Introduction to Revit for Structural Engineers

Autodesk Revit is becoming the tool of choice in the building industry. This course will not only show you why, but will show you what you need to take advantage of this powerful software for yourself. Software required: Autodesk Revit (2017 preferred).
Course info
Rating
(17)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 22, 2016
Duration
3h 37m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction and Project Overview
Creating the Lower Tier Structure
Lower Tier Details
Upper Tier Structure
Creating Upper Tier Details
Creating Concrete Bleachers
Schedules
Design Options
Description
Course info
Rating
(17)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 22, 2016
Duration
3h 37m
Description

Have you heard of Revit but never had the time or resources to learn how to use it? This course, Introduction to Revit for Structural Engineers, will bring you up to speed and help you to create better buildings. First, you will learn how to model simple structural elements and more real-life complex examples. Next, you will discover how to use Revit as a Building Information Modeling tool. Finally, you will learn about design options and you will learn to present clear, clean, crisp drawing sets that you can be proud of. When you're finished with this course, you'll not only have modeled a sports stadium, but you will also have the skills to model real-life projects in your office. Software required: Autodesk Revit (2017 preferred).

About the author
About the author

Harriet is a structural engineer with passion for finding better ways to solve problems. She has experience ranging from small scale engineering through to sports stadia. She is the founder of Merchant Eldred, an AEC technology company and was the recipient of the 2013 Young Structural Engineer of the Year award.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone and welcome to my course - Introduction to Revit for Structural Engineers. My name is Harriet Eldred and I'm a structural engineer at Merchant Eldred. This course is designed to introduce structural engineers and technicians to Revit and is the perfect first step to using Revit on real projects. No prior experience is required. But it is also an ideal course for anyone who's been using Revit for a little while and would like to get a bit more out of it. Some of the major topics that we will cover include how to construct structural elements from basic beams, columns and walls through to more complex examples. We'll learn to make sections and details from out 3D model. Gone are the days when you have to draw your sections from scratch, just cut a section through the 3D model wherever you need one. We'll also learn how to make schedules. These are the backbone of Revit and allow us to use CAD in a way that goes far beyond anything you can achieve with 2D CAD packages. We will also learn some more advanced topics, such as design options, and place families, and much more beyond. By the end of this course you'll be comfortable using Revit in projects and you'll wonder why you haven't been using it before. There are absolutely no prerequisites for this course, so I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Autodesk Revit with the Introduction to Revit for Structural Engineers course at Pluralsight.

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello and welcome to Introduction to Revit for Structural Engineers. My name is Harriet Eldred. This course is designed to get you started on your journey into using Autodesk Revit to create structural models and documentation for your building projects. During the course you will learn to create steel and concrete building elements from the foundations through to complex structural framing. You will also learn to use Revit's features in a way that's in-line with industry best practices whilst allowing you to work more quickly and more efficiently. In this first module I will show you what Revit is capable of and how it's different to 2D CAD packages. Then you will learn how to get started on your first Revit project and how to set up project specific information, such as the site location, project number, and client details. During the course we will produce the design documentation for double tier stadium seating stand. The modules will guide you through the process of creating the lower tier and foundations in concrete before creating the upper tier using steel framing. Then we will create the concrete bleachers. During the course you will also learn how to create 2-dimensional documentation from your building model. This will include plans and building sections as well as schedules and 3-dimensional views of the project.

Lower Tier Details
Right, let's take a look at our model. The first thing we need to do is start cleaning up the structure a little. So let's hide the architect model so that we can see what's going on in our model. If I select the architectural model I can either use HH to hide it temporarily or I could hide it more permanently and that's what I want to do. So with the linked model selected, I'll right click on the workspace and choose Hide in View, Elements. I can always get this back by going to the light bulb in the View Control Bar. Now we can see the model more clearly, we can have a look around and see what we need to change. The first thing I notice is that I've placed beams around Gridline A at Level 1, but I later came back and put a wall here. I probably don't need both of these, so I'll delete the beams by just selecting each one in turn and pressing Delete. When we get a little way along the front of the structure, the first wall slab is blocking our view of the beams, so I think I'll just hide it temporarily so that I can continue deleting these beams. I'll select it and press HH and then I can carry on. You might notice that if I have something selected when I rotate around my 3D view, that thing becomes the center point of the rotate. This can be quite useful when you're trying to navigate around the 3D model. When that's done I'll go back into an isometric view by clicking on one of the corners of the view cube and I can switch my slab back on by choosing reset Temporary Hide Isolate from the View Control Bar. Now I need to turn my attention to the back of the stand, we've got a double height space here from the ground floor to the second floor, but I've got beams spanning across it. We can probably get rid of these to leave double height columns from ground to second, so I'll select the beams by holding down the Control button and clicking on each one in turn. And then I can delete them by just pressing the Delete key. I'll repeat the same thing on the other side, remembering that if I click on an element it will become the center of my rotate. And then I can go back to my isometric view and see what it looks like.