Revit Section Bubble Placed In Text

I get asked about how to place a detail bubble or a section bubble amongst text notes where the actual leader for the bubble is not desired.  The user still wants to have the information within the bubble to auto-update, so the bubble needs to be an actual callout. This is a very common situation,   The following image is an example of a typical situation.

This can be done initiating the Section command (or Callout command) from the View tab.  Instead of placing the section, go to the Reference panel that appears in the menu and place a checkmark next to the “Reference Other View” option.  You can then choose the desired Section or Callout to be referenced from the dropdown list.

After choosing the desired referenced view, place the section in your view and draw the section to display a tail.

In the Properties palette, change the section type to a Detail View or other type that does not display the Arrows on the bubble.

Pick on the cycle button next to the tail to cycle to the option where the tail is not shown.

Shorten the line so that it is as close to the bubble as you can get it.  You may need to zoom in to do this portion.  Note that there must be some portion of the line that exists.

The bubble may now be relocated to the desired position in relation to the text.

Note that this method can be used when desiring to place 2 bubble side by side pointing to the same callout outline.

 

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Revit Design Options in Linked Files

It is not uncommon for construction bid projects to have alternate bid items as part of the design.  Revit users will typically use the Design Option capability of Revit to show the alternate bid(s).  This works excellent for the Architect, but it does not work quite as well for MEP consultants.

For the Architect to make it a bit easier for their MEP consultant, it is good for the Architect to create a model elements only view of the alternate bid design option in their Architectural model.  This allows the MEP consultant to reference this view in their model without extraneous information.

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Show Existing Architecture But Not Electrical

I have seen the situation where the Electrical designer was working on a remodel project and did not want their Existing electrical devices to be shown in the New Construction phase views.  The existing electrical devices and equipment were only to be shown on views that displayed only existing information.  However, they needed to show both the Existing and New Construction walls and other Architectural elements in the New Construction views.  Revit doesn’t want to do this without changing the default settings.

By default, the linked Architectural elements will show the same phase as the host Electrical file’s view.

  • If the Electrical file’s view has its Phase parameter set to New Construction, and the Phase Filter parameter set to Show Previous + New, you will see the existing elements for both files as well as the new elements for both files.
  • If the Electrical file’s view has its Phase parameter set to New Construction, and the Phase Filter parameter set to Show New, you will only see the new elements for both files.  Existing elements will not be seen for either file.

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Revit Section Markers Discipline Visibility

When and how Revit section markers display on plan views can be a bit confusing when you are working with multiple disciplines.  With more disciplines involved with a model, the more noticeable and confusing the issue becomes.  This is due to the fact that section markers are discipline-specific and cannot be displayed on all the different disciplines of plan views.

Revit is designed so that section markers will not show in other discplines’ views and this is based upon the Discipline parameter of a view.  Revit has 6 different Disciplines available for selection for a view.  They are:

  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Coordination

 

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My Favorite Revit 2019 New Features

Most Revit users have heard that Autodesk has released the 2019 versions of its various software packages.  Autodesk has included a lot of nice enhancements with this release and delivered on many of the user wish list items.  While there are still many improvements to be made to Revit, I am pleased with enhancements in this release.

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Blog Update and Pet Peeve

I am sorry that my blog has not been updated for a couple of months.  I just relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma so I have been quite busy between my work and my move.

With that said, I need to mention one of my pet peeves.  That is using Detail Lines on plan views of Revit instead of using actual model elements.  I was talking to an engineer yesterday and they were complaining about architects providing them Revit models to use that have a great deal of useless detail line information.   Using “dumb” lines in Revit to represent items that should be shown as model elements (especially walls!) is a poor solution in Revit.  Don’t pretend to “do” BIM and then use detail lines like this.

Please don’t do this. 🙂  Thank you!

Automatic Updating Electrical Symbol Legend in Revit

Electrical symbol legends are a critical part of electrical design documents and everyone wants to have a Symbols List which automatically updates to show the actual electrical symbols that are placed in a project.  That way, the only symbols that are on the list are ones that are actually placed in the model and the list does not include many unused symbols.  It is actually possible to do this.  When an electrical item gets added to the model, the symbol gets added to the symbol list.

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