Archive for the ‘Details & Detailing’ Category


Revit – Annotation (Weld Symbol)

January 26, 2014

I’ve just added a “Weld Symbol” annotation to the A.I. Dropbox.

You can access it by requesting to be added to the A.I. drop box here (

The family link, “How to Use” descriptive and Weld Symbols legend can be found here,

The Youtube I posted on this family can be directly accessed here,

Although we don’t do much in the way of welding, as architects, the complexity of these symbols can be a graphic pain-in-the-backside when we do need to make these callouts.  Hopefully this little gem will make that process a little easier.

Cheers to Detailing



Revit Keynoting Alternative

May 7, 2012

Received this from Dave Davies in South Wales, Australia.

It allows users to create bespoke codes and descriptions, which are then automatically created as Revit detailed  component “dots” which are then used to annotate Revit details.

He’s offering a 30 day no obligation free trial of the software to raise awareness.  It’s available to purchase as an annual license.  Looks interesting.  The website ( ) as of this post had no information on cost. 

This clip moves fast and has no voice over, only music, which I found distracting and had to turn off to get a handle on what he was trying to show.

This methodology breaks the bond between the BIM object and the keynote assignment and utilizes a graphical dot as the keynote tag and description holder.  This could lead to incorrectly tagging objects since you are no longer relying on object embedded data.  It does however free you from the current limitations of keynoting, a technique many of us avoid due to those limitations.





January 10, 2012

There’s a nice technique for detailing shop assemblies that I like that involves using Revit’s massing modeler.  I create the desired assembly using extrusion and void extrusions and then I capture the 3D isometric view of the image.  Revit will allow you to dimension, to a degree, in the 3D view so you can describe the assembly but has some problems with certain planes when dimensioning so you will have to annotate the image further in the detailing environment.

Revit will allow you to capture the image just make sure you reduce your window tight to the image you want, as shown above.  You’ll see why when we get to the capture settings.  To capture the image go the purple ‘R” (upper left corner) and select “Export>Images and Animations>Images”. as shown below.

You’ll get the following command window (below). Set your save path at the “Name”,  Now here’s why we pulled tight to the 3D view;  the export range is set to “Visible Portion of Current Window”  this will save you all kinds of headaches in avoiding oversized images or portions of your image being cropped by Revit’s export function.  I ramp the image size up to 1200 pixels to get a better resolution when I size the image down in the detail window. Set your desired format (Jpeg or BMP) for standard use in Revit.

You can now import the image into your detail using the Insert Tab > Image.  The image will come in oversized so you’ll need to resize it to the desired scale to work with your intended annotations.  Just select the image and click / drag one of the blue corner dots to scale.  You’ll probably need to add some additional dimension strings to compensate for what Revit couldn’t do in the isometric (note the dimension string tick size variation).  This makes for a great way to communicate the assembly by shortcuting the traditional orthographic approach.

One word of warning, keep your shaded isometric on the light side via the materials control interface where you construct the 3D model.  I’ve found that printing tends to darken shaded planes and can push what would be preceived as gray on your monitor to very dark grey on the print, potentially covering detail you want to show.  Also keep the 3D file you created of the assembly as you will inevitably need to modify it in the future.


April 7 2012 update:  When plotting under the “Settings>Setup” button dialog window set “Hidden Line Views” to Raster processing.  Otherwise your image files won’t print. (CK)

Exploded Path Lines:  You can’t draw in the 3D view, at least in the versions up to 2011 so an easy and accurate way to acheive the dashed lines of a layered component that has been exploded away to more clearly show the assembly is to duplicate the extrusion that you want to pull away and then expand the duplicate to bridge between the exploded position and the final in-place position.  Then over-ride the graphics setting of the duplicate to “transparent” and set the line value to “dashed”.  You’ll lose your hidden lines of the duplicate so go into wire frame and use the modify linework tool using the same dashed line to touch the hidden lines.  Then go back into the shaded view and the hidden lines will now be visible. (CK)


Beyond Grid Guides – A Revit Layout Technique

October 15, 2011

At Breckenridge we use a grid system I developed many years ago in my private practice.  Essentially it is two grid systems.  One divides the sheet for details and enlarged plans and helps set schedule limits and note areas.  The other is a view title guide designed to help provide for a uniform placement of the view titles.

The first grid is in black and is broken into segments so you can hide individual segments and create rectangular or enlarged grid areas.  I group this grid and assign it a name unique to the sheet.

The view title grid is in red and is not segmented.  I typically have this grid grouped and hidden.  I use the reveal hidden light bulb at the bottom of the interface to highlight this grid and then register my view title while in this mode.

I find these to be great organizational tools.

One day all this sheet layout process will disappear but it will take a mobile heads-ups field display system that the contractors can utilize.

Paperless Society?  Still Waiting. 😦



41,000 Free Revit Details – OMG

December 16, 2010

Much Thanks to Jim Fields who put Mark Siever of ARCxl in contact with SARUG.

Mark’s company provides a central clearing house for manufacturer specific product details for use in your Revit projects.  These details are free to registered Architects and architectural firms in the U.S. and Canada only.  These details are free due to the sponsorship of the product manufacturers and with URL links embedded in the detail components it’s a simple process to connect to the product manufacturer for additional info.

For more info see:


“We love the mention but would only like to clarify that the details are not manufacturer specific. They are intentionally non-specific, generic, and common details for everyday use. The URL links go to our directory of many manufacturers of that component type. The sponsor link is subject to change but may give the impression of a proprietary arrangement.” 
Mark Siever / Arcxl