Revit tips 'n Tricks



 Friday, October 13, 2006

Showing Plumbing in Elevation with Revit Building 9

In South Africa we have to show plumbing in elevation for council submission purposes. (Not sure if it the same worldwide)


I have used the Show Hidden Lines tool for indicating items behind and below walls, but was pleasantly surprised to see that I could use this tool to indicate plumbing fixtures behind walls.

So just click on the icon, click on the wall, then the plumbing fixture. (This is easily achieved in a wireframe view or by isolating the wall and plumbing fixture categories.)

Change the view to Hidden Lines

Great results.


Monday, May 29, 2006

Creating Quick Area Calculations

This may not be the prescribed way of calculating areas fro a bathroom wall tiling layout for instance, but it has helped me out of a jam once or twice.


So here we go. From your elevation view

Export to a dwg file,



 Re-import this into your PLAN VIEW



It should look something like this….



Using your site tools trace a property line around your tiling layout:





It should look something like this….




Load the Annotation tag from the Civil library

(Metric Library > Annotations > Civil > M_Property Tag,rfa






Using your drafting tools, tag all not tagged. Select the property tag and apply.



This should give you a very quick indication of calculating a specific tiling pattern or similar.







Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Producing a Drawing List

This is sometimes confused with creating a new schedule, however the process is just slightly different.

Click on VIEW on the toolbar. Now Select New Drawing List



You can add parameters, as you would in a schedule (eg. issued to electrical contractor)

Do this as a Yes/No Parameter (Cool)


There is your Drawing List.

You can find it under your schedules for exporting or placing onto a sheet.



Saturday, April 08, 2006

Create your own Line Patterns

A couple of people have asked me how to create their own line patterns as a few of the Standard lines are a bit bulky at smaller scales.
In Settings> Line Patterns

.......and create your new line pattern.

You can add dashes and dots with spaces in between, these are all controlled by a length parameter.

Wouldn't it be nice to add text in there too....

Floor Slab joins looking thin?

For anyone that hasn't seen it yet, this is quite cool.
If you are using the generic object styles and you join geometry of a floor slab to a wall, it has a very thin line representing the cut of the slab.

If you go to object style> floor, you will see that you can change the Common Edge Cut, if you change it to about a pen 4, the results are cool.

Remember to save these settings to your template.