1. April 20     –     Prof. Paul King
  2. April 27     –      Prof. Alexander Aptekar
  3. May 05      –      Prof. Paul King
  4. May 11       –     Prof. Alexander Aptekar
  5. May 18      –      Prof. Alexander Aptekar
  6. May 25     –       Prof. Paul King

Link to Course Description:  http://www.citytechce.org/intro-to-revit-18-hour-class.html


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FALL 2017 Intro to Revit Schedule

Intro to Revit, BIM 101-FA16 will take place:


  • 25 Chapel Street, Howard 4th Floor, Room 414

Thursday 6-9 pm

11/10/16 – 12/22/16 (no class 11/24)

11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22


Day 1 Revit & Scavenger Hunt Agenda
Scavenger Hunt Introduction Tutorial
Scavenger Hunt Annotation Tutorial
Instructions: Download this file and remove the ppt extension so the file ends with .rvt
Revit version 2014
Revit File
day01.rac_basic_sample_project R16.rvt
Instructions: Download this file and remove the ppt extension so the file ends with .rvt
Revit version 2016
Revit File
Instructions: Download this file and remove the ppt extension so the file ends with .rvt
Revit version 2017
 Revit File


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Class meeting room / building change for May 17th

Intro to Revit, BIM 101 will take place:

May 17th

  • Vorhees Building
  • 186th Jay Street 8th Floor, Room 833

May 24

  • 25 Chapel Street, Howard 4th Floor, Room 414

Security will have a list of students for the class.


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Last day of class is Tuesday the 24th

Would like to hold the last day of class on Tuesday 5/24 at the normal time.

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Scavenger Hunt Starter File


Instructions: OpenLab does not permit the upload of either Autocad or Revit files so I fooled the system.  I added the extension ppt at the end of the Revit file so the website sees it as a PowerPoint file.

Download this file and remove the ppt extension so the file ends with .rvt

Then you will be able to open this file in Revit version 14 or newer.

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Spring 2016 Schedule

BIM101-SP16 (6 – 9 PM)

6 (3-hour long) Classes will meets as follows:
Tuesdays 4/12  4/19  4/26 (rescheduled for 5/25)

5/3  5/10  5/17  5/25 ( Wednesday added)


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Day 1 – Scavenger Hunt Assignments Comments

Several of you were able to print your assignments and forward them to be as PDF’s – this is very helpful to remind be of things we need to cover.

From what I received I will look to include some of these items in our review/lesson on day 2.

Plotting – how to print either views or title-blocks & how to format these so that the title-bock is in line with the edge of the paper.

How to control the visual style of the view (wireframe/hidden line or color).  Another good thing to practice is to take the same base file and try to create a sheet intended for presentation – not as a construction document.

Plotting several PDF’s to a single PDF directly within Revit.

Any section of annotation key that is used on a sheet should show and those that are not on sheets should not.  We can cover how to modify the visibility of these objects within a view.

I like to teach students how to put a photo of themselves on the titleblock both as a skill to learn as a useful way of me getting to know each of you. – We can cover this as part of how to customize your sheets.  Time to take a good selfie.

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Day 1 Q & A

Below are answers to some of the questions I received after the first day of class.  I encourage you all to ask questions – I will post the answers here.


  1. Scale. I created duplicates of levels to diversify 1/4″ plans from 1/8″, but I noticed that when I change scale once, all the plans change scale…I might have misunderstood you at class, but I thought that one of the reasons to have duplicates (1st option of the 3 duplicate modes) is to keep notes and dimensions at different scales, since the project grows in complexity and detail. Could you please let me know if I am not doing it correctly?

From your description you created a “duplicate as a dependent” which means that many of the settings of the dependent views are the same including the scale, the visibility of objects and notes. 

If you wish a duplicate to be a different scale you can just use the “duplicate” option. 

If the view you duplicate has notes or dimensions and you wish to copy these as well to the new view use “duplicate with detailing” – the detailing it refers to includes the added annotation (notes and dimensions).  In this case after you complete “duplicate with detailing” the annotation of the two views are independent – meaning you can change one view without affecting the other.

If you do not want to copy the annotation – again just use the basic “duplicate command”.

Before the end of the 6 sessions:

There are always a limit to what we can cover with a limited number of sessions and a limited number of hours.  The speed at which we get through the material is dependent upon the group as I believe it is important to teach everyone and not leave anyone behind.  That being said I have addressed each of your specific questions below:

1. Can we use .dwg drawings or .pdfs or raster images to underlay to create a new Revit project? Will we briefly cover this item at class?

Yes –and these can be found under the Insert Tab or Ribbon in Revit. Different types of image and drawing files can be either linked or imported into Revit.  Keep in mind that these will not have any embedded parametric intelligence and often are discarded after they are traced using Revit objects. Unfortunately you will see that Revit does not support PDF formats directly.  Two workarounds would include re-saving a PDF as an image file (jpg,tif, etc.) or importing it into Autocad – tracing it there and then bringing it into Revit.

One thing you will realize the more you work in Revit is that you will want to discard these links as quickly as possible – meaning that you will eventually find it more effective to trace small keep portions of a drawing and then create the rest directly in Revit.

2. Can you go over how to share a file within a small team? How do you work on a Revit project as a team if there is only one file?

To teach how to properly share a file and set this up for an office is beyond the scope of this class and is something we cover in the advanced course.  The topic requires and entire 3 hour class session to teach properly.   The commands for this are found on the “Collaborate” ribbon/tab.

If this is something you need to setup in your office we can arrange for a visit to your office to teach this to the staff of your office.  Often this ends up reviewing and revising the network structure of an office as id relies upon a solid network backbone and server setup to work properly.

  1. Can you go over briefly on how you manage plotting with Revit? What are the challenges and differences with Autocad? What do we have to keep in mind to get a successful print?

Plotting will be reviewed during the course on more than one day.  I will introduce it at the beginning of the second day to teach everyone how to print their “Scavenger Hunt” sheets to a PDF.

  1. Can Revit save .dwg files? In case we work with consultants that just use Autocad and we need to share backgrounds with them….how do you solve this problem?

Yes you can export a Revit View or Sheet to DWG format.  Remember that this is not the entire Revit Model but either a sheet or a view.  You would have to test the process out within your workflow to see how valuable the process might be.

  1. Will you cover how to create a family/block and/or how to customize a sheet?

The simplest customization we will cover is to take an existing family (for example double swing doors) and to create a new sub family type of a different dimension.  We will cover two additional parts of working with families.  We will learn to customize our own Title blocks and we will also work on a project that brings in an existing family created by a manufacturer and modify it.

We do not cover creating a family from scratch in the first course as this requires learning Revits 3d Modeling tools – something we would need to dedicate and entire class to.  This is something we do cover in the advanced course.

1. As I mentioned at the end of our first class, I will not be able to attend the second class, because of a work commitment I had already. Could I have my friend and coworker Arvin Garay recording your voice during class for me to go over the topics? I am very committed to learn this program and I want to catch up with the rest of class.

Yes you can record for your own use – provided you do not publish this either as a recording or written down without my permission.

  1. I am RA (but not AIA). I was wondering if you can email me a certificate with the continuing education units that I can get through this class at the end of the course.

The certificates are signed by me but distributed by the college.  I will inquire for you to see if it can be emailed – the answer is likely to be yes.

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Fall 2015 Schedule

BIM101-FA15 (6 – 9 PM)

6 (3-hour long) Classes will meets as follows:
Tuesdays 11/3   11/10   11/17   11/24   12/1   12/8




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Spring 2015 Schedule –

BIM101-SP15 (6 – 9 PM)

6 (3-hour long) Classes will meets as follows:
Tuesdays  4/14   4/21  4/28  5/5  5/12  5/19


Cont-Ed Revit Day1 Reference Sheet_Page_1

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