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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 [Kindle Edition]

James Vandezande , Phil Read , Eddy Krygiel
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Book Description

Complete and thorough update to this Autodesk Official Training Guide!

With pages of focused discussions, detailed exercises, in-depth coverage, and compelling examples, this comprehensive guide shows you how to implement and use Revit Architecture with spectacular results. You?ll learn how use the interface, how to create fantastic building designs with Revit, how to produce solid documentation?even how to go direct to fabrication with Revit. An Autodesk Official Training Guide, this thorough reference and tutorial also helps you prepare for Autodesk's Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams. 

  • Gets you quickly productive with Revit Architecture?s features and functions
  • Shows you how to document, detail, annotate, and present your designs
  • Helps you improve workflows with worksharing and collaboration
  • Prepares you for the Revit Architecture 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional Exams
  • Gives contractors the essentials of modeling
  • Explores using Revit for film and stage

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture is the ultimate real-world reference on this exciting software.

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From the Back Cover

The perennial top-selling guide to Revit Architecture!

This complete reference and tutorial is completely updated for Revit 2012 and thoroughly covers such core topics as modeling, massing, and sustainability. It also features advanced topics and techniques, including working with advanced modeling tools, effectively using the Family Editor, collaborating across industries, and using Revit in the cloud.

The acclaimed authoring team brings a wealth of Revit expertise to the table and has packed this book with time-saving tips and techniques, real-world workflows, clear tutorials, and compelling examples so you can develop professional skills. This detailed guide also helps you prepare for Autodesk's Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams.

Coverage includes:

  • Advanced modeling with the Family Editor and Massing tools

  • Designing complex walls, curtain walls, roofs, floors, stairs, and railings

  • Detailing, documenting, and annotating your designs

  • Using the Revit API, writing scripts, and creating journal files

  • Analyzing designs and concepts for sustainability

  • Using Revit for virtualization and in the construction industry

  • Moving "outside the box" to use Revit in film and stage

Get Productive Quickly in Revit Architecture 2012

Document, Detail, Annotate, and Present Your Designs

Leverage Industry Best Practices and Professional Workflows from the Start

Prepare for the Revit Architecture 2012 Certified Associate and Certified Professional Exams

About the Author

James Vandezande is a registered architect and Senior Associate at HOK, where he is one of the company's BIM leaders. James is also President of the New York City Revit Users Group and teaches Revit as an adjunct lecturing professor at NYU.

Phil Read is the founder of Arch Tech, as well as one of the driving forces behind the original Revit software. He's an avid blogger and a popular speaker at Autodesk University, and he is currently working at an AEC-related technology startup.

Eddy Krygiel is an Autodesk Authorized Author and registered architect at HNTB Architects, where he implements BIM and has used Revit to complete projects of all sizes. All three authors maintain the popular Revit blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 45071 KB
  • Print Length: 1155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470937491
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051BI8A2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I've had this book for about two months now and found it to be very helpful. My initial surprise was that there wasn't actually much information per page--the authors like to include a lot of extra space per page or fill up half of it with an enormous graphic of something simple like a few elementary shapes or a few lines and points. So when you see that this book is over 1100 pages, don't think that you can actually master Revit with this book alone. Some of the peculiar behavior of revit that we run into over and over again isn't always covered in this book. For example, they will explain step by step how to import geometry from other software but won't give you enough information to know how to troubleshoot an error when it doesn't work correctly or your imported geometry won't accept object styles or whatever it might be.

So although the book isn't as comprehensive as it suggests, it's very well written and easy to follow. I struggled with Revit for a month or two using online resources before I finally bought this and wish that I did much sooner. It helps you understand why you should do things a certain way and has lots of tips for best practices. More often than not, Revit refuses to be intuitive so you need good learning resources and references. Consider it an investment in preserving your own mental health.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book July 21, 2011
This is the most complete and advanced reference book for anyone who is in the process of learning Revit. As an expert Revit user with over six years of experience, I can say with confidence that this book covers everything from the basic tools to the most advanced and complex topics. It is easy to see that the authors have a deep, practical knowledge in the use of the software. The book is organized in a very logical, coherent way. Chapters one through four cover the general concepts behind BIM, the basic Revit tools, and workflow best practices. The book also includes a chapter on advanced modeling with very interesting exercises. As a project designer, I really appreciate Chapter 12: a complete chapter devoted to visualization. This book is about the proper use of the software, and it can really help you whether you are starting to learn Revit or you are a seasoned user. The return on investment for this well-written book can be measured by your increased ability to design and produce quality architecture.

Thank you to James, Phil, and Eddy for a job well done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid resource June 12, 2011
By cb101
Thick with info on every aspect of the program, this book helped me with the hard stuff; families, stairs, masses, really understanding Revit's capabilities. If you want to know how to make your projects parametric, with an eye towards sustainability, Chapter 21 is a great resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information, poorly excecuted January 18, 2012
By mskin
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Im trying to cram on revit before starting a new job. I have 17 years industry experience, so i like how the book discusses in depth problems and strategies for managing a revit based project. The book also goes into great detail about ALL the necessary topics you need to know to get your feet wet; walls, ceilings floors, schedules, families, etc... nothing left unturned (other books seam to leave families and scheduling out). However, the book often tells you to do something, but not how to do it. For instance, they tell you to "add a parameter to an object" - but to do so requires going into a sub menu that takes two google searches and forever to find. Or "model a cube, a triangle and a sphere" but with no instruction on how to do so (i have many years 3d modeling experience and creating these shapes was not initially intuitive). The book also feels poorly sequenced. It starts off with some super complex wall manipulation exercises in chapter 1, but doesn't teach you how to build walls until chapter 16. Regardless, im not disappointing with the purchase as i've learned a ton from the book, but i think i could have found a more effecient learning book. lots of typos too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review #1 August 9, 2011
Well, this is just a pre-review, as I have not had a chance to fully use/read this book because all of my co-workers keep "borrowing" the book from my desk. The good news is, when they bring it back, they all tell me how much better this book is than any other they've used for Revit. This bodes well.
Another associate architect I work with borrowed it over a weekend and immediately told me afterward that he was going to buy it for his office. So - now that I have it BACK I intend to hang onto it and finish it for myself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book explains everything! September 4, 2011
By dano
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Really glad I bought this book; it is loaded with information. It goes beep into modelling, presentation, and documentation to things like managing a model, working multiplatform, and working with consultants. That's just the half, it covers a lot ground. I would recommend this book for all level revit users and anyone who oversees projects being done in Revit. Finally a book that suggests real solutions to the challenges we all face incorporating Revit into our workflow.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Up to Page 268 February 20, 2012
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I agree with a reviewer who stated two things that stand out about this book: 1) The book instructs the reader to create something like a wall and then has the reader manipulate the creation to make a "big picture" point about the program-- without telling the reader how to create the wall. 2) The "big picture" concepts, such as organizing your work, sharing your work, and manipulating your work are presented before the book goes into details about using the program's finer points to create the work. I believe this is done because the authors assume the reader knows the basics. I am learning the basics while I read this book, and I initially figured I would use the internet to learn how to "draw a wall," when the book instructed me to do do so, without describing how. This can be done, but I didn't realize how time consuming. Why? I believe it has to do (I am still learning) with the fact that Revit is very "contextual." Depending upon where you are in the program, the tool bars, behavior of drawn items, and what a tool will do change. This is very disorienting when learning. It also makes getting online search help difficult. One can google how to draw a sphere, find step-by-step instructions, and still not be able to do it because he didn't start where the internet author started. It's like living in San Diego and asking for directions to Omaha. You will get directions, but the response will assume you live in Seattle (without telling you that the directions assume Seattle, so you think it is based on San Diego, as you asked--but you can see the roads listed in the directions don't match San Diego). This also appears to be a problem with the internal Revit help, wikihelp. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome site to buy online
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5.0 out of 5 stars Author: James Vandezande
A "bible" you must not be without.
Published 4 months ago by Edmond Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Autodesk Revit 2012
AS a Autodesk Certified Instructor, I found the book helpful with being able to give a different slant to the text book we are currently using
Published on February 28, 2013 by Raymond E Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't use it
I had to purchase the book for a class, and then while taking the class, we never used the book. I can find the answer to my questions online using YouTube. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Woody
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and useful reference
I bought this book, having already used the software for quite some time and with experience of Revit 2010 and 2011. Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Martin A. Owen
2.0 out of 5 stars good for training but not good if book falls apart
This is a good book for a training guide but unfortunately after a month the book fell apart.. too bad its a good book..
Published on July 23, 2012 by gak
2.0 out of 5 stars Revit Book
I have a problem with this book because I do not remember recieveing this book I am glad that I am going through my reviews I will check my library to see if I am wrong. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Powell R Brannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Won't work on Adobe Digital Additions
No, this book will not work on the Adobe Digital Additions. And the publisher does not care. Content is good. The chapter organization is really bad though.
Published on February 17, 2012 by Revit Pro
3.0 out of 5 stars Too philosophical
As a mid-level architect but a beginner Revit user I thought the book was too much talk and not enough action. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by BOSarch
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