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Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018

Book Description

The best-selling Revit guide, now more complete than ever with all-new coverage on the 2018 release

Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018 for Architecture is packed with focused discussions, detailed exercises, and real-world examples to help you get up to speed quickly on the latest version of Autodesk Revit for Architecture. Organized according to how you learn and implement the software, this book provides expert guidance for all skill levels. Hands-on tutorials allow you to dive right in and start accomplishing vital tasks, while compelling examples illustrate how Revit for Architecture is used in every project. The companion website features before-and-after tutorial files, additional advanced content, and an hour of video on crucial techniques to help you quickly master this powerful software. From basic interface topics to advanced visualization techniques and documentation, this invaluable guide is your ideal companion through the Revit Architecture workflow.

Whether you're preparing for Autodesk certification exams or just want to become more productive with the architectural design software, practical exercises and expert instruction will get you where you need to be.

  • Understand key BIM and Revit concepts and master the Revit interface
  • Delve into templates, work-sharing, and managing Revit projects
  • Master modeling and massing, the Family Editor, and visualization techniques
  • Explore documentation, including annotation, detailing, and complex structures

BIM software has become a mandatory asset in today's architecture field; automated documentation updates reduce errors while saving time and money, and Autodesk's Revit is the industry leader in the BIM software space.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. About the Authors
  3. About the Contributors
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What You Will Learn
    3. The Mastering Series
    4. What’s New?
    5. What to Expect
  6. Part 1 Fundamentals
    1. Chapter 1 Understanding the Principles of BIM
      1. The Fundamentals of a BIM Approach
      2. The Management People Inside a BIM Project Team
      3. Establishing a BIM Execution Plan
      4. Optimizing BIM Processes
      5. Identifying and Planning BIM Uses
      6. Integrating Tools Inside a BIM Workflow
      7. What Is Revit?
      8. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 2 Exploring the UI and Organizing Projects
      1. Understanding the User Interface
      2. Defining Project Organization
      3. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 3 The Basics of the Toolbox
      1. Selecting, Modifying, and Replacing Elements
      2. Editing Elements Interactively
      3. Exploring Other Editing Tools
      4. Sharing Models with the Cloud
      5. Modeling Site Context
      6. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 4 Configuring Templates and Standards
      1. Introducing Project Templates
      2. Customizing Project Settings for Graphic Quality
      3. Increasing Efficient View Management
      4. Creating Custom Annotations
      5. Starting a Project with a Custom Template
      6. Strategies for Managing Templates
      7. The Bottom Line
  7. Part 2 Collaboration and Teamwork
    1. Chapter 5 Collaborating with a Team
      1. Understanding Worksharing Basics
      2. Enabling Worksharing on Your Project
      3. Organizing Worksets
      4. Managing Workflow with Worksets
      5. Understanding Element Ownership in Worksets
      6. Collaborating in the Cloud
      7. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 6 Working with Consultants
      1. Preparing for Collaboration
      2. Managing the Coordination Process
      3. Using Linked Models in Revit
      4. Using the Coordination Tools
      5. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 7 Interoperability: Working Multiplatform
      1. Examining Interoperability on a BIM Curve
      2. Inserting CAD Data
      3. Using Inserted 2D Data
      4. Using Inserted 3D Data
      5. Working with Other Data Types
      6. Exporting CAD Data
      7. Exporting 2D CAD Data
      8. Exporting 3D Model Data
      9. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 8 Managing Revit Projects
      1. Understanding the Importance of Managing Revit Projects
      2. Understanding What’s Needed in a QA/QC Program
      3. The Bottom Line
  8. Part 3 Modeling and Massing for Design
    1. Chapter 9 Advanced Modeling and Massing
      1. The Massing User Interface and Functionality
      2. Using Free-Form Building Massing
      3. Creating Formula-Driven Massing
      4. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 10 Conceptual Design
      1. Getting Started with Dynamo
      2. Connecting Nodes Makes Data Flow
      3. Using Visual Programming
      4. Additional Dynamo Tools
      5. Getting Started with FormIt
      6. Advanced Modeling in FormIt
      7. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 11 Working with Phasing, Groups, and Design Options
      1. Using Phasing
      2. Creating and Using Groups
      3. Making Design Options for Design Iteration
      4. Combining Phasing, Groups, and Design Options
      5. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 12 Visualization
      1. Explaining the Role of Visualization
      2. Understanding View Controls
      3. Understanding Analytic Visualization
      4. Understanding Photorealistic Visualization
      5. The Future of Visualization: Virtual Reality
      6. The Bottom Line
  9. Part 4 Extended Modeling Techniques
    1. Chapter 13 Creating Walls and Curtain Walls
      1. Using Extended Modeling Techniques for Basic Walls
      2. Creating Stacked Walls
      3. Creating Simple Curtain Walls
      4. Creating Complex Curtain Walls
      5. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 14 Modeling Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs
      1. Understanding Floor Types
      2. Sketching for Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs
      3. Modeling Slab Edges
      4. Modeling Floor Finishes
      5. Creating Ceilings
      6. Understanding Roof Modeling Methods
      7. Using Advanced Shape Editing with Floors and Roofs
      8. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 15 Designing with the Family Editor
      1. Getting Started with a Family
      2. Developing the Framework for a Family Component
      3. Modeling Techniques in the Family Editor
      4. Troubleshooting Techniques
      5. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 16 Creating Stairs and Railings
      1. Designing Stairs and Railings
      2. Reviewing the Key Components of Stairs and Railings
      3. Creating Stairs
      4. Annotating Stairs
      5. Creating Railings
      6. Using the Railing Tool for Other Objects
      7. The Bottom Line
  10. Part 5 Documentation
    1. Chapter 17 Detailing Your Design
      1. Creating Details
      2. Detailing Tools
      3. Adding Detail Components to Families
      4. Reusing Details from Other Files
      5. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 18 Documenting Your Design
      1. Documenting Plans
      2. Creating Schedules and Legends
      3. Laying Out Sheets
      4. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 19 Annotating Your Design
      1. Annotating with Text and Keynotes
      2. Annotating with Tags
      3. Adding Dimensions
      4. Annotating with Project and Shared Parameters
      5. The Bottom Line
  11. Part 6 Fundamentals
    1. Chapter 20 Working in the Construction Phase
      1. Using Revisions in Your Project
      2. Using Digital Markups
      3. Modeling for Construction
      4. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 21 Presenting Your Design
      1. Understanding Color Fill Legends
      2. Presenting with 3D Views
      3. Editing Viewport Types
      4. Creating “Exploded” Axonometric Views
      5. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 22 Design Analysis
      1. Analyzing for Sustainability
      2. Using the Conceptual Energy Analysis Tool
      3. Understanding Lighting Analysis
      4. The Bottom Line
  12. Part 7 Appendixes
    1. Appendix A The Bottom Line
      1. Chapter 1: Understanding the Principles of BIM
      2. Chapter 2: Exploring the UI and Organizing Projects
      3. Chapter 3: The Basics of the Toolbox
      4. Chapter 4: Configuring Templates and Standards
      5. Chapter 5: Collaborating with a Team
      6. Chapter 6: Working with Consultants
      7. Chapter 7: Interoperability: Working Multiplatform
      8. Chapter 8: Managing Revit Projects
      9. Chapter 9: Advanced Modeling and Massing
      10. Chapter 10: Conceptual Design
      11. Chapter 11: Working with Phasing, Groups, and Design Options
      12. Chapter 12: Visualization
      13. Chapter 13: Creating Walls and Curtain Walls
      14. Chapter 14: Modeling Floors, Ceilings, and Roofs
      15. Chapter 15: Designing with the Family Editor
      16. Chapter 16: Creating Stairs and Railings
      17. Chapter 17: Detailing Your Design
      18. Chapter 18: Documenting Your Design
      19. Chapter 19: Annotating Your Design
      20. Chapter 20: Working in the Construction Phase
      21. Chapter 21: Presenting Your Design
      22. Chapter 22: Design Analysis
    2. Appendix B Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
      1. Optimizing Performance
      2. Using Best Practices
      3. Quality Control
      4. Other Tips and Shortcuts
      5. Additional Resources
    3. Appendix C Autodesk Revit Certification
  13. EULA