Revit - Model Site Tools (Part 1)

Gabe Hernandez

Architecture and Engineering, All, Model, Revit, Site, Siteplan, Surface, Civil 3D, Construction, Civil, Civil3D 0 Comment

In this two part post on using the Massing & Site tools will cover the basics of creating a toposurface from a simple Civil 3D surface drawing file. With the 3D contours at elevation the drawing file when imported into your Revit model can be converted into a toposurface. The process is simple but understanding the steps and what you are importing is the key to being successful. Best practices are absolutely essential to creating a usable surface in your BIM model.

Following these simple practices will ensure your civil files are exactly what you need and will not break your projects.

  • The civil CAD file needs to be in the following formats to work. (DWG, DXF, DGN)
  • The civil points file needs to be in the following formats - (NEZ - Northing, Easting, Elevation)
  • Import the CAD file into a basic template to test its usability and review stability / file size.
  • Remove the CAD file after converting into a toposurface.
  • Clean up the project prior to linking into your working models.

Part 1 - Creating a Toposurface from a simple civil 3D CAD file.

Model Site Tools - Part 1