Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Differentiating system and component families, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Voiceover] We're staying in the chapter about elements and families and what we're going to look at now is differentiating between our system families and our component families in Revit. Now our system families are the ones that are preloaded into the Revit template, so when we start our new Revit project, our system families and things like walls, roofs, ceiling and so on. Component families are things like desks, chairs, doors, windows, they're normally components that have to have a host or are loaded in to the Revit project itself to develop the Revit project.
So you'll notice here I've got lots of different families here already, can you see that? I've expanded out the families there in the project browser for you to look at. So you can see here that all of these things like desks and things like parking, they're all what they call component families. So I'll just minimize that for you there and we're in the level zero floor plan at the moment. What I'm going to do is I'm going to go here to the architecture tab and into the wall command and I'm going to go wall architectural. Now you'll notice that it's got a stacked wall, it's remembered that from the previous video that we did about stacked walls.
What I'm going to do now is I'm just going to scroll up the list here and look for a brick wall that we might use. So I'm going to go for a cavity wall. Let's go for that one there with some soldier banding and I'm just going to draw a little square building like so. So ten meters, 10,000 mm each time and I'll line that in like so, see the little blue dash lines there? It lines it in nice and neatly and there we go. So there's my four walls like so, I'll just hit escape there just to cancel the command. Now you'll notice that these are system families, they're already in there.
Now if I select that wall and I want to edit the type of that I go in and what I do is I use my type properties dialog box like so, I create a duplicate and I edit all of the parameters and values in that system family. I'm not going to do that in this case, I'm going to cancel that and hit escape to deselect that wall section there. Now what I am going to do is I'm now going to go to the 3D view so that we can see what's going on with our wall. So if I double click on the 3D view there like that you see those walls are quite high. So I'm going to select each wall, holding down control as I do so, just to make sure I get all four selected.
And what I'll do there is the top constraint I'll take that up to say level one. So that will shorten that a little bit. And as you can see it's now a sensible height of wall like so. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to go back to the level zero floor plan and I'm now going to add some components that I might bring in. So if I now go to the architecture tab and instead of selecting wall I click on component here, these are component families. Now these are all families that you use to build up your Revit project. Now the desk there that you can see in the properties palette is one of the default ones in Revit so if I click there I've put my desk into my little square room like so.
Now if I want to load up a family I would go to the insert tab here and load up as many component families as I need. These can come from the internet, they can be default Revit ones, they could be project related families but they are component families, they're not system families that are already preloaded in your Revit project. So let's go back to that 3D view that we'll click there in the project browser and there's my little desk. So if I now go here to load family and you can see I've got the load family dialog box and it's gone straight to the UK folder which is the default folder for Revit with a UK installation so this is my UK version of Revit and all of these come with that version of Revit.
So I'll go into furniture, there's my category there and I'll select seating and I'll go for something like sofa one let's say. There's sofa one and I'll open that up. Now that's loaded there into my families here. So if I click here on families now like so and scroll down to furniture there, can you see I've got furniture sofa one and there's the different family types and sizes that I can use. Now what I can do now is go back to the architecture tab, click on component, and that sofa now is the default sofa ready to go in.
Click there in the type selector, hit escape, and it's done there's my sofa. So I can click there now and in the type selector again if I want a different size one let's say the 1350, that will resize it to the smaller version. Again hit escape to deselect. So that's the difference between your system families and your component families. System families are preloaded in your Revit project, component families you add to build up your Revit 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
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- Changing elements
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- Modeling different architectural elements
- Controlling visibility
- Creating duplicated views
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