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Revit Architecture Level 1 Course - Online

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  • Objectives
    To understand the concept of Revit and BIM. To learn how to model all the physical elements of a simple building of two floors plus basement, from the foundation up to the roof. To show all the resulting views of the model on a set of sheets.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is directed at Architects, students of architecture, builders, contractors. Preferable: experience/knowledge of construction, architecture, or engineering.

    Essential:

    * Familiarity with Windows applications.

    * A computer that meets the system requirements. A headset (hearphones plus microphone)

    * A good connection to the internet. No dial up, nor your same phone line.

    * Revit Architecture 2010 installed in your computer. If you don't have it, you can request a 30-day trial version from Autodesk, or you can download it from Autodesk as well. Visit the useful links section at the bottom of this page.

    Not required: prior experience with other CAD programs.
  • Course description
    Autodesk Revit  is a BIM (Building Information Modeling) software for Microsoft Windows , originally created by the Boston-based company Revit Technology Corporation, which was adquired by Autodesk in 2002. Since then, Autodesk has continued to develop the application and has been agressively marketing it as the future standard for the AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction industry).

    Building Information Modeling, a successor of the Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm, allows for intelligent, 3D and parametric object-based design. In this way, Revit provides full bi-directional associativity. A change anywhere is a change everywhere, instantly, with no user interaction to manually update any view. A BIM model may contain the building's full life cycle, from concept to construction to decommissioning. This is made possible by Revit's underlying relational database architecture which its creators call the parametric change engine .

    In the United States, some states such as Wisconsin and Texas have made the use of BIM models mandatory for the submittal of certain type of projects. Also, the General Services Administration (GSA), a government agency, has switched to BIM models for its projects. Please follow the links provided to read about the specific details on each case.

    Revit comes in 3 presentations: Revit Architecture, Revit MEP (Mechanical, Electric, and Plumbing), and Revit Structure. The 3 packages share the same interface and methods, just differ in the set of tools. Revit models belonging to any one of the 3 disciplines can be linked into any other, for coordination purposes. There is another application, Navisworks, by Autodesk, which is being used by architects and specially construction contractors who need to put all these 3 models together.

    Courses are scheduled on demand, according to the information collected from the sign up form. Once the information is collected, the definitive dates and times are sent by email to the people who have sent us the form, and then the information is published here. The course which fills up first, starts first.

    Length: 24 hours, distributed in 12 lessons of 2 hours each.

    Frequency: 8 hours a week, during 3 weeks.

    Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

    Instructor: Alfredo Medina


    Hours: Please select the hours that are more convenient for you from the options shown in the sign up form. The times shown on the list refer to the time at your city. It might be different from the time the class originates in the US Eastern Time (Miami). To compare schedules, check the timezones chart.

    Lesson 
     
    Topics
     

    1    Interface : The Ribbon : Tabs, panels, and tools. Using the project browser. Selecting objects. Filtering selection. Using Crtl and Shift keys, Tab key for alternates. Customizing quick access toolbar.    

    2    Interface: Visualization tools: scale list, visual styles, detail level, crop view, view region, using the glasses icon (isolate/hide), (elements/categories), reveal hidden elements. Using the cube and the wheel.    

    3    Starting a project: templates, units, levels, grids. Using offsets. Using draw lines vs. pick lines. Drawings tools. Lines and arcs, fillets. Editing tools: trim/extend, split.    

    4    Adding exterior walls and interior partitions. Adding doors. Families: duplicate, rename, modify. Door schedule. Adding structural columns. Editing tools: copy, move, rotate.    

    5    Adding Slabs, openings. Understanding the sketch mode. Using Copy to Clipboard and Paste Aligned to levels. Creating basement and second floor. Creating sheets. Starting sections and elevations. Adding stairs.     

    6    Adding components (furniture, plumbing fixtures). Creating a foundation plan with footings, pedestals and foundation beams. Using View range and cutting plane. Using underlay.Adding a balcony. Adding Railings, using custom profiles.    

    7    Creating a site by inserting points, by importing a 3d drawing from AutoCAD, by using a text file with points    

    8    Roofs: by footprint, by extrusion. Slopes. Work planes. Adding a roof structure. Roof plan. Roof framing plan. Editing tools: rectangular array.    

    9    Creating openings, in walls, in slabs, in roof. Shafts. Edit a wall profile. Windows and window schedule. Legends.    

    10    Curtain walls: grids, mullions, and panels. Inserting doors and windows in curtain walls. Creating perspective views. Creating isometric views by floor. Creating isometric sections using the wheel.    

    11    Creating a framing plan modifying the view range. Adding beams and beam systems. Designating bearing walls. Adding annotations such as text and dimensions.     

    12    Preparing a set of sheets for printing. Customizing a title block with company logo, labels, text and linework. Adding a file path plot stamp. Printing to paper or to DWF format. Using DWF Viewer or DWF Design Review. Exporting to AutoCAD from the model or from the sheet.

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