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Rotate a section to line up to an angled element in Revit

I remember my early days of Revit and working with architecture that had several angles in plan view. Cutting a section without knowing the exact angle is difficult in Revit and the Align tool currently does not work on section lines. Here is a workaround to rotate your sections to align with any angle within Revit. 1) Draw … Continue reading Rotate a section to line up to an angled element in Revit

[Solved] Revit can’t create a new module in the macro manager

This morning, I ran into an interesting bug in Revit 2016. I opened up my Macro Manager per the norm, but when attempting to create a new module Revit wouldn’t save the new module. It successfully opened the dialog box to let me choose a name, language, and description, however once I clicked “OK” nothing … Continue reading [Solved] Revit can’t create a new module in the macro manager

IronPython UI Generator and Script Library for Autodesk Revit

I just stumbled on this script library for Revit users who wish to use Python with the Revit API. In it’s simplest form, it’s a folder of IronPython .py scripts for Autodesk Revit. Check it out on GitHub: https://github.com/eirannejad/pyRevit There is plenty of example code written in Python that you can refer to when learning to create … Continue reading IronPython UI Generator and Script Library for Autodesk Revit

Here’s why your Revit families hosted to reference planes may appear upside down

Hosting elements to reference planes in Revit is a technique used by many, but only fully understood by few. The most overlooked part of the entire process is drawing the reference plane itself. Did you know that there are differences between drawing a reference plane from right to left versus drawing one from left to right? … Continue reading Here’s why your Revit families hosted to reference planes may appear upside down

[Solved] Error When Attempting to Rotating Multiple Connected Elements in Revit

There are times when you may have attempted to rotate multiple connected objects and receive an error: “Can’t rotate element into this position.” At this point, beginners and seasoned Revit users both might decide that the only option is to model the elements again. Lucky for you, there is a workaround. Multiple Pipes, Fittings, and Pipe … Continue reading [Solved] Error When Attempting to Rotating Multiple Connected Elements in Revit

A quick fix for gridline bubbles that do not copy/monitor on the same ends of the gridlines

Occasionally, you may copy/monitor gridlines from a linked model only to realize that the grid bubbles are all over the place. Some are at the top, some are at the bottom, some are on the left and some are on the right. This can be frustrating to correct if you have several views in a … Continue reading A quick fix for gridline bubbles that do not copy/monitor on the same ends of the gridlines

Best Practices: Managing Sheet Lists in Revit

The task of managing drawing lists has typically been a daunting one; Particularly on large projects. With the dawn of Revit adoption, we now have some options to make document control a little easier. Avoid Two Sets of Data When Possible You’ve heard this one a hundred times when using schedules on your drawings. If … Continue reading Best Practices: Managing Sheet Lists in Revit

Exporting an AutoCAD MEP model as an IFC and then linking it into Revit

In the BIM world, there are several platforms and file types. AutoCAD has many flavors most of which are discipline specific and are used in fabrication processes. Just like any software, cross-compatibility between platforms is finicky at best. The big disconnect happens when a design engineer hands off their model to a contractor to complete … Continue reading Exporting an AutoCAD MEP model as an IFC and then linking it into Revit

Using a filter to show a future phase in Revit

If you are at all familiar with Revit’s phasing capabilities, you have undoubtedly run into an issue with showing future phasing. Revit currently does not allow you to do so. As of Revit 2016, future phases simply do not appear in your views and there is no way to show a future phase. Fortunately, we … Continue reading Using a filter to show a future phase in Revit

We should all be using Revit’s worksets for efficient worksharing, not visibility / graphic overrides.

More and more I’ve had debates regarding worksets being used for visibility. My stance is to avoid using worksets to control visibility and graphic overrides – save this task for filters. Using worksets for visibility graphic overrides will completely strip your ability to use works sets the Revit way, which is to efficiently share work. This … Continue reading We should all be using Revit’s worksets for efficient worksharing, not visibility / graphic overrides.