Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Aligning views with a guide grid, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] As you continue to prepare the sheets and your documents set, it's often desirable to have the views on the sheets not only lined up with each other on each sheet but also lined up across the various sheets. For example here I've got these two floor plans that are skewed from one another, that's pretty easy to fix because Revit is sensitive to that on it's own by just simply grabbing one of these reflected ceiling plans and moving it over, you'll see a little alignment line appear when they get lined up and just by letting go these two views are now perfectly aligned.
The trouble comes in when you have more than one view. If I tile these two sets of floor plans next to one another, you can see that the gap here between the reflected ceiling plan and the edge of sheet is much larger than the gap here between the floor plans and the edge of the sheet. Let's assume that one of these is more desirable over the other. Let's assume that here the floor plan is what I like and I wanna get the ceiling plan to match. You could take these views and start to drag them until it's about right but you'd really just be guessing.
Let's look at a feature called Guide Grid, that's gonna allow us to do that more precisely. I'm gonna maximize the A one sheet here and I want to set up a guide grid. Over here on this sheet composition panel, I'm going to click the Guide Grid tool. That will display a window that allows me to assign a Guide Grid. Now I already have a Guide Grid called Plan Sheets, to show you the process, I'm going to actually create a new one instead and I'll just call this Floor Plans to use a different name, and click OK.
When you do that you're gonna get this rather overpowering blue grid that appears on screen. The only saving grace here is that this is one of the only elements in Revit that's non-plotting. So if you were to print right now this grid wouldn't print, but just the same, it's a little bit busy, and a little difficult to see what's going on beneath it, so let's make a few adjustments. To select it you hover over the edge here and click by the edge. The first thing I wanna look at is the grid spacing. It's currently a one inch spacing which I find a little bit too fine. Let's try a bigger number, maybe four inches.
When I apply that it looks a lot better it's not quite as busy. It's still a little over-powering but at least it's not as quite as dense. Our goal is to use these grid lines to help us align the view ports and we'll be able to snap to the intersections of those grids, so if four does the trick, great, if you can get away with a bigger number you can try that, too. I happen to like the distance between these two view ports the way they are right now. I'd really like it if I could fit an even number of grids between the grid line here, and the grid line here.
Right now I've got about three and 1/2, so lemme try doing this a little larger at four and 1/2 and see if that gives me a slightly better spacing. That looks like it might do the trick a little bit better, let's try that. The other thing you can do that makes this way more useful is you can actually move this thing. We could kind of move it off to the side, and you can actually re-size it. What I like to do is just make it one grid wide, I only need to see one set of intersections and it doesn't even have to be that tall.
You can stretch it down a little bit, and then I'll move it roughly into position, I'll zoom in. The way this works is you can line up the intersections of the guide grid with any data elements in your project. That includes: grids, reference planes, or levels. I have grid A four here and I wanna take this guide grid and move it from this location over to grid A four. I'm gonna kinda click an empty space to kind of reset everything. I'll click right here to make sure I'm highlighting the guide grid and go to move.
I'm gonna snap right to this intersection, start moving it and I wanna snap it right there to grid A four. and you see how the guide grid will actually move over to that new location and it's perfectly lined up. I'm gonna zoom out a little bit and what I was trying to do earlier was get the spacing of these grids such that I wouldn't have to move this one very far. You can see I'm really close there. Now, I'm gonna take this view port instead, notice I clicked anywhere in the view port and you know the view port is selected because it'll tell you right here, view ports.
Go to move. This time I'm gonna start right on the intersection of grid A four and move it to that adjacent guide grid intersection. Now, not only are these two views lined up with each other here on the sheet, but they're also lined up perfectly with a couple of the squares in the guide grid. That's the first step in the setup. I'm gonna go back to the reflected ceiling plan sheet and everything here is a mess, so let's clean this up. Step one, make sure nothing is selected.
The properties over here should say sheet, I'll scroll down, for guide grid it's currently none and I'll choose floor plans. Remember there was two, there's one in there already so the one I just created is called floor plans. That grid will appear, and it will appear in exactly the same location and that's the key to making this work. Now all I have to do is select this view port and again it will tell me view ports over here. I'll go to my move command snap right there to grid A four. If you want you can zoom in but I'm reasonably confident that it's fine in that intersection and snap it right to here.
If you're not getting the intersection type S-I to try and force the issue and there it is right there and then I'll click now it's perfect. I'll do it again right here, grid A four, come over here, S-I, just kind of move a little bit to kind of make sure and then click and it's perfect. Now these two views are perfectly lined up with the two views on the other sheet. At this point if you want you can set the guide grid back to none, to turn it off. It doesn't change the alignment of anything but you can leave it turned on as well because it doesn't print.
It's entirely up to you, if you find it distracting just turn it off. A guide grid can be a great way to kind of add that finishing professional touch to your sheets and get all of your floor plans or like elevations and sections lined up with one another from one sheet to the next.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF