6 Ways to be More Efficient in Revit

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Beginners get promised that using Revit will instantly make them super efficient, reducing project time by 50%. So why do you feel so slow? You might be caught in traps and patterns that you need to change right now. 

1- KEEP A 3D VIEW OPEN

Revit is about building a model. Watching your model grow in a 3D view is fun.

Many beginners spend hours trying to understand what they are seeing on their screen, and they fail because they don't bother looking at a 3D view. Create a default isometric view and use Window Tile (shortcut: WT) to split opened views.

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2- DON'T GO BACK TO AUTOCAD

One of the persisting myths about Revit is that detailing sucks and you should go back to AutoCAD for that part. We busted that myth in a previous blog post. Learn how to properly use Detail Components and Groups. You'll become much faster than in AutoCAD.

More than just detailing, many users also use AutoCAD for various linked views. This can be a nightmare to manage. Try to use 100% Revit for everything.

3- LEARN THE MOST USED SHORTCUTS

Learn shortcuts. You'll save a lot of time. Here are the ones I use most frequently:

Model:

  • WA: Wall
  • DR: Door
  • RM: Room
  • LI: Model Line

Annotation:

  • TG: Tag by Category
  • TX: Text
  • DL: Detail Line
  • RT: Room Tag
  • EL: Spot Elevation

Modify:

  • AL: Align
  • CS: Create Similar
  • MA: Match Type Properties
  • MV: Move
  • MM: Mirror
  • OF: Offset
  • TR: Trim
  • RO: Rotate
  • WT: Window Tile
  • TL: Thin Lines

Some tools don't have default shortcuts but you should add one. Type KS to access the shortcuts menu. Then search for a tool and add these shortcut:

  • CH: Close Hidden
  • WP: Set Workplane
  • JN: Join
  • UJ: Unjoin
  • RI: Region

4- DON'T OVERUSE 2D ELEMENTS

Sometimes, it makes sense in a small project to "cheat" by using detailing lines and regions to cover up rough model parts. But most of the time, these 2D techniques cause problems down the road, especially if you are working on a model with many people. 

Take the time to create a proper 3D model and use good quality families. That's more time initially, but it's almost always worth it.

5- CREATE VIEW TEMPLATES

Do you waste a lot of time setting up views?

You should adjust settings for views once. Then store them in a View Template and apply them to both existing view and views that are not yet created. In the example below, we create a view template for an elevation:

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Then we assign the view template to another elevation:

We now modify the elevation type to include the view template for all new elevations:

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f you want to temporarily change the scale or visibility of a view without messing up the view template, there's a tool for that. It's called Temporary View Properties and it is located on the bottom of your screen, next to the globe icon.

6- PIN EVERYTHING

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Beginners delete or move things by mistake all the time. Moving grids and levels by accident is the #1 inefficient move. Please Pin (shortcut: PN) everything. Elements need to be Unpinned before they can be moved or deleted.

You enjoyed these tips? You want more? Revit Pure just released the brand new edition of their free Pamphlets publication. Current issue is about Phases, containing 16 pages of tips, tricks and fun. Download here and enjoy!

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