There are some important exceptions that you will want to note while working with groups.

  • Groups are heavier than families. You can use an array to copy and associate objects together.
  • In case you use groups, after delete them, you should purge groups or delete them in the project browser.
  • Don’t nest groups.
  • Always keep your hosted elements and hosts together. For example, do not group doors and windows without the walls that are hosting them. If any of the windows in a group become unhosted from walls and then deleted, this will delete the respective windows in all other group instances-even if they are properly hosted.
  • Don’t mirror groups. Instead, it’s better to create left and right versions.

Work Sharing & Creating Central File

Enabling worksharing involves creating a master project model, known as a central model, from an existing model.

The central model stores the current ownership information for all worksets and elements in the project, and acts as the distribution point for all changes made to the model. All users should save their own local copy of the central model, edit locally in this workspace, and then synchronize with central to publish changes to the central model so that other users can see their work.

To enable worksharing and create a central model

  1. Open the project file (RVT) to use as the central model.
  2. Click Collaborate tabManage Collaboration panel (Worksets).

    Note: If you have installed the Revit Cloud Worksharing add-on, then:

    1. Click Collaborate tabManage Collaboration panel  Collaborate.
    2. In the Collaborate dialog, select Collaborate within your network and click OK.

    The Worksharing dialog displays, showing the default user-created worksets (Shared Levels and Grids, and Workset1).

    central model

  3. If desired, rename the worksets.
  4. In the Worksharing dialog, click OK.

    The Worksets dialog displays.

  5. In the Worksets dialog, click OK.

    You do not need to create worksets at this point.

  6. Click File tab Save As (Project).
  7. In the Save As dialog, specify a file name and directory location for the central model.

    When specifying a name for the central model, use a naming convention that identifies it as the central model (for example, OfficeBuilding_CentralModel.rvt).

  8. In the Save As dialog, click Options.
  9. In the File Save Options dialog, select Make this a Central Model after save.
    Note: If this is the first time you have saved after enabling worksharing, this option is selected by default and cannot be changed.
  10. Click OK.
  11. In the Save As dialog, click Save.
  12. The file is now the central model for the project. Revit creates the file in the directory you specified and creates a backup folder for the file.

Revit System Families

System families contains family types that are used to create basic building elements such as walls, floors, roofs and ceilings in your building models.

System Families

System families are predefined in Revit and saved in templates and projects, we cannot create, copy, modify or delete the system families, but we can duplicate and modify the types within system families to create your own custom system family types, we can also copy and paste or transfer system family types between projects and templates.

To change the family type, we can select an existing type from the pull down in the properties or you can create a new family type.

Link CAD files in Revit

AutoCad Files should not be imported into Revit Project, they should always be Linked to have a control on the files.


  • In Revit window go to Insert and Link Cad option for inserting cad into Revit
  • Import cad option should not be used for inserting cad as importing creates issues while deleting or changing
  • Linking CAD enables full control of the AutoCAD data in Revit project

When linking following steps shown in the image should be looked into.2

CAD links can be reloaded, unloaded or removed from Insert > links>Manage links>CAD Links

Draw Order of Detail Components

Draw order options are available when you select detail components in the view.

In the drawing area, select one or more detail components.

The following tools become available on the Modify <element> tabArrange panel.

  •  (Bring to Front). Immediately places the selected detail components in front of all other detail components in the view.
  •  (Send to Back). Immediately places the selected detail components behind all other detail components in the view.
  •  (Bring Forward). Moves the selected detail components one step closer to the front of all other detail components.
  •  (Send Backward). Moves the selected detail components one step closer to the back of all other detail components.

Revit Dimensions

A small tip which you might have forgotten or you are not using….

We can delete any dimension from a full dimension string. 🙂

Revit Dimension -Tip

We can just press Tab button and select one dimension from this full string and delete.

Revit Dimension -Tip-1

Hoping that this information will be useful to Revit beginners and also for those who are not using this.


Revit Workflow for Beginners

The time when you start a practice project. Try taking a small project so that the understanding of the workflow and elements becomes more clear.

5 easy steps to follow.

  • Start a new project
  • Build the model :- try gathering the maximum information required to build the model
  • Information of other disciplines :- try adding entities of other disciplines, if the project is architecture design then add few structural and MEP elements, just a basic families.
  • Document the model:- Add Annotations (tagging and dimension every element)
  • Present a model :- Prepare a small presentation,use sheet setup, 3d sections etc.

These steps are only for the early learners of revit, when they want to start a practice project to check their capabilities.