IET 161.001
Architectural CAD (Computer Aided Design) 
(Using AutoCAD 2012 and Revit Architecture 2012)
Winter Quarter 2012
The end of the quarter 
March, 2012

Bobby Poier was the winner in the class Commercial Project presentation evaluations with his design of his "R N D Motors Dealership".  He had the highest accumulative score in all of the evaluated categories and also in the Overall Impression category.  Zach Lunden came in a real close second with his "Bostwick" building design followed by Ryan Lancaster and his "Big Sky Airport" and Kelsi Seidlitz with her "Baker's Dozen" bakery project.  Congratulations to all for some fantastic projects!!

Your Final Commercial Project grades have been compiled and your grades for the quarter have been posted. 

The website has been updated showing off your commercial project images and Walk Throughs and can be viewed in the Design Gallery section below. 

You may pick up your drawings and grade sheets in the box in the CAD Lab up to the first two weeks of class of next quarter.  Contact me otherwise. 

This had been a fun and productive class and it was a pleasure teaching and training everyone.  The quality of the designs produced by this class were remarkable with special accolades to the work accomplished on your Commercial Projects.  Perhaps the videos helped by providing extra instruction and freeing up more class time for project review.  I hope that all of you get a chance to use AutoCAD or Revit soon. Knowing how to design along with your building knowledge can make you very marketable to potential employers, or clients when running your own show.  Call or email sometime if you have any questions regarding Revit or AutoCAD, or just to let me know how you are doing.

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The Class

 
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Week 1:
 
In this section, for every week, there will be a listing of what is due for that week.  You will practice the assignments listed in this section to prepare for the In Class Evaluation (ICE) where you demonstrate the skills that you have learned.  ICE's are usually on Tuesdays.  See the syllabus for assessment details.

Design Assignments due this week:

For next Tuesday come to class with sketched floor plans of a Dream House that you would like to design.  You will be modeling this project both in AutoCAD and Revit later in the quarter but for this assignment produce a paper and pencil sketched drawing of both the first and second floor of a house (refer to the Week 2 section below for more information).

In this section there will be additional information on what should be read, practiced and produced before coming to class for the week.  Plus it may contain announcements relevant for that week's class.

Announcements:

You should have bought the following book from the Wildcat Shop, Introducing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012, by Patrick Davis.  If you bought the 2011 version instead please return it to the bookstore and exchange it for the 2012 version.

Read and practice ahead:

See Week 2 for details on what should be read and practiced for Week 2.
 

Class exercises and assignment details:

See Week 2 for details on your Sketched Floor Plans assignment.
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Week 2:
 
Design Assignment due:

(this is a repeat of what was listed for Week 1) On Tuesday come to class with sketched floor plans of a dream house that you would like to design.  You will be modeling this project both in AutoCAD and Revit later in the quarter but for this assignment produce a paper and pencil sketched drawing of both the first and second floor of a house.   See details below.

Read and practice ahead:

View the Instructional Videos below showing how to set up your template file and to draft the CMU drawing. 

View the following videos from the Autodesk website for AutoCAD 2012. 

Download, view, print (if you like), read and practice the first three tutorials from the Autodesk website for AutoCAD 2012 (apparently these are the same as the 2011 versions).  Download and then unzip the downloaded files on your flash drive or network save location: You may also download Tutorials 4 and 5 if you like for use next week to save time.

AutoCAD has various training aids that you may also find useful.  A link to the Autodesk website with these tools are available at the following link (we will cover only a few of these in this class as listed above):

Class exercises and assignment details:

Sketched Floor Plans Assignment:
Your sketched floor plan will be graded on the following criteria, Click here for your ICE grading criteria.  Download and print out the grading criteria before class on Tuesday, sign your name, fill in the date, staple it to your assignment and hand in all of the related documents at the instructor's desk.

For this and all assignments your work has to be original and unique or you will get no points!! 

For your sketched floor plans, put some thought into this project. 

  • Before starting, spend some quality time looking at and studying homes and home designs and consider what features you both like and dislike about them both inside and out.  Resources for this may include: 
    • websites, magazines, videos and television programs
    • new or existing homes being built in your area that you can visit
    • Ideas from your family's home or homes of friends and relatives
  • Consider the following when laying out your floor plans for your Dream House:
    • Bathroom locations should be such so that the occupants of the room will not be visible in an adjacent room when the bathroom door is open.  Perhaps locate the bathroom in a hallway.
    • The kitchen should be close to the front door and entry from the garage.  The kitchen is considered a destination or departure point when entering or leaving the house.
    • Bedrooms are peripheral elements in quiet areas of the house away from busy rooms
    • Consider a mudroom adjacent to the front door, backdoor or garage.  A mudroom serves as a transitional room to put on or remove coats and shoes.  It also serves as a stop for outside air entering the house when the exterior door is opened.
    • Think about the flow of foot traffic in the house: Does it make sense?  Do you have to go through a room to get to another room? and similar thoughts. 
  • You will refer to these sketches in a few weeks and will use them to generate your computer models in both AutoCAD and Revit. 
  • Try not to make it too big, it may end up costing you more time than is needed later in the quarter.
Requirements for your first and second floor sketches.
  • ANSI A size sheets (8-1/2" by 11") one sheet per floor, landscape orientation
    • Draw the first floor first
    • Draw the second floor so that it is on top and lined up with the first floor when the sheets are together
    • Area for stairs on both sheets
  • No scaling
  • No wall thickness necessary
    • use a single line to denote interior and exterior walls
  • Label all rooms with room names
  • At least 8 rooms per floor (not including closets)
    • 3 bedrooms at least
    • Include all rooms that would be appropriate for a house of this size including a mechanical (utility) room, laundry room(s), entry way or mudroom(s) and office
    • Proportioned rooms
      • Example, don't make a bedroom 3 times the size of the living room, make the bedroom big enough for a bed and the typical furniture
  • Front and back doors at least
  • Windows
  • Include a garage, attached or detached (not considered a room)
  • Neat, thoughtful design, not rushed
    • The erasing and moving of walls and similar features is part of the iterative process and is expected


    Items that can only appear once or are required to appear only once will be given credit on both floors
    Extras may include landscaping, decks, furniture, fixtures, etc...
     

Below are some examples what I believe to be very descriptive floor plan sketches from this class

Class exercise:
Click on the following link and extract this file for the AutoCAD files that will be used as a demonstration in class on Tuesday.

110927-Gray-Osborne-Raymond-South-Bend.zip


Instructional Videos:
View the instructional videos at this link AutoCAD Getting Started and Drafting regarding the subjects listed below on how to set up your new drawing template and how to create your first drawing of the Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU):
1.  How to change some of the AutoCAD settings for the CAD lab computers
2.  Opening AutoCAD and some basics of Paper and Model Space
3.  Opening and modifying an AutoCAD titleblock template file
4.  Modifying our Paper Space portion of the titleblock template file
5.  Modifying our titleblock in our titleblock template file
6.  More on modifying our titleblock in our titleblock template file
7.  Modifying our Title Block for an "A" sized paper
8.  More on modifying our titleblock for an "A" sized paper
9.  Finishing our Title Block for an "A" sized paper
10. Drafting a simple object
11. More on drafting a simple object
12. More on drafting a simple object, updating the title block and printing Part 1
13. More on drafting a simple object, updating the title block and printing Part 2

Out of class exercises:
Practice and produce the following exercises on your new template file with the appropriate title block updates as described in class and on the videos above.  One of these exercises will be due at the time of the ICE at the beginning of class on Tuesday in Week 3.  Instructional videos are available for the exercises below except for the CMU and the Elevation (both done in class) and the Car which, if you have gotten that far, you should already know how to do.

TOY HOUSE
(click here for link to "How To" video)
14.  How to draft the "Toy House"

 

CONCRETE MASONRY UNIT (CMU)

 

DOG HOUSE
(click here for link to "How To" video)
15.  How to draft the "Dog House"

 

WHEEL
(click here for link to "How To" video)
16.  How to draft the "Wheel"

 

IRREGULARIS
(click here for link to "How To" video)
17.  How to draft the "Irregularis"

 

SAW HORSE
(click here for link to "How To" video)
18.  How to draft the "Saw Horse"

 

KING BED
(click here for link to "How To" video)
19.  How to draft the "King Bed"

 

CAR
Set up the wheels and set them apart from each other as shown.  The rest is your design, provide at least 10 dimensions. 

 
 

HOUSE ELEVATION IMAGE
Use an image like this or draft a likeness of your own wall from your dream house design.  You need to know some dimensions on your proposed wall in order to draft to scale similar unmeasured objects in your drawing.  In the example below, the walls are 8' high with a roof overhang of 2'.  The back door is 80" by 31-3/4" at the opening with 2" brick mold.  The window trim is 3-1/2" and the grooves in the siding are 8" wide.  These measurements are used to draft similar unmeasured objects in the image.

HOUSE ELEVATION DRAWING

HOUSE ELEVATION DRAWING WITH HATCHING


 
 
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Week 3:
 
Design Assignment due: For your ICE on Tuesday you will be required to hand in 4 items:
  • Produce the exercises from Week 2, one of these will be handed in. 
  • A measured and drafted wall elevation in AutoCAD. 
  • Produce, in class, an exercise that will be handed out. 
  • Demonstrate a proper template file 
Everything will be drafted on your new template file.

Read and practice ahead:

View the Instructional Videos below showing how to set up your template file and to draft the CMU drawing.

View the following videos from the Autodesk website for AutoCAD 2012. 

Download, view, print (if you like) read and practice tutorials 4 and 5 from the Autodesk website for AutoCAD 2012 (2011).  Download and then unzip the downloaded files: In Tutorial 5 we will not be covering, in this class, the different linetypes (we will stick with the basic solid line) and lineweights (we will stick with the default size).

Class exercises and assignment details:

In Class Evaluation (4 items) Click here for your Week 3 ICE Grading Criteria.  You will print out and hand in the 4 items listed below stapled to your ICE Grading Criteria.  Print out your Wall Elevation exercise before class.  You will be graded on the following:

  1. Produce the exercise from the handout at the beginning of class.
    • This exercise will be similar to the exercises from Week 2 and you will have 30 minutes to complete it. 
    • All elements
    • Lines connect, horizontal and vertical
    • A sized sheet, landscape orientation, appropriate scale, centered
    • Dimensions, scaled, orderly, larger dimensions on the outside
    • Fill in dimensions as shown
    • Title block updates including, sheet names, date, and scale 
  2. Hand in one of the exercises from Week 2 as instructed during the evaluation.
    • All elements 
    • Lines connect, horizontal and vertical
    • A sized sheet, landscape orientation, appropriate scale, centered
    • Dimensions, scaled, orderly, larger dimensions on the outside
    • Title block updates including, sheet names, date, and scale
  3. Hand in the Wall Elevation Assignment per the instructions below:
    • Choose a wall and draft an elevation of this wall using your new template file, re-save your template using an appropriate name.
      • Any wall type, inside or out, you may draft a wall from your sketched floor plan. 
      • Measure this wall using techniques discussed in class
      • Draft in Model Space, print in Paper Space
      • Must contain at least 10 elements (elements are considered some sort of enclosed geometry such as rectangles, circles or ellipses).
    • Dimension in a manner similar to the exercise in Week 2
      • Orderly and easy to read
      • Dimensions not covering objects or other dimension lines (like the 2" dimension for the door trim)
      • include both horizontal and vertical location dimensions
      • Measure from walls for horizontal window and door locations 
      • Larger dimensions on the outside, shorter dimensions on the inside
    • Use appropriate scale so it fits on your A sized template file in Paper Space.
    • Title block updates.
  4. Demonstrate a proper template file.
    • Title block and border lines connect
    • Borders center on page
    • Proper line and text colors
    • Text sizes, CAPITAL lettering, 
    • Orderly and aligned text
    • Centered text for company name and project name
    • Hidden viewport when printing
Out of class exercises:
Practice and produce the following exercises, draft these as separate files with the appropriate title block updates as described in class on your renamed Template1.dwg file.  At least one of these will be due at the time of the In ICE at the beginning of class on Tuesday in Week 4.

ARCHITECTURAL OBJECTS
Make Blocks out of these objects and include them into your floor plan.

THE COUCH
Also create a love seat and single seat using the same design as below.
Make Blocks out of these objects and include them into your floor plan.

 

STAIRS
(click here for link to "How To" video)
20. How to draft an elevation of a stair design

 

CHAIR AND COUCH

 
 

FLOOR PLAN SAMPLE

Draft your own floor plans, both first and second floors using your sketches from Week 2 as guides.  Following the image below are various instructional videos showing various tips and tricks on how to put together your floor plan.  These videos cover the items that we went over in class plus some bonus footage that will make your drawings more complete and easier to draft. 
  • Each exterior side has to be in whole foot units (no inches or fractions). 
  • Each interior wall dimension has to be in whole foot and inch units (no fractions).
  • Call out only once an exterior wall dimension, label this "typical" if you want (fractions allowed).
  • Call out only once an interior wall dimension, label this "typical" if you want (fractions allowed).
Floor Plan
(click here for link to "How To" video)
21. How to draft floor plan with techniques and tips


Instructional Videos:
View the instructional videos at this link AutoCAD 3 Construction Drafting regarding the subjects listed below:
22. Using the Design Center and to how to insert and modify the Dynamic Block Door


 
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Week 4:
 
Design Assignment due: For your ICE (In Class Evaluation) on Tuesday you will be required to hand in 5 items: 
  • Produce the exercises from Week 3, one of these will be handed in. 
  • Draft, in AutoCAD, your floor plans (2 total) of your dream house that you hand sketched from Week 2, hand in the hand sketched floor plans also. 
  • Produce, in class, a floor plan exercise that will be handed out like last week.

Read and practice ahead:

Your Revit textbook, chapters 1 through 4.  Instructional Videos below.  Read and practice these before class on Tuesday.

Class exercises and assignment details:

In Class Evaluation (5 items) Click here for your Week 4 ICE Grading Criteria. You will print out and hand in the 5 items listed below stapled to your ICE Grading Criteria.  Print out your Floor Plans before class.  You will be graded on the following:

  1. Produce the exercise from the hand out at the beginning of class.  This will be a small floor plan of an apartment, you will have 30 minutes to complete it. 
  2. Hand in one of the exercises from Week 3 as instructed during the evaluation. 
  3. Hand in your Dream House Floor Plan Assignment per the instructions below.  2 sheets plus your hand sketched floor plans from Weeks 1 and 2 (3 items total) (40 points total (20 points per sheet)):
    • Using your sketched drawing as a reference from Weeks 1 and 2 draft both your first and second floor plans, both the hand sketched and CAD plans must be similar.
      • One floor per sheet, 2 sheets total.
      • Sheets are aligned from 1st floor to 2nd floor
    • Must contain the rooms and elements from your sketched floor plan although some minor variations are permitted
      • At least 8 rooms per floor 
      • 3 bedrooms at least
      • Front and back doors at least
      • Garage with doors openings
    • Stairs similar to the example in Week 3, provide a landing on the top and bottom
    • Insert blocks
      • 7 blocks made in Weeks 2 and 3: the king bed, the 2 sinks, washer, dryer and the couches (3)
      • Various blocks from the Design Center drawing, including the dynamic block for the doors, 10 minimum, repeated items counted once.
        • Dynamic block door must have the wall thickness settings changed (refer to the videos).
      • Windows per the videos.
    • Dimension interior and exterior wall locations only, in a manner similar to the floor plan example in the Week 3 section above (refer to the videos).
      • Overall house dimensions
        • Whole foot units, no inches or fractions
        • Orderly and easy to read, not covering objects or other dimension lines
        • Longer dimensions on the outside, shorter dimensions on the inside
      • Dimensions for the interior walls from a common exterior outside wall edge as shown.
        • Be consistent regarding which interior wall edge used, either the 1st or 2nd wall
        • Whole foot and inch units (no fractions (exceptions for the stairs and instances involving wall thickness issues)).
        • Longer dimensions on the outside, shorter dimensions on the inside
      • Dimension once each of the 2 wall thicknesses, interior and exterior (similar to the example in the Week 3 section above)
      • Appropriate dimension scaling
    • Room labels for each room
    • Use appropriate sheet scale in the viewport so it fits on your A sized template file in Paper Space.
    • Appropriate title block updates, center your drawing 
    • Extra credit for extra details (extra rooms, counter tops, extra blocks, landscaping, etc...) 
Out of class exercises:

Download, from the publishers of the Revit textbook, various files related to the book.  For Thursday's class download a file in the Chapter 2 Resource File section by clicking on the HTTP link and downloading the "029961c02_dataset.zip" file.  Once downloaded, unzip this file into a folder on your flash drive or network save location.  From this folder open the file named "Dataset_02_03.rvt" .  This Revit file is the model that you see on the cover of the book and is referenced various times throughout the book.  We will be taking a tour of this model in class on Thursday. 

Start on your Dream House floor plan using Revit by laying out the walls from your AutoCAD floor plan or your hand sketched plan.  A portion of your Revit floor plan will evaluated next Tuesday for your ICE. 

  • Before you start your Dream House design, like you did in Week 2, spend some quality time looking at and studying homes and home designs and consider what features you both like and dislike about them both inside and out.  Review the guidelines from Week 2.
Follow the steps for Defining Wall Structure  starting on page 104 in your textbook.  An exercise like this will be part of Week 5's ICE.  More information to follow, check back.


Instructional Videos:
View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 1 Getting Started regarding the subjects listed below:
1.  Getting  Started
2.  Copying Walls
3.  Laying out and Dimensioning Exterior Walls
4.  Laying out and more on Dimensioning Exterior Walls
5.  Laying out and Dimensioning your Interior Walls
6.  More on Laying out and Dimensioning your Interior Walls
7.  More on Laying out and Dimensioning your Interior Walls Plus Trim Tools
8.  Laying out a Floor with some Editing and Viewing Functions
9.  Installing Doors and Components Plus the Camera View
10. Create a Roof in Revit
11. Define a Wall Structure or how to Modify a Wall

Instructional Images:
Information on some basic residential building design elements are shown in the images below.  The images for this week show various elements that go into a simple foundation and first floor wall construction.

The image below shows the site work prior to the setting up of the forms for a concrete foundation footing and stem wall.  These foundation elements will be attached to the existing house providing a bedroom addition.

The forms as they were being set up for the concrete.  This will be a "monolithic pour" pouring concrete for both the footing and stem wall at the same time.

The completed forms on the front of the house as the concrete was being poured.

The new footing and stem wall foundation.  Notice the embedded anchor bolts sticking out. 

Two days later, the new structural-floor is constructed on top of the new stem wall foundation.  On top of the stem wall is a 2x6 treated sill plate, bolted down with the embedded anchor bolts.  The sill plate serves as a interface between the wooden sections of the exterior wall and the concrete foundation.  The sill plate, without treatment, would be subjected to decomposition over time.  The joist hangers attach to this sill plate and joists attach to the inside of the hangers.  The joists serve as horizontal structure for the structural-floor. 

The structural-floor made of 7 layered plywood at 1-1/4" thick is glued and nailed to the joists.  The sill plate and floor are coplanar to the exterior surface of the stem wall.  The plywood has holes cut into it to accommodate the nuts, washers and anchor bolts on the sill plate. 

The image below shows the completed structural-floor and is ready for the exterior walls.  It is the top surface of the structural-floor that serves as the first floor plane.  When modeling, the first floor is extruded below this plane and the first floor walls are extruded above it.

A close-up of the previous image where the new addition meets the existing house and shows how it is constructed.  Notice how the sheathing and siding cover the edge of the structural-floor and extends about 2 inches below the top of the stem wall foundation.  This allows water to shed off the siding and onto the ground (and not into the house).  When modeling walls the "Core Face: Exterior" plane is coplanar to the stem wall, sill plate and edge of the structural-floor.  The "Finish Face: Exterior" plane is the furthest extend of the wall and includes the 1/2" sheathing (1/2" plywood or OSB) and 5/8" T-111 siding. 

An image of the completed floor from the crawl space below and includes insulation and ductwork.  This image faces the stem wall shown in the image above. 

The interior of this space after interior walls, roof and some plumbing have been installed, facing the same direction as the image above.  It shows interior walls (2x4 construction, 3-1/2" wide) and exterior walls with sheathing (2x6 construction, 5-1/2" wide).  The sheathing (1/2" plywood or OSB) is on the outside of the "Core Face: Exterior" plane and before the "Finish Face: Exterior" plane so it is on the outside of the core and exterior of the structural-floor, sill plate and stem wall plane.  To finish the exterior of the exterior walls you would add a layer for the dimensionless wind barrier on the outside of the sheathing and then siding.  On the inside of the core you would add the structure (2x6 5-1/2" wide).  On the interior of the exterior wall you would add a finish element 1/2" drywall.  Occupying the same space as the structure of the wall (the 2x6) would be the insulation.  The interior wall sandwich would be 1/2" drywall on either side of the core structure (2x4, 3-1/2" wide) making the wall 4-1/2" thick.



Regarding the creation of Revit Families:

The images below display some of the dimensions associated with the construction of doors and windows.  We will not be covering the construction of Revit families but if you want to pursue it on your own you may find the information and images below useful.  If you want to explore Chapter 17 you can use the information below to help modify the existing families provided by Revit or to create new ones.

The immediate images that follow show dimensions associated with a standard 36" door installation.  The image below is a 36" exterior door (6-1/2" exterior wall thickness).

The actual door size is 35-7/8".

The actual door size is 35-7/8" (close up).

The exterior dimension size is 40" including the exterior trim (brick mold).

The actual opening of the door, inside clearance is 36".  This measurement determines the door size.

The actual opening of the door, inside clearance is 36" (close up).

The door frame on the interior of this door is 37-1/2".

The images that follow show dimensions associated with a standard 3' x 2' window installation. The image below shows a framed window opening and window on the interior of a garage for 3' x 2' window.

The framed window opening (rough opening) for 3' x 2' window (close up).  This is one of the measurements that determine the window size.

The framed window opening  (rough opening) for 3' x 2' window (close up).  This is one of the measurements that determine the window size.

An uninstalled 3' x 2' window.  The window measures about a 1/2" less on each side referencing the window size.   This gives us about a quarter inch on all sides of the window for adjustments, using shims, during installation.

Window and frame is about 3" thick.

The nailing flange is positioned about 1" back from the exterior edge of the window.

The nailing flange is about 1" long.

A finished window from the exterior excluding caulking and paint, notice the nailing flange is covered by the window trim. 

A finished window on the interior with a window sill.  Revit will have library windows with the trim and window sills included.

The door frame on the interior of this door is 37-1/2" (close up).  Allow for about 38" rough door width opening.  Revit will cut this out for you.

The framed door opening.

The framed door opening (rough opening) height (about 81-3/4").  Allow for about 82" rough door height opening.  Revit will cut this out for you.

The framed door opening (rough opening) width.

The framed door opening (rough opening) width at 38-1/4" (close up) (usually 38").  This gives us about a 3/8" on each side of the door for adjustments, using shims, during installation.

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Week 5:
 
Design Assignment due: For your ICE on Tuesday you will be required to transfer to me 4 assignments in 2 files:
  • Your Dream House model produced and designed in Revit.
    • Produce the 3 wall types (named as Defining Wall Structure in the text book), one as described in the textbook, one as demonstrated in class and the video in the Week 4 section above and the third a custom wall of your choosing (refer to the wall videos above).  These walls will be included in your Dream House model.
  • Produce, in class, a simple Revit model of a simple home.

Read and practice ahead:

Your Revit textbook, chapters 4 and 5.  Read and practice these before class on Thursday.

Class exercises and assignment details:

In Class Evaluation (2 items) Click here for your Week 5 ICE Grading Criteria. You will produce and transfer to me, at the instructor's computer, the 2 items listed below, consisting of 4 assignments, and hand in your signed and dated ICE Grading Criteria.

  1. Produce the exercise from the hand out at the beginning of class.  This will be a simple apartment design similar to last week's ICE.  You will have about 45 minutes to complete it.  You will be graded in a similar manner as described for your Dream House evaluation below.
  2. Hand in your Dream House model file, you will be graded in 3 parts, the first on your custom wall, the second on Defining Wall Structure and the third on the progress on your Dream House design
    • Produce the 3 wall types (named as Defining Wall Structure in the text book), one as described in the textbook and the two others as demonstrated in the video in the Week 4 section above. 
      • The requirements for your custom wall are iterated in the videos in the Week 4 section above
      • Name these as described in the book and in class
      • Place these 3 walls in front of the north elevation symbol on the north side of your home, parallel to the north wall on your house. 
        • Make each wall 16 feet long and 6' 6" apart from each other and place permanent dimensions on them. 
          • Lock these dimensions
        • "Align" the edges of the walls to each other and lock this constraint.
        (You will know that you have done the above steps correctly if all three walls move as one unit without any walls being left behind, stretching or the dimensions changing.)
    • Your Dream House design in Revit with the following elements:
      • 3 levels, named (in CAPITALS) something similar to (depending on your design) FIRST FLOOR, SECOND FLOOR and ROOF
        • Level line and target are aligned together and separated by whole or half foot increments
      • Exterior walls
        • Connected and oriented properly
        • From the FIRST FLOOR to the ROOF level 
        • Permanent dimensions in whole or half foot increments
      • FIRST FLOOR Interior walls
        • Connected, extended and trimmed
        • From the FIRST FLOOR level to the SECOND FLOOR level
        • Permanent dimensions in whole foot and inch increments
      • Front door and windows of your choice, 2 different window types with a total of 10 elements (read and practice from the book for this function).
      • First floor, a modified 6" concrete slab and the second floor of your choice (read and practice from the book for this function)
      • Add "Components" like beds and appliances to help size your rooms and for extra credit.
Instructional Videos:
Below is a link to a video showing a time lapse construction of a dream home.  It demonstrates the use of construction materials, elements of various construction components such as walls, floors and roofs.  This link will take you to YouTube where you can find similar videos:  Weaver Homes time lapse

View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 2, Basements and Such and Revit 3, Stairs and Curtain Walls regarding the subjects listed below:

12. Modeling a Basement with a Site Toposurface and Building Pad
13. Creating a Room Label
14. Modifying a Floor to Add a Ceiling
15. Adding Door Like Room Openings
16. Adding a Front Door with Sidelights and Equality Dimension Constraints
17. Adding Spiral Stairs
18. Adding Linear Stairs, Floor Cuts and Railings
19. Storefront Curtain Walls with Modifications
 
 
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Week 6:
 
Design Assignment due: None this week, your first midterm exam will be on Tuesday. 

Read and practice ahead:

Your Revit textbook, Chapters 6, 7 and 11.  Chapter 11 is on rendering (image generation).  Read and practice these before class on Thursday. 

We will cover each of your Dream House projects individually on Thursday.  This will be the last opportunity before the Dream House presentations on the Thursday of Week 7.
 

Class exercises and assignment details:

Your first examination will be on Tuesday.  To prepare for the written portion of the exam you need to be certain that you have read and practiced all of your reading assignments, Instructional Videos and have studied your notes taken in class. 

For the design portion of the exam you will be modeling a 3 story residence in Revit.  The residence model will incorporate many of the design elements that have been demonstrated in class and in Instructional Videos and include the elements listed below.  You may create a template file of these elements below and use it for the exam.  You have the time, so carefully plan out your design:

Model a skinny rectangular shaped residential home, of your design, using the following guidelines:

  1. Scale, make each view scaled at 1/8”=1’-0” if it is not already set at that.
  2. Levels, Create and or rename 4 levels: BASEMENT, FIRST FLOOR, SECOND FLOOR, ROOF.
    • BASEMENT -9’ 4”, FIRST FLOOR 0’ 0”, SECOND FLOOR, ROOF
    • Create a floor plan for the BASEMENT and ROOF levels
    • Site, basement slab and walls as a class exercise, east-west walls at 60 some feet, north south walls at about 20 feet, orient the house so a short end is north (top)
  3. Exterior Walls (use your custom wall from Week 4) from the FIRST FLOOR level to the ROOF level
    • Location Line on the Core Face Exterior
    • The front door is on the east or west wall, back door location of your choice.
    • Permanent dimensions for the wall lengths, exterior edge to exterior edge.
  4. Interior Walls, Interior walls shall be “Interior - 4-1/2" DW-WoodStud-DW” created in Week 4
    • Permanent dimensions in whole foot or inch increments from common exterior wall edge to centerline of interior wall, first floor only, no need to dimension closet walls, no dimensions necessary on the second floor.
    • Create and label in CAPITALS the following rooms on the first floor: Living Room, Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Office, Laundry Room, Utility Room (see the video in the Week 5 section above)
    • Create and label in CAPITALS the following rooms on the second floor: Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Master Bed, Master Bath, Bathroom
  5. Floors, both floors: “Wood Joist 10” (custom covering of your choice) - DW” (drywall on the second floor is the ceiling for the first floor, 5/8” (see the video in the Week 5 section above)), properly name this type, span direction oriented east and west.
  6. Stairs, style and location your choice, at least 48” wide, must have a mid-span landing unless spiral stairs, cutout the second floor (see the videos in the Week 5 section above).
  7. Doors, Insert the following doors, no tags:
    • Front Door, make a cutout on the exterior wall for the door, Double Glass door of your choice, 72” x 84”, Permanent Dimensions with Equality Constraints from the exterior walls, opens in, Sidelights (a Window in the door family) on either side of the door at the appropriate height (see the video in the Week 5 section above)
    • Back door “Single-Decorative” 36” x 84”, Permanent Dimensions in whole foot and inch units
    • Interior doors “Single Flush” 28” x 80”, opens into rooms, swings to adjacent interior wall, no dimensions. 
    • “Opening Cased” or “Opening Elliptical” as a Component for some room access in lieu of doors (see the video in the Week 5 section above). 
  8. Windows, Insert the following: each room gets at least one window, corner rooms get at least 2 windows except for bathrooms which get only one window, make the distribution of windows on your house symmetric and attractive, no tags, no dimensions
    • Choose from 3 different families, with trim (not the default fixed window), consistent head height for each window type (not the default settings) on each floor, excepting the bathroom windows
    • Bathroom window “Slider with Trim” 36” x 24”, sill height at 5’ 0”
  9. Roof, Main roof 5”/12” roof, 20  inch overhang, type is “Basic Roof Wood Rafter 8” Asphalt Shingle Insulated”, make at least one of the north or south walls of the house a gabled end, “Attach Top/Base” on this end (see the video in the Week 5 section above).
    • Extra Roofs, Insert an extruded sketched roof, shape of your choice, same type as above, in front of both exterior doors
  10. Curtain wall, whole foot units, location and height of your choice, base offset at least 6”, mullions at a distance other than the default settings for spacing, OK to span the first and second floors (see the video in the Week 5 section above)
  11. Create 2 building sections, one north south orientation, one east west orientation, create a 3D view, Create at least one camera view of significance and rename this view in CAPITALS with the room name in it.
  12. Components, furniture, appliances, fixtures, etc… at least 20 non unique.
General Notes:
  • Fix all errors
  • No tags except for room tags
  • Design integrity (examples, the stairs should not have a ceiling reveal in a critical room, windows should not cut into floors and ceilings, etc…)
  • Extra credit for fixtures, furniture, closets and closet doors, etc…
  • Extra credit for a good layout and design (considering traffic flow, room sizes and locations etc…)
  • Extra credit of extra items and details beyond what is required as described above
Instructional Videos:

View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 4, Walk Throughs and Columns and Revit 5, Cameras and Rendering regarding the subjects listed below:

20. Creating and Modifying a Revit "Walk Through"
21. Inserting Architectural Columns
22. Camera Views and Image Rendering

Another way Revit Architecture allows you to visualize your project is through image renderings of certain Camera views in your project.  View and practice the videos below.  Some image Renderings will be a requirement for your Dream House presentations.
 
 
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Week 7:
 
Design Assignment due: Dream House project presentation and model.  Commercial Project proposal.  You will be evaluated on 4 items this week.

Read and practice ahead:
Your Revit textbook, Chapters 13 and 14.  Read and practice these before class on Thursday. 

Class work and assignment details: Click here for your Week 7 ICE Grading Criteria, available before class on Thursday.  You will be evaluated on 4 items this week:


Commercial Project Proposal, 20 points total:
Send to me by Tuesday, via email, your proposal for your Commercial Project.  This is worth 20 points out of the 200 points available for your Final Commercial Project (10% of your grade).  Write a single paragraph describing the items listed below. 
  • Type of project
    • Examples include: restaurants, schools, auto show rooms, hotels, theaters, malls, grocery stores, coffee shops, office buildings, restaurants, factories etc... essentially any building engaged in commerce that may be open to the public, see the last few class websites to get some additional ideas.
  • Describe the project, traffic flow, customer areas, production areas, offices
  • How large do you anticipate the project to be (described as rooms, floors, square feet, etc...)
  • What sort of components or features do you anticipate placing in your project.

Dream House Presentation, Peer Evaluation, 20 points total
The following link shows the evaluation form that will be given to you in a book form at the beginning of class on Thursday.  You will be evaluating other students' projects and be evaluated on the listed criteria except for the item on the toolbar.  The student(s) that receives the best overall evaluation from your peers will have your model printed out on our 3D printer.  It will be about 3 to 6 inches longs at about a 1:500 scale (with a removable roof!).
Dream House Presentation, My Evaluation, 10 points total
The following is a guide that I will evaluate you on and may help you when you organize and practice your presentation: 
  • Introduction, provide your name, major and class position (senior, junior, etc...)
  • Introduction to your project, type of house, location, what it will be built out of
  • Tour, 3D view around the house, entry into the house, show floor plans and traffic flow from front door or entry or stairs, talk about the rooms
    • Move on through the model and demonstrate any features that you think are significant in your home using the usual views (plans, elevations, sections) plus: 
      • Camera views of something significant (8 minimum)
        • Adjust view depth, range and settings to get a decent view
      • Image renderings of the inside and outside of the house (4 minimum)
        • Adjust view depth, range and settings to get a decent image
      • Walk Through video (1 minute)
        • Adjust view range, height and settings to get a decent video
  • Presentation at 5 to 6 minutes in length

Dream House Model Evaluation, 40 points total
The following is a check list that I will use to evaluate your Dream House model, hand in this electronic file at the instructor's computer during your presentation.  Some items have not been covered in class so look these up in your book or online resources.
 
  • Site Plan toposurface surface, contours, building pad, subregion, property line (within the contours and enclosed geometry), contour elevation labels, landscaping
  • Various levels (at least 3), named (in CAPITALS)
    • Level line and target are aligned together, whole or half foot increments
    • Floor plans are for each level
  • Exterior walls, custom wall, connected and oriented properly, from your first floor to your roof level
    • Permanent dimensions, whole or half foot increments, base line from exterior wall edges to each exterior wall edge
  • First floor Interior walls, custom, connected from your first floor level to your second floor level, connected to bottom of floor above (second floor walls in a similar manner)
    • Permanent dimensions in whole foot or inch increments, from the exterior wall edge, to a consistent element of the interior walls 
    • Room labels with consecutive numbers CAPITALS 
  • Floors, custom coverings (carpet, vinyl, wood), at least 3, cut out exterior walls
  • Ceilings of your choice, if not part of the floor above
  • Front door, Interior doors of your choice, less than 36" wide, opens correctly
  • Windows, 3 different window types, one window per room per wall, consistent head height
  • Stairs, at least 1 set, greater than 36” wide, no errors, cut out floor above
  • Roof, custom, Foot Print, overhang, Roof by Extrusion (like over a door)
  • Components like furniture, fixtures, equipment to fill the house, complete each room 
  • Extras for extra details and features beyond what is listed above, extras must fit the model and enhance the design.
General Notes:
  • Fix all errors (1 point each)
  • No tags except for room tags (1 point each)

 
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Week 8:
 
Design Assignment due:  For your ICE (In Class Evaluation) on Tuesday you will be required to complete 2 items:
  • An external video of your Walk Through of your Dream House model.
  • Progress on your Commercial Project with elements added during the evaluation

Read and practice ahead:

Your Revit textbook, Chapters 14, 15 and 16.  Read and practice these before class on Tuesday. 

Class exercises and assignment details:

In Class Evaluation (2 items) Click here for your Week 8 ICE grading criteria.  You will create, from your existing embedded Walk Through video, an avi file of your Dream House to be handed in at the instructor's computer.  Show progress on your Commercial Project.  Hand in these 2 items in one folder with your name in it at the instructor's computer.  Print out, sign and hand in your ICE Grading Criteria.

  1. A video of your Walk Through of your Dream House model.
    • Export the video external to the model, *.avi format, "Cinepak codec by Radius" for the format, keep it about a minute in length.
    • Realistic view, decent perspective (not narrow or too wide)
    • 800 pixels wide
    • Inclusive (various rooms) and complete (show most of the rooms on a floor)
    • Path from the outside through the inside and back out again
    • A slower pace than the default settings, a walking pace
    • Don't go through walls
    • Extra credit for going up or down floors and having the camera look up, down and around like the Instructional Videos demonstrate
    • This may take a while so plan on working on other homework while it is compiling
  2. Progress on your Commercial Project.
    • Show at least exterior walls and and custom levels
    • Provide elements that give a general impression of the size and shape of your project such as external and internal walls or a site plan.
    • Elements added during the evaluation
Out of class exercises:

Create a customized titleblock template including a logo, this exercise will be evaluated in Week 9

  • Modify an existing titleblock template file downloaded from the Sybex website as demonstrated in the videos below.
    • Download and resave the "Titleblock SP.rfa" file and rename it to a name of your choosing in a folder of your choosing (perhaps something similar to "Titleblock-Jones-Construction.rfa").
    • Make modifications as demonstrated in the videos below
      • Also make modifications to the portion of the title block shown below. 
        • The lettering in this portion of the Titleblock are both Text and Labels both at 3/32". 
        • Dimensions shown are for your reference and are the spacing between the lines shown.  Provide this spacing but do not include these dimensions on your Titleblock. 
  • Logo
    • Design a logo for your titleblock in a style of your choosing as instructed in the videos below.
    • Include a company name, address, phone number and website address below, nearby or included in your logo.
      • Choose a name and style that fits your career ambitions or personality.  You may design something in Revit, AutoCAD or another image program.  Use the following criteria: 
        • Your logo must be unique
        • An image or AutoCAD file
          • Inserted where the Revit logo is on the titleblock template
            • stretch out the space on the titleblock for your logo if necessary (make it fit the space and look neat)
        • Does not have to look 3D or in color (they usually are not in color on construction drawings) 
        • Include some graphical styling including various line sizes, fonts, hatching and other techniques 
          • extra credit for extra design styling
    Below is my logo and would represent a design that meets the criteria described above.
Also consider some designs that can be found on the web.  Below are some images of some AutoCAD files of logos from some companies that I have worked with in the past.  The logos had been produced in AutoCAD and print in black, white and gray shading.  The colors drive line thicknesses or gray shading.  These logos are included on construction drawings.

Instructional Videos:

View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 6, Sheet Template and Curtain Wall Door regarding the subjects listed below:

23. Setting up a Sheet and Titleblock Template File
24. Inserting a Curtain Wall Door
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Week 9:
 
Design Assignment due: For your ICE (In Class Evaluation) on Tuesday you will be required to complete 3 items:
  • Download the Revit model at the link as instructed in class and incorporate the various items listed below
  • Progress on your Commercial Project including sheet items with a modified Titleblock with logo
  • Print out your first floor plan of your project
Changes have been made to the check list below excluding the the requirements for making schedules (room, furniture and door).  We have not covered those items yet but they will be part of next week's evaluation.   The items modified have a line through the text (strikethrough).

Read and practice ahead:

Your Revit textbook, Chapters 11 and maybe 18.  Read and practice these before class on Thursday. 

Class exercises and assignment details: More details later.

In Class Evaluation (3 items) Click here for your Week 9 ICE grading criteria and for a drawing of the project click here. Download and complete the Revit model at the link given in class.  Show progress on your Commercial Project per the guidance below including your sheet family embedded in your Commercial Project.  Print out a half sized sheet of your first floor plan of your project on the 6015 printer.  You will have 1 hour to complete these items.  At the end of the evaluation, hand in the printed drawing and the ICE Grading Criteria along with both computers files in the appropriate folder at the instructor's computer. 

    Download the Revit model at the link given in class and incorporate the following items as demonstrated in Instructional Videos in class or as read and understood from the textbook.  You will have 60 minutes to complete these items.
       
      Complete the Revit model incorporating the following items:
      • Dimensions as shown, interior walls to the wall center
      • Fix the flashing floor
      • Create a ceiling, 2' x 4' ACT System, offset from the GROUND level by an amount, align the ceiling grids and dimension as shown
        • Install Troffer lights and suspended lights as shown, line these up and insert dimensions as shown
      • Modify the curtain grids and delete the mullions on the curtain wall as shown 
        • Install a curtain wall door as shown
      • Insert Rooms with room separations and Room Tags as shown
        • Include the following rooms and numbers, 1-ENTRY, 2-RECEPTION, 3-CONFERENCE, 4-MAIN OFFICE, 5-OFFICE1, 6-BREAK ROOM, 7-SHOP 8-FABRICATION and 9-SUPPLIES
      • Line up the desk to the nearby wall in the reception area, lock it
      • Load and install furniture tags on installed items, 1/4" leader, neat and legible
      • Windows, modify the window head height on the first floor to be 8’ 
        • Install window tags, no leaders, neat and legible 
        • Properly orient any misoriented windows
      • Doors, modify the following door locations
        • Install door tags, no leaders, neat and legible
      • "Load" your sheet family into the ICE project with the updated title block from Week 8
        • Title block, width and cell adjustments as demonstrated in videos
          • Proper Text and Label sizes, properly named, logo as described in Week 8, proper fields
        • Create a first floor plan sheet
          • Sheet name: "FIRST FLOOR PLAN", Sheet number "201"
          • Insert First Floor onto sheet, CAPITALS, Hidden Lines visibility and center left alignment for the view
          • Crop and hide area, adjust the view title to just below the view and the bottom dimensions, aligned on the left side of the building, objects and annotations neat and orderly
          • Scale, 1/4" = 1'-0"
          • Modify (hide Room Style and spread out text) and incorporate the ROOM SCHEDULE to the lower right of the Ground Floor plan
    Progress on your Commercial Project
      • Show exterior walls, custom wall, permanent dimensions in whole or half foot increments, all external wall features, no redundant dimensions, dimensioned from the exterior wall edges
      • Show custom levels, CAPITALS
      • Room bounding and labels with consecutive numbers and names in CAPITALS
      • Interior walls and dimensions custom wall, at least 8
      • Permanent dimensions in whole foot or inch increments, at least 10, dimensioned from a common wall edge to a consistent edge or centerline of the interior walls
      • Floors, at least 2 custom
      • Exterior doors, at least 2, double door for large facilities
      • Interior room doors with trim
      • Create a sheet for your ground floor plan
      • "Load" your sheet family into your Commercial Project with the updated title block with logo from Week 8 with the proper fields filled in
      • Insert your ground floor onto this sheet, CAPITALS, center view
      • Proper scale, hidden line visibility for the view, crop and hide area
      • Adjust the view title to just below the view and bottom dimensions, aligned on the left side of the building, objects and annotations neat and orderly
Instructional Videos:

View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 7, Room Schedules, Paint Tool and More on Sheet Templates and Revit 8, Component-Constraints, Tags and Schedules, Detail Components and Revit 9, Repeating Detail Component, Legends, Annotation Symbols, Counter Top and Flat Roof regarding the subjects listed below:

25. Room Schedules
26. Paint Tool
27. More on Sheet Templates
28: Component-Constraints, Tags and Schedules
29. Creation of a Detail Callout or view and the insertion of various Detail Components in that view
30. More on creation of a Detail Callout or view and the insertion of various 2D Detail Components
31. Repeating Detail Component
32. Door Legend Detail Component
33. North Arrow
34. Graphic Scale Bar


 
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Week 10:
 
Design Assignment due: Your second midterm exam will be on Tuesday.  See details below. 

Read and practice ahead:

Work on your Commercial Project. 
Think about your toolbar or Revit function or method presentation topic that you would like to demonstrate during the Final Commercial Project presentations next Thursday.  Have a topic chosen by Thursday for class discussion.  Suggestions on potential subjects are listed below. 

Class work and assignment details:

Your second examination will be on Tuesday.  To prepare for the written portion of the exam you need to be certain that you have read and practiced all of your reading assignments, videos and have studied your notes taken in class. 

For the design portion of the exam you will be modeling a portion of small commercial project in a strip mall which will be a light restaurant like a coffee shop or bakery.  The project will incorporate many of the design elements that have been demonstrated in Instruction Videos on this website, in the book and in class.  Practice and be able to demonstrate the following items as described below.  You may create a template file of these elements below and use it for the exam.  Items such as levels, room names and numbers and loaded component families in a template file can save a lot of time during the exam. 

Model an “L” shaped commercial building like a small coffee shop using the following guidelines:

  1. Scale, make the floor plan scaled at 1/4”=1’-0”, set your units to a precision of 1/2" for length.
  2. Levels, create, modify and name 5 levels in CAPITALS, make labels visible in East elevation:
    1. Site 0’ 0”, Ground Floor 0’ 6”, Counter 32”, Roof Level 15’ 0”, Exterior Wall Level 17’ 1-1/2”
  3. Floor plans for the Ground Floor and the Roof Level only, delete others. 
  4. Exterior walls, create a single story building with walls from the Ground Floor to the Exterior Wall level, “Exterior - Brick on Mtl. Stud”, modify and rename this by changing the metal stud to 4-1/2”, custom name, add a parapet top, Location Line on the Finish Face Exterior, dimension all wall elements using finish faces.
    1. The back of the building is north and is one leg of the “L” and measures 62’ from the exterior finished faces, west wall is the second leg of the “L” and is about 53’, the south wall adjacent to the west wall is angled.
  5. Create an elevation of the angled wall and name it SOUTH EAST
  6. Site, Toposurface on the Surface level with a 0” elevation around the building and down to -5’ in the back of the building, about a building width around all sides, building pad (same thickness as floor), parking lot, parking component, apply materials.
  7. Floors, Insert a custom floor for the Floor level named and containing “Concrete Slab 8” Stained (color of your choice)”, use Cast-in-Place Concrete, span direction oriented north south, no flashing floors.
  8. Interior walls, custom per the following guidelines, rename this wall:
    1. during exam
  9. Rooms, rooms bound and labeled with the following names in order, in CAPITALS: Customer Seating, Customer Service, Employee Service, Storage, Kitchen, Office, Mens, Womens.  Locations of your choosing, use Room Separation Lines, counter wall between Customer and Employee Service areas to the Counter level.  Provide angled or curved interior walls. 
    1. Restrooms are the only rooms in the east area of building, equal mirror images of each other at about 11’ x 10’, with all the fixtures downloaded, hide the doors so the occupants of the rooms can not be seen in the customer area for both rooms (think about bathrooms that you have been in)
    2. Dimension all walls from an exterior finished wall edge to center line of interior wall.
  10. Ceilings, insert ceilings for the Floor “2’ x 4’ ACT System” at (during exam) in the Customer Service area, align to an angled wall 
    1. Insert Troffer lights, Parabolic, every other full panel, align these.
  11. Store Front Curtain walls, embedded, on three sides – both south sides and inside east wall, adjoining each other.
    1. 8” from Ground Floor to (during exam), horizontal spacing, (during exam) vertical spacing 3’ 4”.
  12. Doors, Insert the following doors with tags, Curtain Wall-Store Front-Dbl on curtain wall near bathroom, doors at 36” x 84” for the bathrooms, office and storage, door swings to adjacent interior wall, door at 44” x 84” Single-Flush Vision for the exterior back of the store, opens out.
    1. Provide an archway component opening from the Kitchen to the Employee Service.
    2. Provide a double acting door from the Customer Service to the Employee Service.
  13. Window, “Slider with Trim” for drive up window and tag, 72” wide, 42” tall, sill height 32”, rename this.
  14. Add 2 building sections perpendicular to each other.
  15. Roof, from the Roof level, no slope, on the interior side of the exterior wall, “Steel Truss - Insulation on Metal Deck – EPDM”, make the roof slope to the edges with a high point in the center at 12”.
  16. Components, insert from the Seek website: “Toilet Partition-Floor Mount”, “counter top-island”, “Ventura Food Display Case”, “Freezer - Upright Five Door”, “Merchandiser - Meat – High” import the following items of your choice from Revit City or Seek: cash register, booths, kitchen equipment and bathroom vanity.  Place the counter top on top of Counter wall, cash register on the counter top, other items as desired, with 10 unique downloaded items minimum.
  17. Paint interior walls same color using the Paint Tool.
  18. Render, low resolution, of a camera view from the Customer area looking at your counter, eye level at 2’, sun and artificial lights, save to project, name this.
  19. Schedules, create a room schedule with the following fields, in CAPITALS, in the order listed: Number, Name, Perimeter, Area, Floor Finish, Wall Finish, Base Finish, Ceiling Finish. Number column is centered, fill in all fields, like we did in class and on videos.
  20. Sheet, Create a Floor Plan sheet of the Floor, number it 102, name it “GROUND FLOOR PLAN” 
    1. Logo per Week 8, fill out the rest of the Title Block with the appropriate information
    2. Insert Floor plan-line up view title, insert the Room Schedule to right of Floor Plan-spread out
    3. Print it out at 1/2 size (as instructed)
General Notes:
Fix all errors, CAPITAL lettering for all annotations, Extra credit for extra components, windows (not fixed), extra lights and lamps, decals, chairs and tables, rugs, landscaping, exterior components like lights poles, flag poles, etc…

This information may change before Tuesday. 

Instructional Videos:

View this week's Instructional Videos at this link Revit 9, Repeating Detail Component, Legends, Annotation Symbols, Counter Top and Flat Roof regarding the subjects listed below:

35. Inserting a Counter Top on Top of a Wall Cut
36. Inserting a Counter Top on a Short Wall
37. Inserting a Parapet on Top of an Existing Wall
38. Fixing a "Flashing Floor" Prior to Inserting a Flat Roof
39. Inserting a Flat Roof with Elevation Points
40. Modifying the Color Appearance in the Material Clapboard Siding

For those that read the website, here is a test question: As discussed in class, a titleblock, in a construction drawing, contains 3 categories of information that need to be updated in a timely manner. list and describe them below.

Toolbar or Function presentation guidelines Decide on a toolbar or function that you would like to demonstrate to the class during your Final Commercial Project presentation.  Discuss this during the class period on Thursday.  Plan on spending between about 2 to 4 minutes demonstrating this toolbar or function during your project presentation.  Examples include, but are not limited to, the following.  The selection of a toolbar or function will be a graded item for this week:

  • Various BIM features like Shared and Project parameters for automating information in sheets
  • Various BIM features for use in scheduling and estimating
  • Additional options for enhancing Walk Throughs
  • View breaklines, matchlines and methods for breaking up large projects to fit on sheets
  • Additional functionality and items to schedules
  • How to model families including the use of planes (Chapter 8)
  • Modifications and additional options in modifying families like curtain walls, doors and windows
  • Additional wall family options like stacked walls and adding paint, sweeps and reveals
  • Using a material takeoff schedule
  • Managing and creating materials and changing appearances
  • Using structural tools, grid lines, columns, beams, trusses, etc...
  • Creating a dormer and Join-Unjoin Roof
  • Shafts and elevators
  • Curtain Systems, like a curtain wall with more options
  • Using "Work Planes" for family and massing options
  • Using construction phases like existing-demolition plans to revised plans (Chapter 18)
  • Introducing Parts and Assemblies (Chapter 4)
  • Roofs - foot print or sketched with soffits, facias and gutters
  • More on stairs, ramps and railings
  • Interiors and finish schedules (Chapter 19)

  • Pick a tool, any tool, and explore



 
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Final:
 
Design Assignment due: Your Final, Commercial Project design and sheet set per the instructions below.  These instructions will be updated again so please check back.

Read and practice ahead:

The book, and Instructional Videos if you have not reviewed these yet or need to refresh your knowledge.

Final, Commercial Project assignment details (in various sections):

Click here for your Final Commercial Project grading criteria.  Print this out and include it with your sheet set.


Index (or scroll down):


Drawing grading criteria: Back to Index

Your Commercial Project will have the following items included in a sheet set as described below.  Make certain that you understand your markups and incorporate those corrections into your Final Project drawings.  Your markups and the latest graded papers are in the "Box".

Sheets

    General information:
    • Number sheets in ascending order
    • Incorporate all of the elements for these sheets as required from the previous weeks' assignments including Titleblock items.  Title block items also include fields filled in from your Revit "Project Information" button and your sheet "Properties Palette" plus your sheet name and number fields (see videos from previous weeks). 
    • General sheet sections are often numbered in groups like the 200 series for Ceiling plans or the 4.0 (dot) series for Sections  etc... .  The series below uses hundreds as the delimiter but you may choose what ever criteria you desire as long as it makes sense and is sequential.  Architectural drawings may also have an "A" along with the number.  Below are some section suggestions.
      • Cover Sheet, no number, 000, 001, 0.1, 0.01, etc...
      • Site Plan 010 series
      • Floor Plans 100 series
      • Ceiling Plans 200 series
      • Elevations 300 series
      • Sections 400 series
      • Schedules and/or Legends 500 series
      • Details 600 series
      Notes: 
      1. Legends and schedules may be included on other relevant sheets if there is room. 
      2. If a numbered sheet series is blank then move up the numbering to maintain the sequence.
      3. Extra credit for extra effort and items, and may include, sheet notes that better explain elements of your project, extra schedules, legends and similar items.
      4. See some sheet examples at the end of this section.
    The following will be graded items:
     
    • Titleblock
      • Logo, company name and address, orientation, size (extra credit for more items)
      • Fields lined up, text size, information filled in
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Cover Sheet
      • Project title
      • Project sub title
      • Project address
      • Project team members 
      • Image rendering of the exterior of the proposed project (export a jpg file then import it as an object onto your sheet)
      • Map of the project site with title (create an image of this location then import it as an object onto your sheet)  add a text title to this map image 
      • Sheet list schedule with text title
        • Fields include, Sheet Number, Sheet Name, Designed By, Drawn By, Checked By, Approved By (make certain each sheet has this information in it by populating those sections of the Properties Palette)
        • Center all fields in the schedule except for the Sheet Name
          • Use requirements from previous schedules
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Site Plan
      • Hidden line visibility for view
      • View is cropped and crop boundary hidden 
      • View title orientation (just below the object in the view with a short tail)
      • North Arrow (extra credit for a modified or unique one)
        • Rotate the arrow off center, consistent orientation and location on all plan sheets
      • Graphic Scale Bar, choose the correct size (extra credit for a modified or unique one) (see videos)
      • Hide your building to reveal your Building Pad (don't show the building)
      • Hide other non relevant non site plan building features
      • Property line
      • Show dimensions from property line to the building pad
      • Show other relevant dimensions
      • Label Contours
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Floor Plan, include the following from the list below.  If the items in the list do not fit on the floor plan sheet then move them to a Schedules or Legends sheet.  The items listed below are in order of importance so move the bottom items first to the new sheets.  Keep the Door and Window Schedules together. 
      • Plan fills sheet, centered
      • View is cropped and crop boundary hidden
      • View title orientation
      • North Arrow
      • Graphic Scale Bar, choose the correct size (extra credit for a modified or unique one) (see videos)
      • Hidden line visibility
        • Dimensions (use previous requirements) 
      • Tags for doors and windows, organized
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
      • Door Legend for plan symbols (see videos)
      • Window Legend for plan symbols (see videos)
      • Room Schedule (use previous requirements)
      • Door Schedule (use previous requirements)
      • Window Schedule (use previous requirements)
    • Reflected Ceiling Plan (if you have a suspended ceiling, otherwise a modified floor with a ceiling will be graded)
      • Hidden line visibility
      • View is cropped and crop boundary hidden 
      • View title orientation
      • North Arrow
      • Graphic Scale Bar, choose the correct size 
      • Lighting Fixture Schedule with the following fields in order: Fixture (Mark), Type Mark, Wattage, Circuit # (leave this blank or extra credit, you can put about 15 fixtures on a circuit), Electrical Data, Family and Type, Lamp, Luminous Intensity
        • Center the Fixture (Mark) and Type Mark columns
        • Use a new sheet(s) if you need more room, name the sheet "Lighting Fixture Schedule"
      • Tag about 5 fixtures each with the Type Mark number that you assign in the schedule.
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Elevations, 2 or 4 sheets
      • Hidden line visibility
      • All views cropped and crop boundary hidden 
      • View title orientation
      • Elevation relevant dimensions only (heights of windows or walls etc...), include all that apply
      • Graphic Scale Bar, choose the correct size 
      • Door Legend for elevations
      • Window Legend for elevations
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Sections, 1 or 2 sheets
      • Hidden line visibility
      • All views cropped and crop boundary hidden 
      • View title orientation
      • Section relevant dimensions, include all that apply
      • Graphic Scale Bar, choose the correct size 
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Schedules/Legends (see videos)
      • If not included on other sheets
      • List in order per the sheet numbering sequence listed above
      • Incorporate all of the elements required this quarter
      • All text that you control CAPITALized
    • Details (see videos)
      • Hidden line visibility
      • All views cropped and crop boundary hidden 
      • Smaller scale than the parent view (1" = 1'-0", 1/2" = 1'-0", etc...) 
      • Provide at least 6 details similar to what has been done in class
        • Have at least 5 annotation elements such as callouts and dimensions per detail
          • Must have annotation callouts with dog leg leaders
            • 3/32" text size, Arial, CAPITAL lettering
        • Insert break lines 
        • Show examples of a 2D filled regions 
        • One section detail of an exterior wall with insulation
        • One section detail of an interior wall with a fire stop
        • Extra credit for extra details
        • All text that you control CAPITALized
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    • Print your sheets, have these printed before the Final on Thursday! or points off in a big way
      • Print out all sheets 1/2 size (11" x 17" ANSI B size)
        • 20 sheets maximum, 9 sheets minimum
          • Print on the HP6015 printer, choose the following settings
          • Through Revit, choose print, click the Properties button 
            • Choose 11 x 17 paper size
          • Click Setup button
            • Choose, Landscape, Center, Zoom to 50% then go back and choose Center again
            • Select the Preview button to check your drawing before you print it.
          • If you have more than 20 sheets, print out the best representations of each section 


          As a final check measure a known length with your Architectural Scale and/or measure your Graphic Scale Bar.

          Staple or fasten on the left edge like a book
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      • Print out 2 full size sheets, in color
        • Cover sheet and first floor plan
          • Print on the HP800 plotter, choose the following settings, put in the 24" sized paper roll
          • Through Revit, choose print, click the Properties button
            • Choose the Custom button
              • Under the "Select a form" text click on the the button that says "<custom paper size>" choose the ARCH "D" size the click OK
            • Source should be "Roll"
            • Click on the check box for Autorotate
              • Select the 24" roll
            • Click OK
          • Click Setup button
            • Choose, Landscape, Center, Zoom to 100% then go back and choose Center again
          • Select the Preview button to check your drawing before you print it.
            Start printing and if its not right go to the plotter and "cancel" it, check and change your settings and start again.  Also check solutions below.

            As a final check measure a known length with your Architectural Scale and/or measure your Graphic Scale Bar.

            Call or email if problems



      Problem Printer Solutions:   Back to Index

      Below is a solution for some of the printing problems in the lab.

      Regarding images being flipped or missing on the plotter and printer, use the following procedure:

      • Create a pdf document instead, using the print command. 
        • Instead of printing to one of the three lab printers download and install the cutepdf writer or printer at the following link: cutepdf 
          • Choose the cutepdf printer
            • Go to the Printer properties button and select the ARCH D paper size, center and scale to 100%
            • Pick a file save location in your Commercial Project folder 
          Your standard 36" x 24" sheet should now be generated as a 36" x 24" sized pdf document
        • Open the folder where this pdf is and open the file.  Print this using the HP6015 printer for half sized prints or the HP800 plotter for full sized prints using the settings described above.
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          As a final check measure a known length with your Architectural Scale and/or measure your Graphic Scale Bar.
      Regarding getting your sheet to fill up the page or printing to full scale on the plotter, or the plotter does not recognize the ARCH D sized paper, follow the procedure below:
      • To print on the HP800 plotter, choose the following settings
        • Put in the 24" sized paper roll
          • Through Revit, 
            • Create a custom size 36” x 24” sheet size
            • Click Setup button
              • Choose, Center, Landscape, Zoom to 100%
            • Click the printer Properties button
              • Check the "Autorotate" button
              • Select the roll size of 24"
          Start printing and if its not right go to the plotter and "cancel" it, check and change your settings and start again.
          As a final check measure a known length with your Architectural Scale and/or measure your Graphic Scale Bar.

Toolbar Demonstration grading criteria:   Back to Index
  • Name the toolbar or function
    • Demonstrate the tool(s) or function(s)
      • Demonstrate the steps involved 
      • Demonstrate different options 
        • Demonstrate the effects of the different options 
      You will graded on the quantity of the steps and/or options demonstrated (at least a certain amount) 

Project Presentation, as evaluated by your peersBack to Index
Commercial Project presentations on Thursday.  You may use the following guidelines or something similar for your presentations:
  • Introduction, provide your name, major and class position (senior, junior, etc...)
  • Introduction to your project, project name and service provided
  • Tour
    • Start with a 3D view, the floor plan or other view.  Since these are all commercial projects your design should be facilitating the interaction between customers and staff, explain and demonstrate this
      • Show how a customer will approach the building (street and parking)
      • Show how a customer will enter the building and interact with staff
      • Show and explain the service area
      • Show the support areas
      • Show auxiliary areas
    • Move on through the model and demonstrate any features that you think are significant in  your project that may not be apparent in other student projects or that have not been demonstrated in class
    • Show elevations, sections, 3D view, camera views and/or renderings of any features that you feel help demonstrate how your building functions and the features associated with that function
    • Show the more significant components used and where they came from
    • Show a brief Walk Through, 1 minute maximum with narration
  • Describe a toolbar, function or modeling technique unique to what has been demonstrated in class and that you have applied to your project.
  • Conclusion:
    • Summary
    • Ask for questions
    • Ask for suggestions i.e. "how can I model this differently or better"
    • I would invite interaction and would encourage raising your hand to interrupt for explanation or to share a different technique.
Keep your presentation to around 7 minutes, toolbar presentation about 3 minutes, practice this!  Points taken off for over or under this time.

Evaluation feedback forms will be handed out at the beginning of the class and include the following criteria:

  • Sign your name on the cover only
  • Fill in the student's name, on each page in the book, in the space provided
  • Suggestions are voluntary and welcome constructive comments only 
  • Provide a fair evaluation on your peers’ projects based on the listed criteria (points off for a blank page).  Circle the number that you feel best describes your peer's placement in each evaluation section.
    • Complexity and Effort:  How complex or how much effort do you think this student put into the project (consider the number of elements and the quality of the details apparent in the model)?

    • Comments: A lot of effort, Average amount, Needs more effort, Very little effort 
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    • Design Quality and Completeness: (does it look attractive, does it look like the real thing, is it put together correctly, does it work for its intended function, is it complete)?

    • Comments: Looks great,    Looks good,     Needs work,        Not correct,   Incomplete
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    • Toolbar and tool demonstration (did the student demonstrate all of the tools or functions, will you be able to use this tool or function after this demonstration, did you learn something about these tools)?

    • Comments: Very informative, Mostly complete, Could have shown more, Learned little
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    • Presentation (spoken clearly, easily understood, organized, did it take too long, explained project)?

    • Comments:        Great job,     Very good,          Average,       Needed better preparation and rehearsal
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    • Overall Impression of the project and tool bar presentation:

    • Comments:        Great job    Good job    Average    Needs work    Incomplete

      The item(s) that I feel need(s) more work are:
      The best thing about this project is:
       


Project Design grading criteria:  May include everything we have covered in Revit this quarter.  Back to Index
  • Custom levels, renamed in CAPITALS
  • Custom walls, one exterior, one interior, rename these with the word "Custom" preceding the name
  • Custom floor, rename this with the word "Custom" preceding the name
  • Appropriate number of windows and doors at consistent heights and symmetry
  • Rooms and room bounding for all internal areas.
  • The following three categories will be counted and totaled for a single grade.  This allows someone with a very large project with many walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors to be judged with a smaller project that has many more components.  All items counted must enhance the model not just occupy open space.  Repeating items such as ceiling lights, parking components and similar items that can be duplicated via arrays may be counted less or as one item. 
    • Walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, doors and windows will be counted, repeating items such as windows may be counted less, expecting about 40 items
    • Components will be counted, these will include exterior and interior items, they may include items such as lights, equipment, plumbing fixtures, furniture and similar items, repeating items such as ceiling lights may be counted less, expecting about 50 items

    • Site plan components such as contours, subregions, parking, landscaping and similar items, repeating items such as plants and lights may be counted less, expecting about 30 items 

Sample Sheet Set: Also click on the links below for pdf documents of various sheet examples shown in class.    Back to Index


Sage Design, sample Cover Sheet, Detail Sheet and Titleblock


 

Mr. Donut, sample Commercial Project

 

Project Help  Back to Index
Below are some links to some resources regarding some specific help asked for by some students:
  • How to create some exterior surfaces with thicknesses like a sidewalk that follows a toposurface.
  • How to create a large hanging clear globe. 
  • How to add color to a Material Element such as adding color to the Clapboard Siding material whose rendering qualities are driven by an embedded image.  Please click on the following link for an Instructional Video. 
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  • How to Create a Curved Ceiling.  One of the problems with a curved ceiling is that you can not add ceiling or hanging lights on this surface.  A work around regarding adding lights on a curved surface works well but takes a lot of steps.  First you make a flat horizontal ceiling on a level of your choosing, probably the roof level.  Don't constrain it to any level with the intent of moving it up or down vertically and making it very small or narrow horizontally.  Sketch it on the roof level like a small or narrow rectangle in the horizontal location of your choice and click the green checkmark.  Then go to a section and locate it vertically like right against your curved ceiling.  In a plan view, insert a light on it so that it hangs down vertically.  You can edit the profile of the small ceiling to make it very small just don't lose it.  When hanging a light it does not matter how small the ceiling is it just has to be a ceiling and the light does not even need to be attached to it just on the same level once the ceiling host has been selected.  You can also move lights around from different hosts (ceilings) but this has to be done on a plan view.  Select the light then look in the "Modify | Lighting Fixtures" tab on the ribbon for this. 

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  • How to Create a Skewed Roof and Trim it.  First you need to sketch the roof.  If you want to use a different plane to sketch your roof from insert a Grid line in a plan view (which is really a plane) at an angle that you desire. On this plane you can sketch your Roof by Extrusion or use a model wall.  With both of these tools you should be able to get the look you desire.

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  • How to Create Decals and Insert them for Realistic Renderings

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  • How do you manage a large schedule so it can be placed into two sheets.

  • First you duplicate the existing schedule by right clicking on it in the Project Browser and choosing the duplicate option.  Now you will have two schedules (or more) that are identical.  Rename both schedules with consecutive numbers like schedule 1 and schedule 2 and so on...  Use the filter option by choosing that button in the Properties Palette and filter the “Mark” of the first schedule to include only those Marks up to a certain value like perhaps Marks 1 through 50 (use filter “less than or equal to” 50).  On  the second schedule do the same thing but choose Marks greater than 50 but less than 100.  And so forth…
    Now you have two unique schedules (or more) that you can insert into sheets of your choosing.
    Please click on the following link for Instructional Videos on this subject.

 
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DESIGN GALLERY

A collection of the exceptional work demonstrated 
by this class. 

Click on the links below:
The Commercial Projects
The Dream House Projects
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The Commercial Projects
Ranked by your Peer Evaluations during your project presentations
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The Dream House projects
Ranked by your Peer Evaluations during your project presentations
Click on the images below for a project Walk Through