Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in one model with many views, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] So what's so special about Revit anyhow? Well, there are many possible answers to that question, but in this movie I'd like to focus on one of the easiest and most immediate benefits of using Revit. Whether you are an architect, interior designer, draftsman, or contractor, you spend a lot of time looking at and working in floor plans, sections and elevations. In Revit, work that you do in plan is immediately reflected in elevation and section and vice-versa. In this movie I'll show you how easy Revit makes it for us to keep our changes coordinated with a firsthand look at what I think is one of the fundamental benefits of building information modeling, the fully coordinated building model.
To illustrate this, I have several tiled windows in my model canvas on screen. I have a 3D view, an elevation, a plan and even a schedule. And what I want to do is, here in the floorplan I'm going to select this exterior door right here. And what I want you to see is, it'll highlight in blue here on screen, but more importantly, it'll highlight in the elevation in the 3D view as well. The reason it highlights in all those views is it's the same door just seen from three different vantage points. Now, if I took that door and actually moved it a little bit, so I'm just gonna drag it over manually like so, you're gonna see that door move in both of those other locations as well.
Now, if you missed it, let me show it to you again. I'm gonna do this slowly here. Go ahead and watch the 3D view and the elevation as I drag this door back to its original position and notice that the door changes instantly in those other views. Now, that's just one example of what I mean by the fully coordinated building model. So a change that you make in one view is immediately reflected in these others. But that applies not just to floor plans, elevations and sections, it also applies to schedules as well. So, notice over here that this is door number 12, this is door number 10, this is door number nine.
If I find those entries here in the schedule, here's door number nine, notice what it highlights on screen in the floor plan. Here's door number 10, here's door number 11, here's door number 12. All of those entries are live entries in the schedule and we can see them in real time. Now the schedule is telling us useful information about those doors. Now, maybe there's a particular door that I want to look for in my model. So I'm going to select door number four and I'm not sure where it is. Well I can click this highlight in model button over here and it will take me directly to that door in the floor plan.
Now, I'll close this window and I'm gonna zoom out a little bit and what I find is that that door is actually in this space across the plan in another location. With that door selected, I could actually make some changes to it. Now of course I could move it, and we've already seen that, but what if I changed its size? Take notice of the size that you see right here. This is a three foot wide by seven foot high door. Well right here in the schedule I have the type of door that is here and if I open up this list, I could choose a completely different kind of door for that entry.
So I'm gonna choose a double glass door that's 72 by 84. Notice that the door gets larger here in the schedule, its width changes, and here in the floorplan it got larger as well. Now let me go ahead and move that over so that it fits in the space a little bit better. Now, lets take it a step further. Maybe I wanna actually see the result of that change in another view. We can create new views to study our model at any time and it will show us exactly what we have in that location. So I'm going to go to the section tool up here on the toolbar.
This is one of my favourite Revit tools. And I'm gonna click a point outside the building here and drag to the right and click again. That will create a new section line, I'll right click on it and choose go to view, and that will open up the section view. Now so that I can continue to see the object in the background, let me just resize this view a little bit and I'll hold in my wheel and drag and then to zoom in on that I can roll the wheel to zoom in on that location. Now there's the door right there. I can select it, it highlights in both views, but while I'm here, if I kind of investigate, this section is showing me both the first floor and the second floor.
So if I zoom out just a touch, notice that this door appears to be in the wrong location. So, I could just go ahead and change it right here in section, but if I wanna be sure, maybe I'll come over here to my project browser, which contains all the views of my project, and I'll double click level two. Now that'll open up this second floorplan here which is showing me the same general area of the floor plan but just up on the upper level and I can see in fact that that door is actually going into an office instead of out here into the quarter.
So I can simply move the door over and it will adjust in real-time here in the section and this door tag that indicates that that's door number 15, that door tag moves along with it. So I think one of the biggest benefits of working in the building information modeling paradigm, and in Revit in particular, is this fully coordinated building model. Changes you make in one view are immediately reflected in other views, and you can make these changes with confidence and know that you're not going to be leaving several places where you have to go back and backtrack and coordinate your work.
So the fully coordinated building model is by far one of the easiest and most accessible benefits of working in building information modeling and using Revit as a tool to achieve it.
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