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Introducing building information modeling (BIM)

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Video: Introducing building information modeling (BIM)

So I know you're probably anxious to get into Revit right away, but before we do, let's talk about a few high-level concepts first. For starters, just what is BIM? Well, BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it's a term that was coined a few years back by Autodesk to basically describe the process of creating virtual models that represent building facilities. Now Revit is often heavily touted as purpose-built for Building Information Modeling, and this is true, but that often leads to confusion that somehow Revit and BIM equal the same thing.

Introducing building information modeling (BIM)

So I know you're probably anxious to get into Revit right away, but before we do, let's talk about a few high-level concepts first. For starters, just what is BIM? Well, BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it's a term that was coined a few years back by Autodesk to basically describe the process of creating virtual models that represent building facilities. Now Revit is often heavily touted as purpose-built for Building Information Modeling, and this is true, but that often leads to confusion that somehow Revit and BIM equal the same thing.

Revit and BIM are not the same thing. Revit is a tool to help us achieve BIM, and what BIM is is a process that we follow to create building model data, that is two things: coordinated and computable. Those are the two most important tenets of BIM. If all of the parts and pieces that make up your BIM project are fully coordinated with one another, and don't require any manual updates to keep them in sync, and if you've got a robust, rich data stored of information that can be used both internally by the system and exported out to the larger project team to do meaningful computations, like energy analysis, like structural loads, like lighting analysis, air loads, air cooling, any of those things, then you've got BIM.

So there's a lot of different ways that we can achieve BIM, and Revit is an excellent tool to help us achieve that, because it does many of those things that I just described, natively. Now, it's important to understand that 3D is not the only component of BIM. Often when you hear BIM, in the same sentence, you will hear people talk about 3D. Now don't get me wrong, 3D is very important. If your primary goal is to perform clash detection between your structure and your mechanical systems, or if you want to make sure that your stair tower fits into the overall architecture, 3D is pretty important.

If you need to do visualization to get high-quality renderings and so forth, 3D is pretty important. However, 3D is not the only aspect that makes BIM special. 3D is just part of it. I think that the 'I' in BIM is sometimes even more compelling than the 'M' in BIM. Think about cost estimating tasks, think about specification writing, think about energy load analysis, think about heating and cooling, think about structural loads; all of these things require data. We have all this data. Instead of manually computing all the various things that we need to get a proper design, why not let the computer do what computers do best - compute stuff.

So this is what BIM is all about. So again, let's not focus just on the 'M.' Let's also think about the 'I,' and if we have got the two together in a fully coordinated package, in a way that Revit will give us, then what we've got is a fully implemented BIM solution. So with that introduction in mind, let's go ahead and get started.

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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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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