Conference Sessions: Materials

Finish Strong! Using Parts and Materials in Autodesk Revit to Designate FinishesClick to Open

Level: Intermediate

If you have tried to use Autodesk Revit software to produce finish plans or interior elevations, you may have found it challenging to develop an acceptable workflow. Many approaches are often employed; using materials, split face, and paint or simply using text notes and symbols. Each of these approaches has its benefits and its limitations. However, without one consistently reliable approach, the project team can suffer. Developments in recent releases of Revit offer a compelling alternative. Revit 2012 introduced parts and 2013 has overhauled materials. While neither of these feature enhancements was specifically designed for designating finishes, you can nonetheless build a very compelling workflow with parts and materials being the central component of the workflow. In this class, we will look at parts, understand their features, and couple them with the new materials functionality to make a very compelling workflow for designating and documenting finishes in your architectural and interiors projects.

Managing and Creating Custom Revit MaterialsClick to Open

Level: Intermediate

In this session you’ll gain the skills you need to begin getting the most out of your Revit Material Libraries. Learn to create and manage material libraries and share them with any Revit project or family. Create custom procedural materials and even image-based materials from your own photographs.
All model elements in Revit use materials, but if you like many Revit users, you have probably not spent much time in the Material Editor beyond simply selecting from the existing list. Considering how many times the factory has redesigned the material editor in recent years, it is no wonder that most users have tried to steer clear. In this session, we will take a look at the material editor (which is now unchanged over the last couple releases). We will explore how to manage our material library, locate existing materials, add them to projects, families and more importantly to customized libraries that we can share with our teams. Next we will explore how to create custom materials. If you have always assumed that to get really robust materials that you had to leave Revit and use 3ds max or similar products, you might be surprised at just how much complexity is hidden away in the Revit material editor. We’ll explore both standard procedural textures and creating custom materials using photographs of real life materials. At the end of this session you will have the skills you need to begin getting the most out of your Revit Material Libraries.

Revit For Interiors: Essential SkillsClick to Open

Level: Basic

Are you an interior designer thinking about using Revit? If so, wait no longer. Revit is a terrific tool for interior design. In this session, we’ll explore some of the essential skills you will need to begin. We’ll look at creating Revit models and setting up grids. We’ll add walls, doors and FFE. Place rooms and load them up with useful data and then use that data to help build schedules, create color fill plans, finish plans and quickly place room tags. And of course we’ll talk about importing CAD files too. Wrap it up with some export options and when you leave here you will be ready to begin your first Revit interiors project. If you are already using Revit for interiors, there will be some tips for you too, but this class is aimed at those just getting started. Wait no more! See for yourself what Revit has to offer.

Make a Strong Finish! Revit Interiors and FinishesClick to Open

Level: Basic

Sure Revit can do walls, doors and even furniture…but what about finishes? If you are responsible for interior design and have tried using Revit to produce finish plans or interior elevations, you may have come up a little short. Sure Revit has Materials and yes, we are in a BIM world, but material and “finish” are not the same thing, and modeling is not always the answer. In this class, we will explore how far we can push our Revit model and learn what to do when modeling proves impractical. Want to make detailed finish plans? Want to call out multiple finishes on the same elevation or detail complex floor tile patterns complete with quantities? Revit can do all of this, just maybe not exactly the way you would expect. If you are stalling on giving Revit a try because you assumed it did not do much for interiors, think again. Come to this class and see how Revit can help you make a strong finish (plan)!