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Autodesk Revit Architecture Essentials

Course Description

Course Length = 3 days
AIA CES Credits = 21

This course is designed for new users of Revit Architecture.

The Autodesk® Revit® software is a powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that works the way architects think. The program streamlines the design process through the use of a central 3D model, where changes made in one view update across all views and on the printable sheets. This course is designed to teach you the Autodesk Revit functionality as you would work with it throughout the design process. You begin by learning about the user interface and basic drawing, editing, and viewing tools. Then you learn design development tools including how to model walls, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, stairs and more. Finally, you learn the processes that take the model to the construction documentation phase.

Since building projects are extremely complex, the Autodesk Revit software is also complex. The objective of the Autodesk Revit Architecture Fundamentals training guide is to enable students to create full 3D architectural project models and set them up in working drawings. This training guide focuses on basic tools that the majority of users need.

Training Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of Building Information Management (BIM) and how it is applied in Revit
  • Use the Revit Architecture workspace and interface
  • Work with the basic drawing and editing tools in Revit
  • Create Levels and Grids as datum elements for the model
  • Create a 3D building model with walls, curtain walls, windows, and doors
  • Add floors and roofs to the building model
  • Create component-based and custom stairs
  • Add component features, such as furniture and equipment
  • Set up sheets for plotting with text, dimensions, details, tags, and schedules
  • Create details

Course Outline

Introduction to BIM and Autodesk Revit

  • BIM and Autodesk Revit
  • Overview of the Interface
  • Starting Projects
  • Viewing Commands

Basic Sketching and Modify Tools

  • Using General Sketching Tools
  • Editing Elements
  • Working with Basic Modify Tools
  • Working with Additional Modify Tools

Settings Up Levels and Grids

  • Settings Up Levels
  • Creating Structural Grids
  • Adding Columns
  • Linking and Importing CAD Files

Modeling Walls

  • Modeling Walls
  • Modifying Walls

Working with Doors and Windows

  • Inserting Doors and Windows
  • Loading Door and Window Types from the Library
  • Creating Additional Door and Window Sizes

Working with Curtain Walls

  • Creating Curtain Walls
  • Adding Curtain Grids
  • Working with Curtain Wall Panels
  • Attaching Mullions to Curtain Grids

Working with Views

  • Setting the View Display
  • Duplicating Views
  • Adding Callout Views
  • Creating Elevations and Sections

Adding Components

  • Adding Components
  • Modifying Components

Modeling Floors

  • Modeling Floors
  • Creating Shaft Openings
  • Creating Sloped Floors

Modeling Ceilings

  • Modeling Ceilings
  • Adding Ceiling Fixtures
  • Creating Ceiling Soffits

Modeling Roofs

  • Modeling Roofs
  • Creating Roofs by Footprint
  • Establishing Work Planes
  • Creating Roofs by Extrusion

Modeling Stairs, Railings and Ramps

  • Creating Component Stairs
  • Modifying Component Stairs
  • Working with Railings
  • Creating Ramps

Creating Construction Documents

  • Setting Up Sheets
  • Placing and Modifying Views on Sheets
  • Printing Sheets

Annotating Construction Documents

  • Working with Dimensions
  • Working with Text
  • Adding Detail Lines and Symbols
  • Creating Legends

Adding Tags and Schedules

  • Adding Tags
  • Adding Rooms and Room Tags
  • Working with Schedules

Creating Details

  • Setting Up Detail Views
  • Adding Detail Components
  • Annotating Details
  • Keynoting and Keynote Legends


  • An understanding of Architectural terminology is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft® Windows.

Course Cost

This 3-day course is $1045 per person.

Course Dates

Note: The suggested course duration is a guideline. Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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