In this video, Shaun Bryant explains how to create and modify filled regions in your Revit projects.
- [Instructor] We're starting another chapter now in our Revit architecture certified professional preparation course. And we're going to be looking now at documentation. And one of the first things we're going to look at is creating and modifying filled regions in your detail views when you're documenting in Revit architecture. So you'll notice I haven't got any files open in this particular case. What I'm going to do is in the recent files screen, I'm going to select architectural template.
And that will open up a blank Revit architecture project using the architectural template. You can see the default name at the top there, project 2. And I'm in floor plan level 0. Now what we're going to do is create what they call a drafting view or detail view. And to do that, I need to go to the view tab in the ribbon like so. And I come into the create panel and there's the drafting view there. So I click on drafting view like so. Now the name of this drafting view is going to be parapet detail and I'm going to put 1, because there might be more than one parapet detail in the Revit project.
It's coming in at a default scale of one to ten. That's absolutely fine. So when I click on okay, you'll notice now that we have drafting views detail here in the project browser. If I expand that out, it's parapet detail 1. And now we're going to go to the insert tab on the ribbon like so, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to import a CAD file of a parapet detail. So I go import Cad and there's my parapet detail001.dwg. Now that is an exercise file that you can download from the website.
Put it in a known location, so that you can bring it into your parapet detail when you're working through this particular video. Now colors, I'm going to make black and white for now. Layers and levels, all of them, I'm going to auto-detect my units. Positioning auto, origin to origin is fine. You're just dropping it into an empty space as a detail. There's no real coordinates to think about at this particular time. And we're placing it at level zero in that particular detail space. All I've got to do now is click on open.
And that'll load it up. And you can see it there just towards the bottom of the screen. I'm going to double-click on the wheel to zoom to fit, and there's my view there. Now, you'll notice when I hover over this. Can you see how thick the line is around it? That's because it's one to ten. It might be worth going up to your quick access toolbar here and switching thin lines either on or off. As you can see, if I switch thin lines off, you get a slightly thicker line type in there. And you'll notice that when I hover over the detail I've still got that thick line.
Thin lines tend to be better, so it's up to you if you want to use those just for clarification of your obviously visual side of things there. Now I'm going to select the view itself now. And as you can see, as soon as I do that I get a contextual tab there up on the ribbon which allows me to modify my detail view. I'm going to go to the import instance panel, click on the fly out, and do a full explode. So it all becomes Revit lines, texts, arrowheads and so on. Now you'll notice that you get an error.
Cannot be ignored saying line is too short. Just expand that quickly and review the error there. It's basically saying that there's two lines there that are too small. So there's a filled region detail line somewhere, error one and error two. What I'm going to do is delete those elements. So I'm just going to select them like so and delete those elements like that. They're not needed in this particular case, because we're creating a new drafting view, a new detail view. So let's have a look now at creating and modifying a filled region.
What I'm going to do is just pan and zoom a little and get it central on the screen and get in a bit like that, because the region I'm going to fill is this area here. And I'm going to fill it basically with concrete. So the idea of being now is I need to go up to my architecture tab here like so, and want I want is filled region. Do I see a filled region anywhere for architectural details? I don't. But if I go to annotate, you'll notice there that I've got an entire set of detail commands in the detail panel.
See the region there? Click on the fly out and I want filled region like so. Now you'll notice in the properties palette there I've got a diagonal cross-hatch. We're going to look up modifying that later. Now to create the region itself, the boundary, I'm going to go into the draw panel here and I'm going to use this one here. Pick lines. It's much, much quicker and easier. So all I'm going to do now is select all the lines and arcs that form the boundary of my region. So make sure you get these little arcs, as well. You want to make sure you get those, because they form part of the boundary like that.
And just work your way around the edges of this particular region that you want to fill. So as I come down I'm going to select this one, again making sure I get the arc. Get that line there. We'll tidy up that edge in a minute. Make sure you get the little lines there as well and just work your way all the way around, getting all the lines that you know are going to form part of your filled region in this particular detail view. So I might need to zoom in a bit there just to make sure I get that arc there. And as I come out now you'll see that I'm nearly there.
I've just got these last few here to go. And I'll zoom in and get that arc there. So if I zoom out now, you'll notice that there's a boundary all the way around the region that I want to fill. But I do need to tidy up these bottom bits. So in the modify panel here now in the modify tab on the ribbon, I use this command here. Trim extend to corner. So I select the arc. I select that line, trims that one. Select the arc and select that line, trims that one. So if I now come out and pan down, you can see that I've got a nice boundary around that particular region that I want to fill.
And that's going to be filled with a diagonal cross-hatch. So all I've got to do is hit the green tick. And as you can see, there's my diagonal cross-hatch. If I hit escape to de-select, you can see that I've now got a filled region in place there. Now I don't want it to be a diagonal cross-hatch. But I do need to modify that filled region to make it look like concrete. So I'm going to hover over it and touch on an edge and select it like so. And you can see there that it says filled region diagonal cross-hatch. Let's edit the type of that in the properties palette. And what I'm going to do, I'm going to duplicate it.
Don't ever overwrite the existing ones, because you may need them. And I'm going to call it concrete 1 like so and click on ok. So that becomes type concrete 1. I'm going to change the fill pattern there to concrete. So I click inside the box, click on the little three dotted box there and it opens up my fill patterns in Revit. They look a bit like some of the hatch patterns that you might use in Auto-CAD. And if I just scroll up a little, you'll see there that there's a concrete one. I select concrete and I ok. So there's my fill pattern, concrete for drafting for the drafting view.
And the type is concrete 1. When I click on ok now and hit escape a few times, you'll see that I've modified the filled region so that it looks like concrete in-fill in the parapet detail.
Note: The exam objectives are not release specific, but the course has been revised to reflect the most recent version of the software, Revit Architecture 2018.
- What is Autodesk certification?
- Importing DWG and image files
- Using worksharing and worksharing visualization
- Creating and modifying fill regions
- Placing details
- Tagging elements
- Working with family types and parameters
- Modeling different architectural elements
- Creating views
- Organizing and sorting items in a schedule