Create a Building, Add Stairs, Change Units, Upload More Windows and Use Section Box in Autodesk Revit



Introduction: Create a Building, Add Stairs, Change Units, Upload More Windows and Use Section Box in Autodesk Revit

The purpose of this tutorial is to guide you through different steps in Autodesk Revit software program. After viewing this tutorial you will be able to:

-Start a new project in Revit
-Create a building that includes the basic components; i.e. floor, walls, ceilings, roof, stairs and windows. 
-Change between imperial and metric units
-Use the "section box" feature to analyse the building better and faster
-Hide elements such as walls and roof to allow you to see whats going on inside and check for any errors

Completing this tutorial should take approximately 7-10 minutes depending on your knowledge using Revit. The only tools needed to complete this tutorial is access to Autodesk Revit program and access to the internet to view or print the tutorial. 

Step 1: Opening a New File in Revit

To open a new project:

1) Select "New" from the options on the left side of the screen.
2) Select the "Construction" template.
3) Click "OK" 

This will bring up the main screen of your project

Step 2: Creating Walls for a Simple Squared Building

To create a building you need to start by creating the walls.
1) Click in the "Wall" option and draw the outline of the building you wish to create. 
2) Create the desired outline of the building
3) From the "Properties" box select the style of the wall     
- The wall will be created in Level 1

Step 3: Creating a Floor for the Building

Adding a floor to the building: 

1) Add the floor by clicking on the "Floor" option
     -It will now ask you to select your boundaries
2) Select the four inside walls of your room or entire building
3) Click the green check mark when finished

Step 4: Creating a Roof for the Building

Now you can add a roof to the building:
1)Select "Level 2" from the left hand side
2) From the upper left hand corner, click "Defines Slope" and offset of 1ft
3) Select all four, outside walls of your building and click the green check mark
     -Make sure the roof is completely enclosed otherwise it will give not let you add the roof
4) Click on the green check mark when finished

Step 5: Adding a Set of Stairs With Risers

In order to add a set of stairs to the building, you need to first cut a hole in the 2nd Level floor.

To cut a hole in the floor you need to go to the "Level 2" floor plans
1) Hover over to the building slab and click the "tab" button on your keyboard until you see the "Floor: Concrete Slab" on the lower left hand side of your screen. 
2) Select "Edit Boundary" from the top tool box
3) Using the rectangle option, draw the size of the hole you wish to cut. 
4) Click finish

Now your second level floor has a hole for your stairs to go through. 

1) In the "First Level" select "Stairs" 
2) Start your run by clicking in the beginning of where you wish your stairs to start
3) Drag the mouse until you have used all of the risers
4) Click the green check mark
  -Now you have a set of stairs

Step 6: Viewing Your Building Progress in 3D

View your project in 3D:

1) Select "3D" from the tool box on the left hand side or from to the "View" tab and selecting "3D View"

In 3D view you can rotate your building by clicking and holding the shift key and also the track pad on your mouse

If you wish to change the view of the building you can select, from the bottom of the page, the graphics display you wish to use. 

Step 7: Using the "Section Box" Feature in 3D View

Once you are in 3D view you will be able to cut through your project and view details from the inside.

1) Go to the "properties" tool box and scroll down until you see "Section Box"
2) Click on "Section Box" to turn on the feaure
3) Drag the arrows on the box to trim any part of the building you wish to not see
4) To remove the section box feature, remove check mark from the properties tool box.

Step 8: Adding a New Family of Objects to Revit

In order to save space, Revit does not include every single door, window and furniture available. If the choices that are provided are not what you are looking for you will need to add a family of the objects you are interested. 

Adding a window family:
1) Click on the "insert tab" at the top of the page
2) Now click on the "Load Family" folder
3) Scroll down until you see windows
4) Select the windows you wish to include in Revit
5) To use the new windows, simply go to the "Windows" tab and click on the pull down menu in the "Properties" tool box
6) Select the window and place where desired

Step 9: How to Change Between Imperial and Metric Units

To change between imperial and metric units:

1) Select "Manage" from the tabs on the top of the screen
2) Click on "Project Units"
3) Change to the system you with to use for the units

Step 10: Hiding Different Elements to View Building Details

Viewing the building without the outside walls will help you see the details inside the building. To do this:

1) Go to 3D view
2) Select the walls or objects you wish to hide
3) With the ojects selected, go to the bottom of the page click on the picture with the glasses
4) Select the hide element option if you wish to hide only one or hide category if you wish to hide the entire category of the objects

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