Sunday, July 20, 2008

Revit Tip: Section Clip Plane

Section Clip Plane (courtesy of Bill Davis)

You can effectively make a "near clip plane" by turning on Section Box in a perspective view.
…it acts a little wacky in a large model though.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Revit Tip: Bathroom Elevations

Draw less bathroom elevations

Bathrooms have very specific dimensional and location requirements to meet numerous codes.


Every bathroom we draw has to meet these codes, but we draw all our bathrooms from scratch. Once the bathroom is drawn, we have to show compliance by documenting distances, heights, and equipment locations. We do this with numerous elevations and plans that require lots of labor for the exact same information every time.


Instead, use a drafting view that I created for Byung that shows all this information correctly every time. We simply insert this drafting view into our enlarged bathroom plans and you don't need to elevate all the similar bathrooms. Now you can concentrate on any unique conditions you have and spend less time on the mundane repetitive areas.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Revit Tip: Filter Content

Filter content

Tired of trying to select individual elements in your project?

Use the filter feature! It’s that little funnel thing in the toolbar.

When you have items selected, click that little baby and watch the magic happen.

This will bring up a dialog box with a list of all the items that you have selected. You can systematically remove pieces from your selection by unchecking the box. Once you hit OK you will be returned to your screen with only the items checked selected.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Revit Tip: Frame Tags

Frame Tags

Placing text next to storefront systems as a frame tag does not utilize the Revit tag feature. Previously, we had used this text to hide the tiny frame elevation tag. However, from my previous tip we know that these tags showing are no longer a problem.


Using text as a means to tag frame elevations is archaic and not very BIM-like. Revit has tagging features that we need to utilize more often. Besides, placing text next to the frame requires that all tags in every view be updated once there is a change.


I have created a wall tag that shows only the Mark value of a wall. This allows us to tag the storefront system on the plans.

Once you have the elevation placed and labeled on a drawing sheet, instead of returning to place the text on the plan, you can edit the value of the wall. Change the Mark value to the frame elevation number.

Now anytime you make a change to the frame elevations, the only place you need change the number will be in this location. All the locations that this wall is tagged will automatically update.