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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 7:11:38 AM | Newbie needs some advise on where to start




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Hi Guys,

Im a newbie to the Revit world,just wanted to take the op to say hi and ask a couple of questions regarding kind of implementation and where you all think the bast place is to start. Our company is presently looking to invest time in implementing Revit MEP, I have Revit MEP 2012 and have currently completed 4 days of training covering the software (which was mind numbing and intense!)

My question is that I am wanting to get stuck in but am not sure where the best areas are to start first? Content creation, drafting basic systems etc. Its seems that if I haven't got anything to view VG settings aren't much to look at along with view range setting ;-)

I have got a model which I can play around with, I have been creating some sections and practising dragging them onto a sheet etc.

We have someone developing the cad standards for Revit at present so focus on templates and titlesheets are not too much of a concern.

My biggest sticking point are things like using shared parameters, instances, types, systems and gelling them all together etc etc, can anyone recommend a good thread or site that breaks these down into laymans terms? some of the books I have seem to over complicate the topics and leave you scratching your head.

I must say though the software looks fantastic and I am looking forward to getting my head around its useful and timesaving benefits etc.


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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:44:50 AM | Newbie needs some advise on where to start



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here's what i would recommend to someone brand new to revit.. just like anything you are about to learn you need an "introduction".. spend a few days without trying to figure anything out- go to YouTube and look at revit videos and get aquainted with what revit looks like and what they seem to be doing with it.. also start googling revit.. look at videos and read things they say about revit.. in the introduction phase of learning anything you will have big problems if you try to figure out what's going on right away.. so just enjoy looking at stuff about revit without knowing what any of it means.. that introduction will be a foundation for learning once you do get into trying to understand things about revit.. welcome aboard..

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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:22:09 PM | Newbie needs some advise on where to start



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also forget how you use to do things and figure out how you are going to do things. in time you will know what i mean.


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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 4:38:46 PM | Newbie needs some advise on where to start



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I use MEP, I think the best thing for you to do is start a small project. Go ahead and make the walls etc. for practice this will help familiarize yourself with the tools, it is not clear whether you will be doing electrical or mechanical systems. If you are doing mechanical get familiar with work planes, it electrical take a look at youtube Revit Electrical, non of these items are really covered well in the tutorials but a lot of info on YouTube even though it is older it still works the same more or less.

Good Luck

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Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 8:42:19 PM | Newbie needs some advise on where to start



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Revit can be overwhelming to new users, just tackle one question at a time don't tackle shared paramters before you understand instant and type paramters.  etc...  but I know work dictates direction and questions arise. As you encounter a quetion search Revit City then ask the question if you can't find the answer.  Youtube has a ton of great tutorials and there is always the help menu.


Go thru each tab one at a time and each tool one at a time, hover over the tools for the tool tips and wait for the video to load, use the F1 to access the help menu for more information about that tool.


Unfortunatly there is no download button for experiance, tomorrow you will know more than you do today and so on.


Good luck



Also, Revit is not AutoCAD, so don't treat it as such, you are modeling now not drafting.  There is a difference.


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