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    what can I do in 5 days to familiarize myself with revit before new job?

    I've been drafting using AutoCAD for about 10 years but I have been learning Revit on the side. I'm learning the basics like creating levels, wall layouts, placing doors/windows.

    After an interview where it was made clear that I do not use revit but am currently learning, the firm has asked me to come in for a week to help out with a pile of markups. He framed it as an opportunity to see how i mesh with the team and the work they do, and how I do picking up the software. Just from my days of learning AutoCAD, I know there's a big difference between learning a tutorial at home and working on a real project in a firm. I'm going to be asking questions and dealing with a learning curve regardless but I'd love to minimize it as much as I can.

    All I know so far is that they have a "large door replacement".

    Any advice to help me ease this learning curve?

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    Pick up a couple books like these: Paul Aubin's Mastering Revit and Daniel Stine's Command Reference Book. Bring them along. You can review them for a quick refresher.

    However, if you don't already know how to do what they ask you to do, don't be afraid to just ask how they prefer the task done. Not being afraid to admit what you don't know and being willing to ask and learn is good and what they implied they want to see if you're up to.

    You might run into someone who thinks you're supposed to be an expert. What people assume or don't hear correctly when told "this new person is here this week, give them stuff to do"...doesn't always equal what was said.

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    The book Autodesk Revit 2020 for Architecture: No Experience Required is also a fantastic resource.

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    And Mastering Autodesk Revit 2020 is great. LinkedIn learning is good for tutorials. (formerly Lynda.com)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    Daniel Stine's Command Reference Book.
    And what am I chopped liver???? I am a co-author on that book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffH View Post
    And what am I chopped liver???? I am a co-author on that book!
    I would say more pan fried liver than chopped, but then what do I know

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    And what am I chopped liver???? I am a co-author on that book!
    Gotcha! Chopped Livah

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    Thanks for the reply

    I'm trying to think of general things I would tell someone going into using AutoCAD for the first time, and maybe translating that to Revit.
    For example, if this was AutoCAD I would tell someone:

    get a basic understanding of:
    - blocks
    - xrefs
    - layers and layer management
    - scales and annotation
    - plot styles and color/line weights

    Have a cheat sheet for basic commands

    It's not so much about knowing how to make xrefs or blocks or layers, and memorizing all the little details; but understanding that they exist and the way a drawing is organized/constructed with them so you know to keep them in mind when figuring things out.

    What would be the Revit equivalent for these types of systems?

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    Most of those you don't really need to care about in Revit or are just not there (or anything like it). But I would say a basic understanding of:

    Families (system families, loadable families)
    Project structure (so views and sheets and the fact that a view can never be on more then 1 sheet)
    The fact that you are working on a model, meaning if you delete a wall in one drawing it will be gone in other drawings as well

    Layers don't exist, instead of that you have categories (walls, windows, floors, structural framing, etc.) that are hard coded into Revit and sub-categories if you want to sub-divide them more which are made by the user or Revit/CAD/BIM manager in the template.

    Scale and annotation is pretty easy, what you see is what you get and the same goes for line weight and color. Want a red line, make a linestyle that is red, need a wider line, make a linestyle that is wider. Want a drawing at 1:100, just set it to 1:100 and all annotations on that drawing change size to match the scale.

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    This is a really good post that covers templates: https://revitforum.org/showthread.ph...Revit-Template If you are starting at a job that already has a template it won't be as relevant, but it is a good explanation of a lot of the drafting based nuances

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