The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Autodesk Revit Architecture (Free Edition)

If you are new to Autodesk Revit Architecture, I have produced an in-depth, comprehensive Complete Beginners’ Course. This is a FREE 84 part Course. Each Unit is presented as both a written article and a fully narrated video. This course covers all the fundamentals of the software and will give you the skills necessary to both model and detail your design. All you need to do in order to take the Course online is obtain a FREE Membership Account (use the blue link, below). That’s it! Once Registered, you can start working your way through the Course immediately.

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Module 1: Introduction
module_01The first Module in this Course gives an introduction & overview to this Beginners' Guide to Revit Architecture. We look at the Course Content as well as taking a quick look at the softwareyoutube_logo3
1.01Welcome to the Course!Before we get into the detail, let's discuss summary everything that we are going to cover in this CourseWatch the video
1.02What is Revit Architecture?A brief overview of Autodesk Revit Architecture and how it fits into the world of BIM.
Module 2: Interface & Navigation
module_02In this Module we introduce you to the Launch Screen of Autodesk Revit. We explain the main elements of the Interface and show you how to find your way aroundyoutube_logo3
2.01The Launch ScreenUnderstand the main components of the Launch Screen. Understand all the key options of the Application MenuWatch the video
2.02The Ribbon MenuWe take a look at each Menu on the Ribbon and discuss what the tools are used forWatch the video
2.03The Properties PaletteParameters are right at the heart of Revit and the Properties Palette is your primary interface with themWatch the video
2.04The Project BrowserUnderstand how to navigate around your Project using the Project Browser. Understand how to create custom Browser OrgsanisationsWatch the video
2.05The Drawing AreaLearn how to set up the Drawing Area to produce the most effective & efficient Work SpaceWatch the video
2.062D NavigationLearn how to navigate around your 2D Views, including Pan and ZoomWatch the video
2.073D NavigationLearn how to navigate around your 3D Views, including Pan, Zoom, Orbit and the View CubeWatch the video
Module 3: Key Concepts
module_03There are a small number of Key Concepts that are central to understanding & using Revit. In this Module we take a look at each of these Concepts in turnyoutube_logo3
3.01It's all about ParametersAutodesk Revit is a Parametric Modelling Tool. Learn how Parameters are at the heart of RevitWatch the video
3.02Instance & Type ParametersLearnt the fundamental difference between Instance & Type Parameters and how you can use each to your advantageWatch the video
3.03Model vs Detail ElementsLearn the difference between the the single 3D Model and the View-specific Detail elements Watch the video
3.04LevelsLearn how to add Levels to your Project. Understand the use of Levels and how they control your ModelWatch the video
3.05Views and how they relate to LevelsUnderstand the relationship between Floor & Ceiling Plan Views and their corresponding LevelsWatch the video
3.06Reference PlanesLearn how to create Reference Planes. Understand their use in controlling Model Geometry and as Work PlanesWatch the video
3.07Drawing AidsUnderstand the use of Alignment Lines and Temporary DimenisonsWatch the video
3.08Structural GridsLearn how to add Structural Grids to your Project.Watch the video
3.09Projects, Templates & FamiliesUnderstand the difference between a Revit Project, Template & FamilyWatch the video
Module 4: 3D Model Elements
module_04At the heart of BIM is the 3D model. In this module we look at all the primary 3D elements in turn. We look in depth at how we create elements such as Walls, Doors, Stairs, Roofs, etc. We also look at how we can bring external Components into our project.youtube_logo3
4.01WallsHow to create Walls. How to control their height by the use of Levels. How to create your own Wall Types (See also The Ultimate Guide to Revit Walls)Watch the video
4.02Wall OpeningsIn this Tutorial we learn to how to add Openings to our Walls and how to control the Openings by use of LevelsWatch the video
4.03Doors and WindowsHow to insert Doors & Windows into your Walls. How to create your own Door & Window Types. How to load additional Door & Window Families into your ProjectWatch the video
4.04Curtain WallsHow to create Curtain Walls. How to add Curtain Grids and Mullions. How to embed Curtain Walls in Basic Walls. (See also The Ultimate Guide to Revit Walls)Watch the video
4.05FloorsHow to create Floors. How to add floor openings. How to quickly duplicate Floors to additional levels. How to create your own new Floor TypesWatch the video
4.06Creating Sloped FloorsTo perform "'Shape Editing' to your Floor elements to create Drainage Points, etcWatch the video
4.07Shaft OpeningsHow to create Vertical Shafts in your Project.Watch the video
4.08CeilingsTo to create Ceiling Elements both Automatically and by SketchWatch the video
4.09Adding Fixtures to CeilingsHow to add Ceiling Fixtures (Lights, Air Terminals, etc) to your Ceiling ElementsWatch the video
4.10Roofs: Roof by FootprintHow to create both Flat and Pitched Roofs, by Footprint. How to create Sloped Glazing. How to create Gable Ends to your RoofsWatch the video
4.11Roofs: Roof by ExtrusionHow to create Wave-Form Roofs, using the 'Roof by Extrusion' toolWatch the video
4.12Stairs: Stair by ComponentLearn how to create Stairs by Components. Create new Stair Types. Convert Stair Components back to a SketchWatch the video
4.13Stairs: Stair by SketchCreate Custom Stairs from scratch by use of the 'Stair by Sketch' toolWatch the video
4.14RailingsLearn how create and adapt Railings. Host Railings on Stairs and Ramps. Create freestanding horizontal RailingsWatch the video
4.15RampsHow to create Ramps with Landings. Create both parallel and tapered Ramps & LandingWatch the video
4.16ColumnsHow to create both Architectural and Structural Columns. How to control their height by use of Levels. How to control Columns by the use of GridsWatch the video
4.17Model Lines & Model TextCreate and place 3D Text and Lines onto any plane in your ModelWatch the video
4.18Components
Learn how to load additional Components into your Project, Create additional Family Types. Learn about RPC (Rich Photographic Content)Watch the video
Module 5: Editing & Modifying Elements
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5.01Selecting & Filtering ElementsLearn how to select Elements. How to add and remove Elements from Selection Sets. Learn how to Filter Selection Sets to isolate only certain Categories of objectsWatch the video
5.02Moving ElementsLearn 3 different methods of moving Elements- Drag, Move tool and NudgingWatch the video
5.03Copying ElementsLearn how to Copy elements within the same View. Learn advanced Copy and Paste techniques (ie between selected Levels)Watch the video
5.04Rotating ElementsLearn how to Rotate Elements. Reposition the Pivot Point.Watch the video
5.05Mirroring ElementsLearn the two methods of Mirroring Elements- by use of an existing Reference, and defining a Mirror PlaneWatch the video
5.06ArraysLearn how to create both Linear and Radial ArraysWatch the video
5.07Aligning ElementsLearn how to Align one Element with another. Learn how to form Constraints between Aligned ElementsWatch the video
5.08Splitting ElementsLearn how to Split elements- both a 'simple' Split and also a Split with Joint GapWatch the video
5.09Trimming & Extending ElementsLearn how to Trim and Extend both single and multiple elements to a common reference objectWatch the video
5.10Offsetting ElementsLearn how to Offset elements both by the 'Numerical' and 'Graphical' methodsWatch the video
5.11Pinning ElementsLearn how to Pin elements in your project to stop accidental Deletion or RepositioningWatch the video
Module 6: Creating Views
module_06Once you have created your Model, you'll want to get the maximum value from it. This Module shows you how to create various Views of your Project, such as Elevations, Sections, Perspectives, etcyoutube_logo3
6.01Duplicating ViewsLearn the 3 methods of Duplicating Views- 'Duplicate', 'Duplicate with Detailing' and 'Duplicate as a Dependent'Watch the video
6.02ElevationsLearn to create and manipulate Elevations both internal and external to your buildingWatch the video
6.03SectionsLearn how to create Section Views. Create Split SectionsWatch the video
6.04CalloutsLearn how to create Callout views, in order to explain key areas of your design. Create custom Callout boundaries. Learn to 'Reference other Views' from your CalloutWatch the video
6.05Drafting ViewsLearn how to create Drafting Views and appreciate in what scenarios they are appropriateWatch the video
6.06The default 3D ViewUnderstand the role of the default 3D View. Learn how to reset it's default orientationWatch the video
6.07Camera ViewsLearn how to create 3D perspective Camera Views. Learn how to change the Camera and Target height and adjust the Far Clipping PlaneWatch the video
6.08Legend ViewsLearn how to create Legend Views. Add Legend Components to Legend ViewsWatch the video
6.09Section BoxesUse Section Boxes to create 3D Axonometric Cutaway Views of your modelWatch the video
6.10SchedulesLearn how to create and edit Schedules. Learn to schedule any element in your ProjectWatch the video
Module 7: Graphics & Visibility Settings
module_07Autodesk Revit has a variety of tools and options to let you customise each View, with regards how it looks & what it shows. This Module will explain these techniques in detailyoutube_logo3
7.01View ScalesLearn how control the Scale of each View. Create Custom View Scales. Appreciate the relationship between Model Elements and Annotations when the Scale changesWatch the video
7.02Detail LevelsLearn how to change the Detail Level of each View.Watch the video
7.03Visual StylesChange the graphical style of each View. Appreciate the limitations of each optionWatch the video
7.04Crop RegionsLearn how to limit the extent of each View by the use of Crop Regions. Understand the roles of both Model & Annotation CropsWatch the video
7.05Hide/Override Graphics in ViewControl the appearance of individual Elements in specific Views.Watch the video
7.06Reveal Hidden ElementsLearn how to reinstate elements that have been hidden in a ViewWatch the video
7.07Temporary Hide/IsolateLearn how to temporarily Hide or Isolate either single elements or entire element CategoriesWatch the video
7.08Visibility/Graphic OverridesLearn how to control the visibility and graphical appearance of object categories on a per-view basis Watch the video
7.09View TemplatesLearn to quickly capture visual properties from a specific View and instantly apply it to new ViewsWatch the video
7.10View PropertiesExplore the various Parameters that control each ViewWatch the video
7.11View RangeLearn to manipulate the Cut Plane height and Camera depth for Floor & Ceiling PlansWatch the video
Module 8: Annotation & Detailing
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8.01DimenisonsLearn how to add Dimensions to your Project. Learn how to dimension Individual References and Entire Walls. Create your own Dimension Style TypesWatch the video
8.02TextLearn how to add Text to your Views. Add and Edit Leaders to your Text objectsWatch the video
8.03Detail LinesAdd Detail Lines to you Views. Create additional Detail Line TypesWatch the video
8.04SymbolsLearn how to add Symbols to your Views.Watch the video
8.05Detail ComponentsLearn how to add Detail Components to your Views. Lock your Detail Components to the underlying Model GeometryWatch the video
8.06Repeating DetailsLearn how to add Repeating Details to your Views. Creating your own Repeating Detail TypesWatch the video
8.07Filled RegionsLearn how to add Filled Regions to your Views. Create both Filled & Masking Regions. Create your Hatch Pattern TypesWatch the video
8.08RoomsAdd Room objects to your Project. Learn about Room Separation Lines. Learn how to control Room Volume calculationsWatch the video
8.09TagsLearn how to add Tags to your Elements. Understand the relationship between Tags, Element Parameters and SchedulesWatch the video
Module 9: And Finally!
module_09The Final Module in the Series! Here we take a look at some practical aspects of Revit Architecture such as how to tackle "Existing & Proposed" schemes, setting up your Sheets for printing, etcyoutube_logo3
9.01PhasesLearn how to use Phases to correctly tackle "Existing & Proposed" type ProjectsWatch the video
9.02Design OptionsLearn how to use Design Options to correctly investigate and evaluate multiple design ideasWatch the video
9.03Working with CAD FilesLearn how to bring CAD files into your project and use them as a template for the basis of your 3D BIM modelWatch the video
9.04Placing Views onto SheetsLearn how to place your finished Views onto Sheets, ready for outputting. Control the View Title BarWatch the video
9.05PrintingLearn how to print your Views and Sheets. Create Sheet Sets for future reuseWatch the video
9.06Putting it all together!So that's all the theory out of the way. How does all this go together in practice? We take a look at a typical Project Workflow
9.07Where to go from here...So you've fully grasped the basics of Revit! Let's take a look at what there is still left to learn