Denver architect Brian Juge and BIM specialist Tony Crawford led one of the first classes at Autodesk University called “Zero to CD in 90 minutes with Revit.”

They started the presentation with tips on how to use Revit for beginners.

Here are some of those tips.

CAD vs. BIM workload curve

As the construction process goes along it’s harder to make changes and it gets more expensive, as seen by the popular graph above.

Shifting your time and effort “to the left” sooner in your design process, can save time on each project. One of the primary ways to do this is through Revit templates.

The exact tools that you include in your template will depend on your specific needs. Revit makes this possible with templates because redundant work from project to project is limited.

Create Templates

If you have a good template, you save time, meaning you reduce effort and costs. Juge and Crawford have invested a lot of time on their templates.

The more time you put into setting up your project template, the more time you can save on each future project.

Your templates set up the data you want:

  • Parameters
  • Families
  • The drawing sheets
  • The plan (top) and elevation (side) view of your model.

Stop repeating yourself

Here’s their main point.

Any schedules you repeat you can put in a Revit template. Any type of workflow you do for every project, you should put into a template.

A schedule is basically a spreadsheet of your data. For example, you could have a schedule or the data of every door in your building.

If you’re starting a new similar project, you can either start from scratch and build the data needed for doors, or you can have a template with the saved data.
Anything that you might repeat in any future project should be added to your template.

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The Hard Part

You’ve got to go through this step.

You have to tag all your elements and make every item unique.

It takes time. But if you don’t do it you might as well just use AutoCAD.

Other tedious tasks include:

  • Annotation tags
  • Symbols
  • Text styles
  • Dimension styles
  • Legends

Linking AutoCAD to Revit 

Be careful.  This is not a best practice. You don’t want to have too many AutoCAD links. AutoCAD files can have a lot of baggage in them and potentially crash Revit.

Sometimes it’s inevitable to have AutoCAD links, but it’s better to get rid of AutoCAD links completely.

#1 Thing to Do: Get Started

Just get started. Just do a project. Hunker down. Bite the bullet and get going.

A good place to start is with your last project. Just get it in Revit so you can start making your templates.

Check out HingePoint’s Revit eBooks to learn more.