How To Create Section Views In Revit

Revit is one of the best architectural BIM softwares ever, and a champion 3D modeling software to boot. The section views in Revit are particularly handy. By creating section views, you can show details about your model and they are particularly useful when documenting the model.

Section views cut through your model, and you can draw them in plan, section, elevation, and detail views. They provide vertical views of specific parts of your model. For example, you can create building, wall, and detail section views.

Where can I find Section Views

Each of these sections are listed in different places of the Project Browser.

1. The Sections (Building Section) branch will list out the building section views.
2. The Sections (Wall section) branch will display the wall section views.
3. The detail views can be found in the Detail Views branch.

Furthermore, you can also create a section view at the far clip plane, and you can also create them in the family editor. Though, that is not available for in-place families.

How to Create a Section View

Section views come out of crop regions combined with section lines. To create a section view, you have to define both of these. Here is how exactly you can create a section view:

Step 1

Open a specific view through which you are supposed to make the section view. It can be a plan, section, elevation, or detail view.

Step 2

Go to View tab, then click on Create Panel. Under the options appearing, click the “Section” button.

Step 3

Select a view type from the list of view types in the Type Selection. Otherwise, you can click Edit Type to make changes to your existing view type. Or you can even create a new view type as well. This step isn’t necessary per se — but could be useful later.

Step 4

Your cursor should now be functioning as a cutter for the section view. Choose where to start the section view, and then drag through the geometry (the model or the family).

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Easy Revit BIM Course from GoPiller

BIM or Building Information Modeling is quickly becoming the norms in the construction world, and Revit is arguably the best application software for BIM. If you want to learn BIM, there is a good easy Revit BIM course from GoPiller Academy. It is the Revit BIM Architecture Introduction Course, as found here:

What is the easy Revit BIM course?

According to GoPiller Academy, “This is an introductory course in Revit BIM, a two-hour module that gives a general overview of the functioning of the famous software for modeling in BIM, Revit by Autodesk.

“The course deals with theoretical topics (meaning of BIM, differences between CAD design and BIM design), as well as practical topics (how the Revit interface works, explanation of the families, the basic units of design with this software).

“The BIM method, or the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility, is a cutting-edge design method, which minimizes errors and maximizes efficiency in design. For these reasons it will be increasingly adopted in the future, the USA, UK and Northern Europe have already adopted it since many years, and it will grow to play an even more crucial role in building documentation in the future.

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Download Revit Plant Families

Revit is a great software for all kinds of 3D modeling, especially for architectural designs. While it isn’t necessarily great for rendering on its own, you can still place a few environmental objects around your model for a presentation. To help you with that, here are some good resources to download free Revit plant families.

In this collection, you can find plenty of good Revit families to download that belong to the flora group, and related stuff. It is actually a bit rare to find such resources since pots, planters, plants and trees are not that popular with Revit users. That is because most of the time they are high-level professionals who are paid to build the model only, and often a lot of complicated models they are!

However, there are a few of those architects and designers who prefer to generate simple renders out of Revit models. On its own, Revit is actually not bad at creating more or less workable renders of its models that are okay for client presentation. Provided the client (or their representative) isn’t a first impression kind of person.

To that end, we have sought out and found this nice collection of Revit plant Families, including some pots and planters as well — all available for free download.

The collection is broken into two sections — Revit 3D Plant Families and Revit 2D Plant Families. Each has a lot of small or large families. You can find the following types of families in thins collection:

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Top 10 Online Resources To Learn AutoCAD

Used by tens of thousands of people daily, this old program still is the number one computer aided modeling software in the world, by sheer volume of usage. If you’re one of the newbies in the construction industry, it is almost impossible to not begin with AutoCAD. Keeping that in mind, today we will cover the top 10 online resources to learn AutoCAD. This should help you sleep easier at night!

First of all, we have to mention the Autodesk University. It is the official AutoCAD help portal, and you can find pretty much everything about the grand software in here. However, the explanation could be hard to digest, and so you need other external resources as well. Plus they offer tons of unique examples too.

1. myCADsite

If you are looking for free AutoCAD tutorials, look no further. The myCADsite portal offers them for every level of users from beginners to advanced, touching all intermediate needfuls and 3D stuff.

The tutorials are laced with quizzes and sample CAD files. There are plenty of videos on the site as well, to give you a more hands on experience.

2. Cadalyst

Cadalyst offers a plethora of information on AutoCAD and other CAD software as well. You can find them in the form of training, tips, and tutorials on their site.

One of the best things about Cadalyst is their extensive video gallery where they publish uncountable CAD tips and tricks in small videos.

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Top 10 Best Practices For AutoCAD Beginners

Used by tens of thousands of people daily, this old program still is the number one computer aided modeling software in the world, by sheer volume of usage.

If you’re one of the newbies in the construction industry, it is almost impossible to not begin with AutoCAD. Keeping that in mind, today we will cover the top 10 best practices for AutoCAD beginners. This should help you sleep easier at night!

10. Trial and Error

AutoCAD is a scary complex program, despite its relatively simplistic looking interface. It could be a huge issue if you try to learn first and practice later.

Instead, try learning on the job. Try out whatever tool you think might be the thing for your task. You can always undo! Make sure you keep backup copies, though.

9. Online Resources

You’re in luck – AutoCAD has been among us for so long, and is so successful and widespread, that the internet is bursting with help for AutoCAD. Learning resources, example work, wise words, how-to’s and tips – you can find anything aplenty if you just know how to figure out the right search words.

On that note, Autodesk University is probably the biggest and most important single source of knowledge you can have on AutoCAD. Bookmark it!

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Best 10 BIM Applications 2021

The construction industry is merging with information technology more and more every day, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the result and future. If your company wants to embark on the BIM train, you should choose carefully which BIM software to use. So, today we will talk about the best 10 BIM applications of 2021.

1. AutoCAD

Autodesk is a formidable name in the construction industry because of this product. Ancient enough to sprout myths about itself, AutoCAD is the number one 3D modeling and 2D drafting software known to people. It started as a purely drafting application, and then evolved into a Virtual Design and Construction giant.

2. Revit

From Autodesk again, Revit is a pure BIM application that is presently the biggest name in the AEC consortium. It has been with us since the beginning of the century.

Revit is exceptional in architectural planning and documentation due to its ability to hold limitless amounts of details inside the drawings, and its parametric modeling approach.

3. SketchUp

SketchUp has been a dear to anyone who ever tried their hand at 3D modeling. Initially cheap, it still remains the most affordable design and modeling solution. While not really BIM per se, there are plenty of powerful plugins for SketchUp that can turn it into a real BIM application.

A sister application, Trimble Connect, from SketchUp’s owner Trimble, is mostly used for the connectivity requirements of BIM.

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Top 10 Online Revit Courses You Can Start Now

Revit is nearly a legendary tool for architectural designers and civil engineers. While there are competitors, most large construction businesses prefer Revit these days. If you’re with such a firm, you will need to learn Revit, and what better way to learn it than these top 10 online Revit courses?

Summary of the top 10 Online Revit Courses

Autodesk Revit Architecture Masterclass: A Complete Guide for Beginners

If you are looking to learn the foundations of Autodesk Revit Architecture, look no more! This course is for those who are looking to learn this industry standard BIM software from the ground up. With hands-on practice, you will learn everything you need to know in order to create professional BIM Projects.

Packed with over 7 hours of video lessons, this course will get you from knowing nothing, up to a level where you can start working with Revit. You will be able to download all the training and exercise files to accompany the lectures so you can follow along.

Course link:

Revit Structure 2018 from Zero to Hero

In this course, you will learn how to create a full structural model using foundations, columns, beams, beam system, floors. The course will show you how to prepare the model for Structural Analysis software packages, by defining loads, and load combinations. You will learn how to annotate, tag, detail, your model, along with creating and printing sheets.

Other advanced topics will be discussed in the course like creating several types of schedules, how to import CAD files, and link Revit files, how to create your own family. The course will show you how to deal with Trusses, Bracing, Steel connections, along with concrete reinforcement. Finally you see how to deal with worksharing in Revit.

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Secret Tips And Tricks Of Using Revit

Autodesk Revit is a BIM or building information for the architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers, designers. The developer is Autodesk. Revit released on April 5, 2000. The operating system for using Revit is 64-bit windows.

Revit is a software product which helps many professionals to work together. It provides different meaningful ways to create models of real world structures and buildings.

The Offset Parameter

Revit component families had a parameter in them which was known as offset. Users are able to move a family up and down by using this parameter in relation to the Reference Level. Though the offset parameter had a limitation due to some reasons.

The first issue of the offset parameter was that it reported only an offset value but did not mention the level from where the user got the offset. The second issue was that the parameter was hard wired. Users could not report it or tag it. So users had to resort to make a labelled reporting dimension with a shared Parameter.

The Elevation from Level Parameter

The new parameter of Revit 2020 was Elevation from Level. It was added in component families. it will sit alongside the existing Offset Parameter.

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Top 10 New Features Of Revit 2020 That You Must Know

Revit has brought out the new Revit 2021, but if you are running on Revit 2020 yet, you should know its salient features. Today we will talk about the best 10 new features of Revit 2020 that you must know. These features were developed in response to increasing demands of users, as well as from insights of the developer team.

Path of Travel

If you are into coding, you surely know how difficult it is to code for a path of travel. Granted, Autodesk has already implemented it in AutoCAD, but Ravit has now jumped onto that bandwagon as well.

The new Path of Travel feature allows you to select a “start point” and an “end point”. Revit will then automatically calculate the shortest path between the two points. That means it will avoid walls and try to find doors.

PDF Import

Yes, you read that right. You can now import PDF files into Revit 2020, wow! The PDF will be imported as a 2D object in the current view only. You have to specify which page you want to import each time you select a PDF file. You can also specify a DPI import value.

You can find the Import PDF tool under the Insert tab in the ribbon. Once the snaps are activated, you can use the “pick walls” tool to use the PDF as a reference to create new walls and other model elements. The PDFs can be managed from the Manage Images menu, too.

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A Transition Of CAD To BIM

CAD stands for computer aided design. It is a primary tool in early time. This tool is used in architecture, engineering, and construction sites. By using CAD users can create 2D based drawings to communicate with the clients. The building product industry also used the CAD to accomplish the offer in structures and building.

CAD Features

1. CAD has paint tools named Pro Plus. by using this tool users can quickly modify digital photos or images to meet the design requirements.
2. CAD also has auto shape tools.

3. It has architectural drafting tools…
4. Automatic Tape Measure Tool for measurement…
5. It has smart dimensioning tools…
6. There are many free Projects and Plans are available.
7. It also has House Plans which are free of cost.

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. This tool is new compared to CAD. By using BIM it can create 3D based models and all the information about the building is attached to the models. Users can describe almost everything about the structure.

BIM Features

a. BIM has team assistance and workflow proficiency.
b. BIM provides an intellectual 3D model.

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