Creating a Co Ordination View in Revit MEP

When using the default ‘Systems-DefaultGBRENU’ template for Building Services Model Design you may notice that we have Electrical Power and Lighting views, Mechanical HVAC and Plumbing views but are not provided with any Co Ordination views.

If we require a Co Ordination view we will have to generate it. So what is it that actually distinguishes one view from another? Several properties of course but the primary difference is the ‘Discipline’ value.

So let’s start at the beginning, the purpose of Revit views is to alter the appearance of the views content to suit the intended use, in an Electrical view we might expect to see the building (although faint) and any Electrical families standing out clearly (bold) with all the other services invisible, similarly, a Mechanical view would also show the building in the background and Mechanical services clearly defined. A Co Ordination view differs however because we would normally expect to see every discipline with the same prominence and not forgetting the building would also normally be expected to be visible as well. So how is all this achieved? The answer is the views ‘Discipline’ property.

The ‘Discipline’ property is hard coded within Revit, it can be altered to either Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing or Co Ordination.

By changing the ‘Discipline’ value we are altering two things, firstly the appearance of elements within the view and secondly, the location of the view within the browser. For example, a view with the Mechanical discipline assigned will show the building in halftone and the mechanical elements bold with all the other services invisible. However, a view with the Coordination discipline assigned will show every service and the building bold.

Once the discipline of the view has been defined, the visibility of the elements within the view will need to be controlled, for example, every view would show the building categories in addition to the discipline specific categories, Lights, Sockets, Switches etc. for an Electrical view, while the Mechanical view would show the Air Terminals, ductwork, Pipework etc.

Lastly, the location of the view within the Project Browser will be determined by the views discipline. If you have any enquiries, please send us a message:

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