Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using levels, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Teacher] When you're generating all of your floor plans, ceiling plans, 3D views, and elevations in Revit Architecture, there will always be a need for levels. Levels are in essence your floor levels, your ground levels, your levels of finished floor finishes and so on. Now what you've got to do is create those levels normally in an elevation or sectional view. So what we've got is a new Revit project for you called RevitProject_LEVELS. You can see the name of it there at the top of the screen.
Now what we're going to do is allow you to download that, obviously from our lynda.com exercise files so that you can follow along with the video. Now you'll notice I'm in the north elevation of this particular Revit project. Over here in the project browser, there's the north elevation there. Now you'll notice I haven't touched the level markers at all. They're those little blue circles with the little blue bits in them. Now what we're going to do is we're going to tidy up the view first. So I'm just gonna zoom out slightly, just roll back a couple notches on the wheel on the mouse. I'm gonna select one of the levels, like so.
So I'll highlight it and click on it. Now you'll see lots of things appear. You can see it's locked, obviously it needs to be, at level zero. But you'll notice there's a little purple circle there. I'm gonna click on that circle and I can drag the level markers away from the building. Ideally, they want to be away from the building. So I'm just gonna drag that a little bit further to the left, like so, there we go. And then I'll select a level marker again, zoom out, and you'll see we've got a circle at the other end, click and drag, and I can drag that this way as well. Now when you select a level marker, you'll notice there's a little tick box.
And you can have markers at each end or you can switch them off, like that. Very, very useful. I'm gonna click away from the level markers now and zoom in on their names on the left-hand side. Now you'll notice that these particular level markers are blue. When they're blue, that indicates that they also have associated floor plans and ceiling plans. So that blue indicates that there's an associated floor plan with Level 1, and an associated floor plan with Level 0. And there they are there in our project browser.
Now I'm going to select Level 0, click on it once, click on it twice, I'm going to rename it. And I'm gonna call it 00-GND, for ground level. Now I know that any of you in America would not have a 00 ground floor, you'd have a 01 ground floor. It's always a little bit confusing for me when I go to America and jump into a lift, what you call an elevator, and I can't find the 00 button to go back down to the ground level. So I'll press Enter there. As soon as I do that, though, I'll be prompted to rename the corresponding views.
So I'll be renaming the floor plans and the ceiling plans associated with that level marker. So when I click on Yes, keep an eye on the project browser, and can you see I've now got 00-GND floor plan, 00-GND ceiling plan. Let's do the same again on the Level 1 marker here. So I'll click once, click twice, that's going to become zero one, and then a dash, and then ROOF, like so. I press Enter, and as you can see, rename corresponding views, Yes, like so.
And it renames the floor plans and the ceiling plans. When I click away from that now, it's a lot more descriptive. So what I'm going to do now is zoom out slightly, and in this elevation view, my north elevation, what I'm going to do is add another level marker. So I'll go to the Architecture tile on the ribbon, go to the Datum panel here, and I'm gonna click on Level, just there. Now before I place my level, I'm gonna untick Make Plan View. So this is going to be a level marker that does not have an associated plan view.
Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to place it from here, can you see, click and drag, and just drag it across, it doesn't matter where it goes to, as such, and then I'm gonna zoom out slightly. I want the level marker at this end, so I tick there, I want the bubble there, and I'm gonna untick there 'cause I don't want the bubble there. And then what I'm going to do is just drag that across and line it in with the others. Hit Escape to deselect, and there's my level marker, and as you can see now, it's not associated with any plan views, and there's no plan views coming up in the project browser.
Now I'm actually going to move this one. What I'm going to do is I'm going to move it, click on Move, like so, and I'm gonna move that down, and I'm gonna bring it down, and I want to bring it down onto that roof level, can you see that, so I can bring it down, line it in, I want to line it in with the roof, like so. Now I've lined that in nicely with the roof, and as you can see, it's at 7,000. Well I've moved it, and I need to just tweak those ends a little bit, like that. So I'll take that across there, and again just tidy up using the purple circles, line them in so they're all nice and even.
Now this one is not associated with any plans yet. Now I've lined that in by eye. Obviously you do that a lot more accurately, perhaps using reference plains, and so on and so forth. I'm going to rename it, though, as ROOF APEX. So this will be oh two, dash, and then ROOF APEX, like that, 'cause it's a pitched roof, and then press Enter, and you can see now 02-ROOF APEX is listed there at a height of 7,000 above ground level. It is not associated, though, with any floor plans right now.
So how do I associate that with a floor plan? Well at the moment, I don't actually have anything in here. What I need to do is create a new floor plan. So I'm gonna create a new floor plan, so I go to View, and I want a new floor plan, so I'm gonna click on this flyout here in the Create panel, and I want a new Floor Plan. And you'll notice as soon as I do that, it goes, "Oh, there's a level not associated with a floor plan." So there you go, floor plan there, 02-ROOF APEX. I click on OK, and there's my plan looking down on top of the roof. There's my floor plan, like so.
Now I don't have a ceiling plan yet. Why don't I have a ceiling plan? Well for one, on a roof apex, I wouldn't need a ceiling plan. But if I did, again, we go to the flyout in the Create panel, and you can see there, Reflected Ceiling Plan, and again, ROOF APEX, click on OK, and it adds the ROOF APEX ceiling plan as well. There wouldn't be anything in it because it's right up on the apex of the roof. So I can quite happily just right-click on that, and delete it because I don't actually need it. But you can see there now, how you can generate these levels and they generate all of your floor plans, and you've now got your slices through your 3D model in Revit Architecture.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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