15 July 2023. Article by Benjamin Thompson. Estimated time to educate yourself: 4 minutes.
Understand Your Floor Plan Format
Before importing your floor plan into Revit, it’s essential to understand the format of your floor plan. Floor plans can come in various formats, such as PDF, DWG or JPG.
If your floor plan is in a PDF format, you have to convert it into a DWG file using software such as Adobe Acrobat if you want Revit to recognize it. A DWG file, on the other hand, can be imported directly into Revit using the “Import CAD” button.
This article can help if you need to convert a PDF floor plan into a DWG file type. It offers a step-by-step guide to converting the PDF files into DWG files using Adobe Acrobat.
Choose the Right File Type to Import
After understanding your floor plan format and converting it to the right format, you need to choose the right file type to import. One of the most common file types to import is the DWG format. To import a DWG file to Revit, you have to select the “Import CAD” button, then locate and choose the file.
For other file types, such as PDF or JPG, you can still import them into Revit. However, it’s essential to remember that these files must first be converted into DWG files before importing.
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Identify and Fix Any Issues with Your Floor Plan
Before importing your floor plan into Revit, it’s essential to make sure there are no issues with it. You should double-check that the scale is accurate and that the file format is compatible with Revit.
If there are issues with the scale or compatibility, you can use software such as AutoCAD to clean up the floor plan. AutoCAD lets you modify the scale and remove any extra lines or shapes that may be causing issues. You can also use the copy-and-paste feature to save specific parts of your floor plan in a new file format.
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Import Your Floor Plan into Revit
After making sure there are no issues with your floor plan, you can import it into Revit. To do this, you have to select “Insert” from the toolbar, then choose “Import CAD” and locate your floor plan file.
You can then adjust the scale and align the floor plan as needed. You may need to rotate the floor plan if it’s not aligned properly. Revit’s “Align Views” feature lets you align your floor plan with a view.
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Scale and Rotate Your Floor Plan to Fit
Now that you’ve imported your floor plan into Revit, it’s essential to ensure that it’s scaled and rotated correctly. You can scale your floor plan by first selecting the “Modify” button, then selecting the “Scale” tool.
Once you’ve selected the “Scale” tool, click on your floor plan to select it, then drag your mouse to the desired scale. To rotate your floor plan, select the “Rotate” tool, then drag your mouse to the desired angle. Ensure that your floor plan is aligned with the north direction to improve accuracy.
It’s crucial to scale and rotate your floor plan correctly to ensure that any elements you add to it later, such as walls or doors, are accurate and to scale.
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Clean Up and Finalize Your Imported Floor Plan
After scaling and rotating your floor plan, the next step is to clean it up and finalize it. This involves aligning your imported floor plan with the existing project elements and adjusting any different line weights, colors, and linetypes.
To adjust your line weights, colors, and linetypes, select the “Linework Tool” under the “Visibility/Graphics Overrides” option.
Ensure that you have a consistent and clear line weight scheme, which differentiates between walls, doors, and other elements. Remove any stray lines or elements that aren’t essential to your project to keep your drawing neat and easy to read.
By cleaning and finalizing your imported floor plan, you ensure that it’s accurate, aligned with your project elements, and easy to read. Make a habit of doing this step before proceeding to add new elements to your floor plan.
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