Recent How To's By Discipline

Revit Platform Revit Platform

Articles that apply to all Revit discipline versions

Edit Wall Elevation Profile

September 2011

Edit Wall Profile

Edit Elevation Profile Tool

Most Revit users are familiar with the ability to Attach the top of a Wall to a Floor or Roof above.

It is supprising that many don't know you can modify or 'trim' the base shape of a wall to any shape along any edge.

The feature to do this is called the Edit Profile tool found on the Ribbon > Modify | Walls Tab. This tool only displays when one single Wall is selected.

It used to be called the Edit Elevation Profile tool, that made it's intended use much clearer on the user interface.

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Revit Arch Revit Architecture

Articles that apply to Revit Architecture

Text Tags and Keywords

May 2011

Tags & Keywords

Tagged Detail Components

New Revit users annotate their views with Text elements from the Annotate ribbon. Then they hear about Keynotes and think, that might be a better way to annotate. Revit also has the Tag element, as an Annotate tool for most objects.

Text is just that, Text that you must enter for each instance of a Note or Leader.
A Tag is more like an AutoCAD Attribute, with a predefined Text element waiting for the Text string value, but doesn't have to be in a Block.
A Keynote is still a Text element but can be pre-written and retrieved from a lookup file.

So what are the pros and cons of using Text, Tags and Keynotes. We have recently collected up all the do's, don'ts, tips & tricks plus lots of examples of how to use these.

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Reference Planes and Lines

May 2012>

Reference Planes

Segway Scooter Handlebar

Reference Planes are used in Revit Project files to aid assembly of the Revit building elements in specific locations.
A Revit Gridline and Level is effectively a Reference Plane but with built in Annotation styling ready for documentation.

There is another similar Revit guide tool know as a Reference Line that is only available when creating a Family file. The beauty of Reference Lines is that they can be placed and locked by the end point of the Line and then given controlling Angular Dimensions, providing a framework for a swiveling component.
Typical components would be an Anglepoise Lamp, or a Segwag scooter handlebar!

Revit Struct Revit Structure

Articles that apply to Revit Structure

Use of a UB Beam as a Column

July 2012

UB As Column

UB As Column

In many structural design offices, the Universal Beam UB gets used as a Column element. However Revit OOTB does not offer the UB profile as a loadable Column family. When you understand the framework and logic behind Revit's element classification system, it makes more sense why.

Basically a Beam is thought of as a component that ′starts′ between two supports and expands out to each support. ie. extrudes horizontally. A column on the other hand stretches up or down from one datum (Level) to another datum ie. extrudes vertically.

You cannot simply place a UB member horizontally and tilt it up by one end until it stands vertically!

To convert a UB Family definition to a Column component you must adopt a Structural Column template as the basis of a new Column family and point it to a duplicated copy of the UB .TXT catalogue for a range of profile parameter values. This is a fairly simple basic Family creation exercise covered in the following full article link, otherwise you can use a UB as a Column immediately by downloading our RVT Pacifica family.

Revit MEP Revit MEP

Articles that apply to Revit MEP

Revit Platform BIM Collaboration

Articles that apply to using Revit for BIM