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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470937491
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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 www.architecture-tech.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470937491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470937495
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Woody on January 22, 2013
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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. I'm not saying the book is bad, I'm just saying I never used it. I ended up giving it to the Goodwill store.
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