Annotation, Modeling

Preparing Revit Model for Consultants

There are few ways to send out your model to your consultant, but what would be the best way?

Should I send the Central file or my local file to our consultants? The answer is No to both. Your model needs to be Detached from Central before it is good for your consultants to use.

These are the steps I recommend:

1. Have the whole team “Synchronize” their local files to Central and close the file.

2. Open the Central File. Check “Detach from Central” & “Audit”, uncheck “Create New Local”.


3. Once you click Open, a dialog box will pop up. Select Detach & preserve worksets.


4. (Optional Step). In Project Browser, select all sheets, right click and “delete” sheets in the project. This helps to minimize the file size.

5. “Purge” unused objects in the model. Go to Manage tab > Purge Unused (under Settings panel).


6. (Optional Step) Remove unused Links. Go to Manage tab > Manage Links (under Manage Project panel). Click through the tabs to Unload and remove all AutoCAD Links and any Non-Architectural Revit Links from the file.

7. Save the file. Save As > Project > Options > Check “Make this a Central File” and “Compact File”.


8. Save the file with the same filename as your original Central File.
It is a good practice to keep track of the date you send out your model. create a folder with today’s date and save your Revit file in there.

9. Under Collaborate click on Relinquish All Mine.

10. There is a check box in the Sync window you need to check manually to release all Worksets.

11. Close Revit and delete the backup file

12. You are ready to send the *.rvt file to your consultants!

Please Note:

It is important to send the Revit model out (and ask for consultants’ Revit models regularly and after any major change in the project.

If you have other Architectural Revit files (unit files, etc) linked, you need to follow the steps for those files as well…


Annotation, Modeling

Solid + Hatch Pattern Combo!

We needed to show our concrete walls with grey poche AND hatch pattern both. How would you do that?

I am not a fan of Filled Region, It is an easy way out but not the best way. If you make any changes, you need to backtrack all your filled regions and re-adjust them accordingly. so that’s out of the question!

Well… This is how:

You also need to change your Graphic Display to “shaded” to get the whole effect to work…


Shaft openings

This is one of my favorites:

Most of us know about “Shaft Opening” feature of Revit. Great feature to cut multiple floors for Elevators, stairs, and shafts at the same time. But my favorite part is ….


My favorite part is that you can add dashed lines for opening, on one floor, and it shows on ALL floors ….AUTOMATICALLY! and it moves with the shaft if you were to adjust or move your shaft!

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