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Autodesk Revit Structure 2012

Fundamentals
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Student Guide
Revision 1.0
May 2011

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Autodesk Revit Structure 2012
Fundamentals
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Preface .................................................................................................. vii
Class Files .............................................................................................ix
Chapter 1 Introduction to Autodesk Revit Structure ......................1-1
1.1 Overview of the Program ......................................................1-3
BIM and Structural Engineering...............................................1-3
1.2 Working with Projects ...........................................................1-4
File Types ................................................................................1-4
Types of Elements ...................................................................1-5
Families ...................................................................................1-6
1.3 Understanding the Interface .................................................1-7
Shortcut Menus......................................................................1-16
1.4 Viewing Tools.......................................................................1-17
Switching Between Views......................................................1-17
View Control Bar....................................................................1-17
Practice 1a Introduction to the Autodesk Revit Structure
Software ................................................................................ 1-25
Chapter 2 Setting Up Levels and Grids............................................2-1
2.1 Creating and Using Levels....................................................2-3
Creating Levels........................................................................2-3
Modifying Levels ......................................................................2-7
2.2 Placing Grid Lines .................................................................2-9
Modifying Grid Lines ..............................................................2-12
Practice 2a Adding Levels and Grids................................... 2-14
Chapter 3 Working with Views..........................................................3-1
3.1 Creating Elevations ...............................................................3-3
Modifying Elevations................................................................3-4
Framing Elevations ..................................................................3-8
3.2 Creating Sections ................................................................3-11
Modifying the Section Marker ................................................3-12
3.3 Creating Callouts .................................................................3-14
Practice 3a Creating Levels, Sections, and Callouts ........... 3-15
Chapter 4 Editing Elements ..............................................................4-1
4.1 Select Elements for Editing ..................................................4-3
Selecting Multiple Elements.....................................................4-3
Filtering Selections ..................................................................4-4
Pinning Elements.....................................................................4-5
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4.2 Work With Temporary Dimensions ......................................4-7


Temporary Dimensions Settings..............................................4-8
Moving the Dimension Reference (Witness line)...................4-11
Practice 4a Element Selection............................................. 4-12
Chapter 5 Modify Commands ...........................................................5-1
5.1 Move and Copy ......................................................................5-3
5.2 Rotate......................................................................................5-5
5.3 Array .......................................................................................5-7
5.4 Mirror ....................................................................................5-10
Practice 5a Manipulating Elements ..................................... 5-12
5.5 Align......................................................................................5-19
5.6 Split .......................................................................................5-21
5.7 Offset ....................................................................................5-22
5.8 Trim and Extend...................................................................5-24
Practice 5b Modifying Elements .......................................... 5-26
Chapter 6 Creating an Architectural Underlay ................................6-1
6.1 Working with Architectural Underlays.................................6-3
6.2 Importing and Linking CAD Files .........................................6-4
Modifying Imported/Linked CAD Files .....................................6-6
Visibility Graphics Settings ......................................................6-9
Practice 6a Linking and Managing a CAD File .................... 6-11
6.3 Linking in Projects Created in the Autodesk
Revit Architecture Software................................................6-14
6.4 Copying and Monitoring Elements ....................................6-17
Copy/Monitor Options ............................................................6-19
Monitoring Elements ..............................................................6-20
Working with Monitored Elements .........................................6-20
Practice 6b Linking and Coordinating Projects .................... 6-26
Chapter 7 Adding Columns and Walls .............................................7-1
7.1 Placing Structural Columns..................................................7-3
Modifying Columns ..................................................................7-5
Loading Additional Structural Column Types...........................7-7
7.2 Placing Slanted Structural Columns....................................7-9
Working in3D Views...............................................................7-10
Working in Elevations or Sections .........................................7-13
7.3 Drawing and Modifying Walls.............................................7-16
Modifying Walls......................................................................7-18
Temporary Dimensions and Walls.........................................7-22
Practice 7a Adding Columns and Walls............................... 7-26
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Chapter 8 Adding Foundations.........................................................8-1


8.1 Strip Footings ........................................................................8-3
Bearing Footings......................................................................8-3
Creating a Foundation Plan View ............................................8-5
8.2 Step and Spread Footings ....................................................8-9
Working with Custom Families ..............................................8-12
8.3 Piers and Pilasters...............................................................8-14
Practice 8a Adding Foundations.......................................... 8-16
8.4 Structural Slabs ...................................................................8-22
Editing the Structure of a Slab ...............................................8-24
Slab Edges ............................................................................8-26
Practice 8b Adding Slabs..................................................... 8-27
Chapter 9 Structural Reinforcement ................................................9-1
9.1 Structural Reinforcement......................................................9-3
9.2 Setting the Cover Depth........................................................9-4
9.3 Adding Rebar .........................................................................9-6
Displaying Rebar in 3D Views ...............................................9-13
Modifying Rebar Placement...................................................9-15
Rebar Types ..........................................................................9-16
Editing Plan and Section Profiles...........................................9-17
9.4 Area Reinforcement.............................................................9-18
9.5 Path Reinforcement.............................................................9-20
Practice 9a Reinforcing Structural Elements ....................... 9-24
Chapter 10 Beams and Framing Systems .....................................10-1
10.1 Adding Beams and Beam Systems....................................10-3
10.2 Modifying Beams ...............................................................10-11
Sloping Beams.....................................................................10-12
Adding Beam Offsets...........................................................10-13
Adding Beam Cantilevers ....................................................10-13
Adding Joist Extensions.......................................................10-14
Attaching a Column to a Beam ............................................10-14
Applying Beam Coping ........................................................10-15
Editing Beam Joins ..............................................................10-16
10.3 Labeling Framing...............................................................10-17
Loading and Specifying Tags ..............................................10-17
Practice 10a Adding Beams and Framing Systems .......... 10-20
Practice 10b Concrete Framing (Optional) ........................ 10-34
Chapter 11 Brace Frames................................................................11-1
11.1 Framing Elevations..............................................................11-3
Setting up the View Display ...................................................11-4
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11.2 Adding Bracing ....................................................................11-6


Cross Bracing Settings ........................................................11-12
Practice 11a Brace Frames ............................................... 11-13
Chapter 12 Floors, Shafts, and Stairs ............................................12-1
12.1 Creating Floor Systems ......................................................12-3
Practice 12a Adding Floor Slabs ......................................... 12-8
Practice 12b Adding Floors to a Concrete Structure
(Optional) ............................................................................ 12-12
12.2 Creating Shaft Openings...................................................12-14
12.3 Framing Shaft Openings ...................................................12-17
Practice 12c Creating Shaft Openings............................... 12-19
12.4 Understanding Stairs and Ramps ....................................12-28
Chapter 13 Annotation.....................................................................13-1
13.1 Working with Text................................................................13-3
Setting the Paragraph Format ...............................................13-5
Spell Checking.......................................................................13-6
Creating Text Types ..............................................................13-6
13.2 Dimensioning .......................................................................13-8
Modifying Dimensions..........................................................13-12
Practice 13a Text and Dimensions .................................... 13-15
Chapter 14 Detailing ........................................................................14-1
14.1 Setting Up Detail Views.......................................................14-3
Connecting a Callout to a Drafting View ................................14-4
Saving a Drafting View ..........................................................14-5
14.2 Creating Details ...................................................................14-7
Detail Lines ............................................................................14-7
Detail Components ................................................................14-8
Repeating Details ................................................................14-10
14.3 Annotating Details .............................................................14-11
Using Symbols.....................................................................14-11
Adding Detail Tags ..............................................................14-13
14.4 Patterning ...........................................................................14-14
Practice 14a Detailing........................................................ 14-17
Chapter 15 Scheduling ....................................................................15-1
15.1 Column Schedules ..............................................................15-3
15.2 Modifying Schedules.........................................................15-12
15.3 Other Schedules ................................................................15-14
Footing Schedules ...............................................................15-14
Practice 15a Column, Count, and Footing Schedules ....... 15-17
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15.4 Legend Views.....................................................................15-24


Practice 15b Legends ........................................................ 15-28
Chapter 16 Sheets and Revisions ..................................................16-1
16.1 Creating Sheets ...................................................................16-3
16.2 Placing and Modifying Views on Sheets ...........................16-6
Modifying Views on Sheets....................................................16-9
Working Inside Views ..........................................................16-11
16.3 Adding Revisions ..............................................................16-13
Practice 16a Creating Sheets ............................................ 16-15
16.4 Printing Sheets ..................................................................16-20
Index............................................................................................. Index-1

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Preface

Preface
To take full advantage of Building Information Modeling, this Autodesk
Revit Structure 2012 Fundamentals Student Guide has been designed
to teach the concepts and principles from building design through
construction documentation using the Autodesk Revit Structure 2012
software. This training guide is intended to introduce students to the
softwares user interface and the basic building components that make
the Autodesk Revit Structure software a powerful and flexible structural
modeling tool. Our goal is to familiarize you with the tools necessary to
create, document, and print your parametric model. Examples and
practices are designed to reflect as many different building types as
possible.
Topics include the following:
Introduction to the Autodesk Revit Structure software
Setting up Levels and Grids
Working with Views
Editing Elements
Modifying Commands
Starting a Structural Project using architectural underlays
Adding Columns and Walls
Adding Foundations
Structural Reinforcement
Beams and Framing Systems
Bracing Frames
Floors, Shafts, and Stairs
Annotation, Detailing, and Scheduling
Sheets and Printing.
Pre-requisites
This training guide introduces the fundamental skills in learning how to
use the Autodesk Revit Structure software. It is highly recommended that
students have experience and knowledge in structural design and its
terminology.

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