Author: Revit MEP, Revit

Display Filters & View Templates

In many system drawings there is a need to differentiate between different types of Cable Tray elements in coordination and dedicated electrical drawings.


Standard display of the Cable Tray using fine settings from the Electrical-Default template

In traditional CAD this was achieved by using different Layers and although we have similar methodologies in Revit via the System Styles where we can set colors and patterns by category there is often a need to show certain items, like cable tray differently, even though they may be of the same category.

The main reason for this paper is that I was asked today by one of my students, "What is the easiest way to hatch cable tray in Revit MEP to indicate the different types of cable tray that has been installed on a project." There are several ways this could be accomplished. You could simply use the Filled Region to manually hatch the cable tray. While this is the most simple, it is tedious and time consuming.

Method 2 would be to use Phases inside of Revit MEP. You could set up some phases and change the graphics of the phases to indicate the hatching. This is easy enough, but almost an over kill.

The method I ended up recommending is to just use View Filters. You can simply create a new filter and change the graphics of the filter to have the hatch pattern.

To this end I created a short video to share with my students and thought it might be helpful for others. Watch the video Here.

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         Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson
Senior Application Specialist MEP/AEC Solutions

Bill has over 25 years experience in applying MEP & AEC design solutions for large commercial companies, this has led to actively developed AutodeskĀ® RevitĀ® implementation strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. He has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and Scottish Power in England. Bill is an Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert, and has been the Lead Designer for several multi-million dollar communication sites which have included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, cable plans and equipment layouts. He graduated from the Pasadena Institute of Technology and has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of California at Berkeley.