Professional | ~4 hr. 30 min.

3D Modeling Foundations and Substructure

Course | Skill builder
Discover the principles of structural foundations in Revit and their interactions with elements like columns and walls.
Last updated: October 25, 2023


Explore possibilities in structural design using Revit. Learn how to work with isolated foundations and their interactions with structural elements. Take your knowledge further by examining wall foundations with an emphasis on family types and analysis. Bring these concepts together by understanding how to create and work with floors and foundation slabs before adding concrete joins and a custom pad foundation.

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

  • Work with isolated foundations, piles, and pile caps.
  • Create family types for foundations and walls.
  • View and understand the analytical model.
  • Use Dynamo player to create a piling schedule.
  • Create foundation slab types and work with slab edges.
  • Add slopes and drainage points to slabs.
  • Create an elevator pit.
  • Create and upstand around a structural floor.
  • Join cast in-place concrete foundations to other structural elements.
  • Create an in-place foundation for a custom pad foundation.
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Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started
Course Module

Getting started

~2 hr. 20 min.
Isolated foundations
Course Module

Isolated foundations carry and spread concentrated loads. Several types of isolated foundations can be loaded from the Revit family library, including pile caps with multiple piles, rectangular piles, and single piles.

~40 min.
Wall foundations
Course Module

Foundation walls provide support for the entire structure of a building. Discover how to add solid foundation walls, then learn how to add retaining wall foundations.

~1 hr. 40 min.
Structural floors and foundation slabs
Course Module

Slabs, basements, and crawl spaces are the three main foundation systems used in houses. Discover how to create foundation slab family types and work with slab edges.

~15 min.
Joining concrete foundation
Course Module

Join structural foundations to other structural elements and see how this affects material qualities and drawings.

~4 hr.
Final test
Course Module

Final test


This course will retire December 13, 2023

This course will retire on December 13, 2023 — but great news! You'll find our latest tutorials on Be sure to complete the course and download your certificate of completion by December 13th or your progress will be lost.

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