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Using the modify tools

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Video: Using the modify tools

Continuing with the layout of our two- bedroom condominium unit, in this movie we'll look at many basic modification tools like Move, Copy and Trim. So, let's go ahead and take a look at a few of these modification tools. We're going to go to the Modify tab, and many of the tools we're going to look at are right here in the Modify panel. If you need to move a wall, for example, perhaps this wall is not in the correct location, we've already seen how we can do that in the temporary dimensions, but that's not the only way that we can do it. We can click on the Move tool, keyboard shortcut MV. What is different about this approach to doing it is it allows you to select a base point for your move and then move along and reference to a new point.

Using the modify tools

Continuing with the layout of our two- bedroom condominium unit, in this movie we'll look at many basic modification tools like Move, Copy and Trim. So, let's go ahead and take a look at a few of these modification tools. We're going to go to the Modify tab, and many of the tools we're going to look at are right here in the Modify panel. If you need to move a wall, for example, perhaps this wall is not in the correct location, we've already seen how we can do that in the temporary dimensions, but that's not the only way that we can do it. We can click on the Move tool, keyboard shortcut MV. What is different about this approach to doing it is it allows you to select a base point for your move and then move along and reference to a new point.

So, for example, if we know we wanted to move exactly the distance along this wall, we can use those reference points to indicate how far we want to move, rather than having to type in numbers. So, I could click here at this endpoint, and I could move along that wall to this other endpoint and what you'll notice there is Revit's pretty clever about the way it makes such a move, because it continues to cleanup the intersections at both ends of the wall, which is certainly very handy. Now, if I want to move a specific amount, I can also use the Move tool to do that.

So, I can click the Move tool, pick any point, begin moving in the direction that I'd like to move, and you can move it in any direction, but in this case I'm going to move back horizontally, and then you'd simply type in the distance that you would like to move, in this case, I'm going to move 2 foot 8 inches and you press Enter. When you do that, the same thing will occur. The object will move back, and in the case of walls, it will clean itself up. So, pretty straightforward, but the two methods that you would use there is either type in a number, or you would use to reference points.

Now, you can copy in the same fashion. It's almost an identical approach. Copy tool is right next to Move, and in this case, you select any old base point and you move to a new location and you pick and you'll, in this case instead of moving the existing wall, it makes a copy of it, and then we could take that wall, and we could use its grips, and we could start making modifications to it. So, if you knew what the dimension was of this wall to the next one over here, that might be an approach you take. You might copy at first and then just reorient it.

Now, another really handy tool is the Trim/Extend tool. So, were going to find that one over here on the toolbox, as well. Now, it's actually broken down into three separate tools here in the toolbox. We've got the Trim and Extend to a Corner, we have got Trim and Extend to a Single Element, and we have Trim and Extend Multiple Elements and so, let's take a look at each one of these, if we can, here. So, Trim and Extend to a corner basically allows you - in fact if I pause for a minute here, you can see the little movie running on the tooltip - it allows you to select two objects and join them up at a corner.

So, for example, in this location right here, I need to create a little coat closet, and actually the easiest way for me to do that is to simply select this wall and join it up with this wall, and you'll see the little virtual dashed line appear, as it extends out and connects those two walls together. We'll talk about the really sharp corner there a little bit later. Again, if we want to look at a similar approach, perhaps we want this wall to come up to the virtual location here.

Now if I were to just use Trim and Extend to a Corner, I'm actually going to get a real corner there. I'm going to undo that. If I want this wall to come up and stop here without the other one extending, I want to switch to one of these other Trim and Extend tools. So in this case, the first click is which object do I want to extend to and in the next case it's what do I want to extend? Now, I should point out with this tool, if I do it again this way, this tool can be either a Trim or Extend. So in that case, it was an Extend.

It made the wall longer. But if I choose this as a boundary edge and click here, it becomes more of a Trim command, and it makes the wall shorter. How does Revit know that you wanted the condition I just had versus this condition? Okay, well, it knows because when you select, you pick the side of the wall that you want to keep. So if I select here and then here, it will extend out to that location. If I select here and click here, it's going to keep the part on the right. If I click here, it's going to keep the part on the left, like so.

So, depending on how you select your object, that's going to determine which condition you get. So pay attention to that when you use the Trim/Extend tool. Okay, let's look at one more modification tool here in the Modify toolbox; let's look at this one right here, called Offset. It's another kind of a Copy tool. It's going to allow us to create a copy of one of our existing walls, but we're going to be able to say what the parallel copy distance is, like how far we want this wall to copy next to itself. So, I'm going to type in a dimension of 5 feet here, and then I'm able to come over here and highlight an existing wall, and I can thereby create the other side of my corridor here by just simply clicking on the first wall, and you'll see that Revit will automatically copy the neighboring wall next door to it.

I use my Trim and Extend to a Corner, and let's do this again, very carefully here. I'm going to pick this one as the first one, but notice that I'll get something different if I click here than if I click here. I'm going to do it and then undo it. So, I'm going to click here, and you'll see how I get that, versus if I click here. So you can see it's very different depending on which location you pick on the wall to get started with. I'm going to go ahead and make a few quick modifications here. I'm going to use the temporary dimension method to change the size of the living room.

Notice that Revit will keep all the walls cleaned up if it's able to; in this case it certainly was able to. Then I'm going to go ahead and add a small, little closet in here, and I can fine-tune the dimensions of that later, and another small utility room in this location. And what I want to do now is I actually don't want one continuous wall here; what I want to do is get rid of this piece of the wall right in here. So, Revit has a tool for that, called Split.

So let's go to Modify, and we'll look over here at the Split tool - keyboard shortcut for that is SL. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on that, and I'm going to check this box here in the Options bar. This will Delete the Inner Segment. If you forget to check that, you'll end up with three separate walls there. So you'll split it at this location, and then you'll split it again at this location, and you'll have a wall, another wall and another wall, and you can just come and delete the one in between. But if you remember to click Delete Inner Segment, Revit will do it for you. So, I'm going to go ahead and select in the center of that wall right there and then come over here, and it's a little difficult to see, but there's a tiny, gray line right there.

I'm going to pause for a minute so that you can look for it, but there's a tiny gray line right there at my mouse showing me where it's going to split, and you'll see how it will delete the segment in between. So, that's the Split tool, and that's a couple of different modification tools. So you're certainly going to want to play with each one of the modification tools in this toolbox. You will use them not just for walls; you use them for any number of cases within your Revit environment, while you're making modifications to geometry, and they really are stable tools for your modeling efforts.

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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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