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Working in one model with many views

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Video: Working in one model with many views

So what's so special about Revit anyhow? Well, there are many possible answers to that question, but in this movie, I'd like to focus on one of the easiest and most immediate benefits of using Revit. Whether you are an architect, or an interior designer, a draftsman, a contractor, or other building professional, you'll likely spend a lot of time looking at and working in Plans, Elevations and Sections. In Revit, work you do in Plan is immediately reflected in Elevation and Section, and vice-versa. I'm in a file called Office, if you'd like to follow along, and I'd like to start with the 3D view.

Working in one model with many views

So what's so special about Revit anyhow? Well, there are many possible answers to that question, but in this movie, I'd like to focus on one of the easiest and most immediate benefits of using Revit. Whether you are an architect, or an interior designer, a draftsman, a contractor, or other building professional, you'll likely spend a lot of time looking at and working in Plans, Elevations and Sections. In Revit, work you do in Plan is immediately reflected in Elevation and Section, and vice-versa. I'm in a file called Office, if you'd like to follow along, and I'd like to start with the 3D view.

Notice that in Revit we have a full- blown 3D model that's generated as we work. We can orbit the view around, we can study the building from various angles, we can see through transparent surfaces and into the building and begin studying design ideas and see how they react to the overall whole, and we can even select elements directly in 3D and begin to make modifications.

When you select an element in any view, including 3D, and you make a change, that change is instantly reflected in all views. You'll notice that I moved the door here, and it moved instantly in the Plan view. You could start in Elevation, and you could select the door here. That door would be selected here and here, and whichever view you decided to move it in, that change would apply instantly to all the other views.

Perhaps you are working in Elevation and you decide you want to add some new windows. You can add those windows, and just like that, they will appear immediately in your Elevation view. But this sort of behavior is not limited to just graphical views. Perhaps I want to get a better look at Door Number 110, which happens to be here in this Conference Room. You'll notice how when I select it in a Schedule view, which is not a graphical view at all, it highlights the door in the Plan view as well.

If I were to make a change to that door number and make it door number 120, that change would occur instantly in both the Schedule, which would sort it further down the list, and the Plan view, which would already reflect the change of 120. Suppose that 120 no longer wanted to be a Single-Flush door, but I actually wanted that to be something larger and more open, and I switched it to a Double-Glass door. That change will take place instantly throughout the model.

It will get larger in Plan, it will change type in the Schedule, and the new sizes will be reflected in the Schedule, as well. Perhaps Door Number 110A, which also is part of the Conference Room, is no longer needed. I can select Door Number 110A in the Schedule and delete it. A warning will appear, but then I can confirm that warning, and Revit will then delete the door everywhere in the model, anywhere that it happens to be shown, whether it's the Schedule or the Plan. And how useful is that that I know, with confidence, that I can make such changes, and I don't have to chase them down in drawing after drawing after drawing, like the traditional process would have me do.

But perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of having a single model in multiple views is that you can create a new view anytime you need to. So if I look at the options available to me, I can create 3D views, Callout views, Drafting and Plan views, but perhaps one of my favorites is the Section view. With just a couple of clicks, I can cut a section through the building anywhere that I like, double-click that Section head, and I'm looking instantly at a full section of the entire building in the location that I indicated.

Should I want to make a change in that view, I know with confidence that I can make the change in that new view, and I won't have to worry that later I'll go to the second floor, and I'll have to coordinate that change separately. The change has already taken place. So Revit offers us some amazingly powerful benefits by simply keeping all of our views coordinated, and the way it does that is that all views are like windows looking in on a live virtual model of our building. So we are creating a virtual modeled representation of the building project that we hope to create, and then Revit coordinates all of the different ways that we can view and print and convey that information for us.

In traditional architectural design and documentation procedures, drawings are the result of carefully reasoned thought and design. A process of draw, erase, redraw, does eventually lead to the desired result, which must then be replicated over and over again to other drawings like Sections and Elevations. Such changes need to be manually coordinated and kept up-to-date with one another when they change. Each drawing conveys only a small abstracted part of the whole, and can easily get out of sync. In a Revit BIM workflow, all modifications are performed directly on the model in any view that's convenient to the task at hand.

Revit views are live representations of the model data, displayed through the prism of conventional architectural drafting types, like plans, sections and schedules. However, since each such view is really just a window looking at the whole, the various views cannot get out of sync, and therefore always accurately convey the current state of the design, and that is the power of Revit and the power of BIM.

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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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