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Don’t Fall Off the Edge

In Revit on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

One of the great things about Revit is the ability to begin conceptually, and refine the design over time. Walls are a great example of this workflow. When you don’t want to bother with finish materials, a generic single-material wall everywhere will work fine most of the time.

Depending on your office standard, this can create an issue to watch out for. I have always placed dimensions to the face of core (stud, CMU, etc.). If you place a dimension on a single-material wall (even if the location line is set to face of core) and then change the wall to a type that includes a finish material, the dimension will stick with the outer face of the wall, and you will have to adjust it back to the core.

So when starting a new project, there are two options to save the headache of adjusting all these lines later (true, all you have to do is click the little blue dot to toggle the location, but still…). Either begin with walls that have finish, or wait to dimension until after wall types have been decided. I advise the former. If you’ve worked in Revit for any length of time, you know how easy it is to drive the design by using placed dimensions. The old school may throw a fit that “we don’t know what that will be yet” – if that’s the case, then just rename the wall to ‘Generic’.  .-)

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