By Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions
Copy/Monitor is a useful tool for the MEP disciplines, particularly for lights, sinks, etc. Most would argue that there is no benefit for the MEP disciplines to copy/monitor the Architect’s walls. This is normally correct. However, this post will give a quick 1,2,3 that can save you a bit of time.
Later on in the project design, the time will come to make some Interior Elevations in MEP. Let’s use the Interior Elevations of the Electrical Room for example. In most workflows, the MEP model will not contain any walls. Those walls belong to the architectural discipline. The tool to create Interior Elevations does a decent job most of the time. The computer shoots two feelers out for room bounding objects and the interior elevation stops there.
The problem, in MEP, if the walls aren’t there, the view isn’t constrained in any way. The software makes a guess at where you would like the view to stop. Sometimes, Revit has a tough time guessing where you want the extents of the view to end. You will most likely end up with something that looks like this like this.
The tip is as follows. Copy/Monitor the two walls that you need to constrain the Elevation. In this case that is the top and bottom ones. Doing this will constrain the extents of the view. Making a few walls that you will delete later is well worth not dealing with the cropping battle.
Then create the Interior Elevation after the walls are in place.
You can take it a step further and Copy/Monitor the ceiling as well. This will help constrain the view vertically. After the Interior Elevations have been created, delete the walls (and ceiling) that were Copy/Monitored, they have served their purpose. Enjoy!