Autodesk Revit: An introduction to Detail Components

In this Autodesk Revit tutorial we are going to take a look at Detail Components. If you’d like to watch the video version of this tutorial first, simply click in the box below….

In Revit, Detail Components are 2D elements that you add to your views in order to embellish / enhance your model. Take the following example….



In the above image you can see a Callout view of a junction between an external wall and a sloped roof. The Detail Level for the Callout is set to Coarse. This is obviously not detailed enough to construct from. So let’s turn the Detail Level up to “Fine” for the Callout….



Well, it’s “better” At l;east we can now see some layers to our elements. Both the wall and the roof elements are “System Families”- so Revit is now simply showing us the layers in these elements- as defined in their respective “Structure” settings. However, I would argue the view is still not resolved to a sufficient level of detail. This is where “Detail Components” come into play. Using the Callout as a “starting point” we can now overlay it with accurate, 2D elements to represent things like bricks, blocks, wall ties, etc.

Switch to the “Annotate” menu (1, below) and then activate the “Component” drop-down menu (2, below). Now choose “Detail Component” (3, below) from the list….





Depending on the Revit Template your current Project used, you should have a basic range of Detailed Components to choose from. Click on the “Type Selector” in the Properties Palette to view your choice of Detail Components….





I am going to place some “blocks” onto my wall section. So I am choosing the family & Type: “Detail_Items_Block_Sec / 100mm_Block”…





A 2D “block” is now appears on the end of my cursor. I can simply click in my view to place it. I can continue to click in order to place multiple instances. You can of course use all the standard “Modify” tools such as Copy, Mirror and Align in order to aid placement.





In the above image you can see the block that I have placed on top of the blockwork layer in the wall element. The view is slightly confusing because we are seeing both the Detail Component and the underlying Model Component (the wall). We do have an option to make the view easier to read. Ensure no elements are selected, which will bring up the View Properties for the Callout….





Change the “Display Model” property to “Halftone”. This will display all the model elements in a light grey halftone manner. Your Detail Elements are unaffected. This makes it MUCH easier to see where you have placed the 2D Detail components…





Notice how if we change the View Scale, the “Detail Hatch Pattern” changes accordingly (1, below). In the image below I have now placed 3 instances of the block. I have also placed a “Wall Tie” detail component (2, below)….




You will almost certainly want to load additional Detail Components into your Project. The out-of-the-box Autodesk Library contain hundreds of generic Detail Components. To load some in, select “Detail Component” from the ribbon menu and then choose the “Load Family” button…





When the File Selector box opens, you need to navigate to the “Detail Items” folder. In there you will find many sub-folders containing a wide range of Detail Elements that you can use to embellish your views.





Aside from loading in the Autodesk components, you can of course learn to create your own using the Family Editor. You can add Detail Components to most view types- i.e. Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, Elevations, Sections, etc.

Key Points

  • Revit Model Components are intended to be embellished with 2D Detail Components
  • Detail Components only exist within the view in which they are created
  • Consider setting your Model Display to “Halftone” to make it easier to see where you have added Detail Components.
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