Young Architect Guide: 10 Tricks For Winning at Revit

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Optimizing your Autodesk software for all it’s worth is a skill unto itself. To help maximize Revit’s full capabilities, HP and Intel turned to the Revit experts at CASE. Today, we present the top 10 tricks for making Revit work for you, from easy keyboard hacks to getting a lockdown on complex geometry faces:

1: Keyboard Shortcuts

Utilizing shortcuts saves much-needed time and energy for clever Revit users. The most habitually run shortcut preference is the activation and deactivation of viewports, a helpful time-sparing tool when laying out sheets.

2: Prevent Accidental Clicks

To avoid the unwanted consequences of the dreaded double-click on competent families, fine-tune adjustments can be made to the behavior of this function by accessing the Options menu, selecting User Interface, and changing the double-click preferences under the Configure menu. By simply setting the double-click selection to the “do-nothing” option when set for “family,” these inadvertent clicks can be dodged.

3: Learn a New Workflow

AEC-Apps workflow section boasts a host of sanctioned workflow options for the update of Revit models or the linking of Revit to Grasshopper. Furthermore, the segment provides a platform for the distribution of individual workflow process preferences to be shared with fellow members of the Revit community.

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4: Temporarily Making Texts Bigger

To ease grappling with dauntingly tiny temporary text dimensions, preferential attunements can be made to the font dimensions by selecting the Graphics tab under Options in the Application menu.

5: Revit Plugins

To keep up with the changing needs in functionality, a library of 24 plugins is accessible to Revit users, featuring options that range from Excel links to swiftly shifting line styles. The host of Revit plugins undergoes frequent updates based on the ever-evolving flux of user requests.

6: Locking Geometry Faces

In the quest towards increasingly efficient and robust families, locking geometry faces to work-planes rather than profile sketches has emerged as a useful approach in the creation of families.

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7: BIM Collaboration Format

By enabling other software packages to mark the locations of problems within a model, the XML schema of the BIM Collaboration Format has gained notoriety as it evolves towards official adoption by buildingSMART. Replacing the practice of sending a model to an analysis package and awaiting the return of an image series in order to identify the problem, the schema implements the capacity to return a lightweight file transporting users to the problem. The concern can then be explicated within the format of the desired software.

8: Beware of the Free Lunch

Understanding the potential for skewed connections between Revit and outside sources is imperative; these relations are best formed between parallel objects. Moreover, an awareness of the conditional qualities of free content downloads proves to be valued knowledge when it comes to MEP systems.

9: Check Your Room Heights

A multi-disciplinary team demands the correctly correlated height of rooms created in Revit in order for a successful scheduling to be achieved. To ensure that the rooms are the correct height, one must turn on the cut section and look for the room fill or set the desired height in the properties.

10: A Properly Configured and Certified Workstation

Without the adequate support provided by Autodesk certified hardware, issues and problems may arise in regards to compatibility. As such, a certified workstation should be regarded as a vital Revit investment.

Editor’s note: The tips in this article were originally developed by CASE with HP and Intel. The original article can be found here.

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