Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015
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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015 by Eddy Krygiel and James Vandezande | PDF Free Download.

Authors of Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015

Eddy Krygiel is a registered architect, LEED professional, and the Chief Technology Officer at BNIM Architects, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

He has been using Revit since 2003 to complete projects ranging from single-family residences and historic remodels to 1.6-million-square-foot office buildings.

Eddy is responsible for the use of technology within his firm, including implementing BIM, and also consults for other architecture and contracting firms around the country looking to implement BIM.

He teaches Revit to practice architects and architectural students in the Kansas City area and has lectured around the nation on the use of BIM in the construction industry. Eddy has also co-authored several other titles on Revit and sustainability.

James Vandezande is a registered architect and a principal at HOK in New York City, where he is a member of the firm-wide BIM leadership and is managing its building SMART initiatives.

After graduating from the New York Institute of Technology in 1995, he worked in residential and small commercial architecture firms performing services ranging from estimating and computer modeling to construction administration.

In 1999, he landed at SOM and transformed his technology skills into a 10-year span as a digital design manager. In this capacity, he pioneered the implementation of BIM on such projects like One World Trade Center, aka Freedom Tower.

James has been using Revit since version 3.1 and has lectured at many industry events, including Autodesk University, the VisMasters Design, Modeling, and Visualization Conference, CMAA BIM Conference, McGraw-Hill Construction, and the AIANYS Convention.

He is a co-founder of the NYC Revit Users Group ( and has been an adjunct lecturing professor at the NYU School for Continuing and Professional Studies as well as the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture Contents

  • Chapter 1 • Introduction: The Basics of BIM 
  • Chapter 2 • Applying the Principles of the User Interface and Project Organization 
  • Chapter 3 • The Basics of the Toolbox 
  • Chapter 4 • Configuring Templates and Standards 
  • Chapter 5 • Working in a Team 
  • Chapter 6 • Working with Consultants 
  • Chapter 7 • Interoperability: Working Multiplatform 
  • Chapter 8 • Advanced Modeling and Massing 
  • Chapter 9 • Conceptual Design and Design Analysis 
  • Chapter 10 • Working with Phasing, Groups, and Design Options 
  • Chapter 11 • Visualization 
  • Chapter 12 • Creating Walls and Curtain Walls 
  • Chapter 13 • Modeling Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs 
  • Chapter 14 • Designing with the Family Editor 
  • Chapter 15 • Creating Stairs and Railings 
  • Chapter 16 • Detailing Your Design 
  • Chapter 17 • Documenting Your Design 
  • Chapter 18 • Annotating Your Design 
  • Chapter 19 • Working in the Construction Phase 
  • Chapter 20 • Presenting Your Design 
  • Chapter 21 • Working with Point Clouds 
  • Appendix A • The Bottom Line 
  • Appendix B • Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting 
  • Appendix C • Autodesk Revit Architecture Certification

Introduction to Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015

Architecture is the process of turning a thought into space. While it’s so simple to convey that in the written word, the actual act of doing so is much more than it is possible to write.

It’s glory, it torments, it’s frustration, it’s freedom, it’s the realization that one miscalculation means a complete redesign, like blowing on a house of cards, and it’s the 3 a.m. epiphany when you realize that the new design was what you were meant to get to in the first place.

With all of that, it’s also the burning desire to work relentlessly to make something better one step at a time. Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software is one of the many tools we employ to help us through this organic process.

It’s one tool in the toolbox, but it can be much more than that. It can be a workflow that helps to empower a team. That team is the designers, the contractors, and ultimately the owners who are all looking to speak the same language.

We hope that in the process of using this book, you’ll experience a bit of the struggle to realize a bit of the satisfaction of finding the solution.

We hope what you learn in this book helps inspire you to your own bit of greatness. Because what’s most important is that architecture isn’t about buildings. It’s about what we are able to accomplish with what little time we have.

This is the elegant essence of Revit. Before we go much further, there are a few semantics to discuss. First off, all the tutorial files necessary to complete the book’s exercises plus sample families are hosted online at

Don’t have a copy of Revit 2015? Download the trial version of Revit Architecture at HTTP://, where you’ll also find complete system requirements for running Revit.

For the clearest direction when following the exercises in this book, please make sure to install all of the Revit support files that come with the default installation. We reference them heavily, and you’ll need them to best leverage the software.

Also, it should be noted that there are a few flavors of Revit. Starting with the 2013 edition, Autodesk released Revit Architecture, Revit Structures, and Revit MEP as separate packages.

They also released a One Box solution that has all of those products in a single version of Revit. Depending on what you have installed Revit as One Box or Revit Architecture, there will be some slight variations in the user interface.

We have focused this book on the use of Revit Architecture. If you’re using the One Box solution, the variations will be slight and hopefully manageable.

Finally, most of our offices purchase the Revit software on subscription. With subscription comes a host of benefits and add-ons to Revit. 

This book is written for architects and designers who have had some exposure to Revit and are eager to learn more. It’s for architects of any generation you don’t need to be a computer wizard to understand or appreciate the content within.

We’ve designed the book to follow real project workflows and processes to help make the tools easier to use.

The chapters are full of handy tips to make Revit easier to leverage in your day-to-day world. This book is also for the entire range of architects, from those who are fresh out of school to seasoned project managers.

We have endeavored to include content for all walks of the profession so that regardless of your role on a project, you can learn how BIM changes both workflow and culture within a project team. With that, a basic understanding of Revit will make it easier to work through the book.

Revit is a very robust tool requiring more than one project iteration to master. For BIM managers, the book offers insights into the best practices for creating a good project or office templates; these managers should also take a sneak peek into the powerful world of building content and Revit families.

We’ve added many time-saving and inspiring concepts to the book, supported by examples from our own projects and the rest of the real world, to help motivate and inspire you on your journey through building information modeling

This book will help you take the basics of Revit and BIM that you already know and expand on them using real-world examples.

We will show you how to take a preliminary model and add layers of intelligence to help analyze and augment your designs. We’ll show you how to create robust and accurate documentation, and then we’ll help you through the construction process.

We go beyond introductory topics. To that end, we won’t be starting a project from scratch or teaching you how to build a simple BIM model.

If you are interested in learning at that level, we strongly recommend you pick up Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015 Essentials (Wiley, 2014) before plunging headlong into this book. Instead, our book begins with a brief overview of the BIM approach.

As you are already aware, BIM is more than just a change in software; it’s a change in architectural workflow and culture. To leverage the full advantages of both BIM and Revit in your office structure, you will need to make some changes to your practice.

We’ve designed the book around an ideal, integrated workflow to help you make this transition. Starting with the project team, standards, and culture, we’ll discuss how BIM changes your project approach and how to best build your team around a newer workflow.

From there, we’ll delve into conceptual design and sustainability studies, continuing through best practices for design iteration and refinement.

You’ll learn how to use powerful modeling techniques, how to design documentation best practices, how to make compelling presentation graphics, and how to take advantage of parametric design with the Family Editor.

We’ll explore workflow topics like tracking changes and work-sharing as well as some strategies that move beyond traditional concepts of BIM. The book concludes with an appendix on troubleshooting and best practices so you can avoid common pitfalls.

Throughout the book, we’ve shared our practical experience with you, particularly in the form of real-world-scenario sidebars.

Whether you’re studying Revit on your own or in a class or training program, you can use the “Master It” questions in the section called “The Bottom Line” at the end of each chapter to test your mastery of the skills you’ve learned.

Part 1: Fundamentals While this is designed to not be a book for novices, we recognize that not everyone will know how to find every tool or have a complete understanding of the workflow. The chapters in Part 1 help to build a foundation of essential tools and knowledge.

Chapter 1, “Introduction: The Basics of BIM,” covers principles in building information modeling within your office or project environment.

Chapter 2, “Applying the Principles of the User Interface and Project Organization,” details the Revit interface and general organization.

Chapter 3, “The Basics of the Toolbox,” explores the commands and tools within Revit. It gives you an overview of where to find them and leaves a deep dive into their use for the chapters ahead.

Chapter 4, “Configuring Templates and Standards,” discusses the tools you’ll need to develop and manage graphic standards in a project template.

Part 2: Collaboration and Teamwork Part 2 sets you on the path toward using Revit on a team or throughout your firm and takes a deep dive into a successful BIM workflow.

Chapter 5, “Working in a Team,” discusses the critical tools to working with Revit in any project team.

Chapter 6, “Working with Consultants,” covers the basics of working with team members outside your office.

Chapter 7, “Interoperability: Working Multiplatform,” details the tools you’ll need to share your Revit files with other team members who don’t use Revit as a design tool.

Part 3: Modeling and Massing for Design In this part, you’ll delve into the use of Revit starting from the early stages of design through analysis, iteration, and visualization.

Chapter 8, “Advanced Modeling and Massing,” details the creating of forms and shapes with the conceptual Revit toolkit.

Chapter 9, “Conceptual Design and Design Analysis,” gives you an overview of conceptual Revit tools and using those in energy analysis.

Chapter 10, “Working with Phasing, Groups, and Design Options,” takes the next step after the initial design and analysis: iteration.

Chapter 11, “Visualization,” takes the design work you’ve created and shows you how to create stunning renderings and imagery of your design.

Part 4: Extended Modeling Techniques Part 4 takes the conceptual forms you create in Part 3 and expands them to the real world using walls, floors, roofs, and other building components to create the elements behind a building.

Chapter 12, “Creating Walls and Curtain Walls,” delves into the use of the Wall and Curtain Wall tools.

Chapter 13, “Modeling Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs,” demonstrates a variety of ways to work with the horizontal components of a building: floors, ceilings, and roofs.

Chapter 14, “Designing with the Family Editor,” shows you how to work with parametric families to create a host of content for the building design.

Chapter 15, “Creating Stairs and Railings,” demonstrates a variety of ways and techniques to use the Stair and Railing tools—for their intended purpose and for others.

Part 5: Documentation Once the building is designed, it becomes necessary to create the views and documents needed to build the project. This section shows you how to detail, document, and annotate the design.

Chapter 16, “Detailing Your Design,” works with the building design you created in previous chapters to add 2D components for documentation.

Chapter 17, “Documenting Your Design,” works with the newly created views and helps you organize them on sheets.

Chapter 18, “Annotating Your Design,” takes the next step in the documentation process and works with keynoting and dimensioning.

Part 6: Construction and Beyond This section focuses on what to do once the design is resolved, taking it into the construction process and working with presentation tools.

Chapter 19, “Working in the Construction Phase,” focuses on the tools Revit has to keep track of changes during construction.

Chapter 20, “Presenting Your Design,” shows you how to take the completed design and display the results in a variety of 2D and 3D methods.

Chapter 21, “Working with Point Clouds,” teaches you how to leverage the emerging technology of LiDAR scanning and work with a point cloud in your Revit file.


Finally, three appendices supplement the chapters’ coverage of Revit software features:

Appendix A, “The Bottom Line,” offers our solutions to the “Master It” questions in each chapter’s “Bottom Line” section.

Appendix B, “Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting,” is just what the title describes, a collection of tips and tricks for troubleshooting and working effectively with Revit.

Appendix C, “Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Certification,” describes Autodesk’s certification exam for Revit Architecture and how this book can be used as a supplementary tool for test preparation.

Throughout the book, the symbol shown on the left marks significant coverage of exam objectives.

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