BIM Curriculum Unit 1 – BIM Basics

Lesson 1: Modeling Building Elements

In this lesson, students explore basics techniques for using the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to create a building information model of a simple structure—a one-story residence. They will learn how to:

  • Model exterior and interior walls.
  • Add doors and windows to the walls.
  • Create simple floor and roof elements.
  • View the completed building model.

Lesson 2: Building Envelope

In this lesson, students will explore how to use the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to place and work with the elements that compose a building envelope. They will learn how to:

  • Model wall types and design features.
  • Create new wall types and edit their structure.
  • Place and adjust the properties of doors, windows, and wall openings.
  • Create roofs with different shapes and slopes.

 

Lesson 3: Curtain Systems

In this lesson, students explore techniques for working with curtain walls and the elements that define a complete curtain system—panels, grids, and mullions. They will learn how to:

  • Specify the layout and spacing of the curtain wall elements for new curtain wall systems and how to modify existing ones.
  • Explore the design options available for customizing grid patterns, panel materials, and panel types.

 

Lesson 4: Interiors and Circulation

In this lesson, students explore techniques for creating several types of common circulation elements for multistory buildings, including stairs, elevators, and ramps. They will learn how to:

  • Create simple examples demonstrating circulation techniques.
  • Edit and customize elements as needed to model more complex conditions.
  • Add railings at floor edges and around floor openings.

 

Lesson 5: Fixtures, Fittings, and Furniture

In this lesson, students explore techniques for creating and adapting components to model fixtures, fittings, and furniture. They will learn how to:

  • Create in-place components to model project-specific elements and geometries.
  • Adapt existing component families to meet their needs by adding and removing forms as well as assigning materials.
  • Create new component families and add parameters that enable them to dynamically resize the components and change their materials.

 

Lesson 6: Views and Visualization

In this lesson, students explore the tools available in the Autodesk® Revit® software to create several types of common project views and specify the information that appears in them. Students will learn how to:

  • Create 2D views of their building model, such as plans, elevations, and sections—creating new views from scratch and duplicating existing views.
  • Create 3D views by duplicating and editing the default 3D orthographic view.
  • Customize the information presented in those views.

 

Lesson 7: Materials, Lighting, and Rendering

In this lesson, students explore how to use Autodesk® Revit® software to adjust the appearance of the building model elements that appear in their 2D and 3D views. They will learn how to:

  • Assign materials to model elements through object styles, type properties, and instance properties.
  • Adjust the render appearance of materials to display realistic views.
  • Render views to create realistic views in daylight and artificial lighting conditions.

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