Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Project Browser, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] In this video, I would like to explore the Project Browser. Project Browser is your primary interface to navigate around your building model. Everything you do in a Revit project is stored typically in a single project file. This is unlike many other CAD programs where the project might be scattered across dozens, if not hundreds of different files that are all linked together. In Revit, they're typically stored in a single file, and the way that we navigate around the project is to open up different views. So, you have views to represent floor plans, and views to represent elevations and sections, and when you open these views, you're just seeing the model from that vantage point, and the way you find all these views is using the Project Browser.
Now, I got the Project Browser right here on the left hand side of my screen, below the Properties palette, in its default location. Yours might be somewhere else depending on your setup, and if you've previously moved it. If for some reason you don't see the Project Browser, you can come over here to the View tab, and on the User Interface dropdown over here at the right, you can just simply make sure that there is a check mark in Project Browser to make it display. Now, at the very top of Project Browser, it says, Views all. That's just letting us know it's displaying all the views, and then they're grouped by view types.
So, I have Floor Plans. I have Ceiling Plans. A little further down, I have 3D views, Elevations, and so on, and then each of the views is listed beneath that. If you want to open a view, it's as simple as double clicking it to display that view. So, if I double click Level 2, I'm now looking at the Level 2 floor plan. If I scroll down a little bit further, maybe I want to open up a South elevation, I just simply double click that, and I'm looking at the South elevation. Now, another way to navigate views in the project is using the on-screen controls. So, if you look over here, and I highlight this item, it says "Display the view defined by this section".
If I move down a little bit further, and highlight the line, I can see a tool tip that says this is "Views - Section - Section 1". In other words, if I scroll down, that's this view right here. Now, notice that currently, South elevation is bold on the Project Browser. That's because I'm currently looking at the South elevation. But if I double click this blue section head right here, that will take me to Section 1, and it will display it on-screen of course, and notice that on the Project Browser, Section 1 is now bold. Now, here in Section 1, I can see Section 2.
The other way I can open that is to simply right click it and choose Go to View, and now I'm looking at Section 2, and it is now bold on the Project Browser. So, it's really easy to navigate around the various views in the project, either by double clicking them directly on the browser, or by using some of these other on-screen controls. In fact, even the level heads here have indicators that allow you to go to that floor plan that corresponds to that level. So, here in the Level 2 indicator, if I double click that, it just takes me right back to the Level 2 floor plan.
Now, there is a few other things we can do in Project Browser. There is actually several other branches here. We got Legends, Schedules, Sheets, Families. We're going to talk about many of those branches in future movies. So, I won't look at all the details of all of those right now. But, lets say you're trying to find a particular view. Now, this is a very simple project, and there aren't that many views. But you can right click anywhere in the browser, and perform a Search, and then when you do, you can start typing in the name that you want. So, I'll type in Section, and when I click Next here, it'll go to the Sections branch, Next again, it will go to Section 1, then again, Section 2, and so on.
So, when you find the view you're looking for, then you can close this, and double click the view. There are other right click options as well. So, depending on where you click, you'll see different things. So, if I right click on just one of the groupings, it's probably just going to show you Search. But if you right click on a view itself, then you'll get a variety of settings that pertain to that particular view. So, you can do things like duplicate it, or delete it, or rename it, or find views that reference it and so on. So, those are all the different things you can do on Project Browser. The main way to think about Project Browser is it's like the table of contents for your project.
So, just like a book has a table of contents, Project Browser serves the same function in your project. So, when you want to navigate to a particular location in the project, locate the view on Project Browser, double click it, and it will open up that view.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF