Setup New Project

Architectural Revit Advanced - Setup New Project

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, you learn how to start with a new project, setup your project template, project title-block. It is very important to start your template correctly that you won't have any complications during your project. You also will learn, how to create and draw foundations, footings/ foundation walls, and pilasters.

What we need to achieve in this class:

  • Create a new project using specified project template
  • Modify a project template title-block to reflect project specific information such as project name, address and etc.
  • Create foundations
  • Create footings/ foundations wall
  • Create pilasters

Architectural Revit Advanced - Setup a New Project
Step 1:

Starting a New Project

  • On the Menu Bar, Click on Revit Logo Dropdown Menu.
  • Hover over "New" with your mouse or Click on Solid Brlack Triangle to open "Create a Revit File" dialog box.
  • As you see, you have several Options. Click on "Project"

Architectural Revit Advanced - Project Setup Architectural Template
Step 2:

  • Select "Architectural Template" on "Template File Dropdown"
  • Make sure "Project" is selected in "Creat New" panel.
  • Click "OK" to create new project.

Architectural Revit Advanced  - Save Your Project
Step 3:

  • On the Menu Bar, Click on Revit Logo Dropdown Menu.
  • Hover over "Save As" with your mouse or Click on Solid Brlack Triangle to open "Save Current Project or Family" dialog box.
  • As you see, you have several Options. Click on "Project"

Architectural Revit Advanced - Give a Name to Your Project
Step 4:

  • "Save As" dialog box opens.
  • Navigate to your "H Drive"
  • Create a New Folder"
  • Name your project as you desire. It is important to use conventional naming to make sure you can easily recognize your projects inside your "H Drive"

Architectural Revit Advanced Project Setup Levels Elevations
Step 5:

Creating Floor Levels

Before starting with your basement floor plan, you need to make sure, that your First Floor starts from 100'-0". It is nothing wrong to start with 0'-0", but most architectural drawings start with 100'-0"

To do so, we need to draw a Section cut through the floor plan. Go ahead and Select "View" panel and then click on "Section".

Architectural Revit Advanced  Level Type Properties Elevation Base
Step 6:

  • "Double Click" on newly created section to open the section view.
  • Select "Level 1", click on "Edit Type" on level properties dialog box.
  • Change Elevation Base from Project Base Point to "Survey Point".

Architectural Revit Advanced Project Setup Specify Coordinates At Point
Step 7:

  • Open "Manage" tab, click on "Coordinates"
  • Then select "Specify Coordinates at Point".

Architectural Revit Advanced Change Elevation T 100 0
Step 8:

  • Select "Level 1" to open "Specify Shared Coordinates" dialog box.
  • Change "Elevation" to 100'-0"

Architectural Revit Advanced CREATE LEVELS AND FLOORS
Step 9:

  • Rename "Level 2" to "Top of Wood"
  • Rename "Level 1" to "Finished Floor"
  • Copy "Finished Floor Level" and rename it to "Top of Foundation".
  • Set "Elevations" as shown in the image.

Architectural Revit Advanced Project Create New Level
Step 10:

  • Open "Architecture" tab, click on "Level" to create "Basement Level".
  • Click on the lower left side of your screen, below "Top of Foundation".
  • Drag your mouse to the right side of your screen and click to finish new level creation command.
  • Rename new level to "Basement".
  • Change elevation to 91'-4 1/2"
  • Copy Basement level and rename new level to "Top of Footing".
  • Change elevation level to 91'-1/2".

Architectural Revit Advanced Create Foundation Walls
Step 11:

Creating Structural Foundation Walls

  • Slect "Structure" tab
  • Click on Dropdown menuof Wall and select "Wall: Structural"

Architectural Revit Advanced Duplicate Wall
Step 12:

  • Select "Edit Type" in Wall Properties dialog box.
  • Select Duplicate and give a new name as "8" Concrete Foundation Wall".
  • Click "OK"
  • And select "Edit Structure" in "Type Parameters".

Architectural Revit Advanced Select Material
Step 13:

  • Open "Material Browser" dialog box by clicking on "Material" for Structure (1).
  • Scroll down to select "Concrete, Cast-in-Place grey".
  • Click 3 times "OK" to confirm these changes.

Architectural Revit Advanced Chamge Top And Base Constraint
Step 14:

  • Change "Base Constraint" to "Top of Footing"
  • Change "Top Constraint" to "Top of Foundation".

Architectural Revit Advanced Structural Footings
Step 15:

Creating Structural Footings

  • Select "Structure" tab.
  • Select "Foundation Wall"

Architectural Revit Advanced Footing Edit Type
Step 16:

  • Select "Edit Type" on "Wall Foundation" properties dialog box.
  • Click on "Duplicate" to create your own 16" wide x 8" deep footing
  • Give a specific name to your new footing such "Bearing Footing 16"x8""
  • Change the Width and Foundation Thickness to 16" wide and 8" thick.
  • Click (3) time "OK" to confirm changes.

Architectural Revit Advanced View Range
Step 17:

Change the "View Range"
  • Type "VR" on your Keyboard
  • "View Range" dialog box opens.
  • Change the "Top" to Level Above: Finished Floor".
  • Set "Cut Plane" to 7'-4"
  • Set "Bottom" and "View Depth Level" to "Unlimited".

Architectural Revit Advanced Visibility Graphic
Step 18:

Change the "Visibility/ Graphic"
  • Type "VG" on your keyboard
  • Scroll down to "Structural Foundation" on "Model Categories" tab.
  • Click on "Lines" to change the visibility to "Hidden"
  • Clock "OK" to confirm changes.

Architectural Revit Advanced Create Pilaster
Step 19:

Creating Foundation Pilaster"
  • Select "Structure" tab.
  • Click on "Wall: Structural" in dropdown menu.
  • Select "Edit Type" in "Wall Properties" dialog box.
  • Click on "Duplicate" to create a new Type called "Foundation Pilaster - 6" Concrete".
  • Click "OK"
  • Select "Edit" Structure and change wall thickness to 6".
  • Click (3) "OK" to confirm changes.
  • Then start to draw pilasters, but do not forget to set the top and bottom constraints to "Top of Footings" and "Top of Foundation".

Understanding "View Range" in Revit":

Revit has its own way to show/hide objects in floor plan view range. It could get a challenge to see your desire view, if your View Range is not setup correctly. The main idea of view range in Revit is to tell Revit, at what height, objects need to be cut through (imaginary horizontal cut), how far above the cut line, and how deep below the cut line needs to be shown in the actual floor plan view. The image below shows what Top, Cut Plane, Bottom, and View Depth mean. In architectural floor plans, we usually cut everything at 48" above the finished floor level. This means, if you have any wall cabinets, which are located above 48", you won't be able to see them as hidden lines. To make sure that you see the wall cabinets in your floor plan view, you just set your "Top" between 5'-0" and 7'-0". If you have any difficulties creating your desire view range, post and new thread in the discussion forums.

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