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Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 6:29:35 AM | yet another revit newbie....with alot of questions




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hi there revit peoples, i'm a project/tech architect in the land of australia. have been playing around with revit since version 6 or 8 and watched it develop on the sidelines. finally have decided to get serious with it. tutorial wise have been googling, watching lynda online (great), reading and have an old DG CAD dvd purchased some years ago. i'm pretty au fait with most operations/concepts, walls, windows etc all make sense - ex archicad user here......but primarily an acad user these days .  i posted have also posted this over at the AUGI forum, thought i'd add here as well Smilehave a few basic questions (hopefully) mainly about annotations, drawing setups/conventions & items i cant get my head around atm. be great if someone could point me the right direction!! - leaders/arrows, is there a way to run more than two lines? in acad you can set leaders to infinite, wondering if am missing something? or is this family controlled variable?- dimensions - permanent. this is an acad issue as well. can vertical and horizontal dimension ticks point in the same direction rather than opposite? again is this a family variable?- plotting to PDF - is there a batch to one single file option? or is this controlled by external software such as Bluebeam?- titleblocks - anyone know of good tutorial to set these up? i would like to start from scratch.- templates. in my mind i'd set one up with generic views & sheets loaded which can be edited on a project basis. what about say annotation families? i be inclined to include an office standards (arrows, texts dims, tag etc) in the template. is this best practice? gather revit has standard lineweights, gather these can be edited and/or customised to suit.- in view visibility graphics can i turn off wall finishes leaving the structure core component showing? speaking of which whats the general consensus practice for walls? show all the wall build up or just draw with structure core? in manual drafting one would just draw & dimension the wall structure only, the builder would have to add/allow for finishes. from memory i think can dimesnion to wall structure only anyway.- best practice for levels? say i have a house with split levels and don't want them as different views - is this possible? do people set all levels relative to reduced levels (RL)? if so do you run with a level RL 0.0 of which everything is referenced to? or just set the RL number and not to a height in Z co-ord? reason i ask this is most surveys here are 3D and already set to the correct RLs in the Z co-ordinate, i'm not sure how revit deals with this. what about levels in general - do people set different levels for structure and finished? generally we set FFL & FCL and let the builder figure out the in-between. but revit might be different.- speaking of surveys. if i don't have a a 3D survey but a bunch of 2D contour lines and random points, can i make a surface from this? presuming this is possible, its easy in sketchup.- structure. again if only have a 2D structural engineering (s.eng not using revit), is the best practice to integrate into the model or leave this detail out and refer to the S.Eng drawings? personally id prefer to integrate. can Revit draw complex suspended concrete slabs, steps, shapes and setdowns etc? like my question about walls, do people draw floor slabs with a structure core and finishes? or are structure floors and finished floor separate elements in Revit? reason for asking is have complex project that i documented in ACAD and want to try document in Revit for fun and learning. it has a ton of complex structural works.hmm, there is probably quite a bit here!! and no doubt have a lot of further questions once get stuck in properly. i'd rather plan the attack than start out blind. i'm starting to learn about family creation at the minute cheers, kudos for reading and thank you everyone in advance.

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Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:45:21 AM | yet another revit newbie....with alot of questions



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Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 8:08:21 AM | yet another revit newbie....with alot of questions



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Welcome to the site.

Over time you will develop your work flow to meet your needs. There is no magic bullet, only best practices. But that dosen't mean they all will be best for you.  Good Luck with your Revit implementation.


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