As companies develop their drafting view details inside Revit, the organization of the the details becomes more important. There are many different ways of organizing details inside Revit, but I like this process outlined in this blog article.
It is easy to locate the desired detail within the Revit project file where it is placed.
2. It is easy to locate the desired detail within a detail resource file which contains all of the company’s details.
The key to this process is to organize the details based upon CSI division and to name the details with the division prefix.
Revit’s structural features allow users to place rebars in concrete walls for reinforcement which is a great tools for various reasons. It is a typical situation to have holes/openings in the wall which interrupt the rebars in the wall since you do not want the rebars going through the opening. Depending on the method of placing the rebars, the reinforcing may or may be interrupted. It is important when rebar is interrupted at openings in order to create an accurate model.
When placing a window in Revit, the sill height will be shown in its properties and can be modified as required. The sill height is typically at the bottom (sill) of the actual window. However, it is possible that the sill height is not at the actual sill of the window if the window has a unique situation for a sill condition.
An example of this possible situation is the following window, which has a brick sill shown under the window. Depending on how the window family is created, the Sill Height parameter specified in the window’s properties may be to the top of the brick sill/bottom of window or at the bottom of the brick sill.
The casework/cabinetry provided with Revit is very generic and often not desirable for residential design projects. This includes design for single family homes and multi-family projects. Many Revit users look for a good alternative for families that are more detailed and designed around manufactured cabinetry versus custom cabinetry.
Revit families allow you to create a parameter that controls a dimension, but Revit reacts differently depending on how you select and assign that parameter.
A common work flow process is to create the length parameter(s) in the Family Types dialog box, and then in the graphics window, highlight the desired dimension that is to be controlled by the parameter. After the dimension is selected, the user selects the desired parameter that is control the dimension.
If the length value has been input already in the parameter value in the Family Types dialog box. Revit will react a couple of different ways when selecting the parameter.
This article is a quick easy tip for specifying a slope for a line instead of only specifying the angle. When placing roofs, floors, ceilings, pipes, etc, you have the option for specifying the actual slope, but this option is not available in other situations.
This function is especially helpful with drafting views and similar type situations when the angle of an element needs to be modified. Since angles cannot be typed/specified when drawing an element, angles are commonly modified after element placement.
Depending on the equation that you enter, you can get a riser/run slope or a percentage slope. (The angle will still be displayed.)
It is common to have depressed areas of a concrete floor slab of a building and you want to be able to represent this accurately in a Revit model. This may be in the middle area of a large floor slab as a containment area or the edge of a floor slab under an overhead door. Either way, a portion of the floor is lower than the surrounding floor.
Note this article is for a completely depressed area and not one where the edges are the same level and then sloping, as if to a drain. In those situations, the Shape Editing tools can be used on the floor.
Revit 2020.2 release made a change to the Project Base Point that affected many users by removing the clip/unclip capability for it. Previous releases of Revit had a paper clip symbol that the user could see next to the Project Base Point symbol as shown below.
While this clip feature is no longer part of Revit as of the 2020.2 (it is still in 2020.1), the user still has the capability to move the project.
Points clouds are becoming more commonly used as a resource for creating a Revit model. In my Revit model creation from point clouds, I use a few techniques that I am sharing in this article to help ease the process for you. While I am sure some others do things a bit different, I have found that these work well for me. There are some tools on the market that assist in getting a Revit model from a point cloud, but many people do not have the financial resources for them or rarely use point clouds. Therefore, this article is geared to those not having any additional tools.
This article does not address how to create a point cloud or manipulating it outside of Revit. It only addresses using the point cloud for creating a Revit model.
When sending a Revit project file to another person or company, it is nice to be able to send all of the associated files with the project file. Revit has incorporated this command, thus enabling us to package up the required files to be sent together. This is an easily overlooked command and many people are not aware of it. AutoCAD has had this command for many versions.
Files included in the transmittal:
Linked Revit model
External Keynote File
Go to the Add-Ins tab of the menu system at the top.
Select the Transmit a model icon from the eTransmit panel.
Save all models prior to running the command.
Close all models.
Additional supporting documents can be added to the transmittal
Revit files prior to 2012 need to be upgraded to the 2012 version
Placing crown molding at the top of cabinetry is very common in residential design and can be easy to do in Revit. Ideally, I would like to use a sweep with a crown molding profile, but Revit utilizes sweeps only for walls when not in the family editor. The trick to making this an easy process for the user is to create a specialty wall that has the desired sweep profile built into it. This allows you draw the “wall” to follow the front edge of the cabinetry at the desired elevation for the crown molding.
The following image shows the resultant crown molding.
With each release of software, there seems to be little things that change, but are either not documented as a change or the documentation on being a change is buried and difficult to locate. In Revit 2020, there are some changes in the built-in parameters for families when they are placed in a project file. These changes can come into play when using automation, such as Dynamo. While they may or may not have much impact on your particular usage of Revit, it is important information of which to be aware.