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Revit tips: View depth

Riccardo Pagani

Being able to properly display elements in the model allows to avoid unnecessary duplication and to have clear references for the design. We recently had a team working on a very complex project, characterized by a large number of levels. During the modeling process operators had the need to visualize the level 11 as the base for the level 6 design, acting on the Revit view depth. In this article, we'll show you how to use a higher level as a reference to a lower level in such a way that all the model elements are correctly displayed.

PROBLEM FOUND: The walls were not displayed in the view, while the plant components (hydraulic and ventilation) were displayed. In particular, we noted that all the sectioned elements were not displayed correctly. We tried to change the view discipline, check the phases filters and much more without getting any result.

SOLUTION: In order to solve the problem it was necessary to change the revit view depth settings as these affect the behavior of the underlying level. In particular, if the two views, both the main one and the other used as the underlying, have the view depth set so that they intersect each other, then revit will not allow us to display the cutted items in the model (as the walls in our case).

In most cases we find this problem while working on two levels spatially very close to each other, or when one of the two involved view is set to the "unlimited" view depth.

Taking tests we see that even in the reverse situation, when the higher level view depth includes the lower level one in its display segment, sectioned elements will not be displayed.

Riccardo Pagani
Co-Founder and project manager at BIMon, deals mainly with BIM implementation processes and interference management in multidisciplinary models.