Revit Essentials (BIM)- Architecture, Structural & MEP

Course ID:               GIBD0700
Course Duration:   35 Hours / 0 PDU


What is BIM?

There are many definitions of Building Information Modeling (BIM), but it is simply the means by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model. Modeling an asset in digital form enables those who interact with the building to optimize their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset.

Through BIM the UK construction industry is undergoing its very own digital revolution. BIM is a way of working; it is information modeling and information management in a team environment, all team members should be working to the same standards as one another. BIM creates value from the combined efforts of people, process and technology.


How can BIM help you?

BIM brings together all of the information about every component of a building, in one place. It makes it possible for anyone to access that information for any purpose, e.g. to integrate different aspects of the design more effectively. In this way, the risk of mistakes or discrepancies is reduced, and abortive costs minimized.

BIM data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle, from cradle to cradle, from inception and design to demolition and materials reuse. Spaces, systems, products and sequences can be shown in relative scale to each other and, in turn, relative to the entire project. And by signaling conflict detection BIM prevents errors creeping in at the various stages of development/construction. 

What is a BIM object?

What is a BIM object? A BIM object is a combination of many things:

Information content that defines a product

Product properties, such as thermal performance

Geometry representing the product’s physical characteristics

Visualization data giving the object a recognizable appearance

Functional data, such as detection zones, that enables the object to be positioned and behave in the same manner as the product itself.


About Revit® 

In this course, teaches you the core building information modeling (BIM) skills you need to complete solid architectural drawings in Revit 2015.

First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, including its context ribbons, property palettes, and views, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design.

Then get to modeling:

Adding walls, doors, and windows; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets; and working with floors, roofs, and ceilings.

We also shows advanced techniques for drawing stairs, complex walls, and partially obscured building elements, as well as adding rooms and solid geometry.

Finally, discover how to annotate your drawing so all the components are perfectly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.

Topics include:

  • What is BIM?
  • Understanding Revit element hierarchy
  • Navigating views
  • Creating a new project from a template
  • Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
  • Adding walls, doors, and windows
  • Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
  • Linking AutoCAD DWG files
  • Rotating and aligning Revit links
  • Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
  • Adding openings
  • Adding railings and extensions to stairs
  • Creating stacked and curtain walls
  • Hiding and isolating objects
  • Adding rooms
  • Creating schedule views and tags
  • Adding text and dimensions
  • Creating new families
  • Plotting and creating a PDF

Course Content

  • Introducing Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Working in one model with many views
  • Understanding Revit element hierarchy

Getting Comfortable with the Revit Environment

  • Understanding the different versions of Revit
  • The Recent Files screen and the application menu
  • Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
  • Understanding context ribbons
  • Using the Properties palette
  • Stacking properties and project palettes
  • Using the Project Browser
  • Navigating views (Zoom, Pan, and Rotate)
  • Selection and modifying basics
  • Understanding selection toggles
  • Accessing Revit options
  • Understanding view extents and crop regions

Starting a Project

  • Creating a new project from a template
  • Accessing multiuser work-sharing projects
  • Configuring project settings
  • Adding levels
  • Adding grids
  • Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
  • Adding columns

Modeling Basics

  • Adding walls
  • Using snaps
  • Wall properties and types
  • Locating walls
  • Using the modify tools
  • Adding doors and windows
  • Using constraints
  • Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
  • Using Autodesk Seek
  • Wall joins

Links, Imports, and Groups

  • Linking AutoCAD DWG files
  • Creating topography from a DWG link
  • Understanding CAD inserts
  • Import tips
  • Creating a group
  • Mirroring groups to create a layout
  • Creating Revit links
  • Rotating and aligning a Revit link
  • Establishing shared coordinates
  • Managing links
  • Understanding file formats

Sketch-Based Modeling Components

  • Working with floors
  • Working with footprint roofs
  • Working with ceilings
  • Working with extrusion roofs
  • Attaching walls to roofs
  • Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
  • Working with slope arrows
  • Adding openings


  • Working with stairs
  • Adding railings to stairs
  • Working with component-based stairs
  • Adding extensions to railings

Complex Walls

  • Creating a custom basic wall type
  • Understanding stacked walls
  • Adding curtain walls
  • Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
  • Creating wall sweeps and reveals
  • Model lines

Visibility and Graphic Controls

  • Using object styles
  • Working with visibility and graphic overrides
  • Using view templates
  • Hiding and isolating objects in a model
  • Understanding view range
  • Displaying objects above and below in plan views
  • Using the Line work tool
  • Using cutaway views


  • Adding rooms
  • Controlling room numbering
  • Understanding room bounding elements

Schedules and Tags

  • Understanding tags
  • Adding schedule views
  • Modifying schedule views
  • Creating a key schedule

Annotation and Details

  • Adding text
  • Adding dimensions
  • Adding legend views
  • Creating a detail callout
  • Adding detail components
  • Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
  • Adding filled and masking regions

The Basics of Families

  • Understanding families
  • Creating a new family from a template
  • Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
  • Adding solid geometry
  • Cutting holes using void geometry
  • Adding blends
  • Completing the family

Sheets, Plotting, and Publishing

  • Adding sheets
  • Working with placeholder sheets
  • Aligning views with a guide grid
  • Outputting sheets to a DWF file
  • Exporting to AutoCAD
  • Plotting and creating a PDF

 Who should attend?

 This course is mainly intended for Structural Engineers or Draftsmen who are new to the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in general and Revit Structure in particular. Other people who have some basic modeling understanding may also attend if they wish to firmly grasp the essential concepts of Revit Structure.