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Understanding project settings

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Video: Understanding project settings

Even if you start your project with a template, there are still many project settings that you want to take a quick look at and verify before you get started doing any serious work. So let's just review the steps of creating a template. We're going to go to the Application menu. Click New > Project. I'm going to Browse for a template, and I'll start with the Commercial-Default. Now, most of the settings that are overall and apply globally to the entire project can be found in the Manage tab. Let's go ahead and start with the Project Units. The unit should already be set to the most common unit that you use in whatever region you happen to live in.

Understanding project settings

Even if you start your project with a template, there are still many project settings that you want to take a quick look at and verify before you get started doing any serious work. So let's just review the steps of creating a template. We're going to go to the Application menu. Click New > Project. I'm going to Browse for a template, and I'll start with the Commercial-Default. Now, most of the settings that are overall and apply globally to the entire project can be found in the Manage tab. Let's go ahead and start with the Project Units. The unit should already be set to the most common unit that you use in whatever region you happen to live in.

So in my case, I've installed the US Imperial version, and so most of the units are set in US imperial Units like feet and inches. Typically, that's probably going to be acceptable, the default settings, but you might want to verify them just to make sure that the actual unit you're interested in is set or perhaps the level of precision. You can see here that there are quite a few choices. The default in my case is Feet and fractional inches, but I could change it to Decimal feet, or Fractional inches, or even Millimeters, or Centimeters. I can also change the level of precision.

So perhaps I'm not interested in rounding down to the nearest 32nd of an inch. I might only be interested in the nearest 8th of an inch. I can make that change here. I can even tell it to suppress the zero feet in front of group units, so when it says 0 feet 6 inches I can ask Revit to basically show just 6 inches without the 0 feet. And I'll leave that turned off. Go ahead and click OK here. Under the other settings, we have similar lists of choices. So for area, we can see that we can choose between Square feet, or Square meters, or Square inches.

And again, we have decimal precision, so if you want to go to 2 decimal places on your square foot calculations. And we can even tell it what symbol to use at the end of square feet. So we can use SF, or we could ft2 whatever setting is more appropriate for your Office standards. You can take a look at Volume, Angle, Slope; they all have similar types of choices. You can also indicate for Revit which decimal symbol you'd like to use, whether you want to use the period, or the comma, depending on what region you're in.

I should point out that all of these settings, if you're an architect these are probably the only one you need to worry about, they're listed in here in the Common Discipline. There are other units settings for other disciplines like Structural and Engineering. And if I just choose those real quick, you can see that there is quite a few options in here to look at. So if you're structural engineer, you might want to go through those various choices. If you're an Electrical engineer, likewise. In my case, I'm just going to keep myself focused in the architectural, so I'm going to go ahead and click OK. So that's one set settings that you want to just do a quick verification on and make sure. Even if you typically work in feet and inches, you might be doing a project overseas, and that project has to be in metric units, so you might want to take a look at some of those settings before you get started.

The next thing I'd like to look at is Project Information. Now, this is a pretty straightforward text dialog box, so each of the parameters in here is just a text field, like the Project Issue Date. So if we're going to issue this project at the end of the summer, we could go ahead and put in a date for this. And I'll just go ahead and make up a date for now. We'll say this is going to be August 30th of 2010. We could say that this is Design Development, who the Owner is.

What's the Project Name? Keep these fairly generic right now and the Project Number. We can even click here and type in the Project Address. This is actually the street address that will show up on the title block. So this might be 123 Main Street, so forth and so on. In addition to this information, even though you have project address, that's just textual information that feeds the title block. We can actually indicate for Revit our actual geographic location where we are in the world.

And we do that with a different command right here; this is the Location button. So we're going to go ahead and click on that. And this will open up the Location Weather and Site dialog. This is actually tied into Google Map so as you can see. So it's using the Internet Location Service, or Internet Mapping Service, as it says here. And you're able to actually type in your actual address. So I'm going to put in Carpinteria, California, and you can see it actually started to guess for me. And I guess there is only one Carpinteria out there. And when I click Search, it will take me from Boston, which is the default from the mother ship - that's actually where Autodesk is located for Revit - and takes me over here to Carpinteria, California, and it defaults to the Satellite View.

But I can easily change that, I actually guess this is the Terrain View. I can easily change that to the Map, or I could go to the Satellite photo, or could do some sort of a Hybrid View, whichever view that you like. Now, maybe I'm nearby Carpinteria. I don't actually want to be right there. I can actually click the little indicator and drag it to another location. So if the address that you plug in doesn't get you exactly where you need to go, you can go ahead and move it around. I'm just kind of leave it in downtown area there.

The more accurate you make that, the better off will be if you later export your model to any kind of building analysis software. Your mechanical engineers, if they need to do load calculations for ventilation and heating conditions, knowing the actual location gives them the data they need so that they can do proper calculations, and so on. So these are just a few of the overall project settings that you might want to take a look at. I do want to point out that there are quite a few other settings available in Revit. So as you get a little bit more experience, you'll definitely want to start exploring some of these.

Some of those settings you'd want to actually save in your template file, so that you get to use them over and over again. Others you'd want to set project-by-project. So in this lesson, we've looked at a few of those basic overall settings. Make sure you've given them a look before you get started doing your project work. And get those things configured appropriately for the project and the location you're in.

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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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