An introduction to Revit, the building information modeling software for architects and structural engineers.
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Paul F. Aubin and welcome to Up and Running with Revit. If you're involved with the design and construction of buildings, you've probably heard about Auto Desk's Revit software package. In this course, we'll look at some high level skills you'll need to get Up and Running with Revit quickly. I've designed this course to work equally well with the full version of Revit, as well as Revit LT. So you can follow along with either version. I'll start by showing you how to open an existing project and find your way around using the project browser. This is like a table of contents for your project. Next, I'll show you how to create a new project file and begin creating your building model.
In Revit, you create a virtual model representing your project in full 3-D. We'll see how to study the model as it evolves using custom 3-D views and sections. We'll create documentation for my model that includes a dimension floor plan and schedules that capture critical quantities and help to validate the design. We'll be covering all of these features plus plenty of other tools and techniques. Now, if you're ready to get started, then let's get Up and Running with Revit.
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.