ASCENT - Revit 2022 Fundamentals for Interior Design: Manually Placing Wall Sweeps in a 3D View

Working in a 3D environment and watching your design come to life in front of you is an amazing experience, but when you need to start adding more detail to your model by placing host-based elements like wall sweeps, it can become frustrating.  How does Revit know which wall to place the sweep on?

Sometimes just clicking on the wall face is not enough. Here are a couple of tips to use while placing wall sweeps that will help you get the correct placement to reduce frustration and speed up design time.

  1. In a plan view, select the walls you want to add a wall sweep to and click the Selection Box command. This rotates your model and puts a section box around the elements so you can get a better view of the walls to place the wall sweep. You can adjust the section box to see as many or as little elements as you want. Use the ViewCube or hold down <Shift> + the mouse wheel to rotate the model as needed.

  1. Set the work plane. In the Architecture tab>Work Plane panel, select Set. In the Work Plane dialog box, select Pick a plane and click OK.

Select the wall face that you are trying to apply the wall sweep to. This sets the expectation in Revit of where you want to place the wall sweep. To reset the work plane, open the Work Plane dialog box and set the Specify a new Work Plane to Name, then select a level to work on from the drop-down list.

I hope my tips on placing wall sweeps help you increase the efficiency of your workflow techniques while designing your projects. 

About the Author

Cherisse Biddulph

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Cherisse is an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit as well as an Autodesk Certified Instructor. She brings over 19 years of industry, teaching, and technical support experience to her role as a Learning Content Developer with ASCENT. With a passion for design and architecture, she received her Associates of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting and Design with a four-year core curriculum in Interior Design and has worked in the industry assisting firms with their CAD management and software implementation needs as they modernize to a Building Information Modeling (BIM) design environment. Cherisse continues to expand her knowledge in the ever evolving AEC industry and the software used to support it.

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