Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Linking architecture, part of Revit 2020: Essential Training for Structure (Imperial).
- [Instructor] I'd like to start with the fact that we need to deal with the architect. There's nothing wring with the architect. In fact, I like architects, but we do need to know what they're doing in terms of building footprint. This is where linking comes in handy. The objective of this video is to link in an architectural model. Then we'll pin it down and check out the half tone underlay settings. Let's jump into Revit. Under Models, let's go New. For a template file, let's click Browse. I want to grab Structural Analysis-Default.
Let's click Open. Let's click OK. Not much to do here but bring in the architectural model. Notice that we're in a level two. We'll address all of this in great detail throughout this course. But now let's go to the Insert tab. Let's Link Revit. Browse to where you're keeping your exercise files. Then grab your architectural model, or you can grab any architectural model that you're working with.
For the positioning, I'm going to keep it at Auto - Origin to Origin. Click Open. It's very odd that we can only see certain aspects of this model. Which is because of the fact that our discipline is set for structural, but before we do anything, select that architectural model. Let's click the Pin button. You do not want to inadvertently move that model. Trust me, it's no fun. If we pin it, now I can't move it.
It's what we want. To get out of this selection, or out of a command in Revit, just hit Escape a couple of times. Now let's address the funkiness. In the properties, let's scroll down till we find discipline. Instead of structural, hit the pull down. Let's go to coordination and hit Apply. That's a little better, I think. Notice that we have an elevation marker. It's kind of in the way of everything, so what I'm going to do is if you pick a window around this elevation marker, don't worry about selecting the underlay.
You won't, 'cause we have it pinned down. Let's pick a window around both of these items. Notice I'm picking a window starting from the left to the right. That means I'm only going to get these two items in the selection. Now hold down your pick button and just drag that out. You don't have to have it perfectly in line. Hit Escape a couple times. I'm going to do the same with these elevations. I'm going to drag these down.
I'm going to drag this one in, and I'll drag this one up. We'll be using all of these. Go to a 3D view. You do that just by clicking on the little 3D house. Notice that we have a bunch of levels. That's okay. There's a lot of sloppiness in the architectural model, but we'll deal with all of that as well. Let's go back down to level two. Now if we look at the underlay, let's go ahead and go to the Manage tab. I'm going to look at some additional settings.
I want to see how Revit treats an underlay item. So for additional settings, click the pull down menu here. Let's go Halftone / Underlay. For the weight, I like to go with one. It's a line weight of one, and I'll show you what that means in a moment. I'll apply halftone, but I'm going to crank the halftone up to 80. I'm going to hit OK. It's not going to change this, because of my discipline. However, I want to show you what those numbers mean.
On the Manage tab, if you come down here to Object Styles and click that, you'll see that any objects in Revit are controlled by a line weight. Of course. Unlike AutoCAD where it's controlled by a CTB, when you print, in Revit, it's controlled right on the screen in real-time. So it's object driven. If we only show structural elements, it'll be a little clearer. Here's our structural stuff. Here's how you want it to look in plan or elevation.
Here's how you want it to look if you cut a section through it. I'm going to hit Cancel here. If we go to Additional Settings, and we come down to Line Weights, we will see here what that controls. It's in numerical, it's from one to 16. We can add more. I don't see why you would need more than 16. Some people do, but even as the scale decreases, notice that the heavier line weights will decrease as well. It's pretty cool how Revit controls this. Hit OK.
Go ahead and save your model somewhere that makes sense to you, and you're all set. That's how you link in architecture.
- Linking architecture
- Creating levels
- Creating view templates
- Adding steel columns
- Creating foundations with footings, piers, and pilasters
- Designing retaining walls
- Adding framing with beam systems
- Creating a slab floor
- Reinforcing with rebar
- Adding brace frames
- Creating stairs and ramps
- Detailing and annotating drawings
- Creating schedules
- Adding and attaching trusses
- Plotting and sharing files
- Adding connections with the Steel tab tools