Thursday, 20 August 2009

Tips and Tricks ~ Grid lines

As I surf my way around the internet and find tips and trick, articles, blog postings about Grid Lines in Revit that may be useful I'm adding links to them here as a reference resource


Back to Basics: Grid Lines Dissapearing?!?!?
Adrianna Slusarenko ~ All About Revit

Have you ever had Grid Lines dissapear for no apparent reason? Well, here are a few reasons this would occur, and how you can aleviate the issue:.... read on.......


Missing Grids on Elevation ~ Posted by David Fano Link to Video

So…. Have you ever had the problem where your grid lines will NOT show up in elevations?!?!?! This is of course after you have checked your VG settings and maximized 3d extents, still NOTHING! Chances are the elevation view is not perpendicular to the grid lines.


The Revit Clinic
Disappearing Grid Lines (click the graphic left for link to the video)

New Posting 6th October 2009 Tips for Missing Grid Lines
Here are some tips for things you can check if your grid lines are missing


Monday, 17 August 2009

Easy Revit (2009) ~ Video Tutorials by ddufon

I found these Easy Revit (2009) Video Tutorials ~ Created by ddufon on YouTube.
The early vidoes are not as clear as the later ones but they cover the basics....

ddufon says "Easy Revit video tutorials for beginners like me: Walks through an entire simple project, step by step. More to come......"

-2- Draw Grid Lines
Create grid lines, rename, modify grid heads, copy and array.

-3-Dimensioning Grid Lines
Place dimensions on Grid, drag to move, dimension strings, equally space objects.

-4-Drawing Walls
Draw walls, select wall types, use draw tools, align and lock to grids, trim tool.

-5-Dimensioning Walls
Place dimensions on wall, choose edges to dimension from, toggle detail levels and line weights, equally space walls/objects.

-6-Modify Walls
Change wall type, edit structure, change material, wall thickness.

-7 – Grouping
group elements together, copy groups into place, edit group.

-8- Placing Doors and Windows
Place doors and windows in walls, relocate, find edges to snap to, dimension doors and windows, equally space doors and windows in a wall.

-9-Modify Families: Doors And Windows
Modify family parameters, instance and type properties, and use match properties tool.

NEW -9.2 - Create New Family (Fundamentals)
Create a new family from scratch, and apply your own parameters to it. The basics are covered in this video by creating a simple generic 3-d box, and creating parameters for its width, height, and depth.

NEW - 9.3.0 - Create New Window Family (Part 1)
Create a window family (two parts). First part: Start a new window family, set up reference planes, dimensions and parameters.

NEW - 9.3.1 - Create New Window Family (Part 2)
Create a window family (two parts). Second part: Model the window frame and glass. Edit its materials. Load and place into a project

10-Create Curtain Walls
Create a curtain wall system, change mullions and spacing. Also - Dimension curved walls.

NEW 10.1 -Create Curtainwall Door
Create a curtainwall door, load it into a project and place it in a curtainwall.

11-Create Sections and Elevations
Create sections and elevation views, place tags, and crop and modify what the views show.

12-Create Floor
Create a floor object by drawing lines or picking lines. Choose elevation levels to place the floor on. Change floor type, use the filter tool, and edit floor structure.

13-Place Components
Load/Place components in a project. Use different types of components, dimension, mirror, rotate and modify a components parameters

14- Call-Out Tags : Create Details and Enlarged Plans
Create enlarged plans, plan details, place call-out tags, change view's scale and detail level

15- 2D Drafting
Draw 2D details, use masking regions, create filled regions with hatch patterns, match line weights and change details order of appearance.

16- Create Drawing Sheets
Create new Sheets with title blocks, place views on sheets. Crop, change view scale, adjust title bar locations, remove titles from drawings.

17- Split a Plan
Duplicate and rename views, split a large floor plan to fit onto sheets. Create a key plan.

18- Room Tags
Create "room" objects, place room tags, create/label room areas without walls, delete/replace room tags. Also, use the "select all" tool.

19- Create Presentation Drawings : Visibility and Graphics
Duplicate plan drawing to create a presentation drawing, key plan or code plan. Add a colour scheme, remove unwanted tags, change line weights and add hatch patterns to walls.

20- Create Ceiling
Create Ceilings, change the view range to see it, align and rotate ceiling panels and change its structure.

21- Create Levels
Create levels, re-position, re-name, copy, connect to walls, and make non-referenced (dummy) levels.

22- Create Multi-Stories
Create multiple floors, attach them to levels, move them into place, use the filter tool, and edit a floor's structure.

23 - Create Roof (by footprint)
Create a roof by footprint, move it into position, attach it to a level, change its pitch, make it flat, attach walls to the roof and edit the roof's structure

24-Create Stairs
Create Stairs (using the "by Run" method. Define properties for a basic stair, and cut a shaft opening for the stairs.

25-Create Cover Sheet With 3D Image
Create a cover sheet, add a title, change text font and size, import images, create 3d views of the revit model, use the steering wheel tool and place on views on the sheet.

26-Create Drawing List
Create a drawing list, edit its properties and appearance, filter drawings in a list, include external sheets, and add to a cover sheet

27- Create Legends, Symbol or Material Keys and Window/Door Elevations
Create Legends, Symbol/Material Keys, and Window/Door Elevations.

28- Create Schedules
Create and edit Window or Door Schedules. Place on sheets, split schedules into multiple columns, and recombine.

Print pages individual or set up batch printing. Change print settings and options.

31- Design Options
Create new design option set, add options, make a design option viewable on a sheet, make a different option primary, add existing elements to a design option and accept a design option as a permanent part of the model.

32- Create Roof (by extrusion)
Use roof by extrusion tool to create more complicated roofs in section such as barrel vaulted, arched roofs, clerestory, or saw-tooth profiles. Also in this video: edit roof structure, and attach walls to the roof.

37- Create Stacked Walls
Create a stacked wall, edit layers and offset wall layers from each other.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

SI Tools for Revit Structure 2010

Structural Integrators is pleased to announce the release of SI Tools for Revit Structure 2010. The new version is not only compatible with Revit Structure 2010, but includes several new features based on user feedback:
Beam Systems: When selecting All Beams on a level or for the entire model, the options dialog now lets you specify whether to include all beams, to exclude beams in beam systems, or to only select beams in beam systems.
Level Selection from 3D View: You can now select members at a level without switching to a level view.
Columns and Walls at a Level: You can now select columns and walls at a level based on whether the member's top or base occurs at the level, or both. This can be useful for selecting columns or walls both above and below a level.
Multi-level select: When selecting members in the entire model, you can now limit the selection to members on any subset of levels.
Installation: The installation now works for Windows Vista without having to disable User Account Control.
For more information, visit online at:
The new version is available free, however whole model selection is limited to the Pro version after an initial 30-day trial. The Pro version is available for purchase from their online store for $79. Level selection remains free beyond the 30-day trial.
Now through the end of the year, receive a free copy of SI Tools Pro with the purchase of SI Xchange for Revit and STAAD.