Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a project using Revit templates, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for MEP (Metric).
- [Voiceover] Let's get started with Revit MEP 2017. The first thing I'd like to look at when we open up Revit is what we're confronted with here. This is the start up dialogue. It's broken down into a couple different sections. The first section we'll look at is the Projects. Of course we can Open, go to New, we can create a new project based on some of these predefined templates, or obviously we see that we can open up our four last projects that we've had open. Now under Projects, what I'd like to do, let's go ahead and click on New project.
If we click the drop-down here, we'll see that this is basically a copy of what we see here. But if we click on Browse, now we see we have a bunch of default Revit templates that we can use. Now your company probably has their own predefined templates that you're mapped to, they also probably have these buttons mapped to a template that we'd use for your specific company. My company definitely does. If you're the one in charge of this, you want to make sure that you map your company out to be to this directory, or this directory wants to be your predefined templates.
For this course we're gonna use the Autodesk Revit predefined templates. So I'm gonna click Cancel. I'm gonna click Cancel here. Now you see that it's broken down into tabs, but all these tabs are pretty much grayed-out right now and there's not a lot we can do, but we're gonna use most of these tabs throughout this course. After looking at all this, we can go down to Autodesk Revit and this brings you to Revit home page, and the resources, you can actually get quite a few videos over here. Lynda.com is included if you click the drop-down, Additional Resources, and you go 3rd Party Learning Content, you go right back in a full circle to Lynda.com.
Now what I'd like to do, under Projects, I'm gonna click on New. I'm gonna click Browse. I'm gonna find Electrical-Default_Metric, because this is what I'd like to start with, and I'd like to click Open. Now I wanna click OK. This brings us into Revit. Right now Revit doesn't know what it is, mine says Project7, yours might say Project1, it could say Project50. Either way it doesn't matter. But what we wanna do is come over here and click the Save button.
Notice the tool bar that it's on. This is called the Quick Access tool bar, and again we're gonna use this quite a bit throughout this course. Go ahead and click on the Save button. And I wanna browse to where I'm keeping my exercise files, and I'm simply gonna call this Electrical Project. Now before we hit Enter or Save, click on the Options button. The Maximum backups is three. Type in a 1 and hit OK, and click Save.
Now what I'd like you to do is hit the Save button again, and click the Open button. Now what we're gonna see is once we hit Save it creates a copy. I'm not a huge fan of how Revit does this, actually, because you can see it from the actual project browser. Because Electrical Project is a dot RVT. That's a Revit project. The reason I had us turn our number of backups to only one is, every time you hit the Save button it makes a backup called 001, then it makes a backup called 0002, then it makes a backup called 0003.
Every time you hit the save button it will do that. Once you hit it four times it over-writes 00001 and it keeps going through there. What I find is a lot of times people accidentally will open this file. So generally when I see these backups, I usually right-click on it and simply delete it. Go ahead and hit Cancel here. All right, there we go. That's how you get started creating an electrical project.
You can dive into a specific trade, or take the entire course to learn about all aspects of the vast Revit MEP ecosystem. Upon completion, you'll know how to create basic floor plans, design electric circuits and lighting systems, model air intake and exhaust systems, create plumbing plans, and design fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and document your designs for construction and fabrication.
- Electrical features
- Mechanical features
- Plumbing features
- Fire protection features
- Adopting Revit into your workflow
- Creating detailed views
- Creating sheets
- Controlling revisions
- MEP fabrication parts