Revit tips & tricks

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42 Revit Tips & Tricks

  1. Install the latest Revit updates and service packs.
  2. Use arrow keys to move objects a little bit or SHIFT+Arrow Keys to move a lot.
  3. Hide unreferenced view tags – check box in the print settings.
  4. Name your reference planes. Then you can select them as a work plane to draw on.
  5. Switch off Volume Calculations until exports are required.
  6. To quickly copy elements – drag them while holding down the Ctrl key.
  7. Configure the Revit keyboard shortcuts.
  8. Restart Revit over lunch break to reset cache.
  9. If the part of the drawing that you worked on disappeared from view, press F8 – Rewind to the lost view.
  10. Pin an element to keep it from moving around.
  11. When working on two screens, you can manually stretch the Revit space across both monitors by grabbing the window borders.
  12. If there is no need to make the 3D furniture, make it in 2d – this way you will facilitate the work with the model.
  13. When it is strictly required to make 3D furniture, place it in a separate linked file.
  14. Zoom into the area you are working in. This will reduce display calculations.
  15. Minimise the number of Levels within models and omit levels not that are not used.
  16. If some command freezes for a long time or you made a mistake with it, you can press Esc many times, the window “Stop this operation?” – Yes.
  17. Save often! Revit likes to crash at the most unexpected moments and not always with the possibility of a recovery.
  18. Create your own 3d view for each level using the 3D View Borders tool. This will facilitate your presentation of the 3D model.
  19. Export rendered images to hard drive instead of capturing them inside the project.
  20. Import high resolution images into a separate ‘Images’ .rvt file.
  21. If you customize your floor plan nicely, you don’t need to manually Photoshop it.
  22. If you do the same operation many times, then it makes sense to start learning Dynamo scripts and try to optimize the solution.
  23. Use the Autodesk Community templates initially. Great people did their best for you! But customize it to suit your needs.
  24. When copying families from project to project using typical combinations of Ctrl + C Ctrl + V, errors may occur in further work. The cleanest and most reliable way is through the Revit command “Load Family”.
  25. Revit is smart and the limitations in some features are not meant to be to make your life hard, but to avoid your mistakes.
  26. Sometimes Revit is too smart and then you have to deceive and cheat.
  27. It happens that sometimes it is easier to place an element to the side, and then move it to the right place.
  28. Hide at scales coarser than. Keep detail tags from showing up on
    overall plans/sections/elevations
  29. Don’t get fooled by the ads for “professional” Quadro graphics cards! The best option is Nvidia GeForce.
  30. When choosing to insert DWG into a project, the link is more often selected between link and simple import.
  31. Do not set up a black background, even if it is “this way” and for the last 10 years you have been working this way in AutoCAD.
  32. AutoCAD allows you to draw irresponsibly, Revit – not!
  33. Reinventing the wheel is cool, but many solutions already exist. Ask! Reviters are kind and helpful people.
  34. Use good computer mouse with additional keys. This is your working tool.
  35. In a heavy model for selecting elements, instead of the “Filter” option,  it is faster to hide the unnecessary items through the “Visibility / Graphics”, and then select the necessary ones.
  36. Schedules can be linked to the Excel
  37. You can make very cool smart families in Revit.
  38. Avoid annotating 3D elements as 2D annotations, especially openings. There will be fewer mistakes if you do everything properly.
  39. Imposts load the model heavily. Maybe deliver them at the last moment?
  40. It is better to create a small group, and then add the remaining elements to it, rather than a large group at once.
  41. Make the walls transparent in 3d periodically to see what is behind them.
  42. Don’t go back to AutoCAD

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Commands in the Modify Tab for MEP

Commands in the Modify Tab for MEP
When building engineering networks, it is not necessary to connect everything by manually. In some cases, it is easier to use the commands from the Modify block.

The first command is “Cut / Extend to Corner”. When we have two duct / pipes at an angle that need to be connected, it is easier to use this command than to drag each pipe manually to the point of intersection. But this command not limited to working with elements at an angle. You can also connect two coaxial sections of a duct / pipe. The command will connect them into one section, working also on 3D views.

The second command is “Trim / Extend One Element”. It is convenient to use this command to embed the branch of the duct / pipe into the line. This command is especially useful when connecting pipes with a slope to risers. In this case, the slopes will not go anywhere, the network will not break.

The third command is “Trim / Extend Multiple Elements”. Everything is similar to the previous command, but here you can connect several branches to one line. To do this, activate the command, click on the highway, and then click on the branches in turn. Everything will unite in beauty.