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    I'll be teaching my first Revit class in about 3 weeks. Its just basic Revit Building 101 and it will last 3 days with some extra training later on. My question(s):

    1.) Would you teach Massing or Walls/Doors/Windows first? (Actually, it wouldn't be FIRST, but one would have to come ahead of another).

    2.) What would you spend some extra time on? Families? Detailing?

    I'm just looking for some general advice/direction for a typical class (non-client specific)...
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    massing first, as this would be typical design process to lay out some programatic volumes first, using massing, then apply walls/roofs/floors to that. Then get into doors and windows.

    Spend extra time on the familiy editor, although this usually isn't considered "basic".
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    Default Re: Teaching Revit

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Davis
    massing first, as this would be typical design process to lay out some programatic volumes first, using massing, then apply walls/roofs/floors to that. Then get into doors and windows.

    Spend extra time on the familiy editor, although this usually isn't considered "basic".
    Thanks Scott,

    Is using massing how you design? I suppose I'm inquiring on the intuitive aspect of design using massing? For myself it just doesn't feel like a very intuitive design process, then again, I've not used it for any real length of time during a design process... it might work well once a "comfort" is developed in this type of design.

    Yep, Family Editor isn't basic, but it really is required to do be realistically productive..so it will be "family editor" basics!
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    What is the workflow in your office?

    Currently staff in our offices to use other program for massing. Implementing Revit massing will be difficult, since the designers have other tools they prefer to use. If your office(s) use Revit's Massing tools, then I would teach that, otherwise you might be wasting your time.

    I think Families are a more advanced topic. The Family Editor is one of those double edged swords. Keeping that toolset hidden until the user has some experience will save you some headaches down the line. New Users shouldn't need to edit or create new families anyway. If they do, they can ask a more senior Revit user.

    I recommend the Top to Bottom, Left to Right approach for Revit. Start with the tools on the Basic Tab (Design Bar) then cover the options for that tool. Then move to Views, Modeling, etc.

    This method is more or less inline with standard workflow.

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    FYI:

    When it comes to massing I followed this thread up here:
    http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=44702
    it brought some interesting responses.

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    I agree with PDavis. I started a weekly lunch and learn Revit for the staffs in our planning department. I started with showing them all the capabilities of Revit in planning and architecture. Then I went into Tool Bar, Design Bar, Project Browser etc.etc. Most of them come from Autocadd background. I don't want to scare them away by showing them too much of good stuffs in one hour period. These planners only care about the big picture, phasing, massing and square footages of buildings. I tailor my training towards their practice. For this coming training, I will show them how to set up worksets, creating phases, importing Autocadd drawings, Building topo, and creating masses. I will demonstrate how to create masses in new construction phase because it would be easier for them to understand. They were all over me on phasing and phase filters in the last training. That was really scary. Right now, I am writing instructions on how to do all the things that I talked about earlier. I will come up with instruction for each training session that I conduct.

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