Section cut in Revit

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 a straight section

Make sure it is perfectly straight or this method will not work.

Cut a section in Revit.

2) Use the rotate tool

Select the section from plan view and click Modify > Rotate.

Rotate tool in Revit.

3) “Place” your center of rotation

This step is where the magic happens. Once you choose the Rotate tool, there is a checkbox on the Options Bar that says “Center of rotation”. Click the “Place” button.

Place your center of rotation in Revit when rotating elements.

4) Pick a point

Choose a point that snaps to an element that has the angle you would like to reference. In this example, we will use the midpoint of the elevator wall.

Rotate a section to align with an angled architectural wall.

5) Create a rotation reference

After you’ve picked your center of rotation, you need to create a starting angle for the rotation. This reference line should be parallel to your section line. In this example, it is horizontal.

Use a reference to rotate a section in Revit

6) Snap to the proper angle

To complete the rotation, snap to the line that you are using as a reference.

Use rotate to snap a section into place and align it.

7) Done and done

You have successfully aligned and rotated a section to match an angled element in Revit!

Align a section to an angled element in Revit