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.





Coolest way of creating Metal Sheet Cladding in Revit

There are lot of ways of creating such kind of walls in revit (extrusion, repeating details) but the method I will discuss below seems very easy and convenient.

Steps to Follow

  • Selectcreate new family and navigate to the Curtain Wall Panel family template fileSelect Template
  • Click on the Createtab > Extrusion and create a small detail so that u can control the corners of the wall



  • Extrude the profile to the Top in elevation and lock it with the reference plane.
  • Check the width dimension of the profile created.
  • Save the family and load into your project.
  • Create a curtain wall and duplicate with a different name.
  • In the properties edit type go to the tab curtain panel and select the profile
  • And then go to tab vertical grid in layout select the fixed distance and under spacing give the dimension measured for your profile.


Here you go.






VisiSpecs Supports Autodesk Revit 2017

Portland, ME, May 18, 2016 – Chalkline, an Autodesk Architectural Engineering and Construction Industry Partner, is pleased to announce VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, is available for the latest Autodesk Revit 2017 software suite of applications.VisiRevit_2017

Chalkline is committed to quickly providing the next generation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated specifications and document solutions to clients updating to the latest Autodesk applications.  VisiRevit 2017 is available for clients integrating and coordinating their construction documents and BIM models.  The advanced integration linking, direct access to specifications and other documents directly in an Autodesk Revit model, and team collaboration enable time and cost savings while improving delivered product quality.

VisiRevit 2017 joins the VisiRevit 2015, VisiRevit 2016, VisiView, and VisiWord suite of applications.  Those interested in learning more should email


About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecs, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company’s cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. For more information, visit