Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training
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The basics of selecting and modifying


Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

with Paul F. Aubin

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Video: The basics of selecting and modifying

Selecting elements is a basic skill required to be successful in Revit. Most modifications you perform in Revit rely on a selection of elements in the model and a basic understanding of how to manipulate those elements in the Revit environment. In this movie, we'll take a high-level look at some of these critical skills. So I'm in a file here called Condo Unit. Now if you look at the status bar, at the very bottom of my screen with nothing selected, you have already got some clues as to how we can make selections in Revit. The message currently says, Click to select, TAB for alternates, CTRL adds, and SHIFT unselects.
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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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.

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 curtain grids, mullions, and panels
  • Using cutaway views
  • Generating schedules and tags
  • Adding callouts such as text and symbols
  • Understanding families
  • Outputting files, including DWF and PDF files
Revit Architecture
Paul F. Aubin

The basics of selecting and modifying

Selecting elements is a basic skill required to be successful in Revit. Most modifications you perform in Revit rely on a selection of elements in the model and a basic understanding of how to manipulate those elements in the Revit environment. In this movie, we'll take a high-level look at some of these critical skills. So I'm in a file here called Condo Unit. Now if you look at the status bar, at the very bottom of my screen with nothing selected, you have already got some clues as to how we can make selections in Revit. The message currently says, Click to select, TAB for alternates, CTRL adds, and SHIFT unselects.

So I'd like to start with those methods right there, because those are really the most basic ways that we can make selections. Click to select is pretty obvious. You just simply put your mouse on an object, and click on it and you have a selection. You get some nice feedback on screen, the object will typically highlight in this bluish color. Now you can modify these colors if you like and we'll be talking about some of the Revit options in a future movie, so that's certainly one of the options you can do. But the default selection color in Revit architecture is this bluish color.

As I select other objects, what you'll see is the first object will be deselected. So by default, in Revit, each time you click, it creates a new selection or selection set. You select an object and if you don't use any of the modifier keys that are indicated down there on the status bar, any previous election will be deselected. Following that, if you click an empty space, that will deselect completely anything that you currently have selected.

The easiest way to deselect everything is to just simply click in a blank area of the screen. Now if you want to select more than one object, then the easiest way to do that is to click the first, hold down the Control key on your keyboard, you'll see a small little plus sign appear next to the cursor and then you click the second object. Now we have talked briefly about this in some of the previous movies if I select another similar object, the feedback that I get here in the various locations will indicate for me what I have selected.

So in this case, I have selected two walls of the same type and family. And so there's a lot of similar modification that I could start to do to all of those. As I add additional objects however, I would get a Multi-Select and I would get fewer options available on the Properties palette and on the ribbon. Depending on what kind of modification you are planning to make, you want to be careful about the kinds of selections you make. Now let's say that I made that selection but I accidentally selected the toilet, I didn't really want that. We can use a different modifier key, the Shift key, notice that I get a minus sign next to my cursor, and I can click it again to deselect using the Shift key.

You'd want to do it that way as opposed to clicking out an empty space because as we have already said, if you click an empty space, that deselects everything and you'd have to start over again. And it's a little bit quicker to just remove one object from a selection than it is to start all over again. Certainly straightforward, but not necessarily the fastest way to do things. What about Tab for alternates? Now this is a very powerful and unique Revit feature that we have, so let's take a look at that. I'm going to put my mouse in this general area right here next to this door.

Now notice the door highlights and as we've talked about in some of the previous movies I get a tooltip giving me some information about that door. That's how you verify what kind of object you're about to select. Now this is called pre-highlighting right here, I haven't clicked yet. If I move my mouse away, that pre- highlighting goes away until you actually click it's not selected. If I put my mouse right there, and this time I'm going to press and release Tab, don't hold it down, you press the Tab key and release, you're going to see it jumped the selection over to the nearby wall.

Now the reason you don't want to hold the Tab down is you'll get something like this, it kind of looks like a strobe light. So you want to put your mouse over an object, pre-highlight it, press Tab. And then watch what happens if I Tab a second time, this is called chain selection. And if you look at the status line, you are going to see chain of walls or lines. Now this is a very powerful way to select objects. If I click the mouse here, it's going to select both of those walls. Now a lot of people make this mistake. They will put their mouse here, press Tab, press Tab again, say yeah that's what I want and then move the mouse.

So you're not done yet until you click so it goes highlight, Tab, Tab, click, until you click you haven't made a selection. Now there it was just two walls. What if I have lots of walls? Well the Tab can be really powerful if you're out here somewhere. Suppose I highlight this wall right here and press Tab, now look at the chain that I'm getting. This goes all the way around the entire perimeter of the entire model. And if I click the mouse, I've selected all of those objects.

Now notice right here there's a break between this wall and this wall, so I'm going to deselect one more time, put my mouse right here, Tab, but before I click, watch what happens if I move my mouse slightly. So if I'm more to the inside, it shifts to the inside chain, and there's the outside chain. Now this only works if you happen to have a situation like this, where you have two different chains that are possible, and then I click to make the selection. With a little bit of practice, you can use that chain selection and really do some very quick and powerful selections that otherwise would take an awful lot of effort.

If you look over here on my Properties palette, I have 10 walls selected, to do that with the control key would be 10 clicks and if you miss and click an empty space on the 9th one, it deselects everything and then you are just frustrated. There's a couple of other selection methods that also will speed things up. We have window and crossing selections or so called box selections. Now the way these work, you make a box on screen, a selection box and everything within the box will get selected and it works one of two ways.

If you click, hold down, and drag, if you go from left to right, you get a window selection. If you go from right to left, you get a crossing selection. And you see the difference? From left to right, it is a solid edge, from right to left it's a dashed edge. Dashed edge only has to touch objects, solid edge has to completely surround them. So let me show you. I'm going to click inside this bedroom, start to drag, notice that nothing is highlighting, until I completely surround it. You see those two doors? And if I keep going and make a bigger box, I'll eventually start capturing more and more stuff.

But notice that it's not capturing either of the walls that make up the boundary of the bathroom. I'm not getting the vertical wall in the right. I'm not getting the horizontal wall at the bottom, all I'm getting is the stuff that was completely in the box. And I'm going to deselect and I'm going to drag it this way instead, watch the difference. Now you see how it highlights those walls? And I only need to touch these objects with my selection window, and now I'm getting the same stuff in addition to these two walls here.

You can use all of these methods together. So I have a selection. Now I can hold down the Control key and make additional selections using any of these methods, hold down the Shift key, and remove objects and it all works together. So it's not one or the other. I could do a highlight, Tab, Control+Click and add that to the selection, highlight, Tab, Shift+Click and remove that from the selection.

As a final selection method and perhaps our most powerful one of all, we can start off by selecting too much stuff and then look up here on the ribbon for this Filter button. The Filter button allows us to look at the categories that are included in the selection we've just made, it'll give us a quantity for each of those categories and we can uncheck the objects that we're not interested in. So let's say that I was not interested in any plumbing, or mechanical equipment in this current selection, I can click OK and it removes the furnace and the water heater from the selection.

Now maybe I don't want the washer and dryer as well, that's the specialty equipment in Generic models, so I can take those items out as well. And I also got the stove and the refrigerator removed from the selection. But now I'm left with just the base architecture and I can do something to that selection, move it, copy it, rotate it, or new in 2013, I can save it. This is a slightly more advanced feature and we can talk about this maybe a little bit later in the course, but it works very simply like this, you click Save, you give it a name, and then later, if you want you can load that selection, and click OK and it will remember it.

So nothing is selected, I go to the Manage tab, I click load, I select kitchen, I click OK, and now it's selected. To make any modification in the Revit project, you'd need to master selection. It is one of our most basic skills that we have to have. So you definitely want to open up a file and practice, use your Control and Shift key, your windows and crossings, your Tab selection, very powerful, and your filter selection, equally as powerful. Make sure that you've practiced each of these, you're comfortable with each one of these and you'd be very glad you did because it will make everything you do in Revit that much easier to accomplish.

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