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Mass Modeling Tools in Autodesk Revit

Some important features in Autodesk Revit Building 8.1 are the massing tools. These allow you to start a design with a conceptual mass modeling approach that can then be further developed by converting the mass faces into walls, curtain systems, floors and roofs. The volumes and floor areas of the masses are also able to be scheduled early in the design phase. Additionally, these are indispensable techniques that are used to create the 3D representations in Revit Families.

This tutorial will cover some of the basics of creating and adding masses to a project and mapping them to real world building elements. I use the term mapping because if you use the mass faces as the basis for the creation of walls, curtain systems floors and roofs you can modify the mass and then remake the architectural elements to map to the new form.

The Show Mass button on the View toolbar toggles mass visibility on and off in all views even if the mass category is turned off in the Visibility Graphics dialog in the current view.

The Place Mass tool adds preexisting mass families into the view window. If there are no mass families already present in the project Revit will prompt you to load some and you can browse to the libraries.

This method will allow you to only select and load one mass family at a time since it next allows you to place it in your drawing area. To load more than one mass family at a time use the Load from Library option from the file pull down menu. Any preloaded families in the project will be available in the type selector pull down.

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Mass Modeling Tools in Autodesk Revit