September 21, 2011

“I Wish We Had Known This Earlier!” Dependent Views: Revit

“I wish we had known this earlier!” Those were the words the design team uttered when I showed them the “Apply Dependent views” tool as part of a Revit Consulting engagement here at Ideate, Inc. The team did not know the tool existed. It can be a real time-saver!

If you are modeling a ten story building in Revit and for plotting purposes, you have to break the views up into multiple parts, you right click on a view and Click: “Duplicate as a Dependent.” You have to do that for every single floor plan, then there are sections and elevations. If you are breaking the view up into four parts… that's right, clicking 4x10=40 times. Then, if the layout, etc. changes, that’s a whole other story!

With the ‘Apply Dependent Views’ tool you can create a set of dependent views for one view and then very easily populate it across other views. See screenshots below:

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.

Get it. Know it. Use it.