Sunday, 3 February 2008

Creating matchlines in Revit

How do I create a matchline to references small views of a building that is too large to fit on one sheet?

1. Select a floor plan view that will become your “primary view”, right click and create a new view by using the command Duplicate View/Duplicate as a Dependent.











2. Label the view in CAPITALS as this will distinguish from those views not on sheets (HOK CAD Standard)
3. In the dependent view turn crop region on, and adjust it to suit the sheet size.














4. Now you are ready to create the next dependency, it is easier to duplicate from the dependent you have just created as you can move the crop box.
5. To create match lines go to the Primary View and turn on crop regions.
6. In design bar, View/Matchline – and draw match lines between the overlapping sheets.














7. Now you can add a symbol to show the drawing number – using View/View Reference.
8. Place the views onto sheets for the View Reference symbols to be populated.

















For more information look at the Revit help file under View References or Matchlines.

This approach can also be used for sections and elevations. However, the solution falls short of being able to get the Matchline references onto a sheet, as Revit does not permit independent scales on the Primary View (which the dependencies are related too).

For example I have a project that has 1:200 floor plans to describe the full floor plan and eight 1:50 views, the only way I can label the 1:200 is to create a duplicate view (not independent!) and add text which is disappointing. If you have suggestions for a better way please add comments to this post.

Breck Baird, SF replies:

I was using this method for the project I am working on right now. However, the project manager did not like the fact that the matchline was in the same place on each dependant view; so, anything that was covered by the matchline in one view was also covered by the matchline in the adjacent view.My solution was to use a custom View Reference based on the standard "Matchline HOK.rfa" file I found in our HOK Content folder.

By using a view reference made to look like a matchline each dependant view could have its own "matchline" in a slightly different location. Having the matchlines in different views offset from each other (with a little portion of the building shown in both views) prevented any portion of the building from being obscured by the matchline in both dependant views.

2 comments:

Breck said...

I was using this method for the project I am working on right now. However, the project manager did not like the fact that the matchline was in the same place on each dependant view; so, anything that was covered by the matchline in one view was also covered by the matchline in the adjacent view.

My solution was to use a custom View Reference based on the standard "Matchline HOK.rfa" file I found in our HOK Content folder. By using a view reference made to look like a matchline each dependant view could have its own "matchline" in a slightly different location. Having the matchlines in different views offset from each other (with a little portion of the building shown in both views) prevented any portion of the building from being obscured by the matchline in both dependant views.

If anyone is interested I can forward a sample project with the custom view reference loaded. -Breck

Grumpy Grizzly said...

Both the Matchline and View Reference commands are now located in the Drafting menus, not the View menus.

I believe this change might have happened for 2009 as I have several books that show the commands still under the view menus.