Perspective Sections in Revit

Mike Massey

Architecture and Engineering, All, Revit, Sections, Construction 0 Comment

Revit has a way of making drawing look very ridged and flat. Creating a perspective section will add depth to your sections.  A perspective section can be created by creating a 3D Camera view and then sectioning and rotating the camera view.

Placing a Camera

To begin creating a perspective section, a camera will need to be placed into the model to create the initial 3D view.  The camera position and angle does not really matter when placing it because these will be changed once the view is created.

 To place a 3D Camera

1. Open a floor plan view.

2. On the View tab, select the drop down arrow under the 3D View command and select Camera.

3. Pick a point on the plan view to place the camera.

4. Ensure that the general direction and the depth of the camera view is pulled through the entire model.

Modifying the 3D View

Once the 3D view has been created using the Camera command, the view will need to be modified.  The view will need to be rotated, sectioned, and rotated again.  Graphics can also be changed to improve the visual appearance.

To Modify the View

1. Open the 3D Camera View.  (If this is the first camera view in the project it will probably be named 3D View 1).

2. Using the View Cube in the upper right corner of the screen, press the Home icon to rotate the view and to zoom the view out to see the entire model.

3. In the properties dialog of the view, find the Section Box parameter check box and check it to turn it on.

4. In the view, select the 3D Section Box and use the grips to pull the box into the model to section the view.  (This may be a trial and error to get the section box to section the model at the appropriate location.

5. Using the View Cube in the upper right corner of the screen, press the Front (or Right, Left or Back) to rotate the view to look directly towards the desired direction.

Optional graphical settings.

1. Use Visibility Graphics to override the Cut Patterns of Ceilings, Floors, Roofs, and Walls to a solid black fill.

2. Modify the Site Settings modify the Material of the Section Cut Material.  A material can be created to have a solid black fill pattern for the cut material.