Creating Custom Structural Families in Revit

By Dzan Ta
Creating Families is a foundational knowledgebase one must know while using Revit in any project. This course will teach you the concepts you need in order to create any custom structural family as well as any family within Revit. Software required: Revit 2014 or higher.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
1h 34m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
1h 34m
Description

Have you ever wondered how custom families are built? Were you ever uncertain about what types of families you could create or what discipline they pertained to? If so, Revit Creating Custom Structural Families is the course for you! In this course, you will learn the foundation for creating any Revit Family. First you will learn about the relationship behind family building. You will then learn the key objects necessary to create the structural families. Finally, you will apply these learning principles to create another custom structural family as well as add additional intelligence to this family. When you complete this course, you will be able to apply everything you have learned to create not just any custom structural family but more importantly, you will apply these assets to building any family. Software required: Revit 2014 or higher.

About the author
About the author

Dzan is a Technical Specialist with an expertise in Autodesk AEC software such as Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, etc. He has over 20+ years of experience in the industry with a Bachelor of Design Degree in Architecture from Florida International University. Dzan is an Autodesk Expert Elite and Autodesk Certified Instructor, as well as being certified in multiple Autodesk software. He was also an Adjunct Professor for the Art Institute of Atlanta.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Dzan Ta and welcome to my course, Creating Custom Structural Families in Revit. I am a technical specialist based out of Kennasaw, Georgia specializing in all things BIM. Today, you're going to see how easy it is to build custom structural families in Revit. You will gain a better understanding of how families are built so you aren't afraid to tackle any custom family-building project. Some of the major topics that we will cover are: Learning the principles behind reference planes and your skeleton. You'll learn how to give your family parametric intelligence. You'll learn how to create alternative families within the family. And you will learn how to apply materials to your family. By the end of this course, you will be comfortable making any custom structural family in Revit. Before you begin this course, you should be comfortable in the Revit software as well as the different creation environments. I hope you'll join me in this journey to learn custom family creation with the Creating Custom Structural Families in Revit course at Pluralsight.

Setting up Reference Planes and Dimensional Parameters for the Moment Frame
Welcome everyone, to Creating Custom Structural Families in Revit, my name is Dzan Ta and I am a technical specialist for your course. Our Course Journey today will focus in on the following Learning Principles: Key Concepts Behind Building Revit Families, Creating Custom Structural Members with Ease, Applying those Principles to Any Custom Family, and then Using them in Any Revit Project. In this course, you will learn the principles behind how to create a custom Tapered Moment Frame Family and apply those principles to the creation of a custom Parametric Gusset Plate. Our first module is on setting up the Reference Planes and Dimensional Parameters for the Moment Frame. In essence, the concept will be creating the Skeleton System that makes up the actual Family. In this module there will be three areas of concern: Starting a New Family from a Template, Setting Up the Basic Reference Plane Framework, the Skeleton System, and then Creating Parameterized Dimensions so that things adjust and flex properly. And with that, we'll get into the actual software demonstration.

Creating and Flexing Geometry for the Moment Frame
So welcome to the next course in our module, Creating and Flexing Geometry for the Moment Frame. In this module, our concept is to create the physical geometry properly and ensure it aligns with the skeleton that we created earlier in the previous module. In this module, there are two areas to focus in on. The first is creating the physical geometry, and the second is flexing the physical geometry to ensure it is built properly. And with that, let's go ahead and get into the software.

Setting up Reference Planes, Dimensional Parameters, and Physical Geometry for the Gusset Plate
Welcome to the next module in our course, setting up reference planes, dimensional parameters, and physical geometry for the Gusset plate. In this module we will focus in on the principles that we learned in the previous modules to create this new Gusset plate. For this module, there are three areas of interest. The first is setting up the basic reference plane framework, the second is creating parameterized dimensions, and the third is creating and flexing the physical geometry. With that, let's go ahead and get back into the Revit software.

Applying Material and Structural Family Parameters for the Gusset Plate
Welcome everyone to the last module in this course, Applying Material and Structural Family Parameters for the Gusset Plate. Our concept will be to create material parameters for the geometry, control the visibility of this geometry depending on the detail level assigned, and finally creating different family types within this family. Our two areas of concern are applying the material and visibility parameters and then creating the family types. With that, let's get into the actual software demonstration again.