Some architects like to begin their design in CAD software tools. CAD drawings are then imported/linked in Revit to be used as references/underlay. REVIT model geometry is then built by tracing over elements in CAD file. Another popular reason to import CAD files into Revit is to use them for detailing purposes. If you already have some details drafted in CAD, you may import them in Drafting view and use them in Revit. These imported details will not be converted to Revit details and thus would lack the features of Revit. But, you can still use them as they are.

You can either import a CAD file or you can link it. If you expect the CAD file to change, it is best to link it. If the CAD file is revised, then you can simply reload the linked files in Revit and see those changes. However, if you do not expect the CAD file to change, it is best to Import it.

Video Tutorial

Learn how to link layouts created in a CAD drawing into Revit with this Video Tutorial – by Balkan Architect

Step by Step Guide

Practice Tutorial

To further practice your skills in linking a CAD drawing, please use the Tutorial below. In this tutorial, you will learn to,

  • To prepare CAD file before importing
  • To link a CAD file in Revit
  • Move tool
  • PIN/UNPIN tool
  • Controlling the visibility of the CAD file
  • Manage the linked CAD file

Practice Tutorial: Link CAD Drawing

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Import/Link DWG file

Truss in Revit is a loadable family that consists of sub elements such as top chord, bottom chord and web members. The family is a 2D profile assembly made from these elements. When you load the family into the project, you can assign which structural framing member(beam family) to use for each of these sub elements in the type properties of the truss. Each member can individually be selected and edited as well.

Video Tutorial

Learn about how to add a truss to a project with this Video Tutorial – by Balkan Architect

Learn how to add a truss and attach it to other elements in the project with this Video Tutorial – by Autodesk. Although, this tutorial has been created using Revit 2011, the method shown here is applicable for all Revit versions 2011 and above.

Learn about how to create a custom Truss family with this Video Tutorial – by Balkan Architect

Step by Step Guide

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Modeling Truss

Beam Systems in Revit allow you to quickly create structural beams that contain a series of individual beams placed in parallel to the model.

Video Tutorial

Learn about creating beam systems in your project using this Video Tutorial – By Autodesk Building Solutions. Although, this tutorial has been created using Revit Structures 2011, the method shown applied to all Revit versions 2011 and above too.

Learn how to create beam systems and structural floor in this video tutorial – by Autodesk Building Solutions

Step by Step Guide

Practice Tutorial

To further practice your skills in modeling beam system, please use the Tutorial below. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a beam system.

Practice Tutorial: “Modeling Beam System

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Modeling Beam Systems

Beams area under the category Structural Framing in Revit. For a typical building structure, it is better to add Grids and Columns before adding Structural beams to your project for easier references. When adding a beam to a plan view, adjust the View Range so that the bottom clip plane is below the current level. This will allow the visibility of the beams in your view. Alternatively, you can also use a structural template where the view range is already adjusted to view the beams.

Video Tutorial

Learn about how to adjust the view range of your plan view and add beams to your project using this Video Tutorial – by TRUSS

Learn about how to add steel beams to your project with this Video Tutorial – by Autodesk Building Solutions

Step by Step Guide

Practice Tutorial

To further practice your skills in modeling beams, please use the Tutorial below. In this tutorial, you will learn,

  • To create an underlay
  • To add a structural beam/framing
  • To adjust the height of the wall using offset values
  • To convert architectural walls into structural walls
  • Temporary Hide/Isolate tool

Practice Tutorial: “Modeling Beams

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Modeling Structural Beams

There are two types of columns in Revit:

  1. Structural Columns
  2. Architectural Columns

As their name suggests, use the structural columns to add load-bearing vertical elements to the model and use architectural columns to add decorative vertical elements. Structural elements such as beams, braces, and isolated foundations join to structural columns; they do not join to architectural columns.

Video Tutorial

Learn about how to add architectural columns and structural columns with this Video Tutorial – by Autodesk

Step by Step Guide

Practice Tutorial

To further practice your skills in modeling columns, please use the Tutorial below. In this tutorial, you will learn,

  • To place a structural column
  • To place an architectural column

Practice Tutorial: “Modeling Columns

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Modeling Columns