Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and configuring a new project, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] In this movie, we'll create a new project from a template, configure some basic settings, and then save it. So we can create our new project using one of the existing templates that's listed here, or if you prefer a different template, you can click the new link and browse to it. So for this example I actually want to use the commercial default template and I talked about this in a previous movie when we discussed templates. This is a slightly better template for creating a small, little office building which is what we're gonna be doing. And it configures some sheets for us already and some other settings and so I think this will be a nicer choice.
So I'll go ahead and click open and then OK to create a new project from that template. There's lots of things we can do to configure the project early on. And the first thing I'd like to look at is just some really basic settings. If we go to the manage tab, there's a whole bunch of settings here that we could configure and I wanna look at the project information dialogue. Here in the project information, most of the fields here are really just simple text fields. And the primary purpose of a lot of this information is to populate your title block.
So if I cancel out of this, for example, and scroll down, you may recall from a previous movie that this template has lots of sheets in it. So I'm gonna open up the floor plan sheet here and I'm gonna zoom in over here on the title block. And currently, it just says project number, issue date, project name. So if I go to the project information dialogue and fill in some of this information, it will populate all of the title blocks in the project, and not just the one that I'm looking at. It'll actually populate all of the title blocks.
So, chances are early on you have some idea of when you're planning to issue the project. You probably know what project phase it is. You probably know who your owner is, of course. You probably know where the project is gonna be located. This is literally just the street address, you click this little browse icon to modify that. And, of course, whatever the project name is gonna be. And the project number.
Usually we have a pretty good idea of what all this information is early on. Now, do you have to set this up right away? Of course not. You can wait and do it later. But if I do fill this information in, notice that it populates all of those fields on the title block, and again, that's not limited to just the title block I was looking at, that's any title block in the set. Now what it did fill in the is the author and the checker, because that's unique per sheet and we'll look at that in future movies. Now, there's plenty of other settings we can configure as well, but since we put in the name of the project in the address, I wanna talk about the location of the project because they're not actually the same thing.
On the project location tab here, there's this small location icon here, and this will display the internet mapping service in this window here on this location tab. And let me go ahead and make this a little bit larger here so that we can actually see that it's actually displaying a map. And notice that it put me in Boston. So even though I've filled in my address as Boulder, Colorado, it didn't actually change the location. So the address that you fill in is really just for the title block and it's just information.
But the location actually sets the physical location of your project in the real world and this will be important if you're gonna do shadow studies or energy analysis or anything that requires a correct geographical location. So if I just come over here and type in Boulder, Colorado and press enter to search, it will take me on the map directly to Boulder, Colorado. Now, it also lists the latitude and longitude and in fact, you could actually grab this little icon here and drag it around and it would fill in a new latitude and longitude.
Or you can actually put in the exact street address if you know what it is, the same one we typed into the address bar, and it will take you to that location. So it is kind of important to do both. One fills in the title block and the other one is for your actual correct, geographical location. Now, there's a whole lot of other settings that we could customize. Things like the graphical standards that are used in the project, fill patterns, and line styles, the units of the project, project parameters, and so on. If you're really interested in understanding what a lot of these settings do, you might wanna check out the series on creating Revit templates that we have here in the library.
But for now, I'm just gonna change those few things. The project information, the location of the project, and now I'm ready to save. So when I go to the application menu and choose save, because I've never actually saved this project, it will actually perform a save as. So I want to choose the location where I want to store this project. I'll just put it on my desktop. And I'm just gonna give it a name like Office Building. Now before I click save, I want to show you this options button right here.
There are some options that we can configure about the file itself. And the one that I want to point out to you is the maximum number of backups. Now, the commercial template that I started with started with twenty backups. Now, that's a bit excessive in my opinion. So what I'm actually gonna do is drop this down to three which I think is a little bit more reasonable number. The quantity is really up to you. But let me show you how backups works. Let me go ahead and click OK there and click save. The name will change to Office Building up here.
And then I'm gonna go to save as, project, and point out that project name to you. There it is right there, Office Building.rvt. Now, if I save the file again, cancelled out of there, I'm just gonna click the save icon or do control S. And now I'll go to save as a second time and show you what that did. Do you see how it created a new file with a .0001 at the end? That's the backup. So what'll happen is the next time I save I'll get zero two and the next one I'll get zero three and then it'll start throwing away the oldest ones because I asked for three backups.
So these are really nice to have because every time you save the project, you're also gonna get these backup copies. And if something should go wrong and you need to restore your backup, then all you have to do is open this file and do a save as and then that's how you can access that backup. So I just wanted you to kind of know how both how the saving works and how the backups work. So, when you first create your project go ahead and set a few of the basic configuration settings that you wanna have. Give it an address, a location in the world, then save it and give it a good name.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF