Most building projects created within Revit will utilize linked files from other disciplines to show the various components within the building model. When this is done, it is not uncommon for users to desire to see the other disciplines at a different detail level than their own. This may be the MEP engineer wanting to see a Fine detail level in their view, but only see the Coarse level of detail in the Architect’s model. It may also be the Architect desiring to see their model at a Fine detail level, but see the Electrical Engineer’s electrical devices with a Medium detail level to show electrical symbols and not actual electrical element modeling.
Regardless of the reason, it is definitely possible and even easy to have linked Revit models show different detail levels on a view by view basis. This means that each view can be set differently per the needs of the view. Also, each different Revit link can have different detail level settings from the other links within a view.
Autodesk has kindly provided a keyboard shortcut list for AutoCAD 2015 users. Most AutoCAD users utilize keyboard shortcuts and this list includes all of the “Out of the Box” shortcuts, including the CTRL and Function keys.
Link to webpage for AutoCAD Shortcut Key Guide
Get a printable PDF version of the AutoCAD Shortcut Key Guide
My last article addressed how to create Working Section markers that are visibly different from other section markers. (Read the article here.) This is great for knowing which sections are not meant to go on a sheet, but it doesn’t keep the section marker from displaying in a view or on a sheet. When I have a working section, the explicit purpose is that it is just for my model review and should not be seen on a printed view. This article will address how to set up a view filter to keep the Working Section markers from displaying in a view intended to go on a sheet.
As I work on building projects inside Revit, I like to place sections in my model for continual design review. These are sections that will never be placed on a sheet for construction documents, but are there just for my usage. This is a very common occurrence and utilized by most Revit users, so I am not unique in this practice. When providing Revit training, I always recommend usage of sections for this purpose.
When placing sections, I like to know specifically which sections are for my usage and which ones are intended to be placed on sheets. Therefore, I have a special section type used specifically for this purpose so that I don’t get confused (or anyone else looking at the views in the model).
When you go to Open a family file in Revit, it will make a difference as to where you select the Open command as to what folder location Revit will default to select the file.
If you choose the Open… function from the opening screen of Revit, Revit will default to the location of the specified Revit Library Path. (This location is specified in Options -> File Locations -> Places.)
If you choose the Open function from either the Quick Access Toolbar or the Applications menu (big R at top left of screen), Revit will default to the location where you last saved a family file.
While this is not major information, it is handy to know when you are opening a family from one location, making changes to the family, and then saving it to another location.
Sometimes in building design, it is helpful to know where specific building components are located throughout the building and the quantity of those components. A schedule is a great way of doing this through listing the specific rooms which contain that component.
I don’t very often review software products for my blog, but I decided to review Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 from Investintech.com. This is a software that will convert PDF files to AutoCAD files. It will also convert PDF files to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, OpenOffice, HTML, and Images. My primary interest is in conversion to AutoCAD, since I wanted to know how it works in assisting with building design. I work with both Revit and AutoCAD products, so my focus is based on those software packages.