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Mastering Autodesk Revit 2017 for Architecture by Eddy Krygiel, Lance Kirby, Marcus Kim

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Chapter 2 Applying the Principles of the User Interface and Project Organization

After more than a decade in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, Autodesk® Revit® software continues to be unique in its combination of powerful features and ease of use. Revit may not be the absolute best tool to design and document every imaginable building type, but its features and functions make the vast majority of production tasks much more efficient and accurate.

Revit is a completely bidirectional, multiuser working environment, unlike other 2D computer-aided drafting (CAD) or 3D building information modeling (BIM) tools. Instead of layers and vectors, you will be using terms such as projects, components, and parameters along with tools like Wall, Door, and Floor. The concepts and terminology should seem familiar if you have experience in the building industry; however, transitioning to them can be a daunting task if you are more familiar with drafting terms than construction. This chapter provides an overview of the Revit user interface (UI) as well as the key aspects of data organization within a project.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand the user interface
  • Understand project organization

Understanding the User Interface

The UI is based on the Windows ribbon framework that is also found in software applications such as Microsoft Office. Within Revit, you will find many commands and tools that use similar dialog boxes and workflows. For example, ...

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