Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a CAD file, part of Learning Revit.
While you may have chosen to do all of your work in Revit, some of the colleagues…and coworkers that you have working in other firms, or even in your own firm, may…have chosen to work in other programs such as AutoCAD or MicroStation.…Well, Revit understands the file formats used by these other programs.…It can import and export to DWG and DGN. And so in this movie, I'd like to show you…the process of importing data that was created in AutoCAD to use here in your…Revit project. So let's say that the site plan for our…restaurant building here was created in AutoCAD, that our civil engineer is…working in AutoCAD. They've sent us a DWG file and we want to…be able to bring that DWG file in and use it here in our project.…
So, I'm in a file called Link CAD, and I'm looking at the level 1 floor plan, and I…think it would make a little more sense to work in the site plan for this process.…So, I'm going to double-click Site Plan, and you can see that I get a simplified…view of the building. We're looking down on the building, now,…
Note: The techniques shown in this course will work with any version of Revit, but due to backwards compatibility issues, the exercise files for this course will only work with Revit 2014. Unfortunately, we cannot downsave the files. Please see a Revit 2013 course for usable files.
- Understanding the different editions of Revit
- Setting up levels and grids
- Adding doors and windows
- Loading families
- Working with 3D views
- Dimensioning a plan
- Adding a schedule view
- Importing CAD files
- Linking to another Revit file
- Creating sheets
- Plotting a set of documents
- Generating a cloud rendering
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Will Revit 2014 files work in a previous version of Revit? Will the exercise files for this course work in Revit 2013?
A: Revit file formats are not backwards compatible. A new file format is introduced with each new release. Newer versions of Revit can open older version files without issue. However, files will be upgraded to the latest file format during the initial open. Once saved in the current version, there is no way to save them back to a previous version. Therefore, it is important to consider this issue carefully and discuss it with all project team members before beginning a project. For example, it is not possible for the architect to use a newer version of the software than the consulting engineers and vice-versa. All members of the team must collaborate using the same version/file format. This course was authored using Revit 2014. Therefore, its exercise files can be used with any flavor of Revit (Architecture, MEP, Structure, or LT) 2014 and later. Files cannot be opened with versions 2013 and prior.