CEE 120B/220B:
Software Tools to Install
CEE 120B/220B:
Software Tools to Install

CEE 120B/220B: Software Tools to Install

Please install these software tools on your personal computer, so you can work on the class modules and design projects from anywhere.

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You are highly encouraged to install the free software on your own computers. If that’s not possible: - The computers in Y2E2 184 all have the software installed and ready to use. - Stanford offers a cloud-based virtual machine service (stanford.apporto.com) that enables you to access the software from any web browser.
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CAUTION: While it’s very convenient to use the cloud-based virtual machines, you cannot always count on the software being available this way. If you experience problems with using Apporto to access the software, you can: - Try connecting again in a few minutes. - Use the computers in Y2E2 184. As with any cloud-based service, you cannot rely on it to always be working. Be resilient and have backup strategies for when the web service is not available. Problems with using software or the Apporto service will not be accepted as a valid excuse for late assignment submissions.

Follow these steps to set up your computer to use all the software tools that we’ll be using in class.

Sign Up for an Autodesk ID
  • If you already have a student Autodesk ID from another class, you’re all set.
  • If you haven’t created a student Autodesk ID (or if you’re currently using one that created for your workplace), sign up for a new student Autodesk ID by following these steps:
  • Notes about Autodesk IDs
    • Most students use their Stanford email address as their Autodesk ID.
    • If you already have a student Autodesk ID from another school, you can continue to use it or sign up for a new one.
    • You can create as many Autodesk IDs as you like -- but if you use an email address that is not recognized as being from an educational institution, Autodesk may ask you to provide additional documentation of your student students (for example, an image of your student ID) to confirm that you are eligible for their free education offerings.
    • If you need to create a second Autodesk ID, you can create an alias to your Stanford email address and then use this alias to create another Autodesk ID.

PC Users

To use the building modeling tools on your computer, you’ll need a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or newer.  You can check the properties on your computer by right-clicking on the "My Computer" or "This PC" icon in Windows Explorer, then choosing Properties from the pop-up menu.

If you already have a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or newer on your computer, you do not need to download a newer version.  Skip to the next step.

Many Students Can Download Windows for Free

Stanford students

Mac Users
All Users
Install Autodesk Revit 2023
  • Go to the Windows OS environment on your computer:
    • On your Windows computer
    • In Bootcamp
    • Or in your Parallels virtual environment
Activate Your Software
  • When you open the Autodesk software for the first time, you will be prompted to login using your Autodesk ID to confirm your eligibility to use the software.

Install the Autodesk Sample Content Libraries

Revit 2021 and newer releases DO NOT install the Autodesk Sample Content Libraries as part of the default installation, so you need to install the sample Revit families separately.  You can do that two ways:

If your disk space is limited, you may want to download these Revit families as needed -- one at a time. To to that:
  • Open Revit Application.
  • Switch to the Insert tab in the ribbon, and open the Load Autodesk Family tool (Insert > Load from Library > Load Autodesk Family).
  • Browse or search for the Revit Family that you’d like to load, then click the Load button.
If you have disk space available, it’s typically more convenient to download and install the entire Autodesk Content Library (which includes all the sample Revit families) on your computer all at once. To do that:

Install all Updates to Autodesk Software

After installing the Revit application,  be sure to run the Autodesk Desktop App from the Autodesk folder in your Start menu to install the latest product updates.

  • Close the Revit application.
  • Open the Autodesk Desktop app.
  • Login using your Autodesk ID.
  • Go to the Updates tab and click ALL of the Update buttons to install ALL of the Revit-related product updates and Revit extensions.
  • If your software is already up-to-date, the list of available updates may be empty.

Troubleshooting