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If your job requires working on Revit models created by someone else, then you have probably run into situations where portions of the model need to be reworked. Perhaps you're a subcontractor or an interior designer who needs to accurately convey finishes. Traditionally tasks like these would require a good deal of time, but with the three unique construction modeling tools in Revit, you can now add the details and refinements you need without rebuilding the entire model. Paul F. Aubin shows how model elements can be broken down into parts and articulated with their own finishes, materials, and other details. To assist in documentation, Paul explores assemblies: detailed drawings of isolated portions of the model. And with the Displace feature he shows how to create compelling "exploded view" illustrations to convey how things fit together.
Once you have your assembly in your assembly views, the next step is to add annotation details or notes or dimensions and then place those assembly views on to a sheet. So in this movie, I'd like to look at assembly sheets and I have a file open called assembly sheets, and I'm currently in the typical bay, Detailed view planned detail. And I've just done a few examples of some of the detailing here that you might expect to add to these assembly views. I've got some dimensions, I've got a window tag, I've got a material tag over here.
And I've customized the look of the section indicators that were created here by default. So, let me go to another view and recap all of those steps to do a similar kind of configuration there. So, here's the elevation front view, and it's in the state that it started off when the view was first created. So, one of the things that we notice is that Revit will take these section indicators that are basically the assembly view elevations, and it will place them all the way around the assembly.
It kind of does all six sides if you think about it as a three dimensional box. So, I probably don't need to see those indicators. I think it's enough to know that it's the front or the left or the side view. I think that is descriptive enough so what I'm going to do is just simply select each of those view indicators that are off to the sides there. And then, up here on the ribbon, I'll choose the Hide element drop down, the little light-bulb here and I'm going to choose Hide Elements. And that's going to hide those four indicators.
Then, for this section and this section, they cut all the way through the model here. So, just like any other view in Revit, I can click on it and there's this small little squiggly indicator here in the middle, it's the gaps in segment control handle. And I'll just click that and that gives me some grips here. And I can fine tune and adjust just how much I want that section to penetrate through the drawing. And I can do the same thing for the vertical one, add a gap in the segment, and again, just sort of pull these lines back.
This is really a matter of office standard and personal preference. So I will leave these specific graphics up to you. But I'm just going to fine tune this just a little bit here, more to my liking. Okay, so that's the view indicators starting to look a bit better. The next step, of course, is if you want to add dimensions, okay, that's just standard dimension, okay, there's nothing really special about an assembly view, let's just say I wanted to dimension the heights of these windows. For example, okay, I'm just kind of putting a dimension on there.
You can see that there is really nothing special about the way that you add dimensions in assembly view, you just use the standard Revit tools. Likewise with tags, if I use my tag by category command, turn off the Leader setting and tab into the window. You have to tab because otherwise it's going to try and tag the entire assembly. But if I tab in, it'll see the window and the window. And the window, and so if I cancel out of there, lets zoom in a little bit, you could see that, that you know, happens to be window number 13 there, and then if I want to, I can move the tag to make it slightly more legible.
So, you could see that all of the techniques I'm using here are just sort of standard, annotation techniques. There's nothing special about using a assembly view versus a standard view. The only thing that's important to understand is you can't edit the model from the assembly view. So, when I click here you notice the entire assembly selects. And even though I can tab in and, and get at some of the individual objects, everything is grayed out over here. So if you want to change something about the model, you actually go back on your project browser.
To one of your standard model views and change it there. If you change it there, the assembly will reflect the change and it will update here. So you edit the model in the standard views and you annotate it in the assembly views. Very important. Okay? So, let me just add the material tag here for some of the materials, this will indicate what material it is. I forgot to turn on the Leader for that one. So when we turn on the Leader there. There we go. Give that a little leader. That tells me that that's brick. And if I come down here, and another material tag.
Turn on the Leader. We can indicate the material of this or this. And you get the general idea. So, once you have all of your annotation, your notes, your dimensions and you've adjusted any the view indicators, you can now start to place these views on a sheet. Now, you can actually place them either on the sheet that's dedicated to this assembly. So you have your own like little assembly sheet that might be appropriate if you're doing a shop drawing. Or you can actually place them on a standard project sheet as part of the main project.
It's really up to you. So, I'm going to take that front elevation here and I'll add that. I also had the plan detail with some notes and annotation on there, so I'll add that. You know, if I want to add the material take off, which is going to come in rather large here, but that will tame itself a little when I adjust the widths of these columns, like so, okay. And so here's a complete list of the materials that are in this assembly, you can see them all listed out here.
It could do with some sorting, so I'll leave that to you as an exercise, there's nothing special about this view, this schedule here, other than the fact that it's part of an assembly, but you can sort it and group it using all of the standard Revit techniques. So you can see that once you've annotated and customized the look of those views, you can easily add them onto the assembly sheet and then it can become part of your presentation package or your document set.
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