Create a Water Solid with Spring Nodes

Revit does not have any built-in tools for modeling water, though I have previously shown how you can Model Water with Topo. But this method is more of a workaround and it does not work particularly well in section.

Now with Dynamo geometry tools and a couple of nodes from Spring Nodes, you can create a solid water element that perfectly follows your Topography.

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Extract Top and Bottom Floor Surfaces

If you are working with shape-edited slabs in Revit, it can be difficult to coordinate with a civil engineer who is working in Civil 3D. It is fairly easy to export a Toposurface to a mesh, but solids are an entirely different matter.

Even if you do choose to export your solids as meshes, Revit will export the entire solid as individual mesh faces. This is not very useful in Civil 3D, since there is no way to isolate just the top or bottom faces.

But, of course, this can be done with Dynamo. And I have created a custom node that can extract the top and bottom surfaces of any element.

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Extract Topo Points and Contour Lines

Topography in Revit can be tricky to manage for a number of reasons, but I would say the most limiting factor is that you can only input points (meaning, you cannot input contour lines or a mesh). If you do use a mesh or 3D lines to create a Topo, Revit simply takes the points from those elements and gives you no control in the generated mesh and contours.

This can be fairly frustrating, particularly if you are accustomed to Civil 3D, where you have control over these elements. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is hard-coded into Revit Topos, so until Autodesk decides to fix the Revit surface engine there isn’t much you can do (besides use other elements, which can be a partial solution).

Once the Topo is generated, you can extract the contour lines and underlying mesh elements by exporting a 3D view to dwg. And with Dynamo, you can extract all three Topo elements (points, contour lines, and mesh) entirely within Revit.

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