Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Defining floors for a mass, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Shaun Voiceover] As we work further and further into Revit Architecture, we can define conceptual masses that allow us to define generic solids that basically represent buildings. What we can do is we can define floors for those masses and bring them into our Revit projects. Now you'll notice that I don't have a Revit project open at the moment. I'm in the recent files screen, so I've got no Revit projects open at the moment. What we're going to do, we're going to go over here to the Families section, and select "New Conceptual Massing Model." So if I click there, we get a default Metric Mass.rft file.
Now what I will do is I will make sure that that is available in your Lynda.com exercise files, so that you've got that, in case you're working with imperial units, or so on and so forth. So I'm gonna select Metric Mass.rft. And then I click on Open. Now that takes me into the Family editor. Now what you would normally do here, is you'd save this with a given name, so I'm gonna go up here, Application menu, Save As, and it is a Family. A mass is a Family.
And I'm just gonna call this Mass1, just for argument's sake. It could be called something completely different. And I'll click on Save. That gives the Family a name, it means it can be saved somewhere, and it can be identified when it goes into the Revit project. So I'm gonna create a very, very simple mass model. It's gonna be a rectangular building of a certain height. So I'm gonna come into the Create tab on the ribbon now, and in the Draw panel I'm gonna click on Model here. I'm gonna create a Model Line that exists in 3D space.
And what I'm going to do, I'm gonna use the Rectangle tool here, in the draw panel. And I'm just gonna click, and I'm gonna drag, and there's my rectangle there. Can you see? So it's 30,000, 29,000. I don't need it to be very big. I want it to be quite small, in fact, like so. And then I've got the dimensions there, the temporary dimensions, I can edit each of those now. So you can see there that we've got some different dimensions. Now I'm gonna zoom in a bit, so I can see what I'm doing. Now these dimensions actually come off of these reference lines here. So I'm gonna edit that one, and I'm gonna make it 10,000, like so, so that's 10,000 off of that reference line, and then this one, gonna edit that, make it 10,000, like so.
And then this one here, gonna edit that and make that one 5,000. So they're all nice and equal and easily-rounded. Now you'll notice that that is changed in line with that one. So what I can do is I can zoom in and I can tweak this outline, I can change it, I can move the lines if I want to. Now you'll notice, they're not exactly central on the grids there, so what I'll do is I'll just tweak these ever so slightly, and I'll move them. Now the way to do this is don't do it in the 3D view. Just hit Escape a few times and go to the Floor Plan Level 1, and you'll see now, you can see they're all slightly off.
Can you see that there? So I can move the rectangle now, which makes my life a lot easier, in the Level 1 Floor Plan. So I'll select it, and I can move it now in the Modify panel. My Modify panel is a little bit squished, that's purely due to screen resolution, so I'll move it, and I'm gonna take that top corner, and just put it on the intersection of the reference lines, like that. It's just neater and tidier. So if I select that now, you can see it's a nice simple rectangle. Now I don't mind how big you make this, it doesn't matter whether it's 5,000 by 5,000 or whatever.
The whole idea is, is that you've got this shape. But don't make it too big, because remember you've gotta bring this into your Revit project later. So I just hit Escape a couple of times there to deselect it, save what I've done so far, and then we're gonna go back to the 3D view, so that we can edit our mass. So if I select that now, what I need to do is create a Form from it here. So I click on Create Form, Solid Form, and it creates a solid form and gives it a default height there of 6,000. So I can drag that, make it bigger and smaller like so, I can click on the temporary dim if I want to, again, just select it, like so, and you can see there that you can make that a certain height.
So I'm gonna make that 6,500 high, like that. And that basically sets up my simple rectangular solid, like that, that I'm gonna develop into a mass and bring it into my Revit project. So save what you've done so far, and then, what we need to do is we need to open up our Revit project. So I'm gonna click on Open here, and what I've got there is a Revit project mass, it's that one there. Ignore all these other ones, they're just incremental saves. I want RevitProject_MASS, you're gonna open that one there. Now if you haven't got that one already, I'll just drag the dialog box up there, just download it from your Lynda.com exercise files.
It's there ready for you to download, it's a blank Revit project. So I click on Open now, and that opens up my blank Revit project. Now, I've lost the view of my mass that I want to bring in. So what I'm going to do now is go to View, and I'm gonna go to Switch Windows, and there's my Mass rfa there, and I want the 3D view. So that takes me back to there. So I select my mass now, and I can load this mass into the project. So I load Mass1 into my Revit project. Now, you will get some funny little dialog boxes coming up, so Revit has now enabled the Show Mass mode, so the mass will be visible.
That's fine. Just click on close, and there's your mass there. Just drop it in the center of your elevation markers like that, and click. And that's now placed. Okay? It's in there and it's ready to go. So just hit Escape and that is now in there. If you go to your default 3D view here, in the project browser, there is your mass sitting there in your Revit project. Now, if you change the details here, if you change that to something like Shaded, it looks a bit like that. So there's my mass there. Now what I can do is I can add information to my mass now. I can go here.
When I select it, I've got a Model panel here, in the Modify Mass tab. If I click this icon here, Mass Floors, I've got two levels in my blank Revit project, Level 1 and Level 0. Select those, OK it, and it adds the floors for those. Can you see that? So I've now got floors within my mass. So I'll just hit escape a couple of times, and I can convert these, now. If I select this one here, this floor here, I can convert that to a Floor. But how do I do that? Well, it's very easy. You go to the Architecture tab on the ribbon, and you'll notice here, you've got things like Curtain System, Curtain Grid, you can apply those.
But also, if you go to Floor here, in the Build panel, I can do a Floor by Face. So I now select that face there, and it becomes a floor, so I create the floor over here, and that's now a Beam and Block floor. If I do the same again, and I select this one, I can then go Create Floor again, and it creates another floor for me as well. So if I hit Escape now, and just select these, you'll notice that these are now in your Properties palate, Beam and Block floors, that you've converted from a conceptual mass 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