March 10, 2016

Revit Coordinate System: Project Base Point Versus Origin Point

I recently had the privilege of presenting at a few Revit User Groups in the Bay Area. The subject? The Revit Coordinate System! 

There is a lot of information out there on the Revit Coordinate System, but if you are not actively setting up models for coordination, it is easy to forget what it is about and how it works. Even sifting through the how-to’s can be quite complex. You really have to get your hands dirty and play around with the coordinate system in order to get a fundamental handle on how it works.

We will be publishing a series of blog posts that go through the Revit Coordinate System basics and tie everything together by assembling a workflow that satisfies most disciplines working together on a project.

To start things off, I figured it would be a good idea to chat about the Project Base Point versus the Origin Point. Why start here? Because when linking in files, we tend to pick the Origin to Origin option, hoping that models line up at the Project Base Point. But when they do not, we start questioning whether the models were properly set up to start with or whether we have an understanding of how the Revit Coordinate System actually works.

Dive-in now by watching
my first video on the topic, Revit 2016 Coordinate System: Project Base Point Versus Origin Point.

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Sash Kazeminejad
AEC Senior Application Specialist 
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. Find him on twitter.