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Aligning views with a guide grid

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Video: Aligning views with a guide grid

As you are working on the layout of your sheets, you sometimes want to line up views across not only the same sheet, but sometimes across multiple sheets. Now lining up views across the same sheet is pretty easy to do. Revit actually does a really nice job of finding alignments for you automatically. But lining them up across different sheets can sometimes be a little bit more challenging. So this movie we are going to look at the Guide Grid feature, and this is a tool that we can use to help us line up views across multiple sheets. So I am in a file called Guide Grid, and I am looking at the A1 Floor Plans view.

Aligning views with a guide grid

As you are working on the layout of your sheets, you sometimes want to line up views across not only the same sheet, but sometimes across multiple sheets. Now lining up views across the same sheet is pretty easy to do. Revit actually does a really nice job of finding alignments for you automatically. But lining them up across different sheets can sometimes be a little bit more challenging. So this movie we are going to look at the Guide Grid feature, and this is a tool that we can use to help us line up views across multiple sheets. So I am in a file called Guide Grid, and I am looking at the A1 Floor Plans view.

And if you have two views on the same sheet and they are not aligned with one another, it's pretty easy to get them lined up. You just simply take the view and you start to drag it, and what you'll see is when it gets close, it'll automatically snap. So Revit kind of senses where the alignment point is, and you can see that those two floor plans are lined up pretty well with one another. Where you sometimes have a little bit more of challenge is here. If I go to be Reflected Ceiling Plan view-- and then I am going to type W+T for Window Tile--if you compare the distance of these two views away from the title block from these two, you'll notice that the Reflected Ceiling Plan views are not lined up the same as the floor plans, and often it makes a nicer, more professional presentation if you have consistent alignment from one sheet to the next.

So I am going to use the Guide Grid features to help me achieve this alignment. So I am going to maximize up the floor plan here again. And the first step is to access the Guide Grid feature, and that's located on the View tab on the Sheet Composition panel. Now when I click that button, you might have some existing Guide Grid's already in your file, so you can just simply choose the one that you want. In this case I have one called detail views that I'd previously created. Or if you like you can create a new Guide Grid, and that's what I am going to do here.

I am go down and choose new grid and I am going to call this Plan Views. Now the name is just for you to keep it straight. It's not really that important what you call it, but I am going to use this Guide Grid for Plan Views. So the guide grid will appear onscreen as this light-blue-colored grid. It almost looks like graph paper. And if I select it--I can select it out here at the edge--it will highlight, and you'll see some properties for it here on the Properties palette. So this one inch is just a little bit too dense, so let's address that first. So I am going to come over here to the Grid Spacing and I'm going to try something like 6 inches.

And let's apply that and see what that gives me. Now the spacing is much looser now, perhaps a little bit less busy. Now here is the way that this feature works. I am going to zoom in, like so, and you can align datum elements like grids, reference planes, and levels in the viewports with the intersections of the lines on the guide grid. So, right here grid line A is really close to this vertical line here.

This line passes between lines 3 and 4. So that one might not be a great choice, but if you look down here, this grid line is really close to grid 1. So if I zoom in nice and close here, I could move this viewport slightly and get A1 snapped perfectly to that intersection and then that will give me a frame of reference. Then I can go into my other views and use that same location to get a consistent placement from one sheet to the next.

So what you do is you select the viewport-- and I can does do that even zoomed in like this just click anywhere and the viewport is highlighted. You can confirm it right here or right here. Then I go to my Move command and for the start point of the move, I want to use the intersection right here, between grid line 1A. Click it. Then I can snap to the intersection right here on the Guide Grid, and that will move my viewport just slightly to get it to line up with those two guide grid.

I am going to zoom back out. Now this one is shifted a little bit, but we need to find another point that we can use here for the lower one. And it looks like, if I zoom in over here, that A4 is real close to that intersection, so that's the one I'm going to use in this case. There is my start point. There is--my sometimes you have to zoom to get it to find it. There is right there. Now I am lined up perfectly in both directions.

I'll do a Z+F for Zoom to Fit. Both of those views are lined up, and now what I can do is go back to my Reflected Ceiling Plan. Over here on the Properties palette, scroll down, locate the Guide Grid feature, choose Plan Views. Notice it'll overlay the same grid, and now all I have to do is move the viewports to the same general locations. So if I zoom in over here, I want to select this viewport and go from A1 to that intersection, zoom out, and then over here it was A4, select it, to that location. Zoom back out.

Let's do a window tile, and now you can see that these two sets of floor plans are lined up perfectly with one another. If you had a multistorey building you could repeat the process on the upper floors and all the sheets would have a lot more professional feel to them. The Guide Grid feature is a really simple mechanism that allows us to apply this reference grid to our sheets and we can use that to line up views from one sheet to the next.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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