblies, assembly views, and assembly sheets
  • Creating and editing displacements sets
  • Controlling displacement views
Subjects:
3D + Animation CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture Revit Structure Revit MEP
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Dividing parts

Once you create some parts, you'll probably want to start dividing them up. One of the reasons we have parts in the first place is to be able to take some larger component that was created by a designer and start breaking up into smaller pieces that represent how it might actually fit together. So I'm in a file here called Elements and I'm going to take this wall over here and I'm simply going to turn that into parts. So if you recall from the previous movie, we simply select the object. Here on the ribbon we'll get the create parts button. We'll click that. And now I have parts here.

I'm just going to roll my wheel to zoom in. You can see I have parts here indicating each of the layers. Now let's say that I want to start breaking this up into smaller segments. I have this really tall. Layer here and the same thing on the other side. And maybe I want to start breaking that up a little bit. So I'm going to select the bricklayer here, and using the Shift key and the wheel, I'm going to orbit my view around, so I can see the other side. And I want to sub-divide this into two sections. So all you have to do is select your part.

And then up here on the ribbon will be several context tools. And I'm going to choose the divide parts command. This will allow me to divide the parts into couple different ways. I'm going to do this by editing the sketch. I can do that by using the edit sketch button here on the ribbon. And this will give me my standard complement of sketch tools, but I want to point out to you here at the bottom of the wall layer is this small dashed outline indicating where the current work plane is for my sketch, and as you can see that's oriented with the plan view, or the top orientation.

So I actually want to change the sketch on the vertical surface of this wall. So the first thing I want to do is click the Set button right here which is going to set the work plane, to some other orientation, and I'm going to choose the Pick a plane option, click OK. And then that will allow me to click any existing plane in my model. So I'm going to click this front surface of the brick layer. That now becomes my work plane and you can see that indicated with the dash line now. Now I can simply add a sketch line.

And that sketch line will become the division between the two parts. Now I'm going to press Escape once to just cancel the current drawing action. And I want to point out that I've drawn my sketch line past the extense of the brick layer. In this context that's actually okay. And I know that might be a little confusing if you've been using Revit for awhile because normally that would not be allowed in the sketch mode. Normally you'd have to make a nice tight close sketch. But in Parts The rules are a little bit different. It's actually desirable in some cases, to do more exaggerated lines like I've done here.

So, when I finish this, it's actually going to segment that one part layer into four separate sections. And then I'm going to finish again, and now as you can see I have one two, three, four parts that are created from that single brick layer. So this is how you can take your parts and start carving them up into smaller segments that can begin to indicate how you want to actually fit this thing together.

There are currently no FAQs about Revit Construction Modeling Tools.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Revit Construction Modeling Tools.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.