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 […]

Revit Architecture: Shaft Openings

  Let’s take a multi-story building. In the simple example below, I have 4 floor plates stacked on top of each other……     Now let’s say that I want to add an elevator shaft up the entire height of the building- it could also be a stair well, service riser, etc, etc. To do […]

Revit Architecture: Variable thickness floor layers

If you’ve started exploring Revit’s Floor tool, you may have noticed that by default, the floor elements that Revit creates are composed of individual layers of uniform thickness. In the image below, we see a typical floor element- shown in section…..     You can see the 5 individual floor layers that makes up this […]

Revit Architecture: The Room Bounding parameter

For me, Rooms are one of the most powerful elements within Autodesk Revit. After all, architecture is all about creating spaces- spaces within which things can happen. The ability to store all sorts of useful data against individual Room objects, gives us an unprecedented opportunity to interrogate and analyse those spaces at the design stage. […]

Autodesk Revit: Model Lines explained

One of the main concepts of Autodesk Revit is that there are 3D model elements (eg. walls, doors, windows, etc) and their are 2D Detail and Annotation elements (eg. hatch patterns, detail lines, detail components, symbols, etc). However, there is a third type of component that straddles somewhere between these two classes- and that is […]

Revit Architecture: Allow and Disallow Wall Joins

One of the best features of Revit Walls is their ability to automatically join with each other. No more manually trimming and extending wall layer lines in AutoCAD! Just place your wall segments into your model and let them automatically resolve the junctions between their various layers. The image below shows a typical join between […]

Revit Architecture: Creating internal Room Elevations

It’s standard practise to create external “Building” elevations of an architectural design. For many architectural practices, it is desirable to also produce internal “Room” elevations, for each room in the design. These Room Elevations are often combined with schedules to produce “Room Data Sheets”. So let’s take a look at how we produce Room Elevations. […]