Detailing with Revit 101

How to:

Document your model by annotating and detailing views to create construction details.

Detailing in Revit is a process to add detail elements to model geometry and create construction details. The basic process to create detail views is outlined as follows:

  • Create views of the model to detail.

  • Add detail elements to the view to illustrate items typically too small or too numerous to model.

  • Annotate the detail view with dimension, notes, and/or keynotes as required.

  • Consider keeping a library of typical detail for use in multiple projects.


Create Views:

Create section, callout, and drafting views to detail your models and produce construction documents. When detailing, you can use model elements in the view as part of the detail, as a reference for detail elements, or do not use model geometry at all in the detail view.


About Detailing Views:

Learn about detailed views of your model.


Details bridge the gap between the design and building reality, conveying information to the builders and contractors on how a design should be built.


Revit is a building information modeler. You construct a project as a digital representation of the physical objects in the real world. However, not every component needs to be modeled in 3D. Architects and engineers create standard details to represent how materials in the larger project are constructed. Details are vital additions to a project because they show how materials should interconnect.


There are 2 main types of views you can create for detailing: detail views and drafting views.

  • A detail view contains elements from the building information model.
  • A drafting view is a sheet of paper that is not directly associated with the building information model.


Below illustrates the workflow for accessing these views.

Create detail views to add more information to specific parts of the model.

  • View tabCreate panel (Callout)

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