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).
The following instructions will walk you through making a basic section type to use for working sections.
Step 1: Create a Custom Section Head
- Go to the Annotations folder of the Revit library and make a copy of the Section Head that is most similar to what you desire. For my desired appearance, I made a copy of “Section Head – Open.rfa”.
- Change the name of the copied section head family to Section Head – Working.rfa.
- Open the Section Head – Working.rfa file into Revit into the Family Editor.
- Modify the family:
- Delete the Labels that specify the detail number and the sheet number since this information will not be needed.
- Delete the horizontal line going through the middle of the bubble.
- Delete the “SIM” text since it will not be needed.
- Using the Text command, place center justified text in the middle of the bubble with uppercase “W” as the text. This will always have the working section show as a “W” on the view.
- I selected the Edit Type button for the Text Note 1 text type and changed the Text Size to 3/16″ so that the “W” would not be as big as it defaulted to.
- Save the file and load the family into your template/project.
Step 2: Create a Section Type
- Inside your project file (.rvt) or template file (.rte), start the Section command.
- Select the Edit Type button in the Properties palette.
- In the Type Properties dialog box, select the Duplicate… button.
- In the Name dialog box, type Working Section for the name and pick the OK button.
- For the Section Tag parameter, click in the Value area and select the button to the right of the box.
- In the Type Properties dialog box, pick the Duplicate… button.
- In Name dialog box, type Working Section for the name and pick the OK button.
- In the Type Properties dialog box, pick the down arrow for the Value next to the Section Head parameter.
- Select the nearly created and loaded Section Head – Working family that was added.
- Change the Section Tail value if desired.
- Pick the OK buttons to close out of the dialog boxes.
You now have a Section mark that looks different than your other sections in the model views so it is obvious which ones are not meant to go on a sheet.
There are other changes that you can make to this new Section type, including assigning a default View Template for Working Sections. You may desire the appearance of this working section to be even more different than the standard sections, so I encourage you to modify it as desired.