24 - 26 November, 2022
BILT ANZ 2022, Gold Coast

Session 3.4

Saturday, 26 November, 2022 | 03:00 PM

Demystifying Datums And Scope Boxes Within Revit

Richard Taylor, Ideate Software
Pre-Design, Design
Architecture, Data Management, Model Management, Project Management
Design Technology Manager, Architects/Architectural Designers, BIM Leaders/Managers, CAD Managers, Engineers - Electrical, Engineers - Fire, Engineers - Mechanical, Engineers - Other disciplines, Engineers - Plumbing/Hydraulic, Engineers - Structural, Information Managers, Practice Firm Leaders, Project Managers


Grids, Levels, and Reference planes are the backbone of a good Building Information Model.
As designers, we use a whole series of annotative elements that help us understand and navigate through a complex web of 2D and 3D element connections. Datums such as grid lines and reference planes can seriously impact Revit geometry and Revit views and are often driven by Scope Boxes and other non-intuitive elements.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how datums such as grid lines and reference planes can impact Revit geometry and elements in 2D and 3D views.
2. Learn how Scope Boxes within Revit can control specific view information as well as datum information.
3. Discuss and learn about View References and the Symbols and data that can be constructed within the Revit Family environment that may impact datum information.


This session will dig into Datums and Scope boxes to show you ways to control elements and view information. It’s not always easy to understand the 2D and 3D datum planes and their impact on model geometry in both 2D and 3D views. Grids, Levels, and Reference planes are the framework that all Revit geometry is placed upon. If you have duplicate levels at the same location, or grids that display incorrectly within views; it can lead to poor model management and confusing or erroneous project documentation. This session will give you the information to understand the importance of good datum structure, plus it will show you tools to review and clean-up misused grids, levels, reference planes, scope boxes, and view references that are the foundation of a proper and well-conceived Revit Building Information Model



Richard Taylor

Ideate Software
Technical Evangelist