In this tutorial, we will talk about creating Building Pads and adding Site components (such as trees, bench, street lights, parking spaces, etc).
To flatten a piece of land on your site in order to position your building, use building pads. Building pads can only e created on a Toposurface. Revit will be able to automatically fill/cut the Toposurface in order to position the building pad on the specified elevation.
Learn about creating a building pad with this Video Tutorial – by Autodesk
Site components are components whose host is a Toposurface. You can add Site Components such as trees and other plantings, landscape elements such as bench, street light, etc, Logistics elements such as parking spaces, vehicles, etc and other site development components.
Learn about creating a toposurface by defining points in this video tutorial – by Autodesk
Create a Toposurface with Points File:
Sometimes, you receive a points data file from the Site Surveyor using which you may like to create a topographical surface in Revit. Before importing the points file, please ensure that your imported file matches the following requirements:
The points file must be in a comma-delimited file format (a CSV or TXT file).
The file must contain x, y, and z coordinate numbers as the first numeric values in the file.
Any additional numeric information for a point must occur after the x, y, and z coordinate values.
Most surveyors or site engineers use CAD to collect the data points for the topography survey. If you have received a DWG file that you would like to import in Revit and create your toposurface, you can use the tutorial below.
Learn about how to create a toposurface from a DWG file with this Video Tutorial – by Autodesk. Although, this tutorial is created using Revit 2011 version, the method shown here is also applicable to other Revit versions 2011 and above.
Learn about how to grab real world geo-location sites from SketchUp, convert them to DWG and bring them to Revit using this video tutorial – by HowNowVideos
Create subregions in Toposurface
If you would like to mark up an area on your toposurface that contains a different material such as green spot of grass, parking lot, road, etc, you can create a subregion. A subregion adapts to the contours of the toposurface and is dependent on it. Thus, if you delete the toposurface, the subregion also gets deleted.
Learn about the difference between Split Surface and Subregion with this Video Tutorial – by emanuel Kantbronce
Learn about how to merge two toposurface with this Video Tutorial – by John Bordeau
Create a Graded Region
Graded regions are created when you want to compare your original toposurface with the proposed site design. Revit will mark the existing surface as demolished phase and a copy of it will be created as a new surface in the current phase for you to work on the proposed site design. You can later compare these two surfaces to calculate total cut/fill volumes.
Learn how to create a graded region with this video tutorial – by Autodesk
Report Cut/Fill Volumes
Revit can report cut and fill volumes on a site by comparing two surfaces from different phases. Creating a graded region is a helpful tool to create a copy of the toposurface in the current phase and work on the proposed site development which can then be compared with the original toposurface.
Learn about how to calculate cut/fill volumes with this video tutorial – by Autodesk
Use property lines to mark the area of your property on Site. Property lines automatically calculate the area of the property and can be tagged, scheduled as well as exported. By default, the property lines are visible only on Site plan. To enable its visibility on other view, adjust Visibility Graphics.
Learn how to create a property line by adding distances and bearings from a site survey and add setbacks to the site plan with this video tutorial – by Jonathan Falkinburg
The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) is a platform neutral, open file format specification developed by buildingSMART to facilitate interoperability in architecture, engineering and construction industry. It is commonly used collaboration format in Building Information Modeling projects and allows exchange of BIM models between different software platforms.
Learn how to link IFC model into Revit with this Video Tutorial – by CADLearning
Step by Step Guide
Link an IFC File – Use this option if you want to use IFC file as a reference for your BIM model
Open an IFC File Use this option if you want to convert the IFC model into a Revit model.
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Revit allows importing SkethUp files both in a project as well as in a family. You can choose to import the SketchUp projects in a mass family which will allow you to use massing tools and convert imported 3D faces to walls, floors, etc.
Learn more about how to add a 3D warehouse object from SketchUp into Revit with this Video tutorial – by Balkan Architect
Learn more about the workflow of bringing a conceptual design project created in SketchUp into Revit with this Video Tutorial – by Joseph Kim. In this tutorial, get an overview of the new improvements in Revit 2020.1 for working with SketchUp files.
Learn about how to import a SketchUp file into a Revit family with this Video Tutorial – by Joseph Kim