The Beginners Guide to View Range in Autodesk Revit (Part 1)

This tutorial is going to discuss the concept of Revit’s View Range feature, I’ll take you through the concepts and options to control what and how elements of a view are displayed. Firstly, let’s begin with the basic concept.

When we create a floor plan with a 2D draughting package (AutoCAD of course) we think in terms of looking down at our building from the top, but quite likely, without even any further thought, we then proceed to draw a horizontal section, not a plan.

The image below shows what we typically expect a plan to look like, cutting through the doors, walls, windows, and so on. What we are actually drawing is a section.


This is what Revit’s ‘Cut Plane’ feature will achieve.

The Beginners Guide to View Range in Autodesk Revit cut plane Image

All plan views have a property called View Range. The view range is a set of horizontal planes that control how objects are displayed in the view. The horizontal planes are Top, Cut Plane, and Bottom. The top and bottom planes represent the top and bottom extent of the view range.

The cut plane is a plane that determines at what height some elements in the view are shown as ‘cut’. These 3 planes define the ‘primary range’ of the view range.

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