Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a project using Revit templates, part of Revit 2020: Essential Training for MEP (Imperial).
- [Instructor] Let's start a project, shall we? This simple task is the underpinning of our workflow. Making you're starting your project with the correct template is crucial to your experience as the project progresses. Different companies are going to have different templates that are going to be used. For the benefit of this course, however, we'll be using the default Revit electrical template. The basic MEP templates are loaded as a default when you install Revit. The objective of this video is to find the correct templates needed to get started and take a quick look at the Revit interface.
So to begin, let's jump into Revit. And they have successfully changed their splash screen. To get started with a new project, we come over to Models. You can either open a recent model that you had. You can click on a model here that you've recently been working on. Or what I'd like to do is go to the New tab right here. So under Models, let's go New. We'll get a New Project dialog.
If we click the drop-down, we'll see we have a few different templates. The one I'd like to use is not here. That's okay. Click on the Browse button. This will bring you to your Template folder, either in the Imperial or the Metric folder. I'd like to select Electrical Default.rte. Let's click Open. Electrical Default. Now we want to create a new project, not a project template, so let's create new project and click OK.
So let's explain a little bit about what's in a template. Because we chose the electrical template, that means we want to provide electrical modeling. So you'll notice in the project browser, which we'll get to in depth throughout this course, you'll see we have Electrical, Lighting, Floor Plans. We have two Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, a couple Power Plans. We can make more of these. We can delete the ones that are here. But it's a start. For example, if I was to go down to 1 - Power under Floor Plan, because I chose the right template, all of our components for electrical will be loaded.
For example, if I go to Systems and I want to draw some Cable Tray, I can click Cable Tray. And I can choose from a bunch of different Cable Tray types. If I chose a mechanical template, these Cable Trays probably would not be here. I can click Ladder Cable Tray and just draw whatever Cable Tray I feel like drawing. And of course we will get into Cable Tray in depth as well. All of our fittings are loaded, and we're just ready to model.
I'm going to delete what I just put in. So I'm going to pick a window around all of my stuff. Simply hit the Delete key. That's just an example. Now what I'd like to do is just do a quick Save As. If we click the Save button, this will force us to do a Save As. Or we can go to the File tab, and we can go to Save As, Project. Browse to where you're keeping your Exercise Files.
I just want to call this Electrical Project. Before you hit Save, though, click the Options button. It gives a maximum backups. What happens is each time in Revit if you hit the Save button, it saves a backup. It's a snapshot at that point of time. If you click the Save button again and you have more than one backup selected, it will preserve the first backup and create a new one at the point that you saved. If you save again, it'll have two backups in an old state and one in the current state that you saved it in.
I like to just have one backup. Click OK. Click Save. And that's it. Ready to start a project.
- Electrical features
- Mechanical features
- Plumbing features
- Fire protection features
- Adopting Revit into your workflow
- Creating detailed views
- Importing details
- Creating sheets
- Controlling revisions
- MEP fabrication parts