To start our Revit Architecture Tips and Tricks blog posts we decided to start with an elementary tutorial on two essential topics :-
There are two means of starting a new project with Revit Architecture from the Home screen.
1 – Click on the R at the top left corner of screen – From drop down menu select NEW – PROJECT
2 – From screen display under PROJECTS – select NEW
Both methods will open a NEW PROJECT dialog box. From here, and under Template file we can choose from the drop down menu – Architecture or Construction template. These are the default templates built into Revit. Either will open the modelling screen, depending on your project discipline.
Your office or practice may already have an office template. This will have been saved as a template and will have populated to the dropdown menu in the New Project dialog box.
When starting a new project it is important to set up the required project elevation levels as your first task. Virtually every family and component will be associated to a level in the project, so getting close to the required levels will save a lot of amendments and time as the project develops.
With the modelling screen now open, navigate to the Project Browser on the left of the screen and click the +plus marker beside ELEVATIONS. This will show all elevations in the project, and at this stage it will be the default EAST, NORTH, SOUTH, and WEST.
Click and open any elevation – this will now show the associated elevation on the modelling screen. It is from here we can add and amend our levels.
To rename the levels we click and highlight the relevant elevation line. The line and text turns blue colour. Click on the name text of the elevation and it will allow us to amend accordingly. This action can also be completed in the Properties Palette on the left of the screen.
To change the height or value of the level, we do as above but this time when the line is highlighted we click on the numerical value and this will allow us to amend. Again this can be completed on the Properties palette.
To place additional levels we proceed as follows…
As we stated at the beginning of this article, levels are extremely important to set up early in the project, as almost every family component is associated to a level. When we create a level, a floor plan for that level is created and automatically placed in the Project Browser. However there are instances when we don’t want or need a floor plan for that level, but we still need the level to associate components to. So here is what we do…
We hope that you have found this tutorial helpful and would encourage feedback.
In our next edition in our Tips and tricks we will be looking further into Levels and how to manipulate them to your needs.
This article was written by dimensiondrawings