Revit 2015 introduces some new revision tool functionality. I’ve outlined the 3 biggest changes from 2014, along with some additional information:
Instead of a generic cloud tool that required a lot of clicks, the standard draw tools are now available. Rectangle is set as the default for revision cloud sketches:
Revisions can now be deleted, which will remove the revision from the project and all associated clouds \ tags. You cannot delete an issued revision:
On a project-wide basis you can control the maximum cloud segment size (the “double bubble”). For example, if Arc Length is set to 2”, and you are drawing a revision cloud on a sheet directly, after the segment passes 2” a second segment would begin:
Some quick additional tidbits to keep in mind:
With Revit 2015 revision clouds are treated similar to annotation and scale according to the view scale. For example, if you were to draw the clouds directly on a sheet the exact arc length value would utilized.
Revit has always used a special “double bubble” cloud segment. The Arc Length value refers to the maximum allowed sheet space size per double arc segment (see above Arc Length image).
Upgrade Arc Length
By default the Arc Length is set to 3/4” for new 2015 projects. If your previous-release project contains revision clouds, when you upgrade to Revit 2015 the Arc Length is set to 3 1/2”. For most cases this will prevent revision cloud geometry changes on upgrade. Then, on a project basis, you can set it to the desired size.
You can always create segments smaller than the specified Arc Length.
Here’s a quick tip should you run into the following scenario:
You have a custom shape multi-segment grid visible in your
view. You also have the crop region
enabled for the view. You notice that
one or more of the mutli-segment grids are not displaying the end symbol
Initially the crop region looks like this and all the
bubbles are visible:
You adjust the crop region, and the top symbols no longer
This issue is specific to multi-segment grids, where there is
only 1 sub-segment visible within the crop region (and that 1 sub-segment is
cut by the crop).
The workaround is simple:
Edit the grid sketch
Use the Modify > Split Element tool
Click somewhere within the crop (to create a second sketch segment)
Finish the sketch. The multi-segment grid line should display the end symbol now, since there is no longer only 1 sub-segment visible & intersected by the crop region:
I’ve included a few tips using some of the new
schedules features from Revit 2014:
Formatting in your Project
Formatting for the schedule title \ header \ body section
can be added in your Revit template file even if the schedule is not yet populated. For example, if you wish to add shading to columns and headers; first select the column index (which highlights the
entire column) and apply formatting:
Then you can select the headers or grouped headers and apply
You won’t technically see any of the column formatting
until the schedule is populated with elements (since the columns don’t
exist yet), but it’s a nice method to set this up ahead of time. Start adding some walls in the project later and
the schedule uses the formatting you initially
Want to create a simple “generic table” where you can insert
text, parameters, shading, images, etc.?
Well you could use the Revit 2014 schedules title section…
First, create a new schedule and either choose a category you do not have in your project, or alternatively filter the schedule so
nothing displays in the body section.
Then under the Schedule Properties > ‘Appearance’ tab,
un-check ‘Show Headers’. Now you unmerge
the default title row and add additional rows, text, parameters, images,
shading, etc. And you still get the specific
control to resize the column and row dimensions.
Two tips; First use the ‘Clear Cell’ tool to remove the
default schedule view name. You can then
use that cell to enter any data you wish.
Second, set up your cell sizes before adding new rows. The new rows will use the previous row for
cell number, size and formatting:
Disclaimer: Keep in mind this isn’t perfect, but should be
considered a creative use of the schedules title section. No schedules were hurt (yet) during this process.
Generic Model Schedule – Volume
First of all Revit 2014 adds Generic Models as a scheduleable
category. While you could schedule
generic model elements in Revit 2013 using a Multi-Category Schedule, you did
not get the ‘Volume’ parameter (and you needed to creatively filter the schedule). In Revit
2014 you can both create a generic model schedule and schedule the volume:
Last tip here; don’t forget to double-click on the schedule
sheet instance to open the schedule view for editing!
In a related scenario you could potentially see the
annotation from the linked model, but it appears at a slightly shifted
location. Similar to this example image:
By default the view (in the linked model) needs to be parallel to
the host view, in order for the annotation to display. However depending on your model size,
placement, angle, etc. there could be a slight threshold where Revit will still
display the annotation even if it is not technically parallel. Usually this is very small (under 3/32” variance in the
angle between the link and host view).
If this is the case you could potentially see the model geometry
correctly but the annotation may display as shifted slightly in the view. If so the following should help:
Use the Wall tool > ‘Pick Lines’ option to add a wall temporarily
on the link (so there is a perpendicular reference in the host project).
Select the elevation > use the ‘Rotate’ option to rotate
the elevation. Ideally you want to
rotate it away to the opposite side and then back so it will clearly snap
perpendicular to the wall reference.
If the elevation still doesn’t appear correctly, try adding
a new elevation to the same area. The
elevation should detect the temporary parallel wall you added. After the elevation is created the reference
wall can be deleted.
Our friends over in Autodesk Consulting have been busy helping the Corps create Revit Platform Templates to help increase adoption and improve delivery quality and consistency. I thought it would be great to share this with our readers.
Links to the templates are available from the Autodesk Building Owners page. You can access them by clicking on that link and going down to bottom of the page.
Here is a little more detail on what this is all about:
The USACE and Autodesk
collaborated to create a BIM Template Team consisting of seasoned CAD/BIM
Managers with a working knowledge of Revit. Each member has specific
disciplinary strengths and shared a draft working district specific Revit
template with the team. Each of the district’s templates were critiqued and
tested by the group, and by teams going through BIM Implementations. The
feedback was debated and the group decided on revisions and enhancements that
supported the intent, purpose and general needs of the USACE.
The upfront time and
effort required to set up, configure, and coordinate a Revit project and
environment, be can be minimized significantly by deploying a Revit template
file (.rte). Revit templates will increase graphic and non graphic consistency
across teams, districts and divisions. Templates will provide a team with a
common starting point and will improve the overall USACE product and brand.
Load as Group gives you the ability to load a Revit project as a group into the
The project that you are loading (as a group) may contain
various project parameters. Revit
determines whether a parameter will come along for the ride based on if that
parameter is actually in use. Two examples:
You have a typical unit .rvt project that contains walls,
doors, furniture and casework objects.
There are project parameters for those categories as well as parameters
for floors, windows and generic models.
When you load this project as a group the parameters for floors, windows
and generic models are not loaded into the host project, because there are no
matching objects of those categories (in the project you are loading as a group).
You have a typical floor layout .rvt that consists only of
walls. There are 10 project parameters for
walls. 3 of the wall parameters contain
no data for any wall instance. You load this project as a group and note that only 7 parameters
were loaded into the project. All it
takes is 1 wall instance to contain some parameter value for it to be loaded.
This way you won’t unnecessarily populate your project with
hundreds of unused parameters, while still bringing any active parameters that
A few users have reported completely blank ribbon tabs while other tabs appear normal.
If this occurs the entire tab may look similar to the image below:
If you should run into this behavior there are a few recommendations to correct the display:
1. Use the ‘Restore Down’ option or ‘Maximize’ depending on your current state to adjust the size of the Revit window. This action should force a redraw \ re-size of all panels and typically corrects the ribbon:
2. Closing and re-opening Revit should also correct the display.
Why could this occur? Under some situations having Revit on a second display, changing the display resolution mid-session, or returning from a print \ print preview could trigger this appearance.