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Rotating and aligning a Revit link

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Rotating and aligning a Revit link

In this movie, we're going to take a look at the Align and Rotate commands. These are two really useful and powerful modification commands that allow us to reposition objects based on rotations or their relationships to other nearby geometry. So I'm in a file called Align Rotate and down here in the lower corner, I have a small office building, and up here this odd shape is actually a Site Plan file that's linked in to the project file here. Now we're in the Level 1 Floor Plan and we can get a much better look if we change to the Site Plan view, so I'm going to double-click Site Plan and now it becomes a little bit more evident what I'm actually looking at.

Rotating and aligning a Revit link

In this movie, we're going to take a look at the Align and Rotate commands. These are two really useful and powerful modification commands that allow us to reposition objects based on rotations or their relationships to other nearby geometry. So I'm in a file called Align Rotate and down here in the lower corner, I have a small office building, and up here this odd shape is actually a Site Plan file that's linked in to the project file here. Now we're in the Level 1 Floor Plan and we can get a much better look if we change to the Site Plan view, so I'm going to double-click Site Plan and now it becomes a little bit more evident what I'm actually looking at.

Here is my linked site file, it's got some roads and sidewalks, it's got a parking lot and a property line. And if you look right here at the end of this sidewalk, there's like a little green dot right there, and I'm going zoom in on that, and that little green dot is actually a small green line, that's where the front door is of the building. So I'm going to use that green line for reference to get this Site Plan positioned relative to the building down here. So let me zoom in on the building and so you could see that we are just looking down on the building right now, we're seeing the roof but we can't really tell where that front door is.

So temporarily I am going to take this view and using the Visual Style pop-up right here, the default is Hidden Line, which is typically what we want. I'm going to change that to Wireframe, and the drawing gets a little busier, but in this case that will help me identify where the door is. You'll notice if I zoom in over here that there's a wall right here and these lines right here, that's were the front doors is. So we want that green line to kind of line up in that general location. So let me zoom out, again, using Zoom Previous and to get started I'm going to take this file and I'm just simply going to drag it and get it close by.

So that's really the first step. And the reason I want to do it that way is, it's going to be a lot easier to make the modification without having to constantly zoom in and out. So if I just get it in the general ballpark and then I can fine-tune it. Now I've still got the file selected and I'll start with the Rotate command, so I am going to click on that or type R O which is the shortcut for that command. Now on the Options bar, there are a few ways we could rotate. We can either just type in an angle, so if I happened to know that it needed to rotate 10 degrees, I could simply type that in. The trouble with that is, is you will see that it rotated just fine but 10 degrees wasn't the right amount, I don't really know what the right amount should be, and you can see that it's sort of rotated around what seems like an arbitrary point.

Well if I click the Rotate command again to start the command, we kind of see something is happening off screen here, let me just pan a little bit and show you there's this little blue dot right here. Now if I roll my wheel and zoom all the way out, that little blue dot is actually at the center of this imaginary box which surrounds the object that we have selected. So that center point is not at a terribly convenient point for rotation right now, so let me zoom back in, and we can actually change where this center point is located.

So I'm just going to click on the little blue dot right here and I'll zoom in a little closer at the end of the sidewalk, and I'm going to snap it right to the endpoint of that green line. Once I have the Center point right there, I now have a lot more control. I'm going to take the starting angle and make it snap to the other end of that line, and now I'm rotating off of that known edge there, and so now I have a lot more control. And notice that if I move this up to a horizontal, it will automatically snap to horizontal and figure out what the rotation should be and I'll just simply click and you'll see that it will snap that entire file to a nice horizontal and vertical orientation.

At this point, all I would have to do is just move it from the midpoint here to the midpoint of that door. Now that's certainly one way that we could do the rotation. I'm actually going to undo that, zoom out a little bit and I'm going to show you the Align method next. So there's nothing wrong with the Rotate method, you can certainly do that, and that was one of our options. The other option is to go to Modify tab and use my Align command, A L is the shortcut for that. So the way the Align command works is you highlight some reference on your screen that you want to use as the reference point and then you click a second object and that second object will move and rotate into position relative to the first.

So in this case, I want my Reference point to be, I'm using my Tab key and I'm tabbing until I get the face of this wall, I want my Reference point to be the face of this wall right here, and you'll see it will highlight that edge all the way across the screen. Now Revit wants me to select the entity that I want to move and position into alignment with that edge and I'll click on this green line right here, and the nice thing about that technique is it moves and rotates in one step.

Now I still have to fine-tune the position, so you might argue that it's still two steps either way and that's why I said we can really do this either way, but I can go from midpoint to midpoint and now my sidewalk is positioned exactly at the front door. I zoom back out, I set back to Hidden Line, and I'm not quite done yet because if you deselect you'll notice that something happened to the building. And what actually happened to the building was if I go to one of my Elevation views, like a South Elevation, we can see that the linked file is actually inserted too high, it's floating up above the building.

So what happened to my building was we buried it. So here is another place where we can use our Align command. If I zoom and show you the linked site file actually has a level here called Project Level, and you can see that relative to the site file that's at 56 feet. So the 56 feet in the site file should match zero in my current file. In other words, this site file needs to move down 56 feet. So my two methods that I could use to do that would be to use the Move command and just move it down 56 feet, or I'm going to use the Align command again for this, click on Align, highlight Level 1 as my Alignment reference, and then highlight this level here in the Linked file, and you'll see that it will pull the site plan down.

Cancel out of the command, I'm going to go to the 3D View, zoom in, and we now have our building positioned nicely relative to the site. So Align and Rotate give us two different methods that we can use to do overall positioning like what we've done here with our site plan, you'll find yourself using these commands all the time for various purposes, these were just examples that I've given you here. With the Align tool, you use a reference and then move the other object into position with that reference, and with the Rotate tool you can either type in an angle that you want to rotate or you can use points on screen to indicate the rotation.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    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. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window 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. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    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. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    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
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    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
  13. 41m 29s
    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
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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