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Drafting Tips

  • Storefront Door
    The following tip instructs one on how to create a door in a Storefront Curtain Wall
    1. Create A Storefront Curtain Wall. (You can use massing and select the Model by Face/Wall/Curtain Wall/Storefront option.)
    2. Go to Load Family and pick doors
    3. Add "Curtain Wall Dbl Glaze" (or Sgl)
    4. Select the Curtain wall panel you want to put the door into. (This can be done by using the tab key to cycle thru the options)
    You can't have the building file open when you are trying to publish the Coordinates. Close the Site file.
    5. Click on the pushpin to "allow change of element position". Pushpin will now have a red "x" below it..
    6. Go To "Change Element Type" and select the "Curtain Wall Dbl Glaze" (or Sgl)
    7. Clean it up by deleting the mullion at the bottom of the door. The pushpin must be changed to allow the delete.

  • Shared Coordinates - Site Plan Link
    The following tip instructs one on how to link a site plan into a project, rotate it and keep the distances and bearings text accurate. In addition, I have added a tip on controlling the visibility in a linked file so that the distances and bearings from the site plan are visible. Shared coordinates can be tricky at first.
    1. Set up the building in one file with North Up. Create walls etc. Close Buiding file.
    2. Set up your site in another file oriented at an angle to true north.
    3. link in the Building to your site. Rotate and move the building to where it needs to be.
    4. Click Publish the coordinates and Select the linked building file. Save and Click OK to update the Building File.
    You can't have the building file open when you are trying to publish the Coordinates. Close the Site file.
    5. Open the Building file and Link in the site. (it is not a circular link) When linking use place with "Shared Coordinates".
    6. Watch the site place it self exactly in the same spot relative to the building as in the Site file. Cool.. Now you will have the ability to orient the view to true north or project north.
    (Provided by Rob Ballew)

    To control the visibilty of the distances and bearings annotations:
    1. Go into VG and select Revit Links
    2. Select box under "display settings"
    3. Select "by linked view"
    4. Select "Site View.
    5. Select "OK" twice

  • Roof Plan to 3D Roof Using Splits and Points
    The following is a powerful tool in the Revit arsenal for creating almost any roof for which you can draw a roof plan. This works for 45 degree bays as well as other nonstandard roofs which the Revit Algorithm draws incorrectly.
    1. Create a flat roof that extends past walls to desired overhang. Uncheck "defines slope" option.
    2. Finish roof
    3. Draw Roof Plan using detail lines on top of roof in roof view. ( I like to give my detail lines a new color to separate them from other lines.)
    4. Click on Roof and on ribbon over "Shape Editing" choose "Add Split Line" button.
    5. Draw over the hip, valley and ridge lines to cut the roof into separate pieces. (Draw carefully as small mistakes in joining hips/valleys with ridge lines can create strange pieces of the roof.)
    6. Calculate the ridge point elevations using the rise and run of the roof. (If a roof rises 6:12 and it is 20' from the ridge vertically to the edge of the overhang the rise will be 10')
    7. On the ribbon over "Shape Editing" choose "Add Point" button, and enter the elevation on the options bar, then click to the location at the end of ridges.
    8. View in 3D view.
    9. You will probably have to move the roof down so that the roof sits on top of the walls.
    10. If you have made mistakes on ribbon over "Shape Editing" choose "Modify Sub Elements" Button allows you to move things and the "Reset Shape" option takes you back to the flat roof.

  • SectionLine Visibility
    The following is a work around when a section line does not appear in a view.
    1. Open the view where the section line appears.
    2. Draw a model line on top of the section line.
    3. Open view where you want section symbol to appear.
    4. Click on "Section" in basic tab.
    5. Choose "Reference other views:" and select the appropriate view from the box.
    6. Draw the section over the model line.
    7. To remove the "sim." text
         A. Click on the section line.
         B. Go to properties
         C. Select "edit new"
         D. Delete the "sim." To the right of Reference Label.

  • Temp Dimensions
    Under the "Settings" drop down menu "Temporary Dimensions" one can control where the temp. dim. measures from. I prefer Faces for walls and Openings for doors and windows. This allows me to easily set a door or window a specific distance from the face of the wall i.e. 6".

  • Multiple Copies
    Revit has many options for multiple copies - Move, Copy and Array commands all create multiples copies. With Move you can select copy multiple from the options bar and use temp dimensions to place the objects. (Notice the "Constrain" option which acts like ortho in AutoCAD.) Similarly Copy allows multiple copies it checking it on the options bar. Array is a third option for multiples allowing linear and radial copies.

  • Linetypes
    Linetypes are controlled and created in the "Settings " drop down menu under "Line Styles". This is similiar to AutoCAD layers dialogue box in that the name, width, color and pattern of a line can be assigned here.

  • Dimension Text
    A new feature in Revit 2009 is the ability to add text to dimensions. By clicking on the dimension value a dialogue box comes up allowing replacing the value with text - not numbers. Or adding text above, below, before or after the Dim. value.

  • Drafting Lines vs Model Lines
    A common mistake by beginners is to use model lines when one only wants to see these lines in the view where they are created. For instance, when creating lines in a detail view. If you use "Detail Lines" found on the "Drafting" Tab, they will only show up in the view they were created in.

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by Faith Allen

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