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    Developed Elevation Problems

    Okay, so I am working on a building's Curtain Wall which has a concave wall along one side. I have decided to create a new project to make a developed (flat) elevation. I started with the 5th floor and have that level created, including all units of the Curtain Wall. I have now added Level 4, Level 3, on down to the ground floor. I have 2 problems.

    #1 - It has the elevation of the 5th floor defaulted at 0'-0" and all subsequent Levels below are -9'-4" and so on. The ground floor's elevation is -46'-0". I need it to be 0'-0" and I need the 5th floor to be 46'-0". If I change the ground elevation to 0', the constraints are not satisfied and it causes all of the floors to smash together.

    #2 - There are no elevation markers. Where are they and how do I include them?

    Thank you in advance. I hope that is all clear.

    So you changed Level 1 to Level 5 and worked your way down....I think you already know the answer to #1.

    Elevation markers are a Spot Elevations on the Annotation tab....

    But why the need for another model? Just elevate the one in the building your working in already.....your doubling your work which is what Revit is supposed to avoid.
    Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)


      No. I don't know the answer to #1. Can I keep all of the work that I have done on Level 5 at Level 5? If I make that Level 1, then it would be at Level 1, rather than being at Level 5. That is the problem.

      The need for another model is that the part of the building that I am working on is concave. Therefore, an elevation of it does not show it in true size. It shows everything shortened. So far, using Revit for the past two weeks has easily tripled my work.
      Last edited by jeeenyuss; February 26, 2014, 08:14 PM.


        If you work your way down its going to give you a negative start at Level 1 and work your way up to Level 5....

        For fixing it...go to an elevation view....grab everything (including levels)....and move it up 46'.

        As for elevating it....create an elevation at each perpendicular part of the curtain wall and place them on a sheet next to each other.

        The attached is rather crude, but it should get the point across...But this way your NOT having to double (or triple) efforts...if there are changes your still good.
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        Last edited by MPwuzhere; February 26, 2014, 08:53 PM. Reason: Forgot NOT
        Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)


          Woah! I didn't know that you could do that! That is a HUGE help! Thank you so much!


            Beat me to it, MP. Nice job.
            jeeeny, how's that "triple your work" idea going now.
            Just kidding. Keep in mind that it's not really Revit that's tripling your work. It's learning Revit that's tripling your work.
            You said earlier you're new to Revit. I presume you've been using AutoCAD for years.
            How productive were you in your first week in AutoCAD?
            Hang in there. You'll keep discovering more and more things in Revit that may seem frustrating at first, but you'll soon find out that they end up saving you time in the long run.
            Dave Plumb
            BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

            CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.


              Thanks, Dave. I am new to Revit. I've kind of been thrown headfirst into a really complicated project and I have a very steep learning curve to climb. I am getting frustrated with things because they aren't coming to me automatically, but I just need to step back, take a deep breath and then remember that I have new friends to help me over at the Revit Forum. :thumbsup:


                As many people say and I was told when starting, a good thing to remember is that learning Revit is like a rollercoaster, you have your tough fought up hills and you have the excitement inducing down hills, which then turn into up hills or walls. There are few things that can not be done in Revit, to an extent.

                I love it because there is usually no single correct answer! There are certain workflows that will help and save time, but there are many ways to skin the proverbial "cat".

                Enjoy! Take a breath and jump back in. You will be fine and yes there are many amazing minds to help here on RFO, they have saved my butt many times, I hope to help out more now that I have more experience.


                  Okay, so I have created elevations all along the concave wall. I have loaded the elevations onto the same sheet. Now, I need to make sure that the work points on each side of all of the units match up. Unfortunately, since I can only move each elevation as a viewport, I cannot align them to workpoints. They need to match up precisely. I'm not seeing how it's possible.


                    Elevation marker will not snap to be perpendicular to the panel, it will follow the curvature of the wall, however section will. Take a look at the pics and rvt file.
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