In this exercise you will be creating a new project, and you will be setting up some site parameters.

C.1. Creating a New File 

C.1.1. Open Revit. Look for the icon below and double-click on it.



C.1.2. Open a new project.  When prompted, selected an Architectural template.


C.1.2. Save the Project and provide a name. Name your project with your last name followed by your first name followed by the name of the project. For example, Pat Smith would name the file, PatSmith_House or PatSmith_MotorMotel.

C.2. Property Lines

There are two ways to construct property lines in Revit. One way is to sketch out the lines of your property. You simply draw out the shape of your property and define lengths. Once complete you click on the checkmark at the top of the screen.

Another way is to input distances and bearings to a table. If you are working from a survey map, this is the better method. The site map below is an example of a site survey. 


The video below explains how to input Bearings and Lengths.

C.2.1. Click on the Property Line icon which you will find on the Massing and Site Ribbon.

C.2.2. Select Create by entering distances and bearings.


C.3.  Constructing a Toposurface

C.3.1. In the next steps you will be constructing the topography of your site.  Consider what kind of slope you would like to work with. 

C.3.2. Go to the Site view.  You will find the view in the Project Browser under Floor Plans. 

C.3.3. Go to the Massing&Site Ribbon and select Toposurface. 


VIDEO:  Making a Toposurface in Revit (click on the image below)

You might also watch the following video which provides a good explanation of additional topography operations:  Around 10:00 in the video, is a specific explanation of establishing the contours.


C.3.4. First start by making a flat topographic surface by placing points at the corners of the property. It is recommended that you set those points just below 0'-0". Later 0'-0" will be set as the lower level of your structure.



C.3.5. Add more points as described in the video or generate your own topography. Keep in mind that you can edit and add contours at any time. You can also delete the toposurface  and begin a new one. The image below shows the toposurface described in the video above from the East view.


C.3.6. You may find it useful to turn off the topography. One way to do this is to click on it, select the eye glasses, and select Hide Element.


The element will be temporarily hidden.

If you want to turn it back on select on, select the glasses and choose Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate. The element will appear again. If you would like to maintain its hidden setting select Apply Hide/Isolate to View. The Temporary Hide/Isolate warning box will disappear.

To turn the element back on click on the Reveal Hidden Elements button.

The hidden objects will appear in a magenta color.

Click on an object that you would like to turn on and select Unhide Element.

Click on the Close Reveal Hidden Elements icon.

C.3.7. Move the elevation targets outside of the property lines. To move them, click in the center square and drag them with your mouse.