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Revit Architecture: The Family Editor

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Welcome

Create standardized content such as furniture, doors, and many other architectural components using the Family Editor in Revit.
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  1. 1m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 18m 29s
    1. Understanding family hierarchy
      2m 46s
    2. Understanding family concepts
      5m 23s
    3. Using models vs. annotation
      3m 33s
    4. Exploring libraries and resources
      6m 47s
  3. 39m 44s
    1. Kinds of annotation families
      5m 38s
    2. Creating an annotation family
      9m 41s
    3. Creating a tag family
      11m 50s
    4. Shared parameters for tags
      12m 35s
  4. 57m 13s
    1. The family creation process
      4m 4s
    2. Creating a new model family
      7m 6s
    3. Adding reference planes, constraints, and parameters
      8m 8s
    4. Adding geometry
      8m 4s
    5. Using instance parameters
      9m 27s
    6. Understanding work planes
      6m 52s
    7. Adding a revolve
      13m 32s
  5. 51m 2s
    1. Understanding reference planes
      10m 52s
    2. Creating extrusions
      5m 27s
    3. Creating revolves
      5m 15s
    4. Creating blends
      6m 46s
    5. Creating sweeps
      6m 47s
    6. Creating swept blends
      5m 25s
    7. Using void forms
      10m 30s
  6. 38m 55s
    1. Working with identity data
      3m 26s
    2. Adding family types
      3m 36s
    3. Creating type catalogs
      8m 6s
    4. Using material parameters
      8m 20s
    5. Sharing materials
      5m 27s
    6. Creating visibility parameters
      4m 45s
    7. Understanding subcategories
      5m 15s
  7. 40m 7s
    1. Understanding nested families
      6m 52s
    2. Building parametric arrays
      7m 17s
    3. Creating a family type parameter
      6m 45s
    4. Understanding shared families
      6m 57s
    5. Creating a profile family
      4m 54s
    6. Creating a parametric table edge
      5m 1s
    7. Modifying a profile
      2m 21s
  8. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding symbolic lines
      5m 29s
    2. Editing elementvVisibility
      6m 15s
    3. Ensuring the display of overhead items in a plan
      4m 23s
  9. 38m 13s
    1. Introducing complex families
      4m 42s
    2. Adding reference planes and importing nested families
      6m 36s
    3. Building arrays and applying rules
      5m 18s
    4. Adding formulas
      10m 1s
    5. Working with family type parameters and flip controls
      6m 22s
    6. Loading a model family
      5m 14s
  10. 17m 52s
    1. Tracing a view
      5m 49s
    2. Adding zones
      5m 33s
    3. Adding conditional formulas
      5m 4s
    4. Flexing the key plan
      1m 26s
  11. 38m 23s
    1. Understanding rotation in families
      8m 32s
    2. Building geometry on a reference line
      9m 21s
    3. Hosting a nested family on a reference line
      5m 3s
    4. Driving parameters for nested families
      3m 18s
    5. Shared parameters
      12m 9s
  12. 42m 19s
    1. Introduction to the arch family
      2m 42s
    2. Setting up reference planes and constraints
      9m 16s
    3. Locking down a curve
      8m 26s
    4. Working with advanced formulas
      10m 19s
    5. Creating a divided surface and completing the arch
      5m 37s
    6. Finalizing the arch
      5m 59s
  13. 49s
    1. Goodbye

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Revit Architecture: The Family Editor
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In this course, Paul F. Aubin creates standardized content such as furniture, doors, and many other architectural components using The Family Editor in Revit. The course starts with the basic concepts: family hierarchy, libraries, resources, reference planes, and constraints. The course also takes a deeper look at the smart data beyond the geometry, such as material and visibility parameters, as well as creating nested families and arrays, controlling rotation in work planes, and working with advanced formulas.

Topics include:
  • Understanding family concepts
  • Creating an annotation vs. a model family
  • Adding geometry
  • Working with reference planes and constraints
  • Creating extrusions, blends, and sweeps
  • Creating parametric relationships
  • Editing element visibility
  • Building complex families
  • Adding conditional formulas
  • Creating towers and arches
Revit Architecture


My name is Paul Aubin and I'm thrilled to be here teaching you the Revit Architecture Family Editor course on When it comes to building information modeling, content is king. Your projects will only be as good as the data and objects that you put in them. But you and I both know that certain items just require custom treatment, and the Family Editor is amazingly powerful and allows you to build just about anything you can imagine. In this course I'll get you started on the right foot by going over the high-level big picture concepts first. Then we're going to dive in and create some annotation and model Families.

We're going to make those Families parametric by introducing flexible dimensions, materials, and visual characteristics. We'll explore several different kinds of Parameters: Parameters to control length, angle, driving array quantities, and inputting useful product data that we can report in our project schedules. We'll even look at creating advanced formulas and conditional statements to reduce data input, drive complex relationships, and prevent our Families from failing on bad input. So if you're ready to take your Rivet projects to the next level, then the Family Editor awaits you.

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