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Game, Set and Matchline?

You can’t fit a 100m building plan onto an A3 sheet at 1:100, just like you can’t fit an elephant in a fridge, no matter if there are footprints in the butter!

You could use a bigger title sheet, change the scale to 1:200 or design a smaller building. But sometimes you need show a plan at a certain scale and on a certain sheet size.

And so, here’s the workflow in Revit which allows you to do just this:

Duplicate Views as Dependants and Matchlines

Dependant Views remain synchronous with the primary view they were duplicated from, as well as all other dependant views under that primary. Thus when view-specific changes (such as view scale and annotations) are made in one view, they are reflected in all views.

To create Dependant Views either right click on the view in the Project Browser and select Duplicate View> Duplicate as Dependant, or from the View tab> Create> Duplicate View as Dependant.

matchline revit creating dependant views duplicate

Matchlines are sketch lines which are placed on a view to indicate where it has been split. Matchlines are normally used in conjunction with above mentioned Dependant Views.

The Matchline tool is located on the View tab> Sheet Composition> Matchline

matchline revit tool location

So let’s look at how we use this functionality.

I have taken a large floor plan (my primary view) and created two dependant views.

matchline revit dependant view created

Next I resize each dependant view using Crop Regions to display the required area for each zone that I wish to isolate.

Back in the primary plan view I can see these cropped regions (as long as I have Cropped Regions displayed).

matchline revit primary plan cropped regions

All good so far. Next I place each of the views on a separate sheet at the scale that I originally wanted (they fit now as I have split the plan into two).

Next I place a Matchline where I have split the plan (something like a gridline or wall) on the primary plan view and then so that I know where each associated duplicate plan can be located, I add a View Reference to either side of the Matchline.

The View Reference is found next to the Matchline tool. When I place the View Reference I can select which opposing view I wish to target:

matchline revit target oppossing view

Now on the title sheet my dependant views show both the Matchline and indicate on what sheet and view the other dependant can be found.

matchline revit where dependant view

NOTE: One this that you may need to do is load the Anno_View_Reference: Standard.rfa into your template or project (it’s not loaded in the default Revit one – don’t ask me why)

Then select your View Reference and edit its properties to set the View Reference Tag to use the Anno_View_Reference: Standard.rfa you have just loaded.

If this isn’t assigned then the View Reference will just indicate Ref and now list your sheets.

matchline revit view reference

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