Chapter 16 Detailing Your Design

As you’ve seen so far, you can show information in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software in a variety of ways, including 3D views, plans, sections, and elevations. In each of these cases, the geometry is typically modeled based on design intent, meaning that your goal isn’t to model everything but to model enough to capture the overall scope of the proposed building. To this end, it becomes necessary to embellish the model in specific views with more detailed information. These take the shape of 2D detail elements that you will use to augment views and add extra information.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Create details
  • Add detail components to families
  • Learn efficient detailing
  • Reuse details from other files

Creating Details

If you are accustomed to using 2D CAD software applications to create drawings, you should first be aware of how the detailing process in Revit differs from CAD drafting. In Autodesk® AutoCAD® software, for example, you would create a new DWG file and then add lines, arcs, circles, hatch patterns, text, and dimensions to develop a detail. You might use blocks to combine repeatable elements to increase efficiency and maintain consistency. In Revit, you will create additional views within the project file, to which you might add 2D embellishment along with annotation and dimensions. Details can incorporate parts of the 3D model or can be empty views exclusive to 2D elements.

View Types for Detailing

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