Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating compound walls, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Instructor] We're staying in the Elements and Families chapter of our Revit Architecture Professional Certification Prep Course, and we're gonna look at creating compound walls. For that reason, we have a new Revit project open that you can download from your Lynda.com exercise files, and it's called RevitProject_COMPOUND Download it and use it to follow along with this particular video. So you can see that it's a standard little wall here, like so, and it's five meters long, 5,000 millimeters, and if you look at the type selector there it says Basic Wall and it's a cavity wall with 102, then you've 75 inside and then another 100 there and then plasterboard, and as you can see, it just is a standard, basic, compound wall.
Now you will use compound walls most of the time when you're working with Revit Architecture. A compound wall is basically a wall made up of more than one vertical layer, hence the phrase compound. They're all compounded together if you see what I mean. So with this little short wall we've got in the project, make sure you're on the Level 0 floor plan, and then we're gonna zoom in on the left hand end of the wall like that, get in nice and close, and as you get closer, you'll notice it all goes a bit blobby. Now, the reason it's blobby and large like that and bold like that is that you're getting the what you see is what you get functionality of Revit Architecture.
So if you printed this wall out in a drawing sheet and actually sent it through a plotter, these are the thicknesses of lines that you would get. So what we're going to do, go up to the Quick Access toolbar and hit the Thin Lines icon there, and now you can see clearly the demarcation between all of the different vertical layers of the compound wall. So there's the outer skin, the cavity, the inner skin, and that little thin one there is the plaster on the inside. Now, we're gonna change some of the view controls. Down here, gonna set that to Fine so that we can see all the detail of the wall, and here as well, click here on the Visual Style and set that to Consistent Colors, and hey presto, it all looks really obvious now.
You can see that that is the brick work, there's the cavity, there's the block work, there's the plasterboard. And that's how these compound walls work. Now one thing I will suggest is when you're working with compound walls in Revit Architecture, don't try and reinvent the wheel. We've got a whole shed load of standard walls that come with Revit Architecture when you start a standard Revit Architecture project. Use one of those default ones. In this case if I select it it's our cavity wall, so if you use that there you can edit the structure of this compound wall, and that's what we're going to do.
So select it like that so it goes that nice blue, and then we're gonna go into the Type selector here and come down, and can you see we've got Edit Type? So if I click there I go into the Type Properties. So it's a cavity, like so. Now I'm gonna duplicate it. I don't want to change that particular type, so I'm gonna click there and duplicate it, and what we're going to do, we're gonna do cavity, but we're gonna change it so that it's got a different name. So we'll just call it something like Training. Now obviously you wouldn't call it Training in a live environment, but this is more so that you can distinguish which wall type you're using.
So I'm gonna OK that now like so. Now, the bit that you need to edit if you're gonna create a compound wall is this Structure field here. See the Edit button? Click on it, and there's all of the parts of your wall. Now the nice thing is, if I just take this dialogue box across to the right and hit Preview, it previews all of the parts of the wall. So you can see we got the Finish, which is common brick. We've got a fiberglass batten in there, which is part of this in here. This is the cavity. You've then got the structure, which is the concrete there, and then you've got the gypsum wall, which is the plasterboard.
So you can actually go in and set all of the materials. So let's bring that dialogue box dead center on the screen, and what we'll do is we'll change some of the settings. So instead of Brick, Common, if I click there, click on the button, I can actually create a new compound wall, which then allows me to work with the Materials Browser. Now again, some of these dialogue boxes do get a little big, so I'm just gonna make this a little bit smaller. There we go. And as you can see there, we've got all the different shading and surface patterns and cut patterns for our brickwork, like so, and there's Brick, Common there. Now I might want a different type of brick, so I might want Engineering, Soldier Course brick.
Can you see? It looks different. The surface pattern is different and the color is different. So if OK that now, that changes in the little preview there and then I OK it again, and that will change in there as well. OK it again, click away from it, and can you see it's a different color now? So if I now go to something like the North Elevation to look at this, and as you can see, the wall there is way too high, so what I'll do is I'll select the wall and I'll just change that top constraint to Level 1, like so, and apply that, and then it fits nicely in the elevation.
So if I zoom in now, can you see it's all Soldier Course brickwork? It's all vertical Soldier Course brickwork like so, which does look a bit weird. But again, I can select the wall there in the elevation, there's our Training Basic Wall. Edit Type, then I go back into the structure again, and what I'll do is I'll change this back now to my Brick, Common, which is here, there's Brick, Common, common brickwork. As you can see, the color changes, masonry pattern. I'll OK that now. Preview changes here as well. I'll OK that again. And OK the type properties again.
And as you can see, when I click away from it now, it's now brick again it's instead of Soldier Course. So the whole idea is you're creating these particular compound walls. And the whole idea of these compound walls, if I go back to Level 0, is to build up the different vertical layers in your compound walls to give you an accurate representation of what you're actually developing 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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