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    Revit Architecture General help

    Hi Guys
    Here go's for my first post.
    Just wondered if anybody out there can recommend any good ref books to get.
    When I started AutoCad I bought the AutoCad bible which was a great ref book.
    I can't see one for Revit.
    Also can you tell me approx how steep the learning curve will be for me.
    I am a complete beginner for Revit.
    Thanks All
    Dodge

    #2
    From Amazon: Amazon.com: revit

    Regarding the learning curve, I'd say do your best to abandon drafting techniques and terminology. Think of it like going to a foreign country. What's the best way to find your way around? Learn the language. And don't just learn to speak the language, learn to think in it. That's when you become fluent. Revit's the same way.

    Also, model it like you'd build it. If something you're doing seems tedious or monotonous, there's probably an easier, more efficient way (probably involving a schedule or auto-tagging).

    Yes it will be frustrating. Yes you'll say "but in CAD I just have to [_____]". Fight the urge to use CAD as a crutch. Never import CAD; only link it. All details will be better if done natively in Revit. Yes the text (formatting) tool sucks. No, it probably won't be fixed anytime soon. A great template is your best friend. Agreeing on naming conventions (materials, families, etc.) will make everything else easier.

    There is a huge amount of up-front time that needs to be invested to get a return on what Revit can do, but it's worth it.

    That's not everything, but it's a start.

    Arcturis
    BIM Manager
    Associate Architect

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      #3
      Hi Dodge and welcome to the forum.
      There are a heap of books out there for Revit reference.Perhaps start with the Aubin series. Author Paul F Aubin. Mastering Autodesk Revit. Great starting point.

      All | Paul F. Aubin

      The learning curve will differ on each individual. It really depends on how open you are to looking at things with a fresh perspective and not holding onto what ever software package you were using previously. My advice FWIW is not to try and take in everything at once. Small steps first. Master the basics and grow from there. Ask a ton of questions and use the software all day everyday.
      Last edited by Drew; October 20, 2011, 02:22 AM. Reason: Cant Spell!!
      Andrew Harp
      BIM Manager GHD
      If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
      If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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        #4
        Thanks Guys
        I just ordered a couple of books on Amazon, Mastering AutoDsk Revit, I must admit I have had my eye on that one for the past week.
        Also ordered, Revit Arch No experience needed. It looked quite good when I checked it out.
        That will keep me going for a while.
        I want to make the move completely to Revit and just bite the bullet, I did this with AutoCad when I started.
        Like you said Ross, I think it's just better to think it straight off.
        Just a quick one, How do I set up my profile so I get email notification if I'm not on the forum?
        Thanks Guys
        D

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          #5
          Originally posted by Dodge View Post
          Just a quick one, How do I set up my profile so I get email notification if I'm not on the forum?
          Thanks Guys
          D
          Settings/General Settings and check the Receive Email box (I think that's what it's called)

          edit: it's actually Settings/General Settings/Default Thread Subscription Mode/Instantly Using Email (or Daily, or Weekly)

          you're better off to just pop in 3 or 4 times a day IMO
          Dave Jones
          Moderator
          "I am NOT a Revit tutor!"
          Last edited by Dave Jones; October 20, 2011, 03:15 AM. Reason: fixed email direction
          I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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            #6
            There are also tons of free video tutorials online. Good place to start is 132 Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Tutorial Videos

            Also Check out the Tip and Tricks Forum. The index is http://www.revitforum.org/tutorials-...ps-tricks.html

            Cheers,

            Ian
            Ian Kidston
            http://allextensions.com.au

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              #7
              Highly recommend Mastering Autodesk Revit by Paul F Aubin. :thumbsup:
              Mark Balsom

              If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.

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                #8
                Thanks for all your help guys
                D

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post

                  ...you're better off to just pop in 3 or 4 times a day IMO
                  or just have it open in your browser 24 hours a day :laugh:
                  There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by elton williams View Post
                    or just have it open in your browser 24 hours a day :laugh:
                    I never log out of RFO. Even if I restart my computer my Firefox starts automatically and restores all of my tabs and logins so while I may blink out and in every month or so, other than that I'm here watching the action 24/7
                    I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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