Revit Basic Building Tutorial
set of steps should walk one through creating a basic building model and an
output drawing using Revit Architectural 2010. The linked videos show the same steps with minor variations. Novice tudents in AE-390
should be able to create Assignment #A1a’s work by essentially following these
- Note that the videos and instructions are based on Revit-2010 - There are relatively minor menu differences in new Versions, but the procedures are essentially the same.
New Project (Video
Note that you'll probably want to expand the window to see the screen clearly.
- Project Browser - Select "Level-1"
- Home Tab | Build | Floor
- Switches to "Create Floor Boundary" in Ribbon Tab
- Boundary Lines - be sure "chain" is selected
- Draw floor plan – note you can type in specific dimensions while drawing
- "Finish Floor" (Checkmark)
- Are now in "Modify Floors" Ribbon Tab
- Select the floor
- Check that type is "Generic 12"
- It's OK to switch to another type if you wish
Draw Exterior Walls
- Switch to "Home" Tab on Ribbon
- Select Wall tool
- Tab changes to "Place Wall" automatically
- Change "Element " Properties
- Click on "Element Properties" Icon - Upper Half
- Instance Properties Dialog Box opens
- Change the "Type" to your choice
- JEM chose Brick on metal studs
- Change the following Parameters
- "Top Constraint" from "Unconnected" to "Up to Level 2"
- "Location Line" to "Finish Face Exterior"
- Trace the outside of the floor plan
- Choose the "Line" Icon in the "Draw" region
- Drawing option - arrow - Pick lines
- Trace the sides of your floor from one corner to the next
- Will show the wall
Project Browser - Double Click an Elevation
Should see an elevation with Level indicators
May need to zoom out a bit to see indicators
Create 3D View
Click on "3D" with house icon in uppermost
Will create 3D view in Project Browser
Should see walls on your floor
Go back to floor plan of Level-1 (Video
Project Browser - Floor Plans - Level 1 - Double Click
Create Interior Partitions & rooms
- Choose Ribbon "Home" Tab
- Select Wall tool - Type Interior - Your choice - I chose 5-1/2"
- Behaves as before for Exterior Wall
- Note that can modify most usual parameters directly in the toolbar above the drawing area
- Draw several partitions to make at least three rooms
- When finish click on "Modify" arrow on left
- "Room & Area" Tab | Room Icon
- Choose Room tool and make rooms for each space you created
- Will turn blue with labels on room.
- Click in spaces
- Accept the default room numbers or change them
Put on a Roof
- Select Level-2 floor - double click
- Select roof tool - Home |Build Group | Roof
- Note that it changes to sketch mode
- Create an overhang - I used 2'
- Use "Pick Walls" option to draw boundaries of roof. (Last Icon)
- "Finish Roof" - should see roof appear
- Switches to "Modify Roof"
- Change type to Wood rafter 8" - Asphalt
- View in 3D - Should see roof
Doors & Windows
- Put doors and windows so each room has a view and you can get into the building and each room
- Choose Level 1 Floor Plan
- Change to Home Tab
- Choose Door (or window)
- May want to "Load Family" to get different door types
- Place them where you wish
- Repeat with Window (door)
Create a perspective view (Video
- Change to floor plan view
- Change to Ribbon | View | Create | 3D View PullDown | Camera
- Put "Camera" icon where you want to make a view
- Drag the view lines out far enough to encompass the building
- Once you stop dragging the 3D view will pop up
- You can change the view window by dragging its edges
- Note: You have created a new "3D view" in the project browser.
- Can change the view properties - e.g. to produce gradient background
Create a Door Schedule - another view
- Switch Back to Floor Plan
- Pick "View" tab in Design Bar
- Pick "Schedules" | "Schedules/Quantity"
- Choose "Doors" to schedule
- Brings Up "Schedule Properties" Window
- Fields to Include from "Properites Window" (at least these)
- Assembly Code
- This creates "Door Schedule" under Schedules in Project Browser
- You can do the same for windows if you choose
Create a "Sheet" that would actually
print out (Video
- Choose "New Sheet" from View | Sheet Composition
- Accept default 30x42 titleblock
- Now will have a sheet on which can put your building
Drag at least the following views onto the sheet from the Project Browser
"Level 1" floor plan
- If it's too big it's possible to crop the drawing - won't do here
- Your view created by the camera
- Door schedule
- One elevation
- Change the title block to have your information
- Zoom in on the lower right part of the title block
- Change at least the following by clicking on them
- Project Name - Call it "Revit Test"
- Drawn by - Your Name
- Anything else you want.
Save this and submit it to BbLearn with a one
page (approximately) document that describes the following
Comparison to prior Experience
What is easier.
What is more difficult.
Advantages you can see.
Disadvantages you can see.
- Whether you believe this tool will be applicable in other courses.