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Phil Read , Eddy Krygiel , James Vandezande
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Book Description

May 10 2011 Autodesk Official Training Guide: Essential
Get the Essentials on Autodesk's fastest-growing software package!

The new Essentials series from Sybex helps you quickly learn and use Autodesk software. This beautiful, task-based, full-color Autodesk Official Training Guide thoroughly covers the fundamentals of Revit Architecture, teaching readers what they need to become quickly productive with this popular building information modeling (BIM) architectural design software.

By following the book's clear explanations, practical tutorials, and step-by-step exercises, you'll cover all the essentials of a typical design workflow. Topics include how to best use the interface, creating floor plans, adding walls and curtain walls, generating color fill plans, preparing documentation, as well as annotating, collaborating, and more. This four-color Essentials guide provides you with the fast and thorough grounding you need in Revit Architecture.

  • Covers Revit Architecture 2012 fundamentals, so you become quickly productive with the software
  • Prepares you for the Revit Architecture Associate and Professional certification exams
  • Uses straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials to teach the software's core features and functions
  • Helps you quickly develop the skills needed throughout a project, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced user brushing up on the basics

Go from concepts to complete construction documents with this essential, full-color guide.

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Learn Revit Architecture Quickly and Easily

This unique new Autodesk Official Training Guide thoroughly covers the fundamentals of Revit Architecture and teaches you everything you need to become quickly productive with the software. Learn how to best use the interface, create floor plans, add content, prepare documentation, annotate, and more. Whether you're an aspiring BIM professional or just brushing up on the basics, this is the fast and thorough grounding you need in Revit Architecture.

Learn these Revit Architecture essentials—and more:

  • Visualizing and documenting your design

  • Adding and modifying content

  • Working with walls and curtain walls

  • Modeling, massing, and "sketching" your best ideas

  • Tagging rooms and generating color fill plans

  • Preparing documentation with views and phases

  • Annotating and scheduling efficiently

  • Enabling worksharing and collaborating effectively

Easily create accurate takeoffs and attractive presentation documents.

Learn how to design beautiful stairs and railings.

This striking Essentials book features:

  • Chapter-opening learning objectives

  • Step-by-step tutorials

  • Four-color screenshots and illustrations

  • Concise chapter summaries and suggested practice exercises

  • Downloadable exercise files

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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume de base pour débutant March 6 2012
Volume très recommandable pour les débutants ou les usagers qui veulent faire une bonne revue
des modifications de version.

Aide mémoire de travail.

Bon pour la préparation de la certification Autodesk Revit 2012.

Bonne lecture.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible - Shame this is mislabeled "Official Training Guide" Dec 3 2011
By Reviting Along - Published on
I attended Autodesk University and decided to attempt the certification test. Took the test and did not pass, needed 10 points. went to the study area and borrowed the official training guide, Revit Architecture Essentials.

First, the book is so poorly written. Exercises are not complete, topics not explained, etc. (I was not doing the exercises in the computer, so I don;t know if the datasets were included or not. IO struggled thru the material. Took the test again, and did worse.

I own Intro Revit Architecture, but did not bring it. So I purchased a copy in the Expo Hall. Studied the areas I needed help with and I passed with a 95%. Took the Professional test and passed after second try. Thought I would need to purchase the Mastering Revit book, but the Intro book worked. If you are looking for a good book to learn Revit or take the Certification test, DO NOT buy Revit Architecture Essentials, you will be throwing your money way. I don't own the Mastering book, but noticed it was written by the same authors of the Essentials book. Won't be buying the Essentials book.

If you need help with learning Revit, get the Introducing Revit Architecture 2012 book. Those authors respond to emails if you have questions and the information presented in the book is correct.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Sloppy Book Jan. 7 2013
By John3 - Published on
This is a very sloppy book. All the criticisms by other reviewers are true. I would be happy to provide a dossier of all the faults, inconsistancies and idiocies to the authors - for a fee. It would take too long to do it as a courtesy. It must be a nice side project to earn a few extra bucks but I wonder how Autodesk could put this pile on their list of Official 'Training' Guides.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money Feb. 27 2012
By Rosey - Published on
I got this book as part of a training workshop with our local Autodesk reseller. We followed some of the exercises in the book but not all so after the class I decided go through the book on my own. Note, if you just read the book you will not catch the mistakes. The book is filled with errors which made following the exercises extremely frustrating; i.e. author incorrectly described steps or did not accurately describe where to find menu/ commands. I found that some of the exercises did not make sense or were so poorly written that they were impossible to follow. Other exercises where had no description at all. I felt like I wasted to much time getting stuck on exercises that did not make sense.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Revit Architecture Essentials. lacks a lot of step by step instructions. July 14 2011
By dc - Published on
for a book labeled as Official Training, this book is a bit misleading in that regard. This book kept me lost in most chapters specially in ramps and stairs.
The authors do not take you by the hand, and guide you step by step, in order to produce a project. Something you can feel good about it at the end.
Instead they give you files, that are not completely related as a project, with the intent to show what revit can do in architecture. also there are no video clips to reinforce and expand on the training lessons. This book is a waste of time. Spend your money in something that you can actually self-teach and produce a project at the end.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential material Aug. 9 2011
By David Mashburn - Published on
Revit Architecture 2012 Essentials has helped me quickly understand differences with previous versions of Revit, such as Worksharing and Worksets. The tutorials are an excellent introduction to useful issues in everyday design that simplifies the complexity of the program. For instance, I could not believe how simply stair and railing families were illustrated, instructed, and improved over previous versions.

It helps that through the course of the tutorials the book links to important issues in the Revit certification process. Whether you're studying for Revit certification or looking to learn the essentials of quality BIM, this book and its downloadable tutorials will get you there. Incidentally, Sybex has undone the links, they are now at: [...]

Using best practices and definitions found near the end of each chapter will be a helpful resource as the reader moves forward with their BIM team and encounters new issues.

The understanding of BIM workflow would be very useful for principals, consultants, project managers, clients, and building operators in understanding the integrated project delivery method (IPD). Also, the authors, occasionally, give `ways-of-thinking' helping those from a cad-based work world, which is useful for readers relating to the material.
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