Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a mechanical project, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for MEP (Metric).
- [Voiceover] It's time to think mechanical. We're not gonna get very far without a mechanical project being set up, so let's do that now. Under projects, I'd like to go new. I know we have a mechanical template here, but I want to make sure we're all on the same page. For the template file, I wanna click on browse. I wanna find mechanical, default metric, and i wanna click open. Now I wanna click okay. The next thing I wanna do is go insert. Now I wanna go to link Revit.
I want to browse to where we're keeping our backgrounds, and I'm gonna grab architectural. Make sure the positioning is set, auto, origin to origin. Now I'm gonna click open. The next thing I need to do is select my link. And I need to click on the pin button. Now I want to go to edit type. Now I wanna sure room bounding is turned on. That means I can put spaces in. Click apply.
Click okay. I'm gonna hit escape a couple of times. Now, the next thing I wanna do is create some levels. I can either double click on my elevation marker, or in my project browser, I can double click on south mach elevation. Whichever you like to do, it's up to you. Now, in my elevation, I wanna grab my level two. I wanna select it by selecting the line right here. And once you see that little grip, pick it and hold down on it.
And now I'm gonna drag them out in excess of the other levels to the right, about this far. And I wanna hit escape. Now, I want to align level two with level two. So, here's a command we haven't used yet. Type A + L for align. Now, you need to select the object you want to align to first, and then the object you want to move second. And don't ever pin them. Hit escape a few times. Now, I wanna show you another way to make levels other than copy monitor.
Hit escape, select level two, right click on level two, and let's create similar. On the draw panel, click on the pick lines button. Make sure the offset is set for zero, and make sure plan view is turned on. Let's go to plan view types. I wanna select structural plan and make sure that's not in there. We're gonna make ceiling plans and floor plans. Let's click okay.
Now, I'm gonna hover over level three. And select it. Don't be concerned if it doesn't say level three underneath it. As long as you see what I see here, you're good. Go up to level four, go to level five, and go to the roof level that's obscured by the parapet. Now, once these are selected, zoom out a little bit, and hover over this grip, the same we did down below with level two. Pick it, and drag it out so it locks into where level two is, and then let go of it.
Now I'm gonna click on my show bubble button. Now I'm gonna hit escape a couple of times. I'm gonna select this one, do the same, select this one, do the same, select this one, and do the same. Now I'm gonna hit escape a few times. What I'd like to do now, is zoom into here. In level six, I'm going to select it. I'm going to click level six again, and I'm gonna call it roof. I'm gonna hit enter, and yes, I would love to rename these corresponding views.
Now, I'm gonna hit escape. So, what we did was, in the project browser, notice that we have level three, four, five, and because we renamed this, we said yes, it renamed roof in our project browser. Speaking of the project browser, let's clean some stuff up. So one mech, I wanna right click on one mech, and I wanna rename that. I'm gonna call it level one. Hit okay. Two mech, I'm gonna right click on that, and I want to rename it. I'm going to call it level space two.
And click okay. Now, I'm gonna go up a little bit further, and I notice that I've got some question marks here. I'm gonna scroll down here and notice that I've only got two ceiling plans. I'm gonna drill into here, I'm gonna drill into here, aha. Here are my hidden ceiling plans. I'm gonna select level three, hold down my ctrl key, select level four, five, and roof, and in my properties, I'm gonna scroll down, and I see that I don't have a sub discipline.
That's what's generating the question marks. So for my sub discipline, I'm gonna click my drop-down, and I'm gonna select HVAC, and I'm gonna hit apply. Now I have floor plans and ceiling plans. I'm gonna hit escape, I'm gonna select one ceiling mech. I'm gonna right click, and I'm gonna rename it to level one. I'm gonna click okay. I'm gonna right click on two ceiling mech. I'm gonna rename that to level two.
I'm gonna click okay. Now, what I'd like to do, is I'm going to back down to my level one floor plan, so double click on level one floor plans. I'm gonna zoom out until I can see my building. Now, I need to add some spaces. So, I'm gonna go to my analyze tab. I'm gonna click my space button. This time I wanna click on place spaces automatically. So go ahead and click place spaces automatically, and bam, it threw them all in.
I'm gonna hit close. I wanna modify this space tag again though, so let's select space nine, and let's click edit family right here. I'm gonna select space name. I'm gonna click edit label. I'm gonna remove the name, and I'm gonna scroll down to room name, and I'm gonna add that. I'm gonna click apply and I'm gonna click okay. I'm gonna grab 101, edit label, select number, remove it, scroll down until I find room number, add it, click okay.
While we're at it, click edit type. And let's select the width factor to point eight. Click apply, click okay. Hit escape a couple of times. Now let's load into project. Let's overwrite the existing version. Awesome. Problem is though, it put in way too many. So it's getting these plenums. Everywhere the architect didn't put a room, we're gonna get this. We can fix this by creating a space schedule.
I'm gonna go to view. I'm gonna go to schedules. I'm gonna go to schedules, quantities. I'm gonna scroll down to where it says spaces. I'm gonna click okay. Now, I wanna go to room up here. And I'm gonna scroll down to room name. I'm gonna hold down on room number, and I'm gonna click add. I'm gonna go up to spaces, and I'm gonna scroll down to name and number, conveniently located right next to one another, and I'm gonna click okay.
Now, see how we've got some spottiness here. The only way to delete a space out of a model is to delete it from a schedule. It seems odd, but that's how it works. I want to coordinate this a little better, so I'm gonna scroll down over here, and I'm gonna go to my sorting and grouping, and I'm gonna click on edit. Now I wanna sort by room number. Now I'm gonna click okay. All these blanks can be deleted. So I'm gonna essentially pick a point here and drag my cursor down until I get to there.
We can delete columns, we can delete rows. So what I want to do is over at rows, I want to go ahead and delete. Let's go ahead and click delete. This will delete the 15 selected spaces, and any associated tags. Awesome. Click okay. I'm gonna close out of here. Now, all we have left are the actual spaces that are on our model. Cool, all that's left to do is save it. Click the save button.
Scroll to where you're keeping your exercise files. I'm gonna go to my options. I'm gonna make sure I only have one backup. I'm gonna click okay. And I'm gonna click save. So there we have it. Now we're ready to do some mechanical.
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