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Summer Series 2009  :  Autodesk® Revit® 2010

 


 

Course Syllabus: Summer Series 2009: Autodesk® Revit® 2010

Revit Families Training

 

Instructor:

William C. Harris

Session Time:

M-W 1:00PM - 2:00PM (GMT–08:00) Pacific Time

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Office Hours:

 

Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (PST)

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Class Dates and Topics

Week

Date & Day

Lecture Topic

Session

Process Lab

1

Jan-15 : Sunday

Introduction to Family Tools & Concepts

01

Basic Table Family

Jan-18 : Wednesday

More Family Tools & Concepts

02

ADA symbol Family

2

Jan-22 : Sunday

Hosted Family Tools & Concepts

03

CMU Door

Jan-25 : Wednesday

Review of Family Tools & Concepts

04

Series Q&A 01

3

Jan-29 : Sunday

Understanding Annotation Families

05

Titleblock

Feb-01 : Wednesday

Understanding When to use What

06

Window

4

Feb-05 : Sunday

Understanding Family Categories

07

Room Tags

Feb-08 : Wednesday

Understanding Formulas & Arrays

08

Classroom Layouts

5

Feb-12 : Sunday

Family Application Brining it all together

09

Sunshade

Feb-15 : Wednesday

Family Application Families that Move

10

Swinging Door

6

Feb-19 : Sunday

Family Application Views Symbols

11

Room Sections

Feb-22 : Wednesday

Family Application Finalizing Families

12

Series Q&A 02

7

Feb-26 : Sunday

Creation from Scratch Tags

13

Occupancy load

Feb-29 : Wednesday

Creation from Scratch Profiles

14

Custom Railings

8

Mar-04 : Sunday

Creation from Scratch Arrays & Masses

15

Louver systems

Mar-07 : Wednesday

Creation from Scratch Any Families

16

Projector & Framing

Course Objectives:

Over the 16 sessions class you will learn both the conceptual and practical process of building, maintaining and troubleshooting Revit Families.  Each session addresses key topics first conceptually, then in the product, followed by open discussion.  Each Sessions Major and Minor topics additional Class Resources are provided for some sessions.

Required Materials:

Web Access

Audio Device with Mute Control

Autodesk® Revit® Building 2009

Missed Live Presentation:

Should you have an emergency and miss a Session you will have access to that Session until the end of the Series.  You are responsible for scheduling time to view the Archive, review and understand the material.  Questions specific to the Session should be emailed to the instructor in a timely manner.

GreenBoard:

The course syllabus, important course announcements, Presentation Outlines, Briefing Notes, Instruction Manuals, or Additional Session Resources, will be made available via GreenBoard.  Please contact the Instructor as soon as possible if you cannot access the website or if you have any technical difficulties.


Session Topics

Session01 Introduction to Family Tools & Concepts. 8

Reference Planes. 9

Dimensions. 9

Labeling. 9

Applying Parameters. 9

All That Makes Up Families. 9

“The Cha-Cha-Cha”. 9

“Flexing”. 10

Testing that the Parameters work.. 10

“Test Project”. 10

Masses. 10

Sketch Mode + Mass Properties. 10

Align and Lock.. 10

Session02 More Family Tools & Concepts. 12

Reference Planes – the basics of all elements that make up families. 13

Dimensions – control how those Reference Planes move. 13

Labeling – connects the Dimension to the Parameter. 13

Applying Parameters – what connects it all 13

“The Cha-Cha-Cha” – the basic step for all things family.. 13

“Flexing” – testing that the Parameters work.. 13

“Test Project” – testing that the Family works. 14

Masses – what is a mass, how we use them and why we use them... 14

Sketch Mode + Mass Properties. 14

Align and Lock.. 14

Session03 Hosted Family Tools & Concepts. 16

Types – Doors. 17

Work Flow – what Families can do and should do.. 17

KISS – growing families. 17

Parameters – width and height. 17

New Family Editor Tools. 17

Visibility Parameters v. “Visibility…” controls. 17

Material Parameters – another look parameters. 17

Openings – the host v. hosted families – reference planes. 18

Labels Text – how doors get their numbers. 18

Instance v. Type Parameters. 18

Session04 Basic Family Tools & Concepts Review.. 20

Session05 Annotation Family tools. 21

Title Blocks – 3D Vs 2D Families. 22

Categories / Sub categories. 22

Text Type / Label Types. 22

New Family Editor Tools. 22

Visibility Parameters. 22

Toggling text with types and visibility parameters. 22

Symbol 22

Groups. 23

Types. 23

File naming / Type Naming. 23

Session06 When to use What. 25

Place Holders; the New Design Process. 26

Growing Families. 26

Use for masses. 26

Templates: What to Use, When, and Why.. 26

Generic Model 26

New Family Editor Tools. 26

Voids. 26

Assigning Categories. 26

Use for masses. 27

Swappable Elements. 27

File Naming / Type Naming. 27

Session07 Understanding Family Categories. 28

Annotation Families. 29

Categories. 29

Shared Parameters (SP). 29

Non-Ties. 29

Detail Lines. 29

Labels. 29

Visibility Controls. 29

Family Extents. 29

Use for Tags. 30

Formulas. 30

Type Naming. 30

Session08 Understanding Formulas and Arrays. 31

Array-able elements. 32

Nesting Families. 32

Array Parameters. 32

Controlling Nested Families. 32

Array Parameters with Formulas. 32

Adding Calculated Parameters. 32

Types. 32

Using Ref Planes. 32

Session09 Brining it all together. 34

Family - Sun shades. 34

Parameter Naming. 35

Swapping Families. 35

In-Place Families. 35

Detail Components. 35

Family File Size. 35

Nested Family parameter. 35

Swept Blend Forms. 35

Vertical v. horizontal families. 35

Session10 Families that Move. 37

Trouble Shooting. 38

Openings. 38

Advanced Geometries. 38

Strong vs. Week Reference. 38

Instance Parameters. 38

Plan / Elevation Views. 38

Reference lines Use. 38

Session11 Understanding Views Symbols. 40

Symbols. 41

Outside the Box. 41

Standard Families Loaded into System Families. 41

Applying Parameters. 41

High-level parameterization.. 41

Repeatable or array based objects. 41

Session12 Finalizing Families. 43

Invisible families for data-only purposes; 43

Grouping families. 43

Windows in an a furring wall 43

Q&A.. 43

Session13 Understanding Blasters. 44

Egress Tags.  So simple! 44

Railings. 44

Railing Profile. 44

Balusters. 44

Baluster Post. 44

Baluster Panels. 44

Session14 Louver systems. 46

Family Template Files. 46

Profiles in Projects. 46

Standard & System... 46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Session01 Introduction to Family Tools & Concepts

Opening

Hook

The journey begins.  Learning Revit families is a marathon.  Ahead of you, 16 hours of training; and many more hours of diligent practice no one but you will see.  You are learning a necessary skill that all Revit users should learn.  A skill very few people have; complete this course and you will be an asset to any firm using Revit.  Are you ready to elevate your game?

Introduction

Families are the nuts and bolts of what makes Revit such a powerful design and CD creation product.  Through building a basic table you’ll explore and begin to understand the Family Creator and Family creation process.

I’m going to go over the major concepts behind creating families, giving you the why behind “Families”.  Then I’ll walk you through creating a table; hitting some of the major pit falls along the way so you don’t.  Knives and forks everyone, let’s get started. 

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Reference Plans

      Dimensions

      Labeling

      Applying Parameters

      “Flexing”

      Masses

      “Test Project”

      Material Parameters

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

 

Reference Planes

Basics of all elements in families

Based on the Cartesian coordinate system

Naming Reference Planes is important

All geometry is attached to reference planes

Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back)  = Insertion Point

Dimensions

Control Reference Planes that Move

Dimension Widths, Lengths, Heights

Equalized Dimensions - Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back)

Don’t Over Dimension (over constrain the model)

Labeling

Connects the Dimension to the Parameter

Select the Dimension

Apply the Label

IF no operate Parameter, create one on the fly

Applying Parameters

Parameters connect Family Type & Instance

Found in the “Family Types” Dialog Box

Some Parameters are not Modifiable (Template based)

Some Parameters are Modifiable (all the ones you create)

Naming Parameters is important

All That Makes Up Families

There is nothing but this. 

These concepts have to be understood before we even begin the process of creating families. These steps are repeated time and time again to build all the pieces of the Family and make those pieces work correctly.

“The Cha-Cha-Cha”

Basic Step for All Things Family

Draw Reference planes

Dimension Reference Planes

Label the dimension with the appropriate parameter

“Flexing”

Testing that the Parameters work

Make sure that “it” does what it is suppose to

From the “Family Types” Dialog – Larger and Smaller Values

If you “ADDED” then you need to “Flex” = constantly “Flexing” the model

“Test Project”

Testing That the Family Works

Never load and untested family into a live project

Checking that the family works as a whole

Checking for Type Names and Family Names

Core Concept

Masses

Masses Are the Solid Components 

How & Why We Use Them

Solid + Void Forms = any shape possible

Five kinds of Forms

Geometry Tools: Join/Cut

Sketch Mode + Mass Properties

Masses are built off a base sketch (footprint)

Rule = “Closed Loop” – Multiple loops are ok.

Mass properties control the Extrusion Depth, Material and Visibility

Align and Lock

Sketch Lines and Extrusions are Aligned and Locked to Reference Planes

Dimensions can be used as well (constrained )

Always “Flex” everything

Core Concept

Close

Summary

Although this Table family is simple; the concepts presented and process demonstrated during its creation are the core of all things Family.  We must learn to walk before we can run, we must crawl before we can walk.  This was the first of 16 hours of training; we have a long way to go to fully understanding the power of families.

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Basic tools and Best practices to use in the Family Editor

How to build a family from scratch and test that it works correctly

A Family is a collect of Family Types, Types hold Parameters, Parameters control Reference Planes

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Session01 Basic Table Family

You & Final Thought

 

 

 

 

 

Session02 More Family Tools & Concepts

More Family Tools & Concepts and explanation of Family templates

Opening

Hook

The journey begins.  Learning Revit families is a marathon.  Ahead of you, 16 hours of training; and many more hours of diligent practice no one but you will see.  You are learning a necessary skill that all Revit users should learn.  A skill very few people have; complete this course and you will be an asset to any firm using Revit.  Are you ready to elevate your game?

Introduction

Families are the nuts and bolts of what makes Revit such a powerful design and CD creation product.  through building a basic table you’ll explore and begin to understand the Family Creator and Family creation process.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Reference Planes

      Dimensions

      Labeling

      Applying Parameters

      “The Cha-Cha-Cha

       “Flexing”

       “Test Project”

      Masses

      Sketch Mode + Mass Properties

      Align and Lock

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

Reference Planes – the basics of all elements that make up families

Based on the Cartesian coordinate system

Naming Reference Planes is important

All geometry is attached to reference planes

Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back)  = Insertion Point

Dimensions – control how those Reference Planes move

Dimension Widths, Lengths, Heights

Equalized Dimensions - Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back)

Don’t Over Dimension (over constrain the model)

Labeling – connects the Dimension to the Parameter

Select the Dimension

Apply the Label

IF no operate Parameter, create one on the fly

Applying Parameters – what connects it all

Found in the “Family Types” Dialog Box

Some Parameters are not Modifiable (Template based)

Some Parameters are Modifiable (all the ones you create)

Naming Parameters is important

 

Core concepts

This is all that makes up families.  There is nothing but this. 

These concepts have to be understood before we even begin the process of creating families. These steps are repeated time and time again to build all the pieces of the Family and make those pieces work correctly.

 

“The Cha-Cha-Cha” – the basic step for all things family

Draw Reference planes

Dimension Reference Planes

Label the dimension with the appropriate parameter

“Flexing” – testing that the Parameters work

Make sure that “it” does what it is suppose to

From the “Family Types” Dialog – Larger and Smaller Values

If you “ADDED” then you need to “Flex” = constantly “Flexing” the model

“Test Project” – testing that the Family works

Never load and untested family into a live project

Checking that the family works as a whole

Checking for Type Names and Family Names

Core Concept

 Masses – what is a mass, how we use them and why we use them

Solid + Void Forms = any shape possible

Five kinds of Forms

Geometry Tools: Join/Cut

Sketch Mode + Mass Properties

Masses are built off a base sketch (footprint)

Rule = “Closed Loop” – Multiple loops are ok.

Mass properties control the Extrusion Depth, Material and Visibility

Align and Lock

Sketch Lines and Extrusions are Aligned and Locked to Reference Planes

Dimensions can be used as well (constrained )

Always “Flex” everything

Core concepts

Close

Summary

Although this Table family is simple; the concepts presented and process demonstrated during its creation are the core of all things Family.  We must learn to walk before we can run, we must crawl before we can walk.  This was the first of 16 hours of training; we have a long way to go to fully understanding the power of families.

Q&A what did we learn

Basic tools and Best practices to use in the Family Editor

How to build a family from scratch and test that it works correctly

A Family is a collect of Family Types, Types hold Parameters, Parameters control Reference Planes

Session02 ADA symbol Family

Thank You & Final Thought

 

 

 

Session03 Hosted Family Tools & Concepts

More about the power of Families and how do we leverage them to decrease our workload

Opening

Hook

My client wanted change the door swing from 90 to 45.  Simple you think, nope.  Well, first that actually is not the door panel you see in plan, second, there is no parameters applied to the symbolic lines.  Image when I told them it would take me a half hour to make it work.  What? Opening doors in Revit is a little harder than you would think.  

Introduction

Default door in Revit have been made to work efficiently and effectively.  According to who?  This session will literally break down Revit Door in order to explain how solid object and Linework are used to display key building and construction documentation components.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Family Type – Doors

      Work Flow

      KISS – growing families

      Parameters – width and height

      Visibility Settings v. “Visibility…”

      Material Parameters

      Openings - Host v. Hosted Family

      Reference Planes

      Instance v. Type Parameters

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 


 

Types – Doors

Types are just Containers

Parameters are King

Control visibility

Work Flow – what Families can do and should do

Place Holders at SD/PD

Transition During DD

“Select all instances”

“Flipping Families”

KISS – growing families

The process of Place Holders

Starting with default, adding

Family isn’t finished till 80%CD

Parameters – width and height

Parameters controlling parameters

Visibility Parameters

Visibility… Settings

Core concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Visibility Parameters v. “Visibility…” controls

Visibility Parameters

“Visibility…” controls

Masses v. Lines

Material Parameters – another look parameters

Family Defaults

Applied to each Mass

Controlled by Category, Type or instance

Openings – the host v. hosted families – reference planes

Another kind of Form Void

Cuts into the Host

A look at Joined Walls

Core concepts

Labels Text – how doors get their numbers

Families = Data & Geometry

Family Tags = Reading the Data

Views (Categories) = Looking at the Geometry

Instance v. Type Parameters

Category = Door / Window / Furniture

Family = Single Flush / Double Flush / Overhead-Rolling

Type = Single Flush : 36” x 84” / Single Flush : 30” x 80”

Instance = 4 of the same type / 4 Instances / Door # (1,2,3,4)

Core concepts

Close

Summary

We went over, concepts, Tool and process

Autodesk build the Default doors with the mass representing the door panel turned off in Plan.  Using Symbolic Lines they displayed the door panel and swing.  Had they created an additional door panel mass then the family size would have increased and perhaps created some unnecessary project slowing.  Understanding family creation process, development & impact will have a massive effect on both your design time and project speed.

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session03 CMU Door

Thank You & Final Thought


Session04 Basic Family Tools & Concepts Review

This is a Question and Answer Session.

Session Notes

 

 

Session05 Annotation Family tools

Title blocks, the “King Kong” of all annotation families.  Creating a Title Block from scratch will impart all “annotation family” tools

Opening

Hook

8 hours.  8 hours is how long it takes to build a quality Title Block for a company.  Yes, even when you have your CAD title block.  Although the process is simple, there are a number of questions that need to be addressed for each size and type of title block your company uses.

Introduction

Title blocks are so simple: Text, Labels, Parameters, and some Linework.  If only that was complete truth.  Creating the right type of Linework for each part of your title block takes a little time.  Creating the right Text and Label types also takes some time.  What really complicates things are Shared Parameters, both during creation of the Title Block and its everyday use.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Title Blocks – 3D Vs 2D Families

      Categories / Sub categories

      Text Type / Label Types

      Visibility Parameters

      Toggling text with types and visibility parameters

      Symbol

      Groups

      Types

      File naming / Type Naming

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

Title Blocks – 3D Vs 2D Families

Template File File>>New>>Titleblock

Sized to print

Use of Line Types

Categories / Sub categories

Settings>>Object Styles

Categories = Title Block

Subcategory = Linetypes

Text Type / Label Types

Text Type

Label Types

Types = Font style / Text Size exc.

Core concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Visibility Parameters

Controlling what text needs to be seen

Creating PD / DD / CD sets of text

Toggling text with types and visibility parameters

Family Types = Parameters = ON/OFF for text

Grid lines

Logos / Seals

Symbol

New Annotation Family

Insert Image / logo / seal

Save & Load into Title Block Family

Core Concept\

Groups

Grouping Text w/ Linework

Allows parameters to control location

Types

PD Type

CD Type

Gridlines = Type or Instance?

File naming / Type Naming

Text Type Names = “1/8” Arial” v. “Sheet Notes”

Broken apart Title Blocks?

Project Phases / Sheet Sizes / Sheet Types

Combining Into “Master Title Blocks

Core Concept

Close

Summary

We went over, concepts, tools and process

There wasn’t really anything truly new in this family hour; however, we are starting to expand past the basic family creation tools and rules.  When building title blocks in Revit, most companies import and explode their AutoCAD title bock.  This is ok, so long as you follow this process: Import CAD file, build Title Block Linework and Text, Copy and Past the Linework and Text into a new Title Block Family.  When you explode a CAD file, you insert, Text / Linetypes / Hatch Patterns / Materials.  By Copying and Pasting only want you need into an title block family you lose all that extemporaneous data.

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session05 Titleblock

Thank You & Final Thought

 

 

 

Session06 When to use What

Changing your project from “Place Holder” content to “real” content; the right time & process

Opening

Hook

Place Holders, you hear it all the time.  What are these “Place Holders?”  why are they important.  Most companies are looking at Revit as the perfect “BIM” platform.  I think it is, if you use the product right. 

Introduction

Learning when and how to use content in Revit is absolutely critical.  Yes you can detail every door knob, hinge and screw.  No, please don’t.  First rule, don’t model anything you wouldn’t see in 1/8” scale.  Second rule, Keep It Simple S…

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Place Holders; the new design process

      Growing Families

      File naming / Type Naming

      Templates: What to use, when, and why

      Use for Masses

      Assigning Categories

      Generic Model

      Voids and swappable elements

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

 

Place Holders; the New Design Process

As much Default content at DD

Determined by “what’s needed” to sell

Default = As Shipped / Company Standard

Growing Families

Timing based on Project Phases

Load Family of Same Name

Or

Select all instances, change Type

Use for masses

Interference Checking

Quick 3D Plans

Family Creation

Templates: What to Use, When, and Why

Host Based

Generic

Annotation

Generic Model

Good way to Start

Save, Save As

Load into a project

New Family Editor Tools

Voids

Same as Solids

Voids Cut Solids

Reference Planes and Control Grip

Assigning Categories

Generic Model

Settings>>Family Categories and Parameters

Assigns: Schedules / Object Styles / Parameters

Use for masses

Interference Checking

Quick 3D Plans

Family Creation

Swappable Elements

Every Family!

Same Category

Same Insertion Point

File Naming / Type Naming

\\Company\Standars\CD or DD or PD

Family Name NOTEQUAL to Type

Same File Name & Type Name =

Instant Flip w/ Load into Project

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session06 Window

Thank You & Final Thought

Session07 Understanding Family Categories

Drilling into your Construction Documentation standards, taking what Revit gave you and making it your own.  Also create tags that tie data to the right objects.

Opening

Hook

“I need to show my room heights in my floor plans.   Oh, and I need to schedule them.”  Same old story, different client, time for shared parameters.

Introduction

All too often there is not enough information in the basic Revit Family, Tag or Category.  When there is not the “right” data availed to you in the family, you will have to create a shared parameter. 

Here is the rule: when you need to see the data on the printed sheet AND you need to schedule it, you must use a shared parameter.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Annotation Families

      Categories

      Shared Parameters

      Non-Ties

      Detail Lines

      Labels

      Visibility Controls

      Family Extents

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 


 

Annotation Families

Templates

Scaling issues

= Symbols

Categories

Family Templates

Settings>>Categories and Parameters

Ties the Tag (annotation Family) to Model Objects

Shared Parameters (SP)

SP Files / Groups / Parameters

GUID (Family SP = Project SP)

Solution to most problems

Non-Ties

SP cannot use formulas

Create “Visual Check” Schedules

Create “Calculated Value” Parameters

Detail Lines

Category

Subcategory

Labels

Defaults

Shared Parameters

Family Editor Formula

Visibility Controls

Multiple labels over each other

Room Area / Room Volume

IF=not(Room Area)

Checks Room Volume

Family Extents

Ref Plane?

Visible Lines?

= Leader Location?

Use for Tags

Room/Door/Material/Generic

CD Creation

“Tag all not tagged”

Formulas

On / Off

http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2005/11/make-up-my-mind.html

F1 for more help

Type Naming

Building = you know

Finished = anyone knows

Formulas

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session07 Room Tags

Thank You & Final Thought

Session08 Understanding Formulas and Arrays

Making families work for you, leveraging the power of the family types dialog box, formulas and nested arrays.

Opening

Hook

While working with a client that focused on Education I build to key families that made an impact on their Design time.  One, a parametric projector, we will address in Fanatic level; Two, a parametric classrooms layout for Desks. 

Introduction

Take a Family, Array it, apply a parameter to the array then a formula to the parameter, and suddenly you have a classroom layout that adds desks parametrically. 

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Array-able elements

      Nesting Families

      Controlling Nested Families

      Array Parameters

      Array Parameters with Formulas

      Adding Calculated Parameters

      Using Ref Planes

      Types

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 


 

Array-able elements

Understanding Arrays

First to Last v. First to Second

Use of Reference Planes

Nesting Families

Load Multiple Families

Same Family Category = Type Selector

Insertion Point / Reference Planes

Array Parameters

Distance Parameters

Number Parameters

Select Array’s Line Not Number

Controlling Nested Families

Label the Family

Know its Origin Reference Planes

Know its Constraints

Array Parameters with Formulas

Integer v. Number Parameter

= Normal Formulas

What will happen?

Adding Calculated Parameters

Types

Parameter Values

Nested Family Value

Using Ref Planes

Additional Ref Planes for control

Strong v. Week Ref Planes

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session08 Classroom Layouts

Thank You & Final Thought

 

 

Session09 Brining it all together

Opening

Family - Sun shades

Hook

Sunshades are “the big deal” right now when trying to create Green Buildings.  I’ve seen companies create some great sunshades that work perfectly for calculations and Sun studies; however, these families create just a little bit of project slowing.

Introduction

Family swapping is critical for model speed; learn the tools and concepts that will help you “flip” (2D) CD content to (3D) presentation content.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Parameter Naming

      Swapping Families

      In-Place Families

      Detail Components

      Family File Size

      Nested Family parameter

      Swept Blend Forms

      Vertical v. horizontal families

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

 

Parameter Naming

Expert Naming

Use in Formula

Finishing the Family

Swapping Families

3D v. 2D

2D Model v. 3D Drafting

File size

In-Place Families

Use

Size

Why would you?

Detail Components

Detail Groups

File size

ACAD  to Revit

Family File Size

3D v. 2D v. Inplace v. Other

Nested Family parameter

Loaded Family

Element Properties

Application of Parameters

Swept Blend Forms

Path

Profile 1

Profile 2

Vertical v. horizontal families

Problems

Testing

Fixing

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session09 Sunshade

Thank You & Final Thought

Session10 Families that Move

Opening

Hook

I’m not so sure when you are actually going to need to “Open” a door in Revit.  I know that when I create a walkthrough, I think about how having open doors would make the presentation better.

Introduction

This session will teach you more about masses, controlling them and why sometimes you have problems apply parameters.  You have moved past the Ref Plane as your sol control for the movable parts of families.

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Trouble Shooting

      Breaking and Fixing

      Openings

      Advanced Geometries

      Strong vs. Week Reference

      Instance Parameters

      Plans

      Reference lines Use

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

 

Trouble Shooting

Extrusion Form

Breaking / Exploding Families

Test Project & Family Walls

Openings

Host based

Use of Voids

Void Sketches

Advanced Geometries

Sweep Form

Controlling the Sketch Lines

Strong vs. Week Reference

Reference IS

Live Dimensions

Other?

Instance Parameters

With Ref Planes

Without Ref Planes

With Ref Lines

Plan / Elevation Views

“View Specific”

Downfall of dimensions

Use of 3D

Reference lines Use

Are Drawn on a Ref Plane

Start and end point

Live in the Project

Family - Swinging doors

Family - Panel sliding doors

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Session10 Swinging Door

Thank You & Final Thought

Session11 Understanding Views Symbols

Opening

Hook

Why can’t I change the Elevation symbol in Revit?  I don’t know.

Introduction

This session will be one of the craziest workarounds you’ve seen for Revit.  You will learn about Section Heads, Nested System Families and how to break parts of Revit purposefully.

Purpose/Promise             

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Symbols

      Outside the Box

      Standard Families Loaded into System Families

      Applying Parameters

      High-level parameterization

      Repeatable or array based objects 

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

 

 

Symbols

Revit Family Template

How is it Used

Rotation and Location

Outside the Box

Use of Sections for Elevation Marks

Why

What is wrong with this picture

Standard Families Loaded into System Families

Section Head (Standard Family)

View Tag – Section Head (System Family)

Section (Uses Nested System Family - View Tag)

Applying Parameters

High-level parameterization

Repeatable or array based objects

High-level parameterization

Repeatable or array based objects

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Family - Room Sections/Elevations

Symbols

Shared Parameters

Outside the Box

Standard Families Loaded into System Families

Family - Room divider                     

Applying Parameters

Thank You & Final Thought

 


Session12 Finalizing Families

Opening

Hook

Ah… You are an Expert! Show me

Introduction

Today’s is an Example, Review and Q&A Day. 

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Invisible families for data-only purposes;

      Grouping families

      windows in an a furring wall

      Q&A

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 45 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 30 Min

Invisible families for data-only purposes;

Grouping families

Windows in an a furring wall

Q&A

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Family – Section Heads

Family – Room Divider

 

Thank You & Final Thought


 

Session13 Understanding Blasters

Opening

Hook

Railings; oh what joy

Introduction

This session will be frantic and fanatic.  Railings must be broken down time and time again to really understand them.  We will break down railings!

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Egress Tags.  So simple!

      Railings

      Railing Profile

      Balusters

      Baluster Post

      Baluster Panels

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 25 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 5 Min

Lab Session 20 Min

 

Egress Tags.  So simple!

Railings

Railing Profile

Balusters

Baluster Post

Baluster Panels

 

 

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Families in Action

Families - Egress Tags

Families - Railing Profile

Families - Baluster

Families - Baluster Panel

Thank You & Final Thought

 

 

 

Session14 Louver systems

Opening

Hook

Louver systems & Wall Sweeps/Reveal.  Profiles, Swept Profiles& Line Based Profiles.  Basic concept: you are just sketching on Reference Planes.

Introduction

This session will review how profile based Families interact with Revit projects. 

Purpose/Promise

By the end of this session you will understand the following concepts / process

      Family Template Files

      Profiles in Projects

      Standard & System

Agenda

Opening – 5 Min

Topics & Examples – 20 Min

Session Q&A – 5 Min

Closing – 0 Min

Lab Session - 20 Min

Family Template Files

Profile Hosted.rft?

Profile.rft?

Generic Model line based.rft?

Profile-Reveal.rft?

Profiles in Projects

View Specific

Solids

Hosed / Placed

Line Based

Standard & System

Standard Used in System

Swept Blend

Close

Summary

Q&A what did we learn

Families in Action

Families - Louver Family 1.rfa

Families - Louver Family 2.rfa

Families - Louver Family 3.rfa

Families - Generic Model line based.rfa

Profile - Hosted Projcet.rvt

Thank You & Final Thought