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Modeling Building Elements

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 1.1.1: Modeling Exterior and Interior Walls

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create walls by picking their location line and sketching them in a plan view.
  • Change the orientation of walls that have been placed.
Figure 1.1.1 - Placing exterior walls

Video Tutorial

Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson1_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Continue adding exterior and interior walls to the building model shown in the video tutorial, using the underlay drawing as a guide to determine their location.
  • Open the Ground Floor plan view.
  • Create new exterior walls using the Generic 8" wall type. Place the walls by setting the location line to Finish Face:Exterior and tracing the outer edge of the walls shown in the underlay drawing.
  • Add new interior walls using the Generic 3" wall type. Place the walls by setting the location line to either the Finish Face:Exterior or Finish Face:Interior and tracing the corresponding edge of the walls shown in the underlay drawing.

 

Figure 1.1.2 - Completed exterior walls of residence

Exercise 1.1.2: Adding Doors and Windows

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Add doors and windows to a building model by choosing their type and placing components in host walls.
  • Change door and window placement.
  • Change door and window height properties.
Figure 1.1.3 - Adding window elements with proper height

Video Tutorial



Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson1_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Continue adding interior and exterior doors to the building model shown in the video tutorial at the locations indicated the underlay drawing. The door types and sizes needed are shown in the legend that appears in the plan view.
  • Add windows to the east exterior wall at the locations indicated in the underlay drawing. Use the window types and sizes shown in the window type legend that appears in the plan view.
  • Set the head height property for all windows to be 7 feet.

 

Figure 1.1.4 - Door and window elements placed in the project model

Exercise 1.1.3: Creating Roofs and Floors

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create roofs based on the building footprint.
  • Sketch a roof boundary and selecting the slope-defining edges.
  • Set the roof level and slope instance properties.
Figure 1.1.5 - Creating a basic roof and choosing slope-defining edges

Video Tutorial



Student Exercise

Download Unit1_Lesson1_Exercise3_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit 
  • Open the Living Area Roof Level plan view.
  • Create a new roof over the living areas of the project model by tracing the footprint indicated by the red model lines that appear in the view. These lines show the outer boundary of the roof, and all edges should be slope-defining with a slope of 3" / 12".
  • Open the Carport Roof Level plan view.
  • Place a flat roof over the carport area by tracing the outer boundary indicated by the blue model lines shown in the view.

 

Figure 1.1.6 - Finished sloping and flat roof over the project model