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what's going on guys Balkan architect here and in today's tutorial I'm going to be sharing these 5 tips and tricks for importing DWG or AutoCAD files into Revit so you can can transform your AutoCAD project your 2d plans into a 3d model in Rabbit I'm going to be sharing you with you how to set up the file in CAD before you get into Revit so you don't have any trouble with the file before you start working with it after that I'm going to be talking about the correct way to import and how to do all of the setups then how to position it and lock it in place and after that we're going to be covering all of the visibility graphic settings as well as how to set up the whole view so you can see your floor plan from AutoCAD in the right way and then how to use this plan effectively to model your Revit model ok so that's what we're going to be covering but before I get started I would just like to ask you to like this tutorial it helps me out a lot and if you haven't already I suggest you subscribe because they make the toriel's like this every day and all of these files will be uploaded to my patreon first link in the description and I've been taking a bit of a break so I've been a bit less regular this week I've been a bit sick so I apologize about that ok let's get started so as you can see over here I'm an AutoCAD and here I've just got this simple floor plan and this is what I'm going to be using to demonstrate all the things so as you can see we've got two of these floor plans this is kind of the lower level and this is the first level now if I load this into the rack into Rabbit this will all be placed on a single level so if I ago this will be all on level one for example but this should be in level one and this should be on level two so how do you separate these well you actually need to create two new files so what I like to do is I like to just select one floor plan go ctrl C just for copy and then start a new tab over here just in your drawing go control-v and just place it over here and do the same thing for the other one so just select it to go ctrl C and then go over here ctrl V and place it over here now in this case as you can see let's go back to the first land as you can see it looks like this so according to the stare and according to like the the two floor plans we can see that this corner and this corner of the house or of these two floor floor plans are aligned so to make it easier for you in Revit let's go for drawing one and here we can select this coordinate system select this the center of the coordinate system and we can move it to this place over here do the same thing on drawing too so just select it select here move it to the corner so when we load this into Rabbit and when we place these at different floor plans they'll be exactly above each other at the correct place so that's something you you want to have another thing I like to do in Outlook yet now you can do this in Revit but it's I just prefer to do it in out ok I'll just clean up the drawing of anything that you don't need so for example these annotations over here for the rooms I can delete those and maybe if you have some furniture that you don't want to have I can just select it and delete it over here and then check for all of the layers so are these the letters you want to have so the same thing for this floor plan everything looks right so now it's time to load this into AutoCAD or into rabbit so let's just save these two files so just go you to save and let's go to desktop let's call this yeah let's just call it drawing one and go save and go to drunk to again save drawing to and there we go now we can go into Revit and let's talk about importing properly so just go to your architectural template and once we're here now it's time to load these files so we've got level 1 and that's where our drawing 1 will be going and then we've got level 2 and that's where our a drawing - should be going so just go to level one and now for importing just go here to insert and you have import CAD and link ad so the difference between these two if you go to import CAD it will just load them the CAD file and it's just there forever if you go with a link CAD it's actually going to remember the link on your computer so if you make some additional changes to that CAD file it will automatically update in rabbit but you have to close rabbit and then open it up or reload the link in rabbit but be careful if you delete that CAD file and it's linked it will just disappear so that's something you don't want to have so for that I'm just going to go here to import CAD and let's just go to desktop and let's go with drawing number one that's the one I want to use now for all of the settings you want to make sure that all of these settings are right so for the colors you can either preserve them invert them for some reason I I just never do this and you have black and white I'm just going to choose black and white for this because I don't want to import all that color then we've got levels I'm just going to go with all levels and for import units you need to check in AutoCAD so once you're here and out together just check the units by going to measure and then for example let's measure this staircase so it's 1.2 so I can just take a guess and say that's 1.2 meters so the units used over here are meters and one more thing that I forgot to mention in AutoCAD unless you're working with some sort of a geographic platform with all of the all of your contour lines and something like that you want to take this file and kind of rotate it a bit so just go over here to this view cube and kind of rotate it around or just hold the shift key and just kind of spin it around so you want to make sure that everything is on in in one a level because if you can have a one line that's kind of somewhere up in space or if you've got something in that access it's going to you're going to have trouble when you load it into rabbit it will look kind of weird so just make sure that everything is in Doody indeed so let's go back into rabbit we now know these are meters so you can go to out of the tact and it's a kind of reasonably accurate but I just prefer to type in this and then here positioning make sure you leave that origin to origin because we're going to be placing this one above the other two drawing one above the drawing two should be above drawing one so just make sure you leave positioning origin to origin on both of them and here for place at I'm just going to do a level one that's the level that we're at and yeah that's pretty much it so I'm just going to go here to open and that's it here's our plan so it's kind of it's kind of off to one side that's because our Center is over here so it's gonna off to that side but don't worry we can leave it here it really doesn't make any problems so now let's go to level two I mean here is you can see this is kind of in the background or it's underneath so let's go here to import CAD go with that drawing too and let's do the same settings so it's actually going to remember all the settings and as you can see here it's placing it at level two that's what
Thanks for your comment Jazmin Callis, have a nice day.
- Dan Chinnis, Staff Member
hi this is Ave menu from themselves windsurf provides comprehensive BIM and CAD outsourcing services supporting clients through all stages from concept to construction BIM serve integrates with your design process to form a virtual studio BIM serve delivers entire suite of services from Revit modeling and detailing to clash detection quantity takeoff and 5d modeling in this tutorial we learn how to import and use DWF files in Revit this way I can review all the changes and suggestions given during the review process and make changes accordingly I have a Revit file open here and I had exported DWF from this file for review export process has been described in the previous tutorial now i'll import the DWF file and see the mock-ups and changes that have been requested let's switch to this insert tab and then select DWF mock-ups from this link panel i'll now select this DW effects file the dialog box that opens up indicates that the mock-ups are on two different sheets I am now going to select the ground floor plan for first these mock-ups are visible in the sheet now let's zoom into these mock-ups click to check its properties in the properties palette here under identity data you can see that the status is none when I start making changes I can add notes to the mock-up and check the history as to who did the mock-up and who all made changes in the process now here in the grayed out section the label shows us what text was written in the mock-up other than history this section also gives us the creator name and the time and date of creation and modification we cannot make changes to it but we do get information of the mock-up now let's check out other mock-up notice that the status is none for this one as well if I click on the status drop-down I get three options question for review and done let's change the status to done for now assuming I made all the necessary required changes now let's import the other sheet I'll go back to the insert tab and then select DWF markup once again this time in the dialog box I'll select the first flow first flow plan opens up now the plan shows us first flow mock-ups as a zoom in and click on the mock-up notice that it has similar properties now let's select this dimension in the type selector it shows that it is a dimension markup the status for this one is well is none and the label shows the dimension of the window this ends the tutorial on importing and using DWS markups in Revit
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- Dan Chinnis
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