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Mastering Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 by James Vandezande, Eddy Krygiel, Phil Read

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Using Phasing to Apply the Element of Time

Phasing is Revit's method of allowing you to add the element of time to objects in your project. It's easy to think of an architectural design in terms of what something is, where something is, and how it will be assembled. Phasing adds the dimension of “when” something is, which is incredibly useful and powerful.

Phases are most useful for doing the kinds of tasks that require you to show when elements are being introduced into your design. But a few words of caution and clarification: we don't recommend using extensive phasing to simulate construction sequencing, or “4D.” It might seem like a great idea at first, but ultimately it'll break your model and lead to a lot of confusion across your project ...

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