Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing a generic floor/ceiling/roof to a specific type, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Shaun] We're staying in our modeling chapter of our Revit Architecture Professional certification prep course. And what we're going to look at now is changing a generic element, such as a floor, a roof, or a ceiling to a slightly different element. We might add some elements to it, floor finishes for example. Now, we've got a new project open, and it's RevitProject_FLOOR.rvt. You can download that from your lynda.com Exercise Files and obviously follow along with the video accordingly. Now, we do actually have a floor installed in this building already.
And I'm in Floor Plans level zero here. Now, how do I select the floor? It's very difficult to select a floor in Revit. The quickest way is to use your filter. So, what we're going to do is we're just gonna click and drag and do a selection like that, across the building. Go the Filter funnel here on the ribbon. And what we need to do is switch off Walls, we only want the floor to be selected. So, I'll just drag that across, so you can see it fully. In the Filter dialog there, I've switched off the Walls, like that, and I've left Floors ticked. When I click on OK, it's only the floor that is selected.
And you can see there that we've got a Generic Timber Floor. Now, if I click on the type selector there, I can go and select different types of floor. There's a Timber Suspended Floor. There's a Ground Bearing Concrete floor, and a Beam an Block, and a regular 160 millimeter Concrete floor with a Corus-ComFlor. It's composite floor. So, I've just changed that to a composite floor by clicking on it, very quick and easy. Now, if I click back there though, I can go back and select my Generic Timber Floor. Now, if I want to edit my floor type, and make a specific floor, and change the properties of that floor, again, I'm gonna go to Edit Type here, like so, into the Type Properties.
So, I've got a Generic Timber Floor. Now, always, always, always, I must stress, Duplicate. So, I'm gonna put Generic Timber Floor. And what I'm gonna do there is put with Finish, like so. So, it's a Generic Timber Floor with Finish. So, I'll OK that. I now need to go into the Structure, clicking on the Edit button. And you can see there that I've got basically a Structure there like so. Now, if I want to insert something there, it's come up as Structure, I need to move that up. So, I select it, and I move it Up, like so.
And I keep going up like that. And then, what I'm going to do here is change this. I want this to be a Finish. So, I'm gonna go for Finish one, let's say, like so. So, that material there might change. So, if I change my material just to something like Wood Sheathing or Chipboard, or I've got a Timber Joist Rafter Layer there. I could put anything I want to really. I'm gonna call that Wood. So, that's gonna be my finish now, and I'll OK that. Now, you'll notice, we'll also got structural Wood there. I'm gonna change that to Rafters. So, again, in my Materials, we've got the Truss Joist Rafter Layer there, or I could go for Rafter Layer there.
I'm going to go for that one there, like so. And then I'm going to OK that, like that. So, I've now got a finish and a structural element to my floor. And you can see there, because that's structural, it's a Structural Material, like so. Now, the thickness of this, I'm gonna change that to 25 millimeters. So, we've actually got a thickness. If I preview that now, can you see? There's my wood finish on top of my structural timber, my rafters, and my joists. So, I'll OK that now, and I'll OK it again. And that is now my Generic Timber Floor with Finish.
And that's how you edit the materials of any particular element, such as a floor, a roof, or a ceiling. You can go in and edit. Now, it may be that I don't want timber. I go here in the type selector. I might go back to my 160 millimeter Concrete, and change it like so. And that's now a 160 millimeter concrete floor. If I want to select that again, click and drag, do the selection thing, go back to the Filter, switch off the Walls, leaving the Floor selected, click on OK, and there's my floor again. Into the type selector, I might go back to my Generic Timber Floor with Finish, click away, and I've edited my floor there.
Now, you can do the same with roofs. You could do the same with ceilings. The process is exactly the same. You're just using a different family in your Revit Architecture project.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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- Importing DWG and image files
- Creating and modifying fill regions
- Changing elements
- Working with family types and parameters
- Modeling different architectural elements
- Controlling visibility
- Creating duplicated views
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