Autodesk Revit: Elevations

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I am going to explain how to create new Elevation views. We will look at the creation of both internal and external elevations. If you would like to watch the video version of this tutorial first , just click in the box below…



Before diving into the tutorial, I had better start off by just clarifying what we mean be the term “Elevation”. In the study of architecture, an Elevation usually refers to a “side-on” view of a building. So a “South Elevation” would be a view of your building as seen from the South side. Architectural Elevations are normally portrayed perpendicular to the face of the building.

Let’s take a simple Revit model in order to demonstrate the use of the Elevation tool….


Let’s also take a look at our building in Plan…..



Let’s go ahead and create an elevation of the side of the building. Remaining in the Floor Plan View, switch to the “View” menu and choose “Elevation” from the “Create” panel…..





Once you have clicked on the “Elevation” tool, move your cursor around in the active Floor Plan View. Notice the “Elevation” symbol at your cursor position. Revit is allowing you to choose a position from which the elevation will be generated. GO ahead and click to place the Elevation Symbol roughly in the location shown in the image below…..




Notice that as soon as you place the Elevation Symbol into your view, a new Elevation view is created and listed in your Project Browser….





Let’s now zoom in on the Elevation Symbol in the floor plan view and take a look at in detail…..



Note how the Elevation Symbol is comprised of a circle and a filled triangle on one side of the circle- on top of it in this scenario- see the image above. The circle represents the “place holder” for the 4 possible elevations that this particular instance can generate. The single filled triangle shows us that just one elevation view is being produced from this location- we can produce up to 4 from the same location- more on that in a moment. Go and ahead and select the filled triangle- NOT the circle…..



Notice (in the image above) that there is a line (1) representing the “back” plane of the elevation view. i.e. anything behind this line will not be seen in the elevation view itself. Also note the dashed blue lines which represent the extents of the elevation view- both it’s sides and “far-clipping plane” These can all be adjusted with the blue grips.

To create an internal “Room Elevation” simply place the Elevation marker inside a room……



Go ahead and click on the filled triangle (1) to see the extents of the elevation view (2)- note how Revit automatically set the width of the elevation view to the width of the room- it uses the Walls to “crop” the width of the elevation view.

If you want to create elevations for the other 3 walls in that room, simply…

  1. Select the Elevation Marker (i.e. the circle)
  2. Click in the 3 empty boxes to tell Revit to generate additional views from this location.



Notice how the elevation marker now contains FOUR filled triangles…..






This shows us that 4 elevation view (the maximum permissible) are being generated from this Elevation Marker. The four views generated are all shown listed in the Project Browser….





Double-click on any of the Elevation views listed in the Project Browser to open the respective view….


Key Points:-

  • You can create as many elevations as you need
  • Elevations can be either internal or external
  • Each Elevation “Head” (or “Marker”) can generate up to 4 separate Elevation Views (perpendicular to each other)- from a single location in the model.
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