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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training
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Using Autodesk Seek


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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Using Autodesk Seek

Revit Architecture ships with a fairly substantial library of family content that you can access quickly and easily, as we've already seen. However, even with this resource, you will quickly find there are items lacking from the out-of-the-box offerings. You could of course build these items yourself, but doing so would require knowledge of the Family Editor and a decent investment in time and effort. Fortunately, alternatives do exist. There are many web sites available that offer Revit content for download, and many such items are free of charge. The most accessible choice is Autodesk own Seek web site, available directly from within the Revit software.
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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

Using Autodesk Seek

Revit Architecture ships with a fairly substantial library of family content that you can access quickly and easily, as we've already seen. However, even with this resource, you will quickly find there are items lacking from the out-of-the-box offerings. You could of course build these items yourself, but doing so would require knowledge of the Family Editor and a decent investment in time and effort. Fortunately, alternatives do exist. There are many web sites available that offer Revit content for download, and many such items are free of charge. The most accessible choice is Autodesk own Seek web site, available directly from within the Revit software.

All we have to do is go to the Insert tab and type in a search in the field, and we are taken directly to Seek and presented with the results of our query. So, let's go ahead and give it a look. Here, I am in a file called Using Seek from the Exercise Files. I am going to go over here to the Insert tab, and if we look at our floor plan, we are kind missing off a few plumbing fixtures. So, let's go ahead and type in bathtub, and press Enter, and that will execute the search. It will launch my web browser and take me to Autodesk Seek. Now, you'll see that there's two main categories listed over here: Generic and Manufacturer.

Autodesk Seek is actually designed to be repository for all sorts of manufacturer content. So, what Autodesk is intending to do is get various manufacturers on board creating their items, the various items they sell, and they want us to specify as architects, and making them available in Seek. In this case, I am going to keep it fairly generic, and I am just going to go with the Generic library that's offered by Autodesk, and that gives me eight choices. When I scroll down, I am going to stick with a pretty simple, boxy- looking bathtub here; I don't need anything terribly fancy. Now, in some cases, like this one, you'll be presented with several versions of the same family in different file formats.

Well, we are in Revit 2011, so I naturally want to choose the most recent one if I can, and I am going to click the Download Selected button right here. Now, if you've never used Seek before, if this is your first time, you'll probably be going to be presented with a screen that's going to ask you to read the usage statement and agree to the terms. So you should definitely do that the first time, and then you can click Accept, and then from then on, it will just allow you to download, as I am doing here. We have two choices: We can Open it directly in Revit, or we can Save the file. I am going to go ahead and open it directly in Revit, and that takes me into the file, directly in the Family Editor.

Now, we have a whole chapter coming up on the Family Editor later in the training series. So, we are not going to really talk about any of the details of being in the Family Editor right now. The only command we need to know about is this button right over here on the menu, and we are going to click on that, and that will load this family directly into the project I have open onscreen. Not only that, it will actually start placing that component directly in my model. But as you can see, it's a rather smallish tub that I have in my cursor right now. So, let's jump over here to the Type Selector, open up the list and look for another choice.

Our bathrooms are 5 feet wide, so a 60 inch choice will probably be a better option. So, I'll choose the 60x32 and move into this general location here, zoom in on the toilet room, tap my Spacebar a couple of times. And like other pieces of content, this particular one will try and snap itself to the nearby walls, which is very handy. Hold down my wheel, drag over here, place another one in this restroom right here. I'll go ahead and press the Escape twice to get out of the command. ZF to zoom to fit and basically more at the same, if you want to search for vanity, if you want to search for closet, pulls and shelves, some of these items are available in the out-of-the-box library and others you could go out to seek for.

So, between the two, you ought to be able to find everything you need. Now, one last thing that I want to look at before we close out of this file. We are pretty much complete with our layout. But a couple of movies ago I promised you that we would deal with these very sharp corners right over here at the wall intersections. It's actually a fairly easy thing to remedy. Let's take a quick look. I'll go over here to the Modify tab, and on the Geometry panel, there is a button here called Wall Joins. Revit often has a few different options of ways that it can join your walls.

In this case, it's doing a nice, sharp corner, which may or may not be appropriate. What you do is you get this little square here and you just kind of move it over the intersection that you want to adjust, and click, and that will put you in the Wall Join mode, and on the Options bar, you'll have various options. So, we can do a Butt condition or a Miter condition, or we can square it off. Now, you've get Next and Previous, because in some cases there might be more than one Butt option, or more than one Miter option. So, you can click Next, Next and you see how it toggles between them.

Well, actually the Square off is what we want in this case, and that will make a nicer, more logical join at that condition. Click over here, do the same thing, and that will take care of that one. Again, if you want to consider other options, we could square it off that way or this way. You can choose whichever one you prefer. Then when you're done, you click the Modify tool, or again press Escape twice, to complete the operation, Save the file and call it done.

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