If you’re just starting out on your Revit journey, learning the technical know-how can be daunting—and it’s not for lack of effort or availability of resources. There are many tutorials, videos, blogs, and guides to help you learn Revit and BIM, but wading through all of that can take more time than you have, especially if you want to spend your time training rather than researching. Here are our four picks of Revit resources to help you get started.
Autodesk University is the annual user conference hosted by Autodesk in Las Vegas, Nevada. This multi-day event attracts 10,000+ attendees from all over the world, and hosts hundreds of breakouts sessions that are always in high demand. Many of these sessions are now available for online viewing on the Autodesk University website, which allows you to search by topic, product, and industry. We also highly recommend watching the videos of the keynotes and general sessions as well—these high-level presentations provide insight into technology trends that are applicable to users of every level.
BONUS: AU Workshop
The AU Workshop is a great extension of Autodesk University, offering free, anytime access to a library of self-study materials. The site is still in beta, but some sample topics we like include Structural Engineering Analysis in BIM and Intro to BIM for Architecture – Modeling Basics.
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Autodesk Revit Architecture from BIMscape
Ian Nichols is a registered architect in the UK who also runs the BIMscape website. One of the many things he shares on his website is this free 84-part comprehensive beginner’s course for Autodesk Revit for Architecture. Yes, you’ll need to sign up for an account, but you get a written article and fully narrated video for each unit in this course. His full course itinerary demonstrates that there’s a lot to learn in Revit, but this Beginner’s Guide is sure to help you get started.
A simple “Revit 2016 tutorials” search in Youtube will yield hundreds of results, but we like this channel from SmarterArchitect. His videos are current and up-to-date, easy-to-digest, and cover detailed topics like creating a curved roof or setting up a parametric table. While some of these topics might seem too advanced for beginner users, SmarterArchitect is a great resource you’ll want to bookmark once you get the fundamentals under your belt.
The RevitForum offers tips, tricks, and support for all flavors of Revit, whether it’s Architecture, Structure, or MEP. Best of all, you’ll get help from other actual users! Have a question about a very specific workflow or tool in Revit? This is the place to get your answers. Helpful members will point you in the right direction for getting started, improving your skills, and share feedback about the latest technology updates.
Like any learning, repetition is key, and it’s especially important in this industry, where you can’t learn everything you need from one tutorial. Setting a good foundation, however, with quality resources will help you accelerate your learning and become an advanced Revit user in no time.
What other online resources would you recommend to Revit beginners? Share your feedback in the comments!