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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 2016 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

Day One

Getting Started

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Common Terms

Using Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Exploring the User Interface
  • Starting a Project

The Basics of the Building Model

  • Working with Levels and Grids
  • Getting Started with Walls
  • Working with Generic and Compound Walls
  • Adding Doors and Windows

Using Dimensions and Constraints

  • Placing Dimensions
  • Working with Constraints

Developing the Building Model

  • Creating Curtain Walls
  • Creating and Modifying Floors
  • Adding Ceilings
  • Working with Roofs
  • Working with Stairs and Railings
  • Creating and Managing Parts

Day Two

Using Building Components

  • Loading Component Families
  • Modifying Component Families Assemblies

Rooms and Areas

  • Using Rooms and Areas
  • Color Fills

Creating Schedules

  • Working with Basic Schedules
  • Working with Materials and Schedules
  • Controlling the Appearance of Schedules

Detailing and Drafting

  • Working with Section Views
  • Creating Callout Views
  • Annotations
  • Detailing
  • Working with Drafting Views
  • Locking and Annotating 3D Views
  • Managing Views in the Project Browser
  • Phasing and Design Options

Day Three

Presenting the Building Model

  • Working with 3D Views
  • Controlling Object Visibility
  • Working with Title Blocks
  • Getting Started with Rendering

Sharing the Model

  • Importing Content
  • Exporting Content
  • Printing
  • Working with Project Templates
  • Massing for Design and Analysis
  • Setting Up and Understanding Worksharing
  • Site Basics
  • Legends
  • Walkthroughs


  • 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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