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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New vs Existing Display in Revit

In the building design process, remodels and additions are more common than just constructing a new building.  Therefore, you will commonly have existing modeled graphical objects shown in the same view as objects that are constructed new during in the project.  When this occurs in an Autodesk Revit project, you have choices on how the new and existing information is graphically represented.

There are two primary methods for showing both existing and new objects in the same view.  Both methods show the same information, but show them different graphically.

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