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Introduction to Revit Architecture: Basic Revit
|Architecture and Community Design (HMS)
|School of Arch. & Community Design
Instructor: Ana Paula S. Winterrowd
Cost: $450.00 (there are 12 seats available in this class)
Revit is a powerful tool in the development of a building information modeling (BIM). The REVIT software connects the process of building documentation to an interactive 3D model, from the
Design Concept to Development Design and through Project Documentation.
The goal of this course is to educate design students to understand and create a basic architectural
3D model through the study of tools and commands of Revit software. During the course students will develop a 3D model from the design concept through documentation.
Why is Revit important?
Revit has emerged as one of the most popular building documentation software systems in the
architecture/construction industry. From Wikipedia:
Autodesk Revit Architecture often referred to as simply Revit is a Building Information Modeling
software developed by Autodesk. It allows the user to design with both parametric 3D modeling and 2D drafting elements. Building Information Modeling is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm that
employs intelligent 3D objects to represent real physical building components such as walls and doors.
In addition, Revit's database for a project can contain information about a project at various stages in the building's lifecycle, from concept to construction to decommissioning. This is sometimes called 4D
CAD where time is the fourth dimension.
Revit uses .RVT files for storing BIM models. Typically, a building is made using 3D objects to create
walls, floors, roofs, structure, windows, doors and other objects as needed. These parametric objects - 3D building objects (such as windows or doors) or 2D drafting objects (such as surface patterns) -
are called "families" and are saved in .RFA files, and imported into the RVT database as needed.
A Revit model is a single database file represented in various ways which are useful for design work.
Such representations can be plans, sections, elevations, legends, and schedules. Because changes to each representation of the database model are made to one central model, changes made in one
representation of the model (for example a plan) are propagated to other representations of the model
(for example elevations). Thus, Revit drawings and schedules are always fully coordinated in terms of
the building objects shown in drawings.