Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials
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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials by Ryan Duell, Tobias Hathorn, and Tessa Reist Hathorn | PDF Free Download.

Authors of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials

Ryan Duell is a senior quality assurance analyst for Revit at Autodesk. He holds a bachelor’s degree in design computing from the Boston Architectural Center.

He started his career with cbt Architects in Boston, Massachusetts, working on a variety of project teams ranging from single-family residential to large commercial projects.

Ryan eventually moved into the BIM manager role focusing on managing AutoCAD Architecture and Revit Architecture standards, along with contributing to projects as needed.

At Autodesk, he spent several years in the product support organization working with Revit. In addition to Autodesk, Ryan teaches Revit at the Boston Architectural College and contributes to the Revit Clinic blog.

Tobias Hathorn is a licensed architect and user experience designer for Autodesk Revit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University.

He started his career at BNIM architects in Kansas City, Missouri, working on a 1 million-square-foot IRS paper-processing center in Revit Architecture.

After working as a liaison between BNIM and Moshe Safdie and Associates on the Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Tobias moved to Boston to join the Revit product team in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tobias has honed his knowledge and experience with Revit, especially the graphics and rendering features, over the past six years in the quality assurance and product design groups.

In his free time, he likes to teach Revit Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, bicycle, paint, and play Tetris.

Tessa Reist Hathorn is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with eight years of experience in architecture using Revit.

After starting her career at BNIM Architects working on historic renovations and the renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, she eventually moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work with Moshe Safdie and Associates, working on high-profile international projects.

Tessa currently works in the Boston area at Austin Architects where she helps implement BIM in her office. She also teaches Revit Architecture at the Boston Architectural College and is looking forward to becoming a mom this spring.

Autodesk Revit Architecture Contents

  • CHAPTER 1 Introducing the Autodesk Revit Architecture Interface 
  • CHAPTER 2 Walls and Curtain Walls 
  • CHAPTER 3 Floors, Roofs, and Ceilings 
  • CHAPTER 4 Stairs, Ramps, and Railings
  • CHAPTER 5 Adding Families 
  • CHAPTER 6 Modifying Families 
  • CHAPTER 7 Schematic Design 
  • CHAPTER 8 Rooms and Color-Fill Plans 
  • CHAPTER 9 Materials, Rendering, and Visualization
  • CHAPTER 10 Worksharing 
  • CHAPTER 11 Details and Annotations 
  • CHAPTER 12 Creating Drawing Sets 
  • CHAPTER 13 Workflow and Site Modeling
  • CHAPTER 14 Repeating Objects, Best Practices, and Quick Tips 

Introduction to Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials

We have shaped the focus and content of this book from our diverse experience as Revit Architecture teachers, Revit Architecture users, Revit Architecture customer support, and Revit Architecture designers.

We have tailored the content to what we think is the most valuable combination of topics. Because we teach Revit Architecture, we feel the included content is of most value to our students learning the program for the fi rst time.

This book should benefit new Revit Architecture users, as well as long-term users who may not use every aspect of the program on a daily basis.

Revit Architecture 2014 includes a number of valuable new tools. While each tool may not be considered “essential,” we have made an effort to mix new tools, tips, and tricks, and established features into the context of the text.

The book follows real-life workflows and scenarios and is full of practical examples that explain how to leverage the tools within Revit Architecture. We hope you’ll agree that we’ve succeeded.

This book is written for architects, designers, students, and anyone else who needs their first exposure to Revit Architecture or has had an initial introduction and wants a refresher on the program’s core features and functionality.

We’ve designed the book to follow real project workflows and processes to help make the tools easy to follow, and the chapters are full of handy tips to make Revit Architecture easy to leverage.

This book is designed to help you grasp the basics of Revit Architecture using real-world examples and techniques you’ll use in everyday design and documentation.

We’ll explain the Revit Architecture interface and help you find the tools you need as well as help you understand how the application is structured.

From there we’ll show you how to create and modify the primary components in building design. We’ll show you how to take a preliminary model and add layers of intelligence to help analyze and augment your designs.

We’ll demonstrate how to create robust and accurate documentation and then guide you through the construction process. As you are already aware, BIM is more than just a change in software; it’s a change in architectural workflow and culture.

To take full advantage of both BIM and Revit Architecture in your office structure, you’ll have to make some changes to your practice.

We’ve designed the book around an ideal, integrated workflow to aid in this transition. Once you’ve mastered the content in each chapter, you’ll find a section called “The Essentials and Beyond” where you can continue to hone your skills by taking on more challenging exercises. 

For Revit Architecture 2014, there are two flavors of Revit: the first is a “one box” solution that has Revit Architecture, Structure, and MEP inside the same application, and the second is the Revit Architecture software you may be used to using.

There are some small differences between the applications, but the majority of the user interface is the same. We want you to be aware that we have based the book and the screen captures on Revit, the combined version.

If you notice those small differences, we apologize, but it would be very confusing to base the book on both applications noting all the small differences along the way.

However, whichever version you have, you’ll still be able to follow the lessons in the chapters of this book with ease.

To leverage the full capacity of this book, we highly recommend you have a copy of Revit Architecture installed on a computer strong enough to handle it.

To download the trial version of Revit Architecture, go to Revit architecture, where you’ll also find complete system requirements for running Revit Architecture. From a software standpoint, the exercises in this book are designed to be lightweight and not computationally intensive.

This way, you avoid long wait times to open and save files and perform certain tasks. That said, keep in mind that the Autodesk-recommended computer specs for Revit Architecture are far more than what you need to do the exercises in this book but are exactly what you need to work on a project using Revit Architecture.

Revit Architecture is a building information modeling (BIM) application that has quickly emerged as the forerunner in the design industry.

Revit Architecture is as much a change in the workflow (if you come from a 2D or CAD environment) as it is a change in software.

In this book, we’ll focus on using real-world workflows and examples to guide you through learning the basics of Revit Architecture 2014 the essentials.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 Essentials is organized to provide you with the knowledge needed to gain experience in many different facets of the software. The book is broken down into the following 14 chapters:

Chapter 1, “Introducing the Autodesk Revit Architecture Interface,” introduces you to the user interface and gets you acquainted with the tools and technology the workflow behind the software.

Chapter 2, “Walls and Curtain Walls,” helps you build on that initial learning by establishing some of the basic building blocks in architecture: walls.

Chapter 3, “Floors, Roofs, and Ceilings,” introduces you to the other basic building blocks: floors, roofs, and ceilings. By the end of the first three chapters, you will begin to see how easy it is to create the core elements of your building.

Chapter 4, “Stairs, Ramps, and Railings,” explains the basics of stairs, ramps, and railings. These core components are versatile and using them can be a bit tricky, so we’ll guide you through the process of creating several types of stairs and railings.

Chapter 5, “Adding Families,” shows you how to add a core element to your project: families. You use families to create most of your content, and Revit Architecture by default comes with a robust supply.

Chapter 6, “Modifying Families,” shows you how to take these families and modify them or create your own, making the library of your content limitless.

Chapter 7, “Schematic Design,” introduces you to situations that would happen on a real project: say a designer has given you a sketch, and now you need to take this building design and model it in Revit Architecture.

Chapter 8, “Rooms and Color-Fill Plans,” shows you how to add room elements to your spaces, assign information to them, and create colorful diagrams based on space, department, or any other variable you need.

Chapter 9, “Materials, Rendering, and Visualization,” introduces you to visualization tools and techniques. You prepare presentation-quality views of your design in elevation, 3d Axonometric, and perspective views.

Chapter 10, “Worksharing,” discusses how to take your Revit Architecture file into a multiperson working environment. Worksharing allows several people within your office or project team to work on the same Revit Architecture file simultaneously.

Chapter 11, “Details and Annotations,” focuses on adding an annotation to explain your designs. You’ll learn how to add detail to your model in the form of dimensions, text, keynotes, and tags, and how to embellish your 3D model with additional detailing.

Chapter 12, “Creating Drawing Sets,” shows you how to take all this information and place those drawings and views onto sheets so they can be printed and distributed to your project stakeholders.

Chapter 13, “Workflow and Site Modeling,” provides the basics on how to take your office from a CAD environment to one that works with BIM.

This chapter explores tools for every level of the project team—from the new staff to project managers. Understanding the process and workflow will be key to the success of your first Revit Architecture project.

Chapter 14, “Repeating Objects, Best Practices, and Quick Tips,” covers different approaches to repeat objects throughout your project along with optimizations, best practices, and tips to use along the way. 

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