You probably have setup Revit on your computer a while ago, and you haven't explored this free tutorial yet! Click on Revit Menu button, point at Open, then select 'Sample Files'. these are sample files from Autodesk that will teach you how to use Revit for the first time. Just try it ...
You might have seen this famous house file done by Autodesk Revit several times before, but it's not only a BIM model... Inside this model views, you'll find many blue help icons like the one shown below.
Whenever you see one of those help buttons, select it to get a learning link for relevant subject. For example, the one shown on the rendering, actually takes you to rendering tutorial prepared by Autodesk.
Similarly, you'll find other help buttons about creating levels, views, dimensions, and more. A complete list of help topics is available on the welcome sheet.
I hope you'll make use of this free and ready-to use learning resource today. For your next step, of professional training, visit Revit-courses.com
When starting a new design project, sometimes you need a reference system or guidelines to align your elements to it. Revit has several reference elements. In this post, I will discuss two of them; Work Plane and Reference Plane.
"A work plane is always active, even if you don't see it"
-A Revit Rule
Even if you can't see it, the Work Plane is what you create any new elements upon. If you're in plan view, your work plane is usually the current level. To show the work plane, go to Architecture Tab> Work Plane Panel > Show Work Plane
Once you do this, you will see blue grid lines in your view. If you zoom out, you can see its edges and actually select it to customize as needed.
Notice: You can also Set Work Plane to any flat surface in 3D or rotate the work plane when needed.
Your Reference Planes are 3D planes that you can create in any 2D view. It may look like a dashed line, but it is actually a 3D plane that you can pick as your work plane. You may use it to identify a major axis in your design, define building setbacks or even as a sketch for staircase placement.
One of my favorite exercises for using Reference Planes, is attaching a wall to a plane in elevation or section views. Check the example below ...
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Revit Live is Autodesk latest product for real-time rendering. It transforms your Revit models into immersive visualization experience. You can combine that with virtual reality and you get the best presentation for your ideas.
To download a trial version, visit www.autodesk.com/products/revit-live/overview
Where to start?
After installation, you get an icon named 'Live' in Revit Add-ins Tab. By simply clicking 'Go Live', your model is automatically uploaded to the cloud, processed and then downloaded to your computer for viewing. The process is fairly smooth and takes only a few minutes. You can then publish the same for viewing on windows or i-Pad.
What to expect
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