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Find out how to create compelling architectural designs using the modeling tools in Autodesk Revit software. In this course, author Paul F. Aubin demonstrates the entire building information modeling (BIM) workflow, from creating the design model to publishing a completed project. The course 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 plotting and exporting your drawings.
Revit ships with a fairly substantial library of family components that you can access quickly and easily through the Load Family tool that we saw in the previous movie. However, even with this resource, you will quickly find that there are items lacking from the out-of-the-box offerings. You could of course build these items yourself and we have a chapter devoted to the Family Editor later in the course. There are many web sites available that offer Revit content as well. And so in this movie, what I'd like to do is look at the web site that's actually hosted by Autodesk and it's called Autodesk Seek. And in fact, it's actually built right here into the product, so it's very easy to get to.
So you can see here I'm in a file called Using Seek, and it's a version of the file we were working on in the last movie, and I've just added one or two additional components; a few countertops and a hot water heater. I'm going to go to the Insert tab, and over here on the right-hand side is the Autodesk Seek panel, and the way this works is you simply click in this field, and input what you're looking for as a search, and it will go out to seek, and look for the item. So in this case, I'm going to type in bathtub, press Enter, and that will load my default web browser and search for bathtubs.
Now you'll see that it takes me to Autodesk Seek, and it's searching Revit content, and it puts in the search query that I asked for here. Here is all my results. Now there might be dozens if not hundreds in some cases. It really depends on what your search criteria is. In this particular case, I'm going to limit the search, you can see here that there are lots of manufacturer provided content that shows up here. So there's several Kohler items and if I scroll down, there might be other manufacturers like Sterling Plumbing, and so on. For this particular example, I'm going to limit the content source over here to the generic items.
These would be items that are provided actually by Autodesk, and so rather than go and pick a specific manufacturer, but feel free to explore the manufacturer content on your own if you like. I'm going to stick with this very simple rectangular bathtub. Here, you can see there's a preview, and I'll click Bath Tub right there. You could see that it comes in several different file formats. So typically what you want to do is choose the latest version that's available. So I'm going to choose 2011 in this case, and there are two options up here. We can download it to Autodesk 360, if you have such an account, or you can click the dropdown here and say download it to your local, and that's what I'm going to do.
So I'm going to click that, and then click the button. You may have to accept an agreement, so be sure you read the Terms and Conditions and then check this and click Accept. Then, it will ask you what you want to do with the file that you are downloading. Now the exact steps that I'm following here might vary if you have a different web browser, but it should look something like this. We can either save the file to our hard-drive or we can open it directly in Revit which is actually what I'm going to do, that will save me a step. So this will open it directly in Revit, and it actually opens it in the Family Editor. Now I don't want to get into any of the details of the Family Editor just yet.
We're going to cover that in a later chapter. All we really need to do here is come over here to this button up on the ribbon, Load into Project and click that, and it will take this item that we have open in the Family Editor, and it will load it directly into my current project. Now you could see the size that it's bringing in is kind of small. So if I open up this list here, it loaded the family bath tub, and lots of different sizes. Now my toilet rooms are 5 feet, so a 60x30 inch size ought to do nicely.
So I'll choose this 60x30 inch. I will tap the spacebar a few times and place it right in that corner there, pan over here, place another one in that corner right there. I will press Escape to cancel out of the command, and if I wanted to, I could continue performing additional search queries in Seek and looking for other content. So Seek is Autodesk's online offering that provides access to lots of online content both provided by Autodesk and by several manufacturers.
So I encourage you to take some time to do some searches on Seek and get comfortable with the offerings that are available there. I think you'll find that it's a vast resource that you'll find very useful in your projects.
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