There’s a myth that Revit requires you to build everything upfront and make every detailed decision from the start in order to build a good Revit model. According to U.S. CAD Solution Specialist, Aaron Wagner, a good template can take you far, but every project detail is not required to be pre-determined to build your Revit model. He encourages designers to first ask themselves “What is the story that I am trying to tell with this model, and how much do I need to develop to convey that?”
In the April From AutoCAD to Revit webinar, Aaron demonstrated how users can impressively tell their story with Views in a Revit model. He covered creating graphical and non-graphical views, setting the view displays, and modifying the views. Here’s a quick summary of his presentation, and don’t forget to check out our Recorded Webinars section for the full video!
3D Views – There are three different types of 3D views: Default 3D View, Camera View, and Walkthrough. All three of these 3D view types have graphic display options that include realistic, consistent colors, shaded, hidden line, and wireframe representations of your model. These 3D views not only show what the design looks like as a whole, but also details like the building materials used in creating the project, and shadows based on solar influences. Aaron goes into detail for use cases and customizations for the different 3D Views in the following videos:
Default 3D View: This view gives you a default isometric view of the model.
Camera View: This view allows you to position a camera within the model and drag your cursor to the extent of how far and wide you want your view to appear.
Walkthrough: This view is like the Camera View, in that you can choose the path, angle, and perspective of your view, however, your view is animated and simulates the experience of the user walking through the model.
Color Schemed Floor Plan Views – Revit allows you to make your floor plan stand out and improve readability by using color schemes in your floor plan views. The Floor Finish Legend, which helps the user understand color representations, automatically updates the colors on the model in real time. Aaron shows how to create a color schemed floor plan in the video to the left.
Schedule Views – While some people might not consider schedules as Views, there are several tips and tricks to enhance your Schedule Views to tell your story in Revit. In this video, Aaron goes into detail on creating schedule views, including how to attach images.
Setting View Displays
Visibility graphic overrides in Revit allow you to easily add patterns, shadows, and textures to your floor plans for greater detail to your project. With Revit, you are able to save these patterns, shadows and textures into a template and apply those settings to various views, which will free up the repetitive and time-consuming task of customizing each view.
Here’s a look at the different graphic display options you can take advantage of, and how you can save time by creating view templates in your floor plans:
If you are used to working in AutoCAD, your typical workflow for modifying floor plan views might include figuring out how to set your layer, changing your layer colors, and changing line weights. Aaron demonstrates how Revit’s workflow is much easier and simpler. He encourages new users from AutoCAD to Revit to view Revit as virtual construction instead of simply drafting. Working in Revit can become clearer once you think about working in Revit as working with objects instead of layers and colors. Aaron shares more about using Object Styles in Revit to modify your floor plan views:
Question – Would you recommend using a centralized model and shared work sets for various teams and building systems?
Answer – You should definitely leverage using work sets when working with more than one person on a project. For every building system, it would depend on the size of the project. Large projects might need to be sliced up into a system, level, or wings. Work sets should be leveraged because there’s a lot more power to it than just working on the project at the same time. You can actually divide up the model.
Are you currently utilizing Revit Views to “tell your story”? How else does Revit help you in your modeling process? Share your thoughts in the comments below!