Autodesk Revit: Drawing Aids explained

Introduction In Revit, Reference Planes can be used to form construction lines to help set out your design. However, it is usually quicker to just place the element into the project and adjust it retrospectively. In this Revit Tutorial, I’ll show you some of the features of Revit that facilitate that quick manipulation of elements- […]

Autodesk Revit: Model versus Detail Elements

Introduction A lot of the work you do in Revit is going to be constructing a virtual, 3D model of your design. At some point in this process, you are going to stop creating 3D geometry and you are going to to start enhancing it with 2D Detail elements. This is a really crucial concept […]

Autodesk Revit: Importing and Linking CAD files

Just because you’ve seen the light and adopted BIM as a way of working, it most certainly doesn’t meant that you’ll never have to work with DWG or DXF files ever again. On the contrary, there are many scenarios where it is highly beneficial to work with CAD files inside of your Revit Project. For […]

Autodesk Revit: The Project Browser explained

Introduction As you develop your project within Revit, you are going to create many different assets. These assets will typically include Floor Plan views, Elevations views, Section views, Schedules, Perspective and 3D views, etc. As you work with your project you will be constantly switching between these views. You will need to rename some of […]

Autodesk Revit: Reference Planes explained

Introduction If you have come to Revit from a 2D CAD system (such as AutoCAD), you may be familiar with the concept of “Construction Lines“. Indeed, even back in the days of pen and ink, designers would create light, pencil lines in order to help set out their design. We don’t have Construction Lines as […]

Autodesk Revit: Structural Grids

Introduction Many architectural projects utilise Structural Grids to help set out steelwork, etc. Thankfully we have a dedicated Structural Grid line tool in Revit for just this purpose. Please don’t make the mistake of using simple 2D lines to represent your structural grids- you really would be missing out on the features of a great […]

Autodesk Revit: It’s all about Parameters

Introduction In the opening Module of this course we talked a little about how Revit uses parameters for everything it creates. In this Unit we going to revisit that topic and look at parameters in more detail. Parameters really are at the heart of Revit, so it’s certainly worth reiterating the principles. Unit Agenda Everything […]

Autodesk Revit: Levels explained

Introduction As we start to construct our 3D model, we need some method of controlling the vertical height of our elements- be it floor heights, the base and top of columns, window cill heights, etc. This is where Levels come into play. In order to create an effective and efficient model, it is crucial that […]

Revit Architecture: Using Dimensions to control model geometry

  In the realms of architectural drawings, dimensions are traditionally used to convey information (a distance or angle for instance) to somebody viewing those documents. However in Autodesk Revit, dimensions have an additional role- and that is that they can control elements. I like to think of this as a two-way relationship. You can place […]

Autodesk Revit: Paste Aligned to Selected Levels

  Copying elements in a plan view is really straightforward. Select the element you want to copy (ie a door, window, table, etc) , hit the Copy tool…..     ……and pick your destination. But what if you need to copy your element(s) vertically in your model. For example, here is my project for an […]