Folded Roofs in Revit – Part 1


roofs-1Creating sloped roofs in Revit has been one of the WOW features I always loved. In this series lets learn how to create a Folded roof Octagonal in shape, as shown in one the roofs above

1. Start by selecting Roof– By Footprint– This gets you to sketch modeRevit folded roof-1

2. Use the polygon option & set the sides to 8 & check off the define slopes option.Draw the octagon of required size.

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3. Zoom in to one of the corner of the octagon & create a offset as shown & assign define slope to the two offset lines(select the lines—check on the define slope option).Repeat this to all the other corners & finish the roof.(click on the check sign under Mode panel)

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  • Use trim to trim off extra lines
  • The offset lines should be as small as possible in length.

Watch the finished roof take shape like this

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AutoCAD Block Units Vs Insertion scale Units

AutoCAD Block Units

We must have come across the problem of seeing the blocks that we pasted from another file looking too big or too small. Well the reason is the relation between Insertion scale units in Units dialog box & the Block units.Here’s an example problem:

1. I open file in Architectural units..cntrl+C a block created there.

2. Next come to decimal units file with insertion scale set to millimeter, cntrl +V to paste, Lo! its tinyyy..

3. Now just use command ‘I’ (insert) to place the same block, this time its sizes correctly, check the scale factor in the insert dialog box.


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Wrongly saved Revit Project file(.rvt) as Template file(.rte)….How to correct it?

Here’s  a situation that happened unknowingly to a new user: The user is working on a large scale Revit project, excited on the first Revit work...did a lot of work.. time to send the file to the client…Sent!! Back comes the client  reply PLEASE SEND .RVT FILE NOT TEMPLATE FILE.

Only then the user realized he had sent a ‘ .rte’ file. Tried save as…no options to save as .rvt! Lot of modeling work is already done on the .rte file…How to save the work as Project file(.rvt)?What went wrong?

Eg. Filename of project worked on Project XXX.rte

1. First , save & close the file.

2. Start a new project by clicking on Application menu –new–Project—now select from Create new *Project—browse the folder & select the worked file  Project XXX.rte

3. Once the file is open, save the file..Your .. Project XXX.rte file is now  Project XXX.rvt check in explorer the file extension to confirm.

What had gone wrong??

When starting a new Project , you accidentally clicked create –new Project template instead of new Project which is why it continued to save as .rte.

This option is used to create custom template files so that it is easier & faster to work with preloaded families, styles of texts, dimensions, sheets etc.

17-10-2013 rte to rvt