Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and modifying filled regions, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional.
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- [Instructor] We're in a new section now in our Revit Architecture Professional certification prep course and what we're going to look at is documentation. Now again, the documentation in Revit is very quick and easy to use. It allows you to annotate, document, create detail views and also create things known as filled regions. So the first video we're gonna work with is creating a filled region and modifying that filled region. Now you'll notice I haven't got any Revit projects up and running in Revit right now, we're on the recent files screen, which is where we come into when we first start Revit up.
Now I'm going to open up a new architectural project. I can use the link here on the recent files screen, architectural template, or I can go to the application menu, hover over new and go new project there and I then get the dialog box where again I can select the architectural template like so. Make sure you create a new project and not a project template and click on okay. So that creates a nice new Revit project and you'll notice it defaults to level zero there in the project browser.
Now what we're going to do is, we're going to create a new detail view of a parapet detail. And then that parapet detail is gonna form a drafting view in our Revit project and we're gonna edit and create some filled regions in that detail view. So first things first, I go to the view tab on the ribbon and I come in to the create panel and I select here, drafting view. Now the drafting view will be parapet detail. I'll just type that in. And it might be parapet detail one, there might be more than one in our building.
So let's go on to a scale of one to ten. I can select anything I want to there, but one to ten is the default. So I'll click on okay. So there's our view, it's blank at the moment, so I go up to the insert tab now on the ribbon and I'm gonna import a CAD file. Now when I import that CAD file in, it's very similar to linking a Revit file. There's the dialog box and we've got a ParapetDetail001.dwg. Now that dwg file is available in your linda.com exercise files.
So you can download it from the linda.com website to use with this particular video exercise. Now colors, we're gonna set it all to black and white. We don't need any colors. Layers or levels, we'll have all of them. Import units, we'll set that to Auto-Detect this time. So basically it's gonna auto-detect what the units are and obviously sort that out and align it with the units we've got in our Revit project as well. We'll correct any lines that are slightly off axis and the positioning, well in this case it's a detail view, so we can just use Center to Center.
There's no coordinates to worry about and notice Level 0 and Orient to View are greyed out because we are creating that detail drafting view. So if I click on okay now, it brings in the parapet detail there like so. And if I just double-click on the wheel there, using it as a button, you can see when I zoom in it's just a little parapet detail. So there's the flashing over the top of the parapet. There's the actual roof there. We've got some built up roofing here and some insulation and there's our blocks forming the wall that comes up the parapet on the outside of the building.
So what I'm gonna do now is select that linked file and I'm gonna go up to the green modify tab on the ribbon and into the Import Instance panel here and I'm gonna explode using a Full Explode. And that'll explode it all out into Revit elements and Revit text and Revit arrowheads and so on. Now you do sometimes get an error, so I'll just bring that one to the screen for you and it says that a line is to short somewhere. Now that could be a very short little line joining something in the detail view somewhere.
Don't worry, I'm just gonna delete those elements, they're probably two very small lines in the detail somewhere that can be picked up later. That allows me to go in now and edit what I've got here. Now you'll notice that all of these now are component lines and arcs and so on. What we're going to do is, we're going to create a filled region of concrete, the concrete in-fill on the parapet wall. So I'm gonna zoom in a bit, just get that zoomed in like that so it's nice and central and pan a little bit there on the screen. And then what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go the Annotate tab on the ribbon and create my filled region.
That's in the detail panel. Click on the flyout for region and there's Filled Region there. Now as soon as I do that it goes in to Sketch Mode because it wants me now to sketch the area that is gonna create the filled region. Now in my properties over here, I've got a diagonal crosshatch right now. So what we'll do is, we'll modify that in a moment once we've created the filled region. So I'm gonna come in here now and I'm gonna use, in the Draw panel: Pick Lines. And I'm just gonna pick the lines that form the outside of the filled region. So I'm gonna zoom in a bit now so I can see what I'm doing.
There's a bit of detail there. And can you see I'm just coming around the inside edges, all the way around like so, just clicking on each line. And you can see them picking up as I click on them with the arrow, working my way around. So just go there and there, select that line there. You will need to tidy this up, so don't worry, we'll edit it in a moment. Just go around getting all the lines first, so that you've actually got the boundary of the filled region in place. So I'm coming all the way around like this, in here, making sure I get everything. Make sure you get those little arcs as well, they're very important.
So that little arc there needs to be selected as well, otherwise the boundary isn't closed. So we'll get that one there and I'll zoom in there, get that one there as well. Now when I come out a little bit, you can see that nice and clearly. Now what I do need to do, is tidy up here and here. So we'll use this little tool here, so we'll just trim extend to corner. So if I select that and then that, it tidies that one up. If I select that and then that, it tidies that one up. So I've now got a filled region in place. Can you see that, with the little slightly bolder black lines there? Now if I go up here, I've got thin lines switched on.
If I switch that off, that'll actually make the lines a bit thicker if you need them. So this little icon here, thin lines on, when it's blue, thick lines when it's off. I always switch it to thin lines, purely for clarity. So there's my filled region and it's gonna be a diagonal cross-hatch like so. So I click on the green tick to confirm the sketch and there's my diagonal cross-hatch. So that's gone in there just to indicate that that is an in-fill inside the blocks on that drafting detail view. So if I now select that, I can now click on it and what'll happen is it's here: Diagonal cross-hatch.
So if I edit type now, I get the Type Properties dialog box. Now I'm just gonna make this a little bit smaller for you, just so it fits on the screen, there we go like that. And you can see that it's a diagonal cross-hatch. I'm gonna duplicate it and instead of diagonal cross-hatch I'm gonna say Concrete, because there's a concrete in-fill on the parapet wall. So I'll okay that and I'll go here where it says Diagonal cross-hatch. Click on the little button and if I scroll up a bit, we've actually got a concrete hatch there that I can use. Bit like in AutoCAD with the hatch command. Click on okay like so.
Concrete drafting, concrete type, click on okay. That updates to concrete and you've now created and modified your filled region in Revit Architecture.
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
- Organizing and sorting items in a schedule