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


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. ūüôā

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.



BASE AND TOP LEVELS: Stairs are based on selected levels that already exist in the project. You can add an offset on these levels if required.

DESIRED STAIR HEIGHT: Total distance between the base and the top of the stairs, including offsets.

DESIRED NUMBER OF RISERS: Automatically calculated by Revit, dividing Stair Height by Maximum Riser Height.

ACTUAL NUMBER OF RISERS: The number of risers you modeled so far.

MAXIMUM RISER HEIGHT: Riser height for your stair will never go above this value.

ACTUAL RISER HEIGHT: This distance is automatically calculated by Revit, dividing the Stair Height by the Desired Number of Risers.

MINIMUM TREAD DEPTH:  specify the minimum tread depth & we can go above this number, but not below.

ACTUAL TREAD DEPTH: By default, this value is equal to minimum tread depth set in the stair type.

MINIMUM RUN WIDTH: Set on the stair type, you can specify the minimum run width.

ACTUAL RUN WIDTH: By default, this will be the same as the minimum run width.

Revit Shortcuts For Daily Use.

These are just the default shortcuts, which i have sorted out as most commonly used. those can also be modified as per your convenience. which is already explained in one of my post.
Revit Shortcuts (A-Z)
AA                          Align
AP                          Group Objects
CC                          Copy
CS                          Create Similar
DD                         Align Dimension
DE                          Delete
DI                           Dimension
DL                          Detail Line
DM                         Mirror From Drawn Line
DR                          Door
EL                          Spot Elevation
GP                          Group
LC                          Link CAD
LR                          Line Model
MA                        Match Type Properties
MI                         Mirror
MM                       Mirror From Axis
MN                        Manage Link
MV                        Move
OF                         Offset
PB                         Project Browser
PN                        Pin
RE                         Scale
RG                         Remove Object from Group
RM                        Room
RO                         Rotate
RP                         Reference Plane
SA                         Select All Instances
SC                         Snap Center
SE                         Snap End
SI                          Snap Intersection
SL                         Splits an Element
SM                        Snap Middle
SN                         Snap Nearest
SP                          Snap Perpendicular
TG                         Tag
TR                         Trim
TX                         Text
UG                        Ungroup
UP                         Unpin
VG                         Adjust Visibility Graphics
VP                         View Properties
VV                         View Manager
WA                        Wall
WN                        Window
ZE                          Zoom Extents
ZO                          Zoom Out
ZX                          Zoom to Fit
ZZ                          Zoom in Region

Difference between Architecture Floor & Structure Floor

Structural slab is generally used to model the slabs  where as the architecture floors are used to model the floor finishes .

The difference of both the floors is in the properties, the structural floor is having extra structure properties, whereas architectural floors have the basic architecture properties.