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10 Tips in making Revit work for you

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Autodesk Revit is Building Information Modeling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the building models database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction and later demolition.

1. Keyboard Shortcuts: Utilizing shortcuts saves much-needed time and energy for 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, 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 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.

4. Temporarily Making Texts Bigger: To ease dealing with tiny text dimensions, adjustments can be made to the font dimensions by selecting the Graphics tab under Options in the Application menu.

5. Revit Plugins: 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.

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 evolves towards official adoption by building SMART. 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.

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: 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.

Source: Architizer

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