User guide

Model Elements

Arrange walls

NOTE:

This command only works on 3D view.

Automatically create a graded wall from an existing wall on a sloped surface.
You can use the Arrange Wall command to automatically divide the wall into sections, each with base and top elevation according to the slope on which it is built.

Select the walls and surfaces you want to arrange
*Select a wall.
*Select a reference surface.
or
*Apply the command and let it automatically find a relevant surface.

Define height, steps height, and length parameters
* Click environment tab > model element panel > Arrange Walls

Arrange Walls

The Arrange Walls dialog box opens:

In the Wall Settings section:
*Define a Minimum height value for the wall.
*Define Embedment, the depth of wall under the surface.
*Define Step Offset, the height of wall steps/gradation.
*Type the Height Round Off value.
If you do not want a rounded elevation value. enter a value of 0.

In the Reference Surface Settings section:
*Type the Distance to reference value. This
defines how far from the Wall Centerline the reference elevation should be.
*Choose Manual selection if you already selected the reference surface.
Or
*Choose Automatic selection, then define the type of reference surfaces.

OPTIONAL:

Define the desired pattern of wall parts
* Click the drop-down arrow at the bottom of the dialog box.
*Check the Enable length pattern box.
*Type a Main Part value to determine the
multiples of different parts of the wall.
*Type a Leftover value to determine an
additional length to each wall. If you do not want additional length; enter a value of 0.
*Click OK.

NOTE:

You can re-select the wall and insert different parameters to test different designs for the wall pattern.


Stretch wall

Change the top or base offset of multiple walls at once.
*Select several walls or a chain of walls
*Click environment tab > model element panel >
the drop-down arrow next to the Arrange Walls command >
Stretch Walls

Define the base and top offset values
In the Stretch Wall dialog box:

* To add wall height, type a positive value in the Offset Top box.
*To subtract wall height, type a negative value in the Offset Top box.
For example, enter 0.5 to add wall height, or enter -0.5 to subtract wall height.
*To deepen the wall base, type a negative value in the Offset Base box.
*To raise the wall base, enter a positive value in the Offset Base box.
For example, enter 0.5 to raise the wall base, or -0.5 to deepen the wall base.
*Click OK


Shape by topography

Use a topo-surface to plan and build complex and accurate sloped floors, roofs or slabs.

NOTE:

This command only works on 3D view.

* Select the floor and the reference topo-surface.
*Click environment tab > model element panel > Shape by Topography

In the Shape by Topography dialog box:
*Type a Relative Elevation value. This determines the offset of the floor from the reference surface.
* Check or uncheck the Include points into contour of floor box to determine if the sub-element has elevation points like the reference surface, or only on the floor outline.

NOTE:

If a curved floor does not align properly:
*Change the Curved Edge Condition
Or
*Simplify the original topo-surface.
This command also works with Roof by Footprint. In this case, make sure no roof sketch line Defines Roof Slope.


Wall Railing

Automatically place railing hosted on a wall or chain of walls
* Select the walls.
*Click environment tab > model element panel > Wall railing

*In the Wall Railing dialog box, select the Railing type, then click OK.


Select Railing

Automatically select all railings on a host.
* Select the host surface or wall.
* Click environment tab > model element panel > Select railings

* Use the Revit selection filter to exclude the hosting element from your selection.


Model Line Tools

Use contour lines to plan and build a 3D topo-surface. Create and sketch contour lines with model lines located in Revit’s 3D space. Draw the contour lines on a plan view, according to your design, shape, and location.

Define elevation value

* Click environment tab > model lines panel > Elevation text box

This value determines the elevation of the first model line after executing the command.
*After inserting a value, press ENTER.
*Insert an Increment value in the box below to determine the height difference between the model lines.

*Press ENTER to set the value.
*Select the Reference Level for the elevation value in the drop-down below the Increment text box.


Set elevation of model lines

You can set the elevation of model lines by selecting each line, or by crossing through the lines.

NOTE:

This command already selects a series of connected lines, so do not press the TAB key to select several lines.

* Click environment tab > model lines panel > Set Elevation 

* Click on each line to set its elevation.
The next line’s elevation is displayed in the Elevation text box on the model lines panel in the ribbon above.
Or
* Click environment tab > model lines panel > set elevation drop-down arrow > Set Elevation by Crossing

* Click the starting point of the crossing, not on the model line, then click on the crossing endpoint.
Or
Select one or more lines, then click environment tab > model lines panel > Set Elevation

Revit then asks if you want to change adjoining lines. If you want the entire series of connected lines to be modified, click Yes. If you only want to change your selected lines, click No.

NOTE:

Once you change a line’s elevation, the Environment for Revit overrides the line’s graphic settings.


Check Elevation

Create an elevation label on model lines with elevation.

To display elevation on a single line
* Click environment tab > model lines panel > check elevation 

* Select a line to display its elevation.

To rotate text direction:
*Click check elevation, then click the text label again.

To display elevation on a sequence of lines.

NOTE:

This command only works in plan view.

* Click environment tab > model lines panel > check elevation drop-down arrow

* Click check elevation by crossing  

* Click once at the beginning of the sequence of lines, then click once at the end of the sequence.

The text direction is according to the slope descent direction.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:
Check elevation text labels display according to the defined project unit format.
You can edit the elevation in the text label, and update the attached model line elevation, but you cannot use it as regular text.
– Once you update the attached line or floor elevation, the Check elevation” text label is updated.
– “Check elevation” text labels are deleted upon deleting their attached line.
– Text labels can be moved along the attached line, but not away from it.
– If you apply check elevation by crossing to floor contours, both the lines and the elevation labels are updated when the floor is updated.
– When you delete one label, Revit asks if you want to delete all floor labels. If you click No, the labels appear again once the floor is updated.


Model Line Settings

Control the graphic override settings of the model line commands

* Click environment tab > model lines panel > the drop-down arrow on the bottom-right side of the panel

* Change the override color of modified model lines in the Color window 
* Select the text type of the contour lines’ elevation labels in the Check elevation text type box.
*Check the Use Check Elevation Symbol box if you want to place elevation labels on model lines after changing their elevation with the Set Elevation command.


Add 3D contour lines and elevation text labels to sloped or modified floors of other surfaces.

Create floor contours

Define the line style of the contours and the vertical distance (elevation difference) between these lines.

NOTE:

This command works in plan view and in 3d view.

* Select one or more floors.
* Click environment tab > model lines panel > floor contours

Or
* Click environment tab > model lines panel > floor contours

* Select one or more floors.
* Click Finish.

In the Floor Contour Lines dialog box:

* Type a Contour Increment value for the vertical distance between lines.
* Select a Line Style.
* Click OK.

The contour lines appear on your floor as model lines.

NOTE:

Contour lines automatically update when you edit the floor.


Update floor contours

Update the appearance and vertical distance of existing contour lines.

NOTE:

When you update floors with contours, Revit asks you whether or not to update the contours. If you click Yes, this might take a while. To avoid waiting, click No and use Update floor contours to update all floors once your model is ready.

* Click the drop-down arrow next to the floor contours symbol on the model line panel. 
* Click update floor contours

* Enter a value for new Contour Increment.
* Select a new Line Style.
* Select one or more floors to update or check the box if you wish to apply the changes to all project floors.

* or, check the box if you wish to apply the changes to all the floors in the project

* Click OK.

NOTE:

You can also preselect the floor you want to update.
If you do not want to change the increment and line style values each floor, do not fill these fields.


Delete Floor Contours

* Click environment tab > model line panel > the drop-down arrow next to the floor contour line

* Click delete floor contours.

* Select the floor to delete its contours.

NOTE:

Using this command deletes all checked elevation text labels.


Split spline

To divide a spline into two segments:
* Click environment tab > Model lines panel > Split spline
* Hover over the division location, then click on the spline.


Site

Locate objects using a CSV file

Use a CSV file to place objects or surfaces in the location specified in their file, ensuring it matches your shared coordinates.

NOTE:

First check that the CAD file and your model have the same coordinate system, and use the same unit format.
Learn how to Acquire coordinates from a CAD survey.
Learn how to Create a CSV file from a CAD drawing.

* Click environment tab > Site panel > Locate Objects

* On the family choosing dialog box, click the drop-down arrow to choose a family and type. This list consists of type names only.
* Check the box for Use level and define the level.
Or
* Leave the Use level box unchecked and use the Z elevation value from the Origin of your Revit project.


Create a toposurface from a CSV file

* Click environment tab > Site panel > the drop-down arrow > Surface from File
* Browse to select the file from its location, then click Open.


EXPORT TO LandXML

Collaborate with your team and export topo-surfaces to Civil 3D using LandXML file format.
* Click environment tab > Site panel > Export to LandXML 

* Select the topo-surfaces, then click Finish in the top-left corner of your window. You can also preselect the surface and then click the command.

* To save the file location, click the ellipsis menu in the Export LandXML dialog box.
* Click Save.
* Select either a Shared or Project internal coordinate system.
* Click Export.


Use model lines with an elevation as contours to create a toposurface.

NOTE:

Before using this command, make sure your model lines have an elevation.

Create a surface

* Select model lines.
* Click environment tab > Site panel > Create Surface.


Add model lines to an existing surface

Use model lines with an elevation in order to add elevation or enlarge an existing topo-surface.
* Select model lines.
* Add the topo-surface to your selection.
* Click environment tab > Site panel > the drop-down arrow in the Create surface command > Add To Surface.

NOTE:

– You can only edit a surface created in Revit, and not a linked surface.
– If the surface is split, make sure the lines are inside the borders of the surface.
– When adding elevation inside a surface, it is recommended to erase some elevation points in the designated area, or simplify the surface, for a better result.


Rockery element

Automatically create rocks of different sizes and place them on a host or selected level. You can use any other site element with this command.
* Click environment tab > Site panel > Rockery Element

* On the Site Settings dialog box:
* Select the designated family.
Or
* Click Add to select families loaded in this project.
Or
* Click Browse to load families from your computer.
*Click Ok.

* Select the relevant level on the top ribbon.
* Click to place element.


Representation

Number array

Automatically number different elements in your model:

* Click environment tab > Presentation panel > Number Array

In the Number Array dialog box:
* Choose Selection type

Define how you want to select the elements to be numbered:
Pick elements allows you to click each element separately.
By crossing allows you to click Start and End to cross the designated elements.
Automatic allows you to select an area in your model, then automatically filter only the specified family type.

* Choose an Element Type from the list.

NOTE:

– You can use New Text Instance if you want to place text numbers unrelated to any element in the model.
– You can select an element before clicking the Number Array command, and the element type will appear selected in the dialog box.
– You can use both numeric and alphabetic systems.

* Select an Editable Parameter:
You can edit any of the following text parameter:
Black parameters are built-in parameters, such as Mark.
Blue parameters are added project parameters that apply to all elements in the category.
Cyan parameters are added project parameters that applying only to some of the selected elements in the category.

NOTE:

When the model already contains the specified Mark parameters, Revit asks you to delete existing parameters. Click OK and apply the new grid heads’ mark numbers. Since the Grid name cannot be deleted, Revit offers to add the old prefix if a specific Grid name already exists.

* Type a Start Value.
* Type an Increment value.
* Optionally, type a Prefix and Suffix.
* Select text type only when using ‘New Text Instance’ on the element type.
* Click Ok.
* Select elements in the model by selection type.
* Press ESC to end the command.


Wall grid

Use the environment wall grid to automatically create grid heads that are correctly placed on wall edges, and perpendicular to the wall. You can then create a Wall Layout elevation to represent the wall’s accurate dimensions.
The first time you use this tool, a new instance parameter called “Hide In Wall Layout” is created for the Grid category . For Wall Grids, uncheck this option.

NOTE:

This command only works in plan view.

* Click Environment tab > Presentation panel > Wall Grid

* Choose the grid type from the open drop-down list.
* Click Ok.
* Place grid heads on wall edges.

NOTE:

The grid heads are located on the wall’s edges, pointing to one side of the wall. You can choose to place the grid on each side of the wall by clicking on the other side.


Wall layout

Create wall outline elevation to represent the true dimensions of the wall. The suitable Filled Region will be used to display the wall.
The Railing hosted on this wall is also displayed with the help of the filled region. Conditional lines represent the profile of the surface on both sides of the wall, and the topography related to the previous phase.

NOTE:

This command only works in 3D view.

* Select a wall or several connected walls in your model.
* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > Wall Layout.   

   

* Pick the face of one of the selected walls as the Elevation view’s front side.
* Revit selects all connected wall faces on this side. Check these faces and click Yes to improve selection.
The drawing appears as a new elevation view in your project.

NOTE:

The Wall Layout view contains detail elements and does not update with the wall. Once the wall is updated, create a new wall layout.
The wall material can be changed, and the filled region will be updated respectively.


Wall Layout Settings

* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > the drop-down arrow in the presentation panel > Wall Layout Settings

In the Wall Layout Settings dialog box:
Define Drawing properties
* The Join wall regions checkbox allows you to combine faces of separate walls into one Filled Region. If this box is not checked, then a Filled Region is created for each wall face.
* Check Cut wall region by front line box if you want to separate visible and underground wall parts on the front of your elevation view. This creates different Filled Regions for the wall above and below the surface.
* Check Always show the previous phase to show the existing ground in the wall’s layout, even if it is hidden in the current view.

Define Surface Profile properties
* Define the location of the surface profile, offset from the wall centerline, for the front and back of wall lines in the surface profile dialog box.
* Specify the type of surfaces to show profiles in the drawing.


Object Outline

Automatically create material-matched filled regions to cover pattern deformation on sloped surfaces.

* Select the surfaces or slabs.
* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > Object Outline.

A new filled region should appear, covering the selected surface. The filled region type is created using the name of the surface’s material, and it will update with every change you make to the surface’s shape, material or location.

NOTE:

– If a filled region style with the same name already exists,
you will see an alert and the new filled region will look like the existing type. This filled region will update once you change the attached surface.


– Upon deleting the attached surface Revit will ask if you want to delete the linked filled region.
– To unlink the filled region and stop it from updating with the surface, select the filled region and uncheck the Update Boundary box in the properties window.
– In the filled regions type properties you can check or uncheck the box for Update Pattern.

Update all the filled regions of the view or of the entire project:
* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > drop-down arrow next to Object Outline > Update Object Outline

An alert should appear on your screen.

* Click Yes to apply the updates on all the current view’s Object Outline elements
Or
Check the box in the bottom of the window to update all Object Outline elements in the project, then click Yes.


Surface profile

Create a 2D representation of a surface profile in a section or elevation view. The Surface Profile command automatically creates a detail line or a spline that follows the cut topography.

* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > Surface Profile

* Select the toposurfaces.
* Click Finish in the top left corner of your window
Or
Preselect the surface, and then click the command.

* Define the Line Style.
* Click Ok

A detail line appears on your drawing that updates when you edit the toposurface it is linked to.

NOTE:

You can also create a Surface Profile for Topography that is not visible in the view. For example, the topo-surface demolished in the previous phase. Preselect topography in another view, then go to your section/elevation view, and click the Surface Profile button.


Create a ramp arrow

Create a run arrow on the ramp and control its appearance and location.

* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > Ramp Arrow

* Click to select the ramp ,or preselect the ramp and then click the command.
If this is the first time using this command in the project, a Ramp Arrow Settings dialog box opens.


Ramp Arrow Settings

Open the Ramp Arrow Settings dialog box:
* Click Environment tab > presentation panel > the presentation drop-down arrow > Ramp Arrow Settings

In the Ramp Arrow Settings dialog box:
* Define the Line Type for the arrows.

* Check the Show Arrows before landing box if you want arrows to appear on every run in the ramp. Uncheck it if you want an arrow to appear only on the top run of the ramp.
* Check Combine multiple arrows to a single family to set all the arrows as one element.
* Check Extension to Boundary for arrowheads reach the boundaries of the ramp. Otherwise, define the angle and size of the arrowheads.
* Click Ok to apply only on the next ramp selection.
Or
* Click Apply to make changes to all ramp arrows in this project.


Workspace

Free measure

In 3D view, measure the distance between two points in space. Freely snap and measure the distance between two or more points located in 3D space.

* Click Environment tab > workspace panel > Free Measure

A data window appears on the top-left corner of your screen, temporarily displaying the distances and lengths measured.
To measure several distances, check the Chain box in the free measure dialog box. The continuous length between the selected points is displayed in the total distance field.
* Press ESC once to exit the current measurement.
* Press ESC twice to exit the Free Measure tool.


Total length

Measure the length of one or more model lines.

This tool is useful when you use 2D drawings as a quick sketch in the design process, and need to know the sum totals of path distances.

* Select a line or multiple lines.
* Click on environment tab > workspace panel > Total Length

The total length should now appear in a new dialog box according
to the project unit format.

Click Ok to exit the Total Length toll.


Total length

Measure the length of a path or projection of lines. This tool is especially useful in cases where you have a few lines above other lines, and you need to know the path length instead of the sum of the length of these lines.

* Select a line or multiple lines.
* Click on environment tab > workspace panel > the drop-down arrow on the Total length command > Path Length

The path length appears in a new dialog box displaying according to the project unit format.

Click Ok to exit the Total Length tool.


Select similar

Use this tool to select all elements of the same family and type of your current selection. This command also works with multiple selection sets and with other elements like topo-surfaces and lines.

* Select the items
* Click on environment tab > workspace panel > Select Similar

All items of the same family and type are selected in your model.