Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Managing Detail Level in Revit

Do you ever hear the complaint that Revit’s output doesn’t look consistent, or the Lineweights look bad? One of the things that you should pay close attention to is the level of detail of your views. Here is a tip that will help ensure that all your views have the correct level of detail applied to them.

Create a schedule to show all the views in your project.

Add the columns that you deem necessary. Here is what we use:

Notice the two columns at the far right (highlighted yellow).

Current” is the current detail level of the view.
Recommended” is what we recommend the view should be. It doesn’t mean it has to be, but based on the scale, is suggested.

The Recommended column is created in the schedule properties, under Fields. It is a calculated Value with the following formula:

if(Scale Value 1: < 49, "Fine", if(Scale Value 1: < 97, "Medium", "Coarse"))

Note: You can actually change the detail level right within the schedule. You don’t have to go to the view to make the change.

Other things you can do within the View List:

  • Change the "Title on Sheet".
  • Find out what sheet a specific view is placed on.

What a great place to manage your views!


WILL said...


I tried your formula, bu i receive a Error message "the following is not a valid schedule field: Scale Value 1:"

the weird is that the filed is there.
any idea?

Tony Isenhoff said...

Remember, when you use parameters in formulas, you have to have the syntax exact! In this case, when I posted to the blog, it removed some of the spaces in that parameter..., just look at the parameter "Scale Value 1:, you'll notice that there are more spaces than I show in the blog.

Sorry about the confusion

Robert said...

Hello Tony,

I am trying to add the View Type parameter that has the scale, site, working, etc... but have no idea how you did it! Could you explain the steps to add that extra parameter? Thanks.


Tony Isenhoff said...

My bad... View Type is a parameter we've added to views that help us organize the Project Browser a little better.

You can add that parameter by going to the Settings pulldown, then project parameters... Add the parameter and associate it to views...

Best is you do this in your template!

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