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Families and Parameters for Structural Design

Learn why Revit families and parameters are important and how you can apply them to real-world structural projects. 
Software used in this course:
  • Revit

Overview

Nearly every element in a Revit project is a family. Understanding how to create and use families is essential to any successful structural project. The parameters that define and modify elements give better control over families and allow you to work seamlessly in a BIM environment. Learn how to apply Revit families and parameters to your structural projects.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the key differences between family, shared, and global parameters, and how to use them effectively in projects.
  • Create and edit family parameters and shared parameters, add tags, and create schedules.
  • Use solid and void forms to create structural elements.
  • Create and work with profiles by adding parameters to control shape.
  • Create structural families, including retaining walls, concrete piles, pile caps, and precast beams.
    1

    Getting started

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    Course overview
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    Get the software
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    Course resources
    2

    Work with families

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    Lesson overview
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    About families
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    Family templates
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    Practice exercise
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    Work with reference plane
    3

    Work with parameters

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    Lesson overview
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    About parameters
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    Create parameters
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    Create family types and load into a project
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    Practice exercise 1
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    About shared parameters
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    Create shared parameters
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    Work with categories
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    Create a tag family
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Challenge exercise
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    Create solids and voids

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    Lesson overview
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    About solid and void forms
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    Create a column capital
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    Create a structural opening
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    Practice exercise
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    Test the structural opening
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    Create a chamfer profile
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    Create a wall reveal
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    Challenge exercise
    5

    Build structural content

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    Lesson overview
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    Retaining wall: Create a retaining wall
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    Retaining wall: Model a retaining wall
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    Concrete pile: Create a cast in place pile
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    Concrete pile: Nest detail components
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    Practice exercise 1
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    Pile cap: Control spacing and layout
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    Pile cap: Nest families and add symbolic lines
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    Profile family: Create a precast beam profile—Set up reference planes
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    Profile family: Create a precast beam profile—Add parameters and create lines
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    Practice exercise 2
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    Precast beam: Create a type catalog
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    Precast beam: Create a precast beam
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    Precast beam: Use a precast beam in a project
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    Challenge exercise
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    Final test

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    Start your final test