Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Linking architecture, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Structure.
- [Voiceover] I'd like to start with the fact that we need to deal with the architect. There's nothing wrong with the architect. In fact, I like architects, but we do need to know what they're doing in terms of building footprint. This is where linking comes in handy. The objective of this video is to link in an architectural model. We will then pin it down and check out the halftone underlay settings. So, let's jump into Revit. Under Projects, what I'd like to do is create a brand new structural model. So, let's go to Structural Template.
This opens up the default structural template. Now I want to bring in an architectural underlay. So, we can do that one of two ways. If you go to the Insert tab and click on Link Revit, that's one way of doing it. Or, in the Project Browser, you can scroll down to the very bottom and if you right click where it says Revit Links, you can go to New Link. So whichever way you like to do it, go ahead and click on New Link. Now, I'm gonna scroll to where I'm keeping my architectural model.
You can use any model you want. I'm using the architectural model for the basis of this class. Now, the most important part is the positioning. If I click the drop-down here, you'll see we have several different methods. Auto-Origin to Origin is always what you're gonna want to use. So select Auto-Origin to Origin. Let's click Open. Now our model's in, but it looks kinda funny. In the Properties, let's scroll down a little bit and see what the deal is.
For Disciple, instead of Structural, let's set the Disciple to Coordination and click Apply. This will make it so we can see a lot more of the model. Now what I'd like to do is go ahead and select your Revit model that you have linked in. And, it's very important that we click on the Pin button right here. This keeps you from inadvertently moving it. Hit Esc a couple times. Now, I'd like to take a look at these icons down on the bottom here.
If you click on Select Links, you get a little red X next to it. Now, you cannot select that link at all. It's a safe way of working, but it will confuse people. So, you can turn off Select Links. Next one down is Select Underlay Elements, same kind of idea. The next one would be Select Pinned Elements, same thing. If you turn that off, you can't select your pinned element either. I'm gonna turn that one back on. And this one here is Select Elements by Face.
This is handy to turn on and off. We'll be turning this on and off throughout the course. Now what I'd like to do is select your underlay again. Now I'm gonna click on Edit Type right here. Let's turn on Room Bounding. That way if we want to put a room in here, we can see what it is. Let's click Apply. Let's click OK. Let's hit Esc a few times. Now what I'd like to do is go up to the Manage tab.
I'd like to go to Additional Settings and I want to go down to Halftone/Underlay. Generally, I like to set my weight to one. And for my Halftone, I like to bump it up to 80%. Now, this can change based on your company's plotters. Our plotters at my company plot pretty light, so I like to bump it up to 80 and override the weight of one. The default is just a little too light for me. I'm gonna hit OK.
Now another thing I like to do is check out our visibility graphics. What the visibility graphics are, that's how you can control how your view looks. It's an override only for the view. So for example, we're in Structural Plan: Level 2. If I type v + g, notice that it says Visibility/Graphic Overrides for Structural Plan: Level 2. It's only for this plan, but notice that we have Revit Links also. So if you go to Revit Links, you can halftone and your can underlay this.
So, let's go ahead and click on Halftone and let's click Apply. Let's click OK. Notice now that it will halftone it and it will halftone it based on the settings that we just tweaked. Now just because we brought this model in to level two, it's in our model so it doesn't matter what level you're on when your bring it in. Let's go to a 3D view. So go ahead and click on this house right here. This is the default 3D view. Go ahead and click that. Now we're in a structural view, so for Discipline, instead of Structural, we can switch this to Coordination.
Click Apply. Now we can see it. On the bottom here, what I'd like to do is set our Detail Level to Fine. Now we can set our Visual Style. Let's make it Realistic. Now we see it in a realistic view only without any windows or any doors or openings. What I'd like to do is click on the Save button. And let's save this somewhere.
I'm gonna name it Structure. You can name yours whatever you'd like. Let's go to the options right here. Go ahead and click on Options. Let's make it so there's only one backup. Let's click OK. Now let's click Save. Perfect. With the architectural model linked in, we can get started.
Starting with referencing an architectural model, you'll learn how to add foundations, rebar, and framing; set up views and drawings; model slabs and trusses; and build a whole lot more. This course is designed for members with no Revit experience, or for more advanced users who want to jump to a topic and start from there. Either way, this comprehensive course will teach you what you need to know to be dangerous in Revit structure.
- Linking architecture
- Creating levels
- Creating view templates
- Adding and placing steel columns
- Creating foundations, with footings, piers, pilasters, and slabs
- Designing retaining walls
- Adding beam systems
- Tagging steel framing
- Creating a slab floor
- Cantelivering slab edges
- Reinforcing with rebar
- Adding brace frames
- Creating stairs and ramps
- Detailing and annotating drawings
- Inserting AutoCAD geometry
- Creating schedules
- Adding and attaching trusses
- Plotting and sharing files