Thursday, March 17, 2011

Revit Design Adventures: The Construction Document Set (16)

Putting a construction document set together is not a one-time thing that you leave to the very end. Of course Revit manages a lot of this for but you it's an ongoing job. You can do a few things along the way to make the job easier at the end. In manual and AutoCAD drafting it's not uncommon to pick your scale, sheet size and titleblock first. This should also be done fairly early in the Revit workflow. Of course, you will not know all of the sheets and details that you will need but at least you have a good idea of your goals. If you 'Activate View' you can work right on the sheet. This is a good technique for sheets with multiple views because you can see an immediate impact with nearby views.

Views do not have borders. They have a Crop Region which doesn't print by default. Also, the Crop Region is always inside the datums. You will have to use Detail Lines on sheets to create the border. I decided not to make borders around my views in this project.

My second image above shows some highlighted break lines. These are an imported family. You can find these under Detail Components-Div01-General in the Default Imperial Library.

Creating a Sheet List schedule and placing it on your cover sheet is a big time saver. Remember to leave enough room for it to grow as you add sheets. There wasn't much risk of that with this small six-sheet set!

The Revit Project Browser fills up with views very fast. The shear number of views can get overwhelming. In the next post we'll discuss some good ways to keep the chaos at bay.

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