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Exporting to AutoCAD


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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

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As popular as Revit has become, AutoCAD is still very prevalent in the building industry. As a result, there may come a time in your projects when you're faced with having to export a portion or all of your project to a format that AutoCAD can understand. Depending on the needs of your recipient, exporting to DWF, as covered in the previous movie, is one option. However, Revit is also fully capable of exporting directly to AutoCAD's native DWG file format. In this movie, we'll look at the steps to perform such an export. So, I have a file here called Export to AutoCAD and we'll go ahead and walk through the steps of exporting it out to an AutoCAD format.
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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

Exporting to AutoCAD

As popular as Revit has become, AutoCAD is still very prevalent in the building industry. As a result, there may come a time in your projects when you're faced with having to export a portion or all of your project to a format that AutoCAD can understand. Depending on the needs of your recipient, exporting to DWF, as covered in the previous movie, is one option. However, Revit is also fully capable of exporting directly to AutoCAD's native DWG file format. In this movie, we'll look at the steps to perform such an export. So, I have a file here called Export to AutoCAD and we'll go ahead and walk through the steps of exporting it out to an AutoCAD format.

We'll go to the Application menu and under Export, we've got CAD Formats and Revit is capable of writing a DWG, a DXF, a MicroStation DGN or an ACIS (SAT) file. Let's go with DWG formats, and we'll get a box that looks very similar to the one we were in when we created a DWF, if you watched the DWF movie. We have similar options that are available here.

We're going to start at the very top and choose our In session. Unless you are positive that all you want is the current view or sheet that you have onscreen, you typically are going to want to use the In session view or sheet. So, if all I wanted was a floor plan for the first floor, then I could just do Current View/Sheet and click Next and be done. If you want to export more than one view or sheet, then it's always a good idea to do the In session view or sheet. Then we've got Show in the list. In this case, I'm actually going to export a combination of views and sheets.

So, I'm going to choose this option down here, All views and sheets in the model. That means this list will include everything. It will include all the things in the project browser listed under Views and all the things in the project browser listed under Sheets. I'm going to scroll down and locate my sheets, and I want to export a couple floor plans, and they're both on the Floor Plan sheet, so I'll just choose that one, and then I also want to export some 3D views. Now, depending on what you export will determine what kind of geometry goes over to AutoCAD.

So, I'm choosing two different kinds of files on purpose so that we can see the difference when we get over to AutoCAD. So, this one is going to actually generate 3D geometry on the AutoCAD side, and the plans that we have here in the sheet, that's going to generate simple two-dimensional geometry on the AutoCAD side. Now, on this tab, we have some DWG properties. Most of the defaults should be fine. If you're an AutoCAD user, you should be familiar with what most of these things are. I'm going to go ahead and click Next.

Here I will just input a name. I'm going to accept the default with the automatic naming, and I want to just point out this one little check box here. For the sheet, the export to AutoCAD can actually Xref each of your plan views onto a separate sheet file in the sheet view. So, let me show you what I mean when we click OK here. Okay, when the export is complete, I have AutoCAD running in the background, and we can do Alt+Tab to switch over, and I'm going to click the Open icon, and you'll see that even though we only exported two items we actually have several AutoCAD files.

Now, let's start with the 3D view. This one, if you look at the preview, you can see the site plan exported separately from the building and both are 3D models. Let's go ahead and open up the composite of the two. Now, AutoCAD shares the same view navigation tools that Revit does. So, we have our View Cube over here, and we can spin around to any view that we like. We can hold down the Shift key and orbit the view, and we can roll the wheel to zoom in just like before.

Now, everything is color coded because what Revit will do is actually take each of its object categories and map them to an AutoCAD layer. So, for example, if I select the items here on the roof, they went into a layer called 3D-Roof, and the walls would be in a layer 3D-Walls and so on. Let's open up 2D drawing and here you'll see that we get one drawing that includes the sheet and its title block, and then each of the viewports exported separately as a separate drawing and are Xrefed into the title block.

So, let's go ahead and open up the title block. I'm going to type Z+Enter, E+Enter, which is Zoom Extents in AutoCAD. Select the title block, and you'll see that it came in as a sheet file. Here are the individual viewports and if I double-click in that viewport, you can see that each view actually came in as a separate AutoCAD drawing and up here on the Ribbon you can see that's actually an externally referenced drawing.

So that accounts for why we had three separate drawings for this single sheet. I'm going to switch back over to Revit and on the Application menu, under Export and then Options, there is the Export Layers DWG/DXF and when I choose that, this dialog here is what controlled the layers that were used on the AutoCAD side and the colors that were used on the AutoCAD side. So, the fact that everything was color- coded and came in on different layers is all controlled right here in this dialog and I welcome you to explore it and change it if necessary to match your office standards.

So, that's the process to exporting files to AutoCAD, and you can do that whenever you need to share files with a team member who is not yet on Revit.

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