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Understanding Revit element hierarchy


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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Understanding Revit element hierarchy

All elements in Revit fit into a built-in hierarchy. The purpose of this lesson is to simply expose you to the high-level concepts and give you a better understanding of how elements in the system fit into a larger framework. So if you imagine the hierarchy of Revit being an overall framework and branching off into two main branches, on one branch you would have model elements and on the other branch you would have annotation. And this is sort of the most fundamental split of Revit elements in the system. Model elements represent anything that's real.
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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

Understanding Revit element hierarchy

All elements in Revit fit into a built-in hierarchy. The purpose of this lesson is to simply expose you to the high-level concepts and give you a better understanding of how elements in the system fit into a larger framework. So if you imagine the hierarchy of Revit being an overall framework and branching off into two main branches, on one branch you would have model elements and on the other branch you would have annotation. And this is sort of the most fundamental split of Revit elements in the system. Model elements represent anything that's real.

So if you can imagine that you can actually put your hand on it and touch it when the building is built, anything like these walls or these windows or these doors or the stairs or the railings - those are model elements. They represent real things that we can actually physically touch. On the other side of the spectrum, we have annotative elements. Things like these wall tags, these door tags, these room tags, these dimensions, those things are not real. They're not actually painted on the floor when the building is built, nobody builds those things, but they are used on drawings and in our communication to convey design intent, to convey materials, to convey a variety of other things, but they are explanatory information.

Those items in Revit only occur in the view in which they are drawn. Model elements, on the other hand, show all the time in all views. This is a fundamental split, or a fundamental difference in the behavior of these two elements. We saw in the many views movie that if you make a change in one view, it immediately applies in all views, and that's the behavior that you would expect to see with model elements, but Annotation, on the other hand, gets applied view by view by view. So, for example, if I were to take this Level 1 floor plan and duplicate it, you would see that I would get an exact copy of all the geometry on this floor plan; however, I would not get any of the annotation.

I wouldn't get any of those tags or any of those dimensions. Now, that's not to say that if I needed that information on this view that I have to start all over again; we certainly could go in and select something that we wanted to share between the views and copy it and paste it to the other view, if that was appropriate. That's certainly within our realm of possibility. All I want you to understand here is the default behavior in Revit is that Annotation is always view-specific, and the model, on the other hand, shows in all views simultaneously.

And we saw plenty of examples of that in the previous movie. The next concept that I'd like to share with you is the overall hierarchy of the elements themselves. It branches down into a four-stepped hierarchy. At the top level of the hierarchy we have Categories. Now, Categories is a fixed list of items that are defined by the Revit software, that they group overall objects into. Things like Walls, and Doors, and Floors, and Text, and Dimensions, these are all broad categories that Revit manages and maintains.

Beneath that, we have Family. Now, we can have sometimes one family, sometimes many families. A family is an element that has a predefined behavior, structure, or what have you, that it shares in common, but that might differ from another similar family. So, for example, a Single-Flush door is a family, but that Single-Flush door might come in a variety of sizes. Those sizes would be the next here, down in the hierarchy, called Types.

Any variations of a family would be saved and defined as types, and then finally, the individual instances that we can click on in the model, those are our instances. So now you can see this information as feedback onscreen when you pause your mouse over an object. You'll also see that same message appear down in the Status Line at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. So you can see here, the item I have highlighted is a Wall, and it says, Walls is the category, then there is a colon separator, Basic Wall is the family, and another colon separator and then Interior 4 7/8", 1-hr. That's the type.

The wall that I could actually click on and select, that's the instance. So again, here is a door. Doors the category, Single-Flush is the family, 36" x 84" is the type, and this is the instance. So get in the habit of looking for those messages when you pause over things onscreen, because that feedback can really be helpful to help you know that you're selecting the right element, or to give you some feedback as to what family an item belongs to, or what type it belongs to, and so on.

So as we have seen, Revit has a pretty well-defined hierarchy of elements, and it's definitely a good idea for you to get comfortable with the overall concepts and the overall organization of that hierarchy and be on the lookout for the little tips onscreen, so that you know what element, or family, or category something belongs to.

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