Autodesk Revit: Drafting Views

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial I show explain the use of Drafting Views in your project. I show you how to create new Drafting Views as well as how to cross reference a Callout to a Drafting View. If you’d like to watch the video version of the tutorial first, just click in the box below…..



Most of the views that you create in Revit reference the model in some way. This is true for Floor Plan Views, Ceiling Plan Views, Section Views, Elevations Views, etc. They all use the model in order to generate their Views. However there is a type of view that does not reference the model in any shape or form- and that’s the “Drafting View” type. So if Drafting views do not reference the model, what are they used for. Well, in the course of documenting your design (i.e. producing you Construction Document set) you will inevitably need to show some “standard details”- i.e. parts of your design that occur in multiple places around the building. Typical examples of this could be joint details between 2 types of floor finish, door frame details, wall tie details, etc.

Let’s work with the simple example project shown below….




This building has an external wall containing a cavity and insulation layer. Let’s say we wish to show a standard detail of a wall tie in this external wall. This detail will occur many times around my building. I may wish to produce a standard detail for this situation, utilising a Drafting View. To create a Drafting View switch to the “View” menu and then select “Drafting View” from the “Create” menu….




When you select “Drafting View”, the “New Drafting View” dialogue box appears…..




Use this box to set the name of your new Drafting View and also to set it’s scale. You can change both it’s name and scale at any point in the future, so don’t be too precious about these values at this stage. You can see in the image below that I am going to name my new view “Typical Wall Tie Detail”…





Go ahead and click “OK” to accept the values that you have entered. This immediately creates the new Drafting View- you can now see it listed in the Project Browser under the “Drafting Views” Group….







As we said earlier, Drafting Views make no reference to the model itself. So in the image below you can see that our new Drafting View appears totally blank- this is exactly as expected…..





Take a look at the View Control Bar for your new Drafting View. Remember, the View Control Bar is the horizontal group of buttons in the bottom-left hand corner of your active view. Notice how the View Control Bar for Drafting Views is missing a few buttons! There are no buttons for Crop Regions, rendering or shadows. As Drafting Views do not reference the model, there is no need for these controls in this view type…..







So we can simply go ahead and use our Detailing and Annotation tools to draft out the detail we wish to produce. In the image below you can see that I have drawn a small section through our external wall, complete with insulation and wall tie…..




I could then simply go ahead and produce more Drafting Views- each one containing a “standard” detail that I need to document. These views can then be placed onto a Sheet (containing a Titleblock family) ready for printing. Now I can use these as standalone details. But I can also use Callout References to “point” to them and (thus) show where this detail occurs. In order to do this go ahead and pick the “Callout” tool from the “View” menu. And BEFORE you go ahead and define the extents of your Callout Reference box, check the “Reference Other View” box on the Options Bar. This will now allow you to point your new Callout to an existing Drafting View- or even create a brand new Drafting View right then and there.




Using this method it is possible to point many Callouts back to a single detail located on a Drafting View.

 Key Points

  • Drafting Views do not reference your model or (consequently) automatically generate any views from it
  • Drafting Views are used to hold isolated / standalone details or information
  • Drafting Views can be referenced by Callouts but this MUST be done at the time of creation of the Callout.
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