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3D reference plane

Reference planes are displayed in the conceptual design environment in the 3-dimensional views.


Autodesk Exchange File, the file format used by Autodesk applications to transmit design information.

Architectural Column

A column that adds architectural interest to a building. An ______ can be used to model box-outs around structural columns and for decorative applications.


Usable space that is defined by walls or boundary lines or both. In Revit Architecture, you can perform an area analysis to define spatial relationships in a building model.

Area Scheme

A set of spatial relationships in a building. For example, in an office building, you may want to distinguish between common space (such as lobbies, hallways, rest rooms, and kitchens), office space, and storage. In an apartment building, you may want to indicate rentable space and non-rentable space.


An arrangement of elements in a building model. For example, in a large office, you can create an ______ of desks and chairs. In a structural design, you can create an ______ of beams or columns. You can create a linear ______, in which the elements are distributed evenly along a line, or a radial ______, in which the elements are distributed evenly along an arc or a circle.


To explicitly join elements (such as walls or columns) to other modeling components. For example, you can ______ walls to floors, ceilings, and roofs. You can ______ columns to roofs, floors, ceilings, reference planes, structural framing members, and other reference levels.

Attached Detail Group

A group of view-specific elements that are associated with a model group. For example, an ______ may be comprised of door tags and window tags.

Autodesk® Seek

A web service that lets you search for, download, and integrate product and design information into your drawing. You can also publish families to the ______ website to make them available for other designers to incorporate into their designs.


A combination (blending) of 2 shapes to create a 3D shape. You can create ______ using solid geometry and void geometry. For example, the 2D shapes below are ______ to create the solid extrusion that follows.

Bounding Box

An invisible 3-dimensional rectangular space that contains all model elements, annotation elements, and datum elements defined in a family-based element. The ______ helps define the family origin of some elements, and aids joining and cutback of structural framing elements.

Break Control

A Revit symbol that you can use to break a section line, break a schedule into multiple sections, or break a crop region into sections. In the following elevation view, the blue Z-shaped break controls allow you to break the crop region into sections.

Break Line

The Z-shaped line used in a drafting view or detail view to obscure parts of the drawing, to focus the drawing on a particular area. The following drafting view uses ______ above and below the section to obscure less intricate parts of the door assembly.


A shape (such as a circle or cloud) that contains identification text for a grid, level, view title, callout, or annotation.

Building Footprint

The gross building area plan at ground level that is exported to an ADSK file when exporting a building site to a civil engineering application, such as AutoCAD® Civil 3D®.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

A design methodology that maintains a single database of information about a building design. All information for a building design, from geometry to construction data, is stored in a project file. This information includes components used to design the model, views of the project, drawings of the design, and related documentation. In a Revit project, every drawing sheet, 2D and 3D view, and schedule is a representation of information from the same underlying building model database.

Building Maker

A conceptual design and modeling environment that takes any overall building form described conceptually, and maps it to building elements, such as roofs, curtain walls, floors, and walls.

Building Pad

A flat surface that is designed to be occupied by buildings and is prepared by grading, excavating, filling, or a combination of these. In Revit Architecture, you can add a ______ to a toposurface, and then modify the structure and depth of the pad.


A detailed drawing of part of a view. In Revit Architecture, the ______ appears in a separate view. In the ______, you can add annotations and detail, which will not display in the parent view. In the parent view, the ______ area is marked with a ______ tag. The following views show a ______ tag in a section view, and the detail view for the ______.


A visualization tool that you use to create a 3D view of a building model. When you place a camera in a 2D view, you can control the target point, the ______ level, and the focal point of the ______. The following views show a camera positioned in a floor plan view, and the resulting 3D view.


Pre-built components, such as cabinets and cupboards for a kitchen or bathroom. Revit Architecture provides family types for ______.


A group of elements that you use to model or document a building design. For example, ______ of model elements include walls, windows, columns, and beams. ______ of annotation elements include dimensions, tags, and text notes. ______ are organized into families of elements with similar purposes and characteristics. Families are further organized into types, as shown.


A line that indicates the middle of a dimension or model element (such as a column or a wall). In Revit Architecture, you can use an element's ______ to measure, dimension, align, resize, specify constraints, and perform other functions in a building model.

Central File

A master project file for a model on which multiple team members are working. The model can be subdivided into functional areas (worksets), such as interior, exterior, and site. The ______ stores the current ownership information for all elements in the project, and acts as the distribution point for publishing work to the rest of the team. All users work in local copies of the file and periodically save changes to the ______ so that other users can see their work.


A linked set of lines or walls. When drawing walls or lines in a building model, you can simplify the process by drawing a ______. You can also select a ______ of lines or walls to manipulate them simultaneously.

Clip Plane

A vertical or horizontal plane that defines a boundary for a view. You can use top, bottom, left, and right ______ to define a view. In elevation and section views, you can also use a far ______ to define the depth of the view. Green dotted lines define the ______ for an elevation view

Closed Loop

A sketched line that connects to itself, creating a 2-dimensional shape. A ______ cannot contain coincident or intersecting segments. In Revit Architecture, you sketch ______ to create floors, ceilings, plan regions, openings in walls and roofs, solid extrusions, and other parts of a building design. In the following sketch, a ______ defines the walls, ceiling, and floor.


Passing through or lying on the same straight line. Sketching a line that is ______ with an existing wall

Color Scheme

A set of colors and fill patterns used to graphically designate rooms or areas in a floor plan. You can apply ______ based on any parameter value for a room or area. For example, if you want to color rooms by department, set the Department parameter for each room to the desired value, and create a ______ based on the values of the Department parameter. You can then add a ______ legend to identify the department that each color represents.

Communication Center

A tool that displays links to information about product updates and announcements. To access the ______, click the satilite dish in the InfoCenter toolbar in the upper right corner of the Revit window.


A building element that is usually delivered and installed on site, rather than built in place. (Also referred to as a hosted ______.) For example, windows, doors, and furniture are ______. In contrast, walls, floors, and roofs are built in place; these are called hosts or host elements.

Compound Wall

A wall that consists of multiple vertical layers. Each layer can use a different material (such as concrete, insulation, and interior finish) and have a different function (such as structure, thermal layer, and substrate).


A parameter that defines a relationship between elements in a building design. For example, you can specify the top ______ for a wall as Level 2. If Level 2 moves upward, the height of the wall increases to maintain the relationship.


A graphical icon in the Revit drawing area that you use to manipulate elements. For example, when you select a chain of walls, blue circles display. These blue circles are drag ______. You can drag such a ______ to change the shape of the walls. Other ______ allows you to flip, lock, rotate, view, and change the shape or size of elements.


The structural part of a compound wall or other host element. When you use Revit Architecture to design a compound wall, you specify the layers and materials that compose the ______ of the wall, as well as the interior and exterior layers of the wall. In the following illustration, the ______ is outlined in green in the wall preview. The layer list is where you define and change the layers in and around the ______. When aligning or dimensioning the wall, you can choose to measure from the center of the ______ or from the interior face or exterior face of the ______.


To limit the boundaries of a view, omitting parts of the building model from the view.

Crop Region

A user interface mechanism that defines the boundaries of a view. Elements in the building model that are outside the ______ do not display in the view or on a sheet on which the view is placed. In the following floor plan view, the inner, solid red line indicates the model ______. The outer, dashed red line indicates the annotation ______.

Curtain System

A building component consisting of panels, curtain grids, and mullions. In Revit a ______ usually does not have a rectangular shape.

Curtain Wall

An exterior wall consisting of panels connected by joints or mullions. The panels can be made of glass, brick, or other materials.

Cut Line Style

A graphic style applied to an element when a view (such as a section view) cuts through the element, so that you are seeing a representation of its interior surface. For the ______ of an element, you can specify the line weight, color, and pattern.

Cut Plane

A horizontal height at which certain elements in the view are shown in cross-section.

Cut Volume

The amount of material that must be excavated and removed from a site to prepare it for construction. For example, in the following drawing, the red area indicates the ______, and the blue area indicates the fill volume required to level the site for a building.


The calculated adjustment in beam geometry that ensures beam ends meet without overlaying one another at a join. This is the visible gap seen in a steel beam connection within the Revit project.


A non-physical item that is used to establish project context. ______ include levels, grids, and reference planes. For example, the following image shows a grid, which is used for the placement of columns and other model elements. The grid is not a part of the building (such as a wall or a roof) but is used in a view to help design the building.

Datum Extent

The size of a datum plane (a plane for a level, grid, or reference line). Datum planes are not visible in all views. If the datum does not intersect a view plane, it will not be visible in that view. You can resize datum planes so that they are visible only in certain views.


An image to display on a face of a model element. For example, you can use ______ for signs, paintings, and billboards. In project views, a placeholder indicates the location of a ______. The full ______ displays in a rendered image. The following rendered image shows a ______ on the television.

Dependent View

A copy of a view. Use ______ when a view of the building model is too large to display on a single sheet, and you need to divide the model into smaller segments that fit on the sheets. The ______ remains synchronous with the primary view and other dependent views. When view-specific changes (such as view scale and annotations) are made in one view, they are reflected in all views.

Design Option

An alternative design for a project. ______ allow a team to develop, evaluate, and redesign building components within a single project file. You can develop ______ to adapt to changes in product scope, to review other designs, or to show alternatives to a client.

Detail Component

A 2D element that you can add to a detail view or a drafting view. For example, you may want to add a metal stud or a shim to a drafting view. Revit Architecture provides over 500 ______ families, based on 16 CSI divisions. You can also create your own ______.

Detail Group

A group of view-specific elements, such as text and filled regions.

Detail Level

A Revit setting that determines the amount of geometry displayed in a view. ______ settings include coarse, medium, and fine, where coarse shows the least detail and fine shows the most detail. The following image illustrates the 3 ______ for a desk.

Detail Line

A line that is used to create a detail drawing. A ______ is visible only in the view in which it is drawn. You can use ______ as follows: To detail a view with part of the model visible, such as in a wall section or callout, In a drafting view to draw lines with no reference to the model, To trace underlay elements. In the following drawing, the arc is a ______ drawn in a drafting view that shows details of the roller assembly for a sliding door.

Detail View

A view of a model that displays as a callout or section in other views. This type of view typically represents the model in finer detail than shown in the parent view. It is used to add more information to specific parts of the model. A ______ reflects geometry of the building model. If a related part of the building model changes, the ______ updates to reflect the change.


A file format supported by MicroStation of Bentley Systems, Inc. Revit Architecture can import and export ______ files.


A view-specific element that shows the size of an element or shows distances between elements or points in a building model. As you place an element, Revit Architecture displays temporary ______ so that you can place the element accurately. You can create permanent ______ and lock them to specify and maintain a particular size or distance.


A functional area (such as structural, mechanical, electrical, or architectural), or an area of expertise (such as architecture, structural engineering, or construction). In a Revit project, you can assign ______ to categories and to views. You can then control the visibility or graphic display of elements in a view based on assigned ______. You can also specify project units by ______ and organize the Project Browser by ______.

Divided Surface

A face or surface of a form that has been divided into UV grids. The grids act as a guide in patterning the surface. Manipulating the ______ also manipulates the parametrically dependent patterns and component families.

Drafting Pattern

A symbolic representation of a material in a drawing. (For example, sand is represented by a stipple pattern.) You can place ______ on flat and cylindrical surfaces, and you can define them for families. You can also place ______ on cut component surfaces in plan views and section views. The following image shows a cross-section of a window in a wall, with different ______ for interior and exterior layers of the wall.

Drafting View

A project view that shows details not directly associated with the building model. For example, a ______ can show how carpet transitions to tile, or details of a roof drain. A ______ typically shows construction details that may not be apparent in other views. A ______ is saved with the project in which it is created, and it can be included on a sheet. However, a ______ does not reflect the actual building model, and it does not update when the model changes. The following image shows a ______created using the 2D detailing tools in Revit Architecture. (It is not a 3D view.)

Drag Control

A graphical icon in the Revit drawing area that you ______ to change the shape or size of an element in the building model. When you select an element, Revit Architecture displays it's ______ as blue circles or triangles.

Draw Order

The order in which elements display in a view, as if layered on a flat surface. You can move an element backward or forward in the ______, or bring it to the front or back of a stack of elements.

Drawing Area

The part of the Revit user interface that displays views, sheets, schedules, and other representations of the building model.

Drawing List

A schedule (list) of all drawing sheets in a project. The drawing list functions as a table of contents for the project. It is typically placed on the first sheet of a construction document set.


Design Web Format, the Autodesk file format for publishing design data. It offers an alternative to generating PDF (Portable Document Format) files. DWF files are significantly smaller than the original RVT files, making them easy to send by email or to post to a web site. Recipients can view DWF files using Autodesk DWF Viewer.

DWF markups

A construction document that has been reviewed and revised or commented on (marked up). Typically, the reviewer is the project designer, a client, or another building professional. When you export construction documents as DWF files, the files can be marked up electronically using a program such as Autodesk Design Review. You can link the markups back into Revit Architecture to see the desired changes.


A drawing file format supported by AutoCAD and other CAD applications. Revit Architecture can import and export ______ files.


Drawing Exchange Format. An open file format that is supported by many CAD applications. A ______ file is a text file that describes a 2D drawing. The text is not encoded or compressed, so ______ files are generally large. Revit Architecture can import and export DXF files.


An individual item in a building model. Revit Architecture projects use 3 types of ______: Model ______ represent the actual 3D geometry of a building. For example, walls, floors, and roofs are model ______ - Annotation ______ help to document the model. For example, dimensions, text notes, and section tags are annotation ______ - Datum ______ are non-physical items that are used to establish project context. For example, levels, grids, and reference planes are datum ______. The following drawing includes model ______ (walls, doors, planters), annotation ______ (dimensions, text notes), and datum ______ (grid lines).

Element Borrowing

A Revit function for workshared projects. ______ allows you to edit an element in a workset that you do not own. If another team member is currently editing the workset, that team member is the owner of the workset and you must place a request to borrow the element. If no one owns the workset, permission to borrow is automatically granted.

Element Properties

Parameters or settings that control the appearance or behavior of elements in a project. ______ are the combination of instance properties and type properties. To view or change ______, select the element in the drawing area, click Modify <element> tab > Element panel > ______ drop-down, and click ______ or Type Properties.

Embedded Wall

A wall that is inserted into another wall of a different type or construction. ______ are useful, for example, when you need to create a storefront on a building exterior. The following image shows a curtain wall embedded in a host wall.

End Cap

An end of a wall that does not join to another wall. The unjoined end of the wall is exposed. You can specify whether compound wall layers wrap at ______. For example, the following image shows a cross-section of a compound wall that uses interior wrapping at the ______.


An architectural term that refers to the landscaping and other environmental features shown in a rendering of a building. For example, ______ can include plants, trees, people, cars, and signs. Revit Architecture provides a library of ______ families, and you can create or load additional ______ into a project.


To disassemble an import symbol (which represents imported geometry) into its next highest level of elements.


A method of defining 3D geometry for a building model. You begin a solid ______ by sketching 2D shapes on a plane. Revit Architecture then ______ the sketch between a start point and an endpoint. You can also create a void ______ by cutting a shape out of a 3D solid.


A surface of a model element or mass. You can apply paint, materials, and textures to each ______ of a model element (such as a wall). These details display when you render an image of the building model. You can use mass ______ as the basis for creating walls, roofs, curtain systems, and floors in a building model. The following image shows a mass ______ that is being used to create a wall.


A class of elements in a category. A ______ groups elements with a common set of parameters (properties), identical use, and similar graphical representation. Different elements in a ______ may have different values for some or all properties, but the set of properties (their names and meaning) is the same. For example, a ______ of concrete round columns contains columns that are all concrete and round, but of different sizes. Each column size is a type within the Concrete Round Column ______.

Far clip plane

The clip plane that is at the side of the view farthest from the start point of an elevation view, a section view, a 3D view, or a walkthrough view. In the following floor plan, the green dotted line opposite the blue line represents the ______ for an elevation.

Fill Pattern

A graphic design for surfaces that are cut or shown in projection. You can use ______ for model patterns and drafting patterns.

Fill Volume

The amount of fill (material) required to prepare a site for construction. For example, in the following drawing, the red area indicates the cut volume, and the blue area indicates the ______ required to level the site for a building.

Filled Region

A 2D, view-specific graphic. You can use ______ to represent various surfaces, such as concrete or compacted earth. You can add a ______ to a detail view, a drafting view, or an annotation family. For each ______, you can specify a boundary line style and a fill pattern.


A drafting term that refers to rounding a square corner, using a radius to define the curve.


A mechanism for eliminating or including the display or selection of elements in a view, based on their properties. In Revit Architecture, you can use ______ in the following ways: To select or deselect elements in a view. - To override the graphic display and control the visibility of elements in a view. - To control the display of elements based on their phase status: new, existing, demolished, or temporary.

Flip Control

A graphical icon in the Revit drawing area that you can use to reverse the position or orientation of an element in the drawing area. For example, when you click the ______for a compound wall, the wall flips over, so its layers reverse.

Floor Plan

A 2D drawing of a building model that shows the layout of walls and other building components. In Revit Architecture, a ______ is also referred to as a floor plan view.

Focal Point

The point in the distance on which a camera is focusing.


The area covered by or required by an object. For example, the ______ of a toaster on your kitchen counter is the amount of countertop that the toaster covers. In Revit Architecture, you can create a roof or floor based on the ______ of the walls. You can also sketch a 2D shape to represent the desired ______ of the walls, roof, floor, or stairway of a building. In the following image, the pink lines indicate the sketched ______ of a roof for a building. The pink angles indicate the slope of the roof on each side.


In an animation, a single image (for example, in a walkthrough animation or a solar study). In a building, a rigid structure built into a wall to hold a door, window, or other component. In Revit Architecture, you can specify the material and finish for a door ______.

Framing Elevation

An elevation view that shows the structural framing of a building model. You can work in a ______ when adding vertical bracing to the model, or for any task that requires quick work plane alignment to a grid or to a named reference plane.

Full Explode

The process of completely disassembling an import symbol (which represents imported geometry) into Revit elements, including text, curves, lines, and filled regions.


An open schema created to help building designers gather information about the energy consumption characteristics of building projects. To perform energy analysis for a building model, you can export a Revit project to ______. Using a third-party application, analyze the resulting ______ file to calculate the loads for the building model.

Generic Annotation

Text that documents a building model. ______ are usually related to a parameter for a model element or type. You can create ______ families and nest them inside host model families, so that the annotations display in the project. This is useful if you want to include a label with a model family and display that label in the project.

Generic Model

A family of geometry that does not fit into any of the other, pre-defined categories (such as columns, roofs, and floors). In a Revit project, an instance of a ______ is a model element. You can create a ______ as a loadable family, or as an in-place element that is specific to a project. Revit Architecture provides templates for various types of ______ families.


A series of lines that you can use to help draw or place elements in a building design. ______ are useful in the design and documentation phases of a project. In Revit Architecture, ______ are datum elements.

Ground plane

A horizontal plane that represents ground level in a building model. In Revit Architecture, you can specify the ground plane when creating a solar study for 2D and 3D views.


A defined set of elements that can be placed as a unit in a building design. ______ elements is useful when you need to create entities that represent repeating units or are common to many building projects (for example, hotel rooms, apartments, or repeating floors).


A display color that blends the line color of an element with the background color of the view. For example, the following image shows some elements in ______ (gray) and others in black. You can specify the ______ display properties using the Visibility/Graphics dialog.


(1) For elements that can slope (including roofs, ramps, floors, and ceilings), the upper end of the slope. For example, in the following illustration, the ______ is the upper end of the sloped floor. (2) In Revit Architecture, the symbol that displays in a drawing to represent a component, such as a section, callout, elevation, grid, or level. For example, in a floor plan, you can double-click a section ______ to go to the section view. (In the following floor plan, the blue symbol is a section ______.) (3) For windows and doors, the piece that goes across the top of the window or door to create the rough opening.

Hidden Element

An element that you hide in a particular view.

Hidden Line

A dashed line representing an edge or surface that cannot be seen in a view. For example, in the following image, 2 bolts go through the stud. The view shows the ______ of one bolt but does not show the ______ of the second bolt.

Hidden Line Mode

A model graphics style in which Revit Architecture hides the lines of elements that are obscured by other surfaces.


To move the cursor over an object in the drawing area so that Revit Architecture displays the object's outline in a different weight (bold) and color (such as gray instead of black). A description of the element displays on the status bar at the bottom of the Revit window. After a brief delay, the element description also displays in a tooltip near the cursor. This ______ indicates that the object is ready for selection. Click to select the ______ object.


A model element that can accept other components. For example, a wall is a ______ for windows and doors. A roof is a ______ for skylights and dormers. A ______ may also be referred to as a ______ element or a ______ component.

Hosted Component

A model element that can exist in a building model only if sponsored by another (host) element. Doors, windows, model lines, and components (such as furniture) are ______.


An Autodesk feature that allows you to drag and drop content from a web page into a Revit session. Using ______, designers and developers have the power to create web pages that can easily be dragged and dropped into Autodesk design products that are ______ enabled. You can import CAD files into Revit Architecture using ______.

Import Symbol

A Revit element that contains all objects (such as blocks and xrefs) from an imported drawing. When you move the cursor over the imported objects, Revit Architecture shows information about the ______. You can explode an ______ to convert it into individual Revit elements.

Imported Categories

Categories of elements that are derived from an imported drawing. You can change the visibility and graphic display of ______ through the visibility graphics menu.

In-place Family

A family of elements that is created within the context of the current project. An ______ exists only in the project and cannot be loaded into other projects. Using ______, you can create components that are unique to a project or components that reference geometry within the project. For example, to create a reception desk that must fit between several other items in a room, design the desk as an ______. In a structural model, you might create an ______for a thickened structural floor, or a wall extrusion that conforms to a uniquely shaped architectural wall that it supports. If the original design ever changes, the in-place element changes accordingly. The following dome roof was created as an ______.

Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

A file format developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI). ______ provides an interoperability solution between ______-compatible software applications in the construction and facilities management industry. The format has established, international standards to import and export building objects and their properties. Revit Architecture provides ______ import and export based on the latest IAI ______ data exchange standard. When you export a Revit building model to ______ format, the information can be used directly by other building specialists, such as structural and building services engineers.

Infill Element

An insert that fills (patches) a hole in a host element after changes are made during different phases of a building project. For example, if you remove a window from a wall during a demolition phase, Revit Architecture fills the hole with an ______. By default, the ______ has the same properties as the host element (the wall). The following illustration shows a demolished window that has become an ______.

Instance Parameters

Settings that control the appearance or behavior of an individual element in a project. The ______ and type parameters of an element combine to establish its element properties. ______ are also called instance properties.


To display only a certain element or type of element, so that you can work with it in a particular view without being distracted by other elements in the design.


(1) The intersection where 2 or more elements share a common face. (2) To resolve intersections between elements that share a common face. The level of detail for the view determines the detail of the ______ geometry that is shown. The following images show geometry before they are ______ (top) and after they are ______ (bottom) in a view with a coarse detail level.

Key Schedule

A table of information that you create to simplify or automate data entry in other, larger schedules. A ______ can reduce the time required to produce a larger schedule and help to generate accurate cost estimates. For example, a room schedule for an apartment building might list 100 rooms with the same floor, wall, and base finishes. In a ______ you can define Room Style keys, such as Public, Service, and Units. Each key specifies different floor, wall, and base finishes for its room style. Rather than manually specifying finishes for all 100 rooms, you can assign a room style to each room. When you create a room schedule, fields in the schedule automatically update with the appropriate finishes, based on the assigned Room Style keys.

Keynote Legend

A list of keynote numbers and the corresponding keynote text. If you choose to annotate model elements using keynote numbers only, you can use a ______ to provide descriptive text for each keynote number. By using a keynote legend, you avoid cluttering the drawing with text.


A method of annotating drawings to identify building materials, describe assembly instructions, or provide special instructions or explanations. ______ help to standardize information related to the building design and can help reduce clutter in drawings. In Revit Architecture, each sheet can display its own ______ legend, or all ______ for the project can be documented on one sheet.


A text placeholder added to tags or title blocks. You create a ______ as part of a tag or title block family while in the Family Editor. When you place the tag or title block in the project, you replace the ______ with the actual value for that instance. For example, the following title block template contains ______ that indicate the type of information to be entered on a sheet. When you create a sheet, the ______ are replaced with actual values.


In Revit Architecture, the adjacent materials of a compound structure, such as a wall. You can define the ______ in a compound structure.

Layer Mapping File

A text file that maps each Revit category or subcategory to a preconfigured layer name for the CAD software. For example, a Revit door object automatically maps to the A-DOOR layer in AutoCAD. The layer names are preconfigured in the text file, but you can change them. You use a ______ when exporting a Revit project to a CAD format.


A line that connects an annotation to an element or part of the building model in a view. In Revit Architecture, you can control the line weight, style, and color of the ______, as well as its position, shape, and arrowhead.


A table that provides descriptions or information about symbols used in drawings. In Revit Architecture, you can create a ______ and include it on multiple sheets.


A finite horizontal plane that acts as a reference for level-hosted elements, such as roofs, floors, and ceilings. In Revit Architecture, you define a ______ for each vertical height or story within a building, or other needed reference of the building (for example, first floor, top of wall, or bottom of foundation). You can add ______ in a section or elevation view.


A collection of predefined resources that you can use in a Revit project. For example, you can access ______ of templates, detail components, entourage, materials, and families of model elements and annotation elements. Revit Architecture provides some ______. Other ______ are available on the Internet.

Line Pattern

A series of dashes or dots alternating with blank spaces. In the building industry, construction documents often use different line style conventions to convey information and to differentiate one line from another. For example, dimensions may use thin solid lines, while callout bubbles use heavy dashed lines. You can specify the ______ as part of the line style for many types of lines used in Revit Architecture. To define line patterns, click Manage tab > Settings drop-down > ______.

Line Style

A line of a particular pattern, weight, and color, used to indicate different effects. For example, in the following site plan, a red dashed line indicates the zoning setback. Revit Architecture predefines several ______ and uses them for default purposes. You can change these and add your own ______ to suit your needs and preferences.

Line Weight

The thickness of a line. You can specify the ______ as part of the line style for model lines, perspective lines, and annotation lines used in Revit Architecture. To define line weights, click Manage tab > Settings panel > ______.


To connect a file to a Revit project. When a ______ file is updated, the updated information is automatically made available in the Revit project. ______ avoids the need to re-import updated information into the project. In Revit Architecture, you can create a ______ between projects. You can also ______ CAD files and DWF markup files to a Revit project.

Listening Dimensions

A Revit feature that allows you to specify a value for a dimension as you sketch an element in a view. You specify a start point for the element, start sketching in the desired direction, type the exact dimension desired, and press Enter. Revit Architecture draws the element to the specified length. The following image shows the text box that appears when you start to type a ______.


To transfer a file or a collection of information from an outside location into a Revit project. In Revit Architecture, you can ______ groups, templates, detail components, entourage, materials, families of model elements and annotation elements, and other project information.

Local File

A copy of the project file that resides on the computer system of the team member who is working on the file. When worksharing is used to distribute project work among team members, each member uses a ______ to work on his or her workset (functional area). Team members periodically save their changes to the central file so that others can see the changes and update their ______ with the latest project information.

Location Line

A vertical plane in a wall that is used for dimensioning. You create a wall by sketching the ______ of the wall in a plan view or a 3D view. You specify what to use for the ______ in the element properties of the wall: the wall centerline, core centerline, interior or exterior wall face, or interior or exterior face of wall core. In the following illustration, the green dashed lines indicate the ______ of the wall.


To secure a dimension or the location of an element so that it cannot be changed. When you select a ______ dimension or element, a ______ control displays next to it. The following drawing shows a ______ dimension.


A unique identifier that you assign to an element in its properties. You can include ______ in schedules and tag labels. For example, the following site plan shows ______ for individual parking spaces. These ______ are also listed in the parking schedule.


Comments or revision instructions from someone who reviewed a building design. When you publish construction documents as DWF files, the files can be ______ up electronically using a program such as Autodesk Design Review. Then the ______ can be linked back into Revit Architecture to display the desired changes.

Masking Region

A defined area that obscures elements in a view. ______ are useful when you are creating a model family from an imported 2D DWG file, and you need the model element to obscure other elements when placed in a view. You can also use them to hide parts of a drawing.

Massing Study

One or more masses in a Revit project. ______ allow you to explore design ideas by using shapes to conceptualize a building model. When your conceptual design is complete, you can add building elements directly to these shapes.


A sketch line that indicates where to split a view for a dependent view, as shown.


The substance of which an element is made. In Revit Architecture, the ______ assigned to an element determines how the element appears in a view or rendering. Revit Architecture includes several ______ in the default project templates, or you can define your own. You can specify the color (in a shaded view), texture (in a rendered image), surface pattern (in a projection), and fill pattern (in a cut view).

Material Takeoff Schedule

A list of the subcomponents or materials of any Revit family. ______ have all the functionality and characteristics of other schedule views, but they allow you to show more detail about the assembly of a component. Any material that is applied to a component within Revit Architecture can be scheduled.


To reverse the position of a selected model element, using a line as the ______ axis. For example, if you ______ a wall on a reference plane, the wall flips opposite the original wall. You can pick the ______ axis or draw a temporary axis. Use the ______ tool to flip a selected element, or to make a copy of an element and reverse its position in one step. The following image shows the results of ______ and copying a door, using the center wall as the ______ axis.


A joint at a 45-degree angle, or evenly angled between the joined elements. ______ can apply to walls, wall sweeps, railings, structural floors, roof fascia, curtain wall mullions, and other model elements. When 2 walls join, you can edit the wall join using a ______ joint or other joint styles.

Model Element

An element in a building model that represents actual 3D geometry. For example, walls, windows, doors, and roofs are ______. For example, the following image shows only ______. It does not include annotation elements (such as dimensions or text notes) or datum elements (such as grid lines or levels).

Model Graphics Style

A method of displaying model elements in views. For example, you can choose to display a model using wireframe, hidden lines, shading, or shading with edges. You can specify the ______ for a view using the View Control Bar at the bottom of the Revit window.

Model Group

A set of model elements that are placed together in a building design. ______ are useful when you need to create entities that represent repeating units or are common to many building projects (such as hotel rooms, apartments, or repeating floors). The following illustration shows a ______ (highlighted in red) that has been placed in multiple hotel rooms.

Model Line

A model element that exists in 3D space and is visible in all views of a Revit project. You can use ______ to represent 3D geometry in a building design, such as cords or cables that secure a tarp. You can sketch straight, curved, arc, circular, fillet, and tangent lines. The following truss uses a ______ to represent the beam stick symbol.

Model Pattern

A graphic design that is applied to the surface of a model element. ______ represent the actual appearance of an element, such as brick coursing or ceramic tile on a wall. They are fixed with respect to the model and scale with the model.

Model Text

Text used in a building model, such as for signage. You can add ______ in a project view and in the Family Editor for families that can be represented in 3D, such as walls, doors, windows, and furniture. An instance of ______ is a model element. ______ is not available for families that can only be represented as 2D, such as annotations, detail components, and profiles. You can specify properties for ______, including font, size, and material.


The amount of rotation at an axis caused by downward force applied to a beam at a distance from its supporting members. A ______ connection is a connection that is designed to transfer ______ and other forces between a beam and its supporting members. In Revit Architecture, you can specify ______ parameters for a beam, including the ______ connection start and ______ connection end.

Monolithic Stairs

Stairs that consist of one solid piece of material, such as concrete. In Revit Architecture, you can specify that stairs are ______ in the stair type properties. You can also specify the material for ______.

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