Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing detail components and repeating details, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Shaun] We're staying in the documentation chapter of our Revit Architecture professional certification prep course. What we're going to look at now is placing details and repeating details in a Revit architecture model view. Now, you'll notice at the top of the screen that we've got a new Revit project. It's Revit_DETAILS.rvt. Now, remember, I'm working in Revit Architecture 2014. So if you're using a newer version of Revit, you will get a small upgrade message saying that the file is upgrading to your latest version that you're using.
Now, in the project browser over here, I'm in the north elevation, and there's our wall here. So if I select the wall, you can see that we've got a wall there that's four meters high and 15 meters long, and it's a basic wall, a cavity wall, and what we're doing is we're looking at that wall from the north. So if I just click to deselect there. Now what I am going to do is in the view control bar I'm going to set it to a fine detail, and here as well I'm gonna click for the visual style, and I'm gonna set that to Shaded. Now you'll notice it changes color. What I'd like you to do is zoom in on the top left corner, and as you zoom in, because of the detail settings now, can you see that we've actually got a brickwork pattern there? That's because we've set our detail level to Fine, and we're using a shaded style with edges, so that gives us the color and the detail as well.
Now, what we're going to do is go up to the Annotate tab on the ribbon, and we're going to go to the Detail panel and click on the down arrow here, and there's our two options: Detail Component and Repeating Detail Component. I'm gonna select Detail Component, and you'll notice, can see that, I've not got a brick detail. And can you see it says Bricks-Top? If I click on the little fly-out there, you'll notice that I can pick all of these options, so I've got different things like blocks and beam and block and so on. Now I want to place a 215 millimeter block, so I'll select that, and as I come in now, can you see it's a bigger block like so? And what I'm gonna do is just bring that down here, and I can line that in with that elevation marker and drop it in on the end like that, and there's my block, and then I can place another one if I want to and so on and so forth.
Now I'm just gonna hit escape there to deselect, and if I zoom in real close, you can see that that's got the block hatching on it to show it's blockwork rather than brickwork. Now, that's a single detail. So in this case, I've placed a single block. Obviously, you wouldn't normally just place a single block. What you do is you'd use the repeating detail tool, so, again, click on the fly-out, and use Repeating Detail Component. Now, again, we've got Repeating Detail Brickwork Section there. If I click on the type selector there, I've got blockwork 215 millimeters thick, which is the one that I placed singly earlier.
So if I click there now, I can pick a point where it starts. I'll start at the endpoint, and as I drag across now, I can place my blocks. Now, what it's done there, can you see it's kind of placed them in the wrong place? That doesn't matter, we can pan, and what we can do is we can move those. So I'll just hit escape now. That hasn't affected the wall in any way because it's a detail item, so it hasn't affected the actual model itself. But what I can do is I can select that as a group of repeating details like that, and I can just move them using the modify tools, zoom in, get that bottom corner, and take it up to, say, there.
And if I come out now, I've just moved that ever so slightly to the wrong place. Can you see that? So if I just hit escape there, it kind of dips down, so I select it again, zoom in, and I just pick the corner. So I want to move it, so I pick that corner, take it up to the next corner, and as you can see now, if I just hit escape, they're all nicely placed, moving along the top of that wall. Now, these are detail elements, detail components, so they won't go into the 3D model. The whole idea of this is you're detailing and fine-tuning views in your 3D model so that you can give people detail documentation information.
So this might be, in essence, a decorative line of blocks as a parapet on top of that wall. But you can see how the repeating documentation there that you put in, in this case the detail components, works very well and sits there quite nicely in your north elevation in your Revit architecture model.
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