By Dennis Collin
Revit 2023 has many improvements over its previous releases, one of these is the ability to displace elements in 2D views. In previous versions it was only possible to do this in 3D views. However it is now possible to displace elements in 2D views. This is a major improvement for anyone using Revit in an MEP discipline. This is because sockets and switches are often close together in a model which is fine, but this can present problems with the plan view annotative symbols overlapping. It was possible in previous versions to put some integer parameters as symbol offsets, but this did require a lot of time and effort.
Displacing elements is a view specific override allowing users to move a representation of an element away from its host, to aid drawing clarity. This is essential when working with drawings containing lots of equipment, sockets and connectors, where elements are close together, but each connection symbol needs to be clearly seen and identified.
It should be noted that the displaced elements also displace the geometry representation in that view, but since the geometry is hidden and the displacement set is effectively a view specific item, it doesn’t affect other views. If required, displaced elements can be reset to the default position just like displaced items in 3d views in previous Revit versions.
Another useful application for displaced elements is the display of water pipes that sit above one another but need to be shown with an offset for clarity. In addition, these displaced elements or displacement sets can be tagged as regular pipes. The ability to tag displaced elements was a popular request on the Revit wish list. Finally, this functionality is now possible!