Intro to BIM For Architecture – Modeling Basics

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Learn basic techniques for creating building information models, including: building elements, building envelope, curtain systems, interiors and circulation, and creating families.

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This publication is targeted to architecture students and educators. It includes video tutorials, exercises and assessment questions that support the courses an Architect student will take.

Learning Objectives

This unit presents many of the fundamental concepts of creating BIM models through the application of the tools in Revit Architecture. The features presented are a small subset of the full range available in the Autodesk® Revit platform, specifically focusing on creating new models and displaying them in ways suitable for various applications

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Basics of Building Information Modeling

To appreciate the key features and value introduced by building information modeling (BIM), it is helpful to look back at the history of design communication and how building modeling has been used in that process.

Modeling Building Elements

In this lesson, students explore basics techniques for using the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to create a building information model of a simple structure—a one-story residence.

Building Envelope

In this lesson, students will explore how to use the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to place and work with the elements that compose a building envelope.

Curtain Systems

In this lesson, students explore techniques for working with curtain walls and the elements that define a complete curtain system—panels, grids, and mullions.

Interiors and Circulation

In this lesson, students explore techniques for creating several types of common circulation elements for multistory buildings, including stairs, elevators, and ramps.

Families and Components

In this lesson, students explore techniques for creating and adapting components to model fixtures, fittings, and furniture.  

Views and Visualization

In this lesson, students explore the tools available in the Autodesk® Revit® software to create several types of common project views and specify the information that appears in them

Rendering, Lights and Materials

In this lesson, students explore how to use Autodesk® Revit® software to adjust the appearance of the building model elements that appear in their 2D and 3D views.


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