Monday, November 17, 2008

AU 2008 - HNTB Sessions

Another class that HNTB Architecture was asked to present (two weeks ago I believe) is:

AB314-3 Custom Stairs and Railings in Revit Architecture

In this session, students will learn how to create families for posts, balusters, panels, railings, and stair nosing. Focusing on design for high-end commercial and residential projects, this class will dive directly into the use of the Family Editor to physically build the components needed. Once the families are established, the class will move to Assembly in the project to expose the difficulties designers face. The commercial portion of the class will cover extruded steel with glass panels; the residential portion will cover custom handrails and raised panels. You’ll also learn how to design winding and spiral staircases, as well as how to create custom materials with wood hatching that you can apply to the stair components to give the stairs and railings your personal touch.

Since we did not originally propose this class, Phil Read, Todd Williams and I have taken a little creative liberty to change the ciriculum a little. We will be focusing on:

Introduction

UI / Understanding the Dialog Boxes (what they do)
Images and Notes
General Best Practices
Maintain Detail Level
Start Generic>Move to Specific
Copy Paste
Stair / Railing Template
Leverage Other Projects

Conventional Custom Stairs with the Stair Tool
Core Functionality
UI / Dialog Boxes
Best Practices
Tips / Tricks
Conventional Examples

Unconventional Custom Stairs without the Stair Tool
Specialty Equipment / Casework
Pros: Very Detailed / Control / Kit of Parts
Cons: Scheduling / Graphic Standards

Conventional Custom Railings
Core Functionality
UI / Dialog Boxes
Best Practices
Tips / Tricks
Conventional Examples

Unconventional Custom Railings
Advantages / Disadvantages
Repetitive Elements: Planting / Outdoor Lighting / Train Tracks?
Pros:
Cons:
Curtain Wall Tool
Pros: Contain Space / Baluster Unlock and Move
Cons: Scheduling
Unconventional Examples

Best Practices
Examples

Conclusion

So, if you have any have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.

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