1. Go Slow to Go Fast!
When first starting out, Revit may create stumbling blocks for even the most seasoned AutoCAD user. When placing things like pipe or duct, remember that there is not only the X and Y axis, but the Z axis to be concerned with among other things like proper pipe/ duct types and worksets. Starting off a little slower and making sure the proper parameters are set prior to working will help save you from repeating and revising work later.
2. The ‘Modify’ Tab in the Design Ribbon is Your Friend!
The tools available under the Modify tab helps to avoid some of those pesky warnings and errors while using Revit. The Align command and Trim command can be used while connecting segments of duct or pipe together and help to negate the "no auto-route solution".
Using the Split Element command to separate segments being moved or altered can also help prevent the infamous ‘opposite direction/connections invalid’ error.
3. Use Hotkeys
Most AutoCAD users have a developed a ‘second language’ using keyboard shortcuts. While Revit utilizes a more graphical interface for selecting commands, there are hotkeys that can be utilized and added to. Simply go to the purple R button and select Options from the drop menu. Select the User Interface tab. Under the Configure section is a customize button that lets the keyboard shortcuts be edited. Note that Revit does not require the enter key or space bar for shortcut command execution.
4. You Must Load Families Without Cut & Paste
There are two simple methods to load families.
1. Make sure you are in the Insert tab. In the Ribbon you will see the Load Family option. Once the family has been loaded you will then go to the Home tab. In the Ribbon you will see the Component option. Click on that and the loaded family will be on the cursor. The Ribbon will turn green to show that you are placing a component. Place it in the desired area of project under the proper work set. Give the family an elevation if necessary.
2. The second option is much easier. Open the family with Revit. Look at the top right hand side of your Ribbon in the Home tab. You will find the option to Load Into Project. If you have more than one project open, Revit will ask what project you would like the family to be loaded into.
5. Family Deployment as a Revit Add-In
Download a Revit Add-In from CAD WORKS that allows you to browse through a Library of families from within Revit rather than logging on to the web. It is extremely easy and fast to use. It makes searching for Families simple and quick.
6. Viewing Family in 3D
A 3D view will be new to most users. Using the object wheel to orbit around an object will be frustrating if you want to focus in on a desired family or area. To fully see the Family in 360 degree or in any angle desired, simply select the family, press/hold the Shift key. Use your mouse’s right or scroll wheel press/hold and start moving your mouse to the desired position.
7. Quick Tips
• Rather than just pinning the background links, “lock” the workset they are under using a unique username to prevent accidental moving and deleting.
• Don’t ignore Coordination Review items and frequently check for Coordination Review items as Revit will not always alert you.
• Every project should be assigned a Model Manager to monitor, audit and oversee the health of the project model.
• A fundamental understanding of Family development and usage will get you far in Revit as Revit is >70% families.
• Consider using .rvt file format for your template file as this will allow predefined worksets to exist in your template and enable the “Opening Worksets” dialog box.
• Use Ctrl+Left Arrow to select previous.
• If you select an object and press Alt+Enter, it will bring up the Properties of the object.
• You can select an object, hold down the Ctrl key and drag the object to create a copy of the object.
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