Shape Editing Tips

Shape edited slabs are the foundation of modeling a landscape in Revit. And while they can be a bit tedious to model and grade, here are some tips and tricks that I have found that make the process a bit easier. And because there are always new things to discover about Revit, a couple of these I learned fairly recently.

1. Select points using the selection box method

  • This will reduce dragging errors that can happen from clicking on points
  • And makes it easier to grab multiple points

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2. Use isolate element when creating Spots and Slopes to minimize tabbing/ snapping to the wrong element

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3. Slopes on faces/surfaces can be unreliable

  • Pull slopes from edges whenever possible

03_slopes

4. Spot elevations created before Slab Shape is ‘activated’ are more ‘durable’

  • These annotations will not delete themselves when the Floor is reset or more points are added
  • Unfortunately, the same does not apply to Slopes (these will reset/delete regardless)

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5. Points will snap to adjacent geometry if shape editing in a 3D view

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6. Turn on Interior Edges when working and annotating to see how the floor triangulates (then turn them off before printing)

  • This will also allow you to add Spot Slopes along those edges, which is useful for figuring out cross slopes
  • This can be done in plan views and in 3D views – I find both can be useful.

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One thought on “Shape Editing Tips

  1. Thanks for sharing this! We’re about to start up a big project in Revit and with so few resources about Revit for landscape architects your website is very helpful!

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