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BIM Detailing

20 Clock Hours 18 Days

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This class is designed for architects, interior designers, engineers, and others involved in the construction industry looking to hone their detailing skills in Revit. As you go through the lessons within this class, we will develop a series of architectural details for the commercial building which was modeled in BIM 301 and BIM 302 – BIM Construction Documents.

Your instructor is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and also an experienced architectural project manager who uses Revit on a daily basis, preparing construction documents for commercial, medical and biotech projects.

VDCI encourages a strong online engagement between you, your instructor and your classmates. You will participate in group discussion forums, connect with your instructor and message your classmates. You are also invited to join us in the VDCI Student Lounge, where our instructors, staff, current students and alumni share information and help one another.

In this class, we will look at two approaches to detailing in Revit. One is what most CAD users are familiar with, which is creating 2D, drafted drawings of a detail. The other is what we will call a "hybrid" approach to detailing. In this method of detailing, one creates live views generated from the building model and overlays two- dimensional embellishments and notes to convey the design intent. We will focus more of our time on the hybrid approach.

Topics include detail callouts, detailing tools, keynotes, importing vector files, detail components, creating a detail library and 3D detail views. By the conclusion of the course, students will be familiar with all the tools required to create details in Revit Architecture.

What Is BIM (Building Information Modeling)? and What Is Revit?

Learning Objectives

  • Create detail drawings of building systems which illustrate structural integrity and sound building construction practices.
  • Create and integrate detail drawings which limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of the buildings.
  • Prepare detail drawings illustrating construction systems, products, and finishes.
  • Develop details and manage the detail information to confirm with project-based lineweight and National CAD/BIM standards. abbreviated set of construction documents.

AutoDesk Certification Objectives

The curriculum covered in this course includes the following Autodesk Certification objectives:


  • Create and modify filled regions
  • Place detail components and repeating details
  • Tag elements (doors, windows, etc.) by category
  • Use dimension strings


  • Change elements within a curtain wall (grids, panels, mullions)
  • Create compound walls
  • Create a stacked wall
  • Differentiate system and component families
  • Work with family Parameters
  • Create a new family type
  • Use Family creation procedures
  • Edit a model element's material (door, window, furniture)
  • Change a generic floor/ceiling/roof to a specific type


  • Define element properties in a schedule
  • Control visibility
  • Use levels
  • Create a duplicate view for a plan, section, elevation, drafting view, etc.
  • Create and manage legends
  • Manage view position on sheets
  • Organize and sort items in a schedule



  • Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
  • BIM 101, BIM 201, BIM 301, BIM 302 or three months in the professional environment using Revit.



  • Competency in reading and writing English
  • All course training is in English. That includes oral, written, media-based and other administrative communication.

Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.


Software (Required)

  • Revit

Textbook (Recommended)

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.



Free Access to the Software

While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.

Discussion Forums

There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.

The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.

The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade.  Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.

VDCI Student Lounge

The VDCI Student Lounge is open to all VDCI Students and Alumni. In the Student Lounge, you are welcome to ask general questions to your VDCI colleagues. Instructors and VDCI staff regularly chime in. This is a great center of engagement for our VDCI community.

Course Lessons

Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.

Lesson 1 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students begin learning the various detailing tools.

Lesson 2 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students add keynotes to their details and learn some additional detailing tools.

Lesson 3 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students import CAD files as details and change the settings in order to “Revitize” those details.

Lesson 4 - Equivalent of Five (5) On-Site Clock Hours
Students develop 3D details and create a detail library.


Online Course Start Dates

Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks, on a Friday and are 18-days long.

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