Detailing with Revit 101

September 15, 2021 Bruce Boutin

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 Detailing 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)

  • View tabCreate panel (Section)

When you want to show details in a view that are not directly associated with the building model, create a drafting view.

  • View tabCreate panel (Drafting View)


When to use details:

  • To convey detailed information
  • To show features that do not exist for components used in a project
  • To draft lines in a drafting view with no reference to the model, such as signage or typical details
  • To trace over underlay elements in the view
  • To detail a view with part of the model visible, such as in a wall section or callout
  • To show turning vanes in an elbow, for example, when turning vanes are not supported by the elbow component

Foundation detail sketched with Revit detailing tools


I hope this was helpful. Next blog on details we will talk about “Create views of your model for detailing”.

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