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Displaying objects above and below in plan views

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Displaying objects above and below in plan views

Continue our exploration of the View Range dialog, in the previous movie we focused on the Cut Plane and how we could manipulate that. But we often want to customize our floor plans and control the way that objects either above or below display. So in this movie I'd like to look at how we can ensure that objects above the view range or below the view range display in the way that we'd like. Now, I'm going to start in this file called Above Below, and I'm going to start in the kitchen area, the break room area over here, and just do a really common example of something that occurs up above.

Displaying objects above and below in plan views

Continue our exploration of the View Range dialog, in the previous movie we focused on the Cut Plane and how we could manipulate that. But we often want to customize our floor plans and control the way that objects either above or below display. So in this movie I'd like to look at how we can ensure that objects above the view range or below the view range display in the way that we'd like. Now, I'm going to start in this file called Above Below, and I'm going to start in the kitchen area, the break room area over here, and just do a really common example of something that occurs up above.

The rules of the View Range say that if you are either intersecting the cut plane or below the cut plane, that you'll display as long as you're above the bottom of the View Range. Let me explain. Scroll down. Click on the View Range button. Essentially, what I've just said is, any object that appears between here and here will display. You could see that that's actually a pretty thin slice through our floor plan. In this case it's only a little 4-foot slice through the floor plan that will capture all the objects we're seeing.

Now, the object doesn't have to completely be contained within that 4 feet. It just simply has to intersect that band. So if an object starts a little bit below 0 but intersects the range, or starts somewhere here and goes taller than 4 feet, that's OK; in fact, we call that cut. So if you think about all of your walls, all of our walls are much taller than 4 feet, but we're seeing them bold because they happen to be cut through at 4 feet.

If a wall was completely above 4 feet--so if I took this wall and I took its base offset and maybe I put that at 6 feet or something-- that wall will disappear, because it's completely outside of that 4-foot slice that was allowed. I'm going to undo that. Now, there are a few exceptions to this. There are three categories in particular in Revit that will actually display in this range up here, between 4 foot and 7'6".

Those three categories are generic models, casework, and windows. I'll show you a quick example with casework, because that's a pretty common occurrence. Let's say I wanted to hang some cabinetry on this wall over here. I'm going to go to the Architecture tab, go to the Component tool. Right here I've got an upper cabinet double wall loaded. You can choose whatever size you want. It doesn't really matter. I'll pick a 36-inch-wide size. This is a wall-based component, so I have to highlight a wall. But notice that when I highlight this wall and place it, I see the element. But if I were to open up this section, that element is clearly taller than the 4 feet.

So it's clearly above the cut plane-- there is our cut plane--but it's within that 7'6" range right there. Now if I took one of these cabinets and I moved it up-- and I'm going to move it up just about there-- so you could see the ceiling is in the way, but it's still in the room, but it's just above that 7'6", then it will fail to display, unless of course I went into my View Range and increased the height of the top and then it would redisplay.

So two things have to happen for objects to display above the cut plane. They have to be one of those three categories-- generic model, window, or casework--and they have to be within that zone up above. Now, what about the other direction, down here? Currently, it says 0 and 0. So really this zone in here is kind of a moot point, because there is no zone there; both of the numbers are the same. But if you change those numbers such that you end up with a zone there, there is another very specific set of rules that apply, and the best way I can describe this--I'm going to cancel out here.

I'm going to open a different view. I'm going to go here to my foundation view. Now I happened to be zoomed into the same part of the floor plan, but you could see I've got foundation wall here and I've got a footing down below. Now, if we took a look at a section here-- let's reopen this section-- you can kind of see that. Here's the foundation wall, and here's the footing down below. Now it's pretty common to want to see this outline of this footing to be a dashed line, to indicate that that's down below.

So you can see it's displaying, but it's not displaying dashed. So let's look at the View Range settings in this floor plan, right here. I've changed them slightly. The cut plane is little lower because we're in the foundation, and the bottom of the view range is at -5, but I've changed the view depth to -10. So I've created this 5-foot zone which includes all of the footings. Now if you create that zone, if you change those numbers like that, then the trick you need to know is, those objects are now displaying using a special line style in Revit.

It's a built-in line style called Beyond. Where you configure that Beyond is on the Manage tab, and then go to Additional Settings, and we want to look at Line Styles. I'm going to expand Lines. There is my Beyond line style. It's currently displaying as a pen Weight 1, Black, and a solid-line pattern. So all I have to do is change this to some sort of a dashed pattern. I'm going to choose this Dash 1/16 of an inch, click OK, and now you'll see all of the footings show as a dashed line.

It doesn't matter that they're foundations. It doesn't matter the category. I didn't make a change to that category; I made a change to that Beyond line type. So anything that occurs in that -5- to -10-foot range would display this same way. The two other settings in the View Range dialog-- the zone above and the zone below--they can be a little bit esoteric. They can be a little bit difficult to understand. But they offer very powerful means to control very specifically what you want to see in your floor plan for items that either occur way below or items that occur above over your head.

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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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