May 27, 2011

Display of Hidden Lines: Revit Structure

One of my students in a recent Revit Structure class had a great question: She was noticing that in some views the walls below the slab would not be visible but in some other views they would be displayed as hidden lines - Why?

The answer turned out to be the ‘Discipline’ that each view was set to; In the view that displayed hidden lines, the view discipline was set to ‘Structural.’ 

Further explanation from Autodesk Wiki help site:
Revit controls the appearance of structural concrete components that are in a hidden state in a view. The appearance of invisible lines of walls, floors, framing, columns, and foundation elements are controlled by the following view parameters:
  • Discipline must be set to Structural to represent invisible lines as hidden.
  • Visual style must be set to either Hidden or to Shaded (select Show Edges on the Graphic Display Options dialog) to represent invisible lines as hidden.

Shruti Harve,

LEED AP, AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Shruti holds a Master of Science degree in Architectural Computing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and is LEED accredited. Her experience includes working in Architecture and Construction firms in India and the United Kingdom as well as Structural Engineering firms in the Bay Area providing design, 3D modeling and drafting services. At Ideate, Shruti provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, 3ds Max, Ecotect and AutoCAD Architecture.

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