By Stuart Tanfield
Many users spend lots of time preparing their Revit infrastructure to support the 2D deliverables from their models. More often than not, users will base these standards on their current company AutoCAD standards and adjust or amend these to suit ongoing requirements. In many instances there are a lot of quick wins. Using filters within Visibility Graphics will provide efficient and flexible control over the way elements are represented within any view. More often than not, a lot of the “out of the box” settings will be more than adequate for many, however for those users with an eye for detail, refining the representation of some of their Revit MEP elements can prove a little more challenging. These often appear to users to be less flexible than other graphical areas. In this particular instance my colleague Dennis Collin has provided some guidance around getting those graphical representations for piping just right.
Configuring Pipework Symbology in Revit MEP 2018 - By Dennis Collin
Pipework in general can be quite difficult to draw in a plant room or other busy area and still be able to clearly show what’s going on. Especially with pipes going under or over, rise and drop symbols and fittings of various types.
Fig.1 The default symbol setup can be difficult to read at times!
Rise and drop symbols size are set in the project template and can easily be adjusted to a smaller size if desired.
Located under: Manage>MEP SettingsThe 3mm default, whilst being a reasonable size, can sometimes result in difficult to understand drawings especially in busy plantroom areas. However, reducing the sizes down to 1.8mm can make things easier to read. Hidden Line offsets and lineweights might also need to be adjusted to compensate and provide clarity.
Fig 3. Drawing at the same scale but with smaller symbols making for easier, clearer reading of busy drawings.