Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Loading families, part of Learning Revit.
Walls, doors, and windows are certainly your most basic building blocks and they…certainly start to make a layout come together.…But there's many other objects that we need to add to our building models in…order to complete them. It might be plumbing fixtures.…It might be furniture and equipment. Other kinds of doors and windows, columns,…you name it. All of these things are possible in Revit.…And some of them have their own dedicated tools, and some of them don't.…But what they all have in common. Is that each of these elements that we can…add to our model are called Families in the Revit environment.…So, everything is a family. And a family is just an, a discreet item…that you can place in a model. And we have lots of different kinds of…families. If the object that you want to place…doesn't have it's own dedicated command. In the previous movie, we added doors and…windows. And they each had their own tool but…furniture and equipment and plumbing fixtures.…
They don't all have their own tool. What we use instead is this Component…
Note: The techniques shown in this course will work with any version of Revit, but due to backwards compatibility issues, the exercise files for this course will only work with Revit 2014. Unfortunately, we cannot downsave the files. Please see a Revit 2013 course for usable files.
- Understanding the different editions of Revit
- Setting up levels and grids
- Adding doors and windows
- Loading families
- Working with 3D views
- Dimensioning a plan
- Adding a schedule view
- Importing CAD files
- Linking to another Revit file
- Creating sheets
- Plotting a set of documents
- Generating a cloud rendering
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Will Revit 2014 files work in a previous version of Revit? Will the exercise files for this course work in Revit 2013?
A: Revit file formats are not backwards compatible. A new file format is introduced with each new release. Newer versions of Revit can open older version files without issue. However, files will be upgraded to the latest file format during the initial open. Once saved in the current version, there is no way to save them back to a previous version. Therefore, it is important to consider this issue carefully and discuss it with all project team members before beginning a project. For example, it is not possible for the architect to use a newer version of the software than the consulting engineers and vice-versa. All members of the team must collaborate using the same version/file format. This course was authored using Revit 2014. Therefore, its exercise files can be used with any flavor of Revit (Architecture, MEP, Structure, or LT) 2014 and later. Files cannot be opened with versions 2013 and prior.