Professional | ~7 hr.

Families and Parameters for Structural Design

Course | Skill builder
Learn why Revit families and parameters are important and how you can apply them to real-world structural projects. 


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.

Course modules

~2 min.
Getting started

Getting started

~45 min.
Work with families for structural design

Use families and set up reference planes and parameters to control your parametric geometry.

~2 hr. 5 min.
Work with parameters for structural design

Discover how parameters are used to control the parametric nature of Revit elements in a project.

~1 hr. 35 min.
Create solids and voids for structural design

Use modeling tools within the family editor and understand the key differences between solid and voids. Then, use profiles for sweeps and blends.

~2 hr. 25 min.
Build structural content

Build structural content such as base plates, pile caps, retaining walls, plate girders, and precast elements.

~20 min.
Final test

Final test

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