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Conceptual Massing Conceptual Massing

Articles that apply to all Revit discipline versions

Planes Lines & Points

August 2012


Conceptual References

Most users of Revit are familiar with Reference Planes in a Project environment and perhaps Reference Lines in the building component Family Editor environment.

When working in the Conceptual Mass evironment there are Reference Planes, Reference Lines AND Reference Points, that can be used to control the 3D components of the Mass elements definition.

A working understanding of How To Use these features for Mass elements is totally different from using non-Concept Mass References. It is a whole different world inside Revit!

There is Revit WikiHelp and some good Blogs out there on this topic, but we outline some basic concepts in the following CAD Content Membership article.

Revit mOdeling Modeling

Articles that apply to Revit Architecture

Create Split Gable Roof Eaves

August 2014

In the Revit Architecture Tab > Build panel you can create a Roof by Footprint.
When you create a Split Gable roof (with overhanging eaves) over an 'L' shaped footprint, the lower gable inner slope does not project back in under the eave of the main gable.

By using the Modify Tab > Join/Unjoin Roof tool you can select the gable edge of the lower small roof, and the larger gable end wall to join it to.
The lower roof is then projected back to meet the main gable end wall. The top of the Attached to roof side wall is adjusted to suit.

The final step is to select the main gable end wall and use the Modify > Edit Profile tool to shape the wall in under the main gable, to as far as the ridge of the lower roof.

All done!

Site and Building Coverage Areas

May 2011

In Revit the Home Ribbon > Room & Area panel far right, is where you find the create Area tools.
You need to know to click the pull down list and make an Area Plan FIRST!

The option of Gross or Nett could also be worded or to pre-search and define bounded
′spaces′. There after always delete Area defining lines that are not much use and use the Area Boundary Line to create my own ′spaces′. Proceed to nominate defined Areas you want and complete the Tag details. As to extracting your areas the Area Schedule is really basic. Just use the minimum Fields: Name and Area for your report/table.
Tip: Make sure in the Sorting you have Grand totals & Itemize every instance checked.

A typical Site Coverage area plan might look as follows…

And Schedule…

Saved View > Schedule attached for you to Insert and work over.
You can import/Insert by…

Revit Rendering Rendering

Articles that apply to Revit Platform

2014 Materials Update

May 2013

Autodesk Materials 2014

Tab Interface

The Autodesk Materials 2014 has been changed to combine all the multiple dialogs into one Tab based interface. There are Tabs for each Material aspect Graphics, Appearance, Physical and Thermal properties.

The three dialog Tabs only appear if the material has values for the respective Asset.

The Asset Browser remains a separate dialog.

Use of 2013 Materials

October 2012

Autodesk Materials

Autodesk Materials

The Autodesk Materials interface and Method of Use has undergone a significant change in Revit 2013. A Material now covers many aspects such as Graphics, Appearance, Physical and Thermal properties.

Instead of duplicating a whole existing material and editing every property in the old to suit the new, you can now combine various predefined base assets or properties into a new material with only minor editing.

The other thing that has really changed materials handling, is the saving and selection of Materials from data files. The Material files only contain definition data and you do not need to save and retrieve materials by doing a Copy & Paste of a sample Revit element.

The three interface dialogs; Materials Browse, Materials Editor and Materials Assets, allow you to create and modify materials in your user defined library file(s).

[V] Visit Revit Materials Site »

Rendering in the Cloud

July 2011

Render in the Cloud

Cloud Rendering

Although you can do a scene render inside a Revit 3D View, it is now possible to have the rendering session carried out at the Autodesk 360 Subscription site. This frees up your computer from actually doing the render process, allowing you to carry on with other work, whilst the render is being processed.

Setup your 3D view with lighting and other parameters first, then from the View tab click Render in Cloud. If prompted you will need to sign in to your Autodesk account.

Select your view (or views) to be rendered, adjust settings and click Start Rendering.
Revit creates a version of your project and transmits it to the Cloud rendering service.
To monitor the render progress click View tab > Graphics panel Render Gallery.

Revit Documentation Documentation

Articles that apply to Revit Platform

Creating User Defined Parameters

Aug 2015

User Parameters

User Parameters

In a Revit RVT Project file, you can create user defined parameter names that can store specific data for that Project.

The name can be just for information used in that project; selected from the Project Parameters list; defined in that project or inherited from the temple RTE file the project started from or
it can be a Shared Parameter name taken from an external lookup list file; a TXT Shared Parameters file.


[V] Each step involves detailed dialogs to follow. Read the full article »

Create a Titleblock

May 2014

Titleblock Sheet Labels

A Titleblock

Titleblocks define the size and appearance of the drawing sheet. You create them in the Family Editor by specifying the sheet size and then adding borders, a company logo and other information you want to see on the sheet. You save the titleblock as a separate file with an .RFA extension ready to load.
Typically, you create your own customised titleblocks and save them in a centrally accessible location. You may even choose to load the custom titleblocks into your company project template, so they are available when you create a new project.

[V] Each of the steps involve detailed considerations. Read the full article »

Revision Schedules

July 2012

Revision Schedules

Revisions on Sheet

Revit supports model and hence document revisions at anytime. To manage the revision process, Revit 2013 Ribbon View > Sheet Composition panel provides for Revisions session settings.

You place Annotation Clouds on any View, both Model and / or Sheet, but how or where from the user interface do you place a Revision Schedule on a Sheet ?

The answer is you cannot place a Revision Schedule from within your Project, you place a System created (not Loadable) Revision Schedule element in a Titleblock Family whilst in the Revit Family Editor.

Tags and Keywords

May 2011

There is an increasing use of Keynotes by NZ Revit users. They are seen as as an improvement over standard Annotation Text with Leaders. That is true, but Annotation Tags can even be more powerful in many situations. The Pros and Cons of Text, Tags & Keynotes is fully outlined in a separate CAD Content site.

[V] Visit Revit Annotation Site »

Revit Families Family Making

Articles that apply to Revit Platform

Making Families - Best Practice Procedures

June 2011 Rich

Timber Grading

Family Procedures

Before starting out on making Revit Families, it pays to read up on what are considered best practice procedures.

We have collated a check list of steps to adhere to whilst making most types of Families. We recommend Revit content developers follow these steps in the order listed to ensure quality user expectations.

Each of the steps involve more detailed considerations which are covered in comprehensive Revit Families Training courses. Refer to the Salesoft Website > Training Courses.

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Making Families - Starting a Type Catalogue

June 2012 Rich

Type Catalogues

Export Menu Item

To make a Type Catalogue for a Revit Family, the easiest way to start off the TXT parameter values file, is to use the Revit Application Menu Export - Family Types.

You need to Open a Family file in Revit first. Then when you do the Export of Types a TXT file is created with all the current Parameters listed in the header line.

If your Family only has one type created so far then the default values for your parameters is exported. You can find the values after all of the parameter names. Unfortunately it is all in one long line. You can break the line with a carriage return at the start of each value set if your Family had more than one Type.

Revit BIM BIM Collaboration

Articles that apply to using Revit for BIM

Linking Consultant Models

July 2011

Linked Models

Linked Model Management

You can create a master ′hosting′ model with one or more other models Linked into the master. This is the most efficient method that Revit has for combining portions of an overall project.

The portions created maybe because of the following circumstances…

  • Separate buildings on a site or campus.
  • Parts of buildings which are being designed by different design teams or designed for different drawing sets.
  • Coordination across different disciplines (for example, an architectural model and a structural model).

To maintain control, linked models need to be carefully managed (for example, linked model file names and file paths do not change once files are imported into a host project). More complex detailing and annotation process will require that some details and annotations will need to be in the linked model and others will need to be in the host project. Likewise where are the Sheets to be kept and published from ?