Thursday, April 28, 2011

Revit Architecture 2012 installation

Revit Architecture 2012 download is at or directly at

The installer unpacks the installation to "C:\Autodesk\Autodesk_Revit_Architecture_2012_English_Win_32-64bit\"
You may have to run "Setup.exe" there. Allow a few hours to do it. A reboot may be needed for the install.

After 2012 is installed run 

for 32-bit Windows or
for 64-bit Windows

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Revit 101 Class Offered

I am offering basics of Revit class -- "Revit 101" -- starting this Monday, May 2, 2011 for eight weeks from 4 to 6pm at KI (a furniture showroom) -- 115 Broad Street, Boston, MA (directions).

Some subjects to be covered:
  • Revit's user interface
  • Modeling basics
  • Visibility and graphic controls
  • Schedules
  • Drafting
  • Links (Revit and DWGs), imports, and groups
  • The basics of families (custom content)
  • Sheets, plotting, and publishing
  • Collaboration (worksharing)
We will be using Revit Architecture 2012. Bring a laptop with it installed or just watch. No software licence is needed -- students can use Revit's free demo mode. Download at

Friday, April 22, 2011

For Monday, April 25, 2011 - Cien House

It looks like a good candidate to use a window with instance parameters for its height and width. Make a face-based window family with a void in it that will cut through both walls and roofs.
A rendering:
 We can reproduce the architect's 3D section drawing
We can also schedule the windows by their Mark values:

Please download the large version of this image to trace:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

For Monday, April 18, 2011 - Elevator Lobby with Design Options

The inspiration is this elevator lobby:
Let's model it to some extent in Revit using walls, reference planes, floor, materials, doors, roof by footprint, in-place roof (revolve), sloped glazing, join geometry, etc.
Now, our imaginary client is getting sick of rectangular shapes and wants a proposal for using round elevator towers. We can use Revit's Design Options to make a matrix of four options of round or rectangular shapes for the each of the elevator towers.
We'll look at how to get things into, and out of, Deign Options.

We can set four views' design options to display our matrix -- either East, West, neither, or both will show the round towers.

and put them on a sheet.
Final decision:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Art Gallery Walkthrough Video

Who wants to learn how to do this? It's a walkthrough of how I imagine the Paula Rego Museum gallery might look like.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For Monday, April 11, 2011 - An Art Gallery

The inspiration:
 (Interior photo of the Paula Rego Museum)

The goal:
 (Realistic)  (Rendering)

Walls, wall joins, add a sweep profile to a wall definition, materials, in-place wall void, ceilings, in-place ceiling sweep, face-based family with height/width/material as instance parameters, decals, etc.

Please download this -- it has a profile, and images for the painting decals and the flooring material:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Three Revit Tutorials About Topography

These videos can help you review some of the subjects covered tonight:
  1. YouTube - Easy Revit (2010) - 32.1 - Topography (Part One)
  2. YouTube - Easy Revit (2010) - 32.2 - Topography (Part Two)
  3. YouTube - Easy Revit (2010) - 32.3 - Topography (Part Three)

For Monday, April 4, 2011 - Site Methods

Please download this file for use on your laptops -- it is a survey DWG:

I hope to cover these subjects:
  • Property Lines and their Tags
  • Property line segment schedule
  • Making a topo surface in Existing Phase
  • Split Surface
  • Discuss Phases for topography
  • Graded Region (makes duplicate topo surface and demolished the existing)
  • Cut and Fill Schedule
  • Split surface
  • Topo materials
  • Site Settings
  • Pads
  • Bring in a survey DWG
  • Set True North from survey DWG
  • Make topo surface from survey DWG's contours
  • Specify coordinates at a point
  • Elevation Base -- Project vs Shared
  • Do Graded Region & Cut and Fill Schedule again
  • Place a Pad
  • Make foundation walls and footings for a garage