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Revit Starting View – What you see First!

The starting view in Revit is the very first thing you, your team members or other consultants see when they open a project.  It is often overlooked, but can be a very useful way to show specific information that you want to draw attention to.

By default, the starting view will be the last viewed view before you saved your project. This can be disorientating if you are working on a large project, and could also make the project load slower if the last view was a 3D view or was quite graphically demanding.

In this blog post you will first learn how to set up a Revit Starting View, and also explore some of the best ways to use the starting view to your advantage.

How to set-up a Revit Starting View

It’s super easy to set-up a Revit Starting View.  It’s as simple as navigating to the Manage Tab, and clicking the Starting View button above Manage Project.

Revit Starting View

This brings up the Starting View dialog box, where we simply choose from the drop down which View we want to set as the starting view.

Revit Starting View

The starting view can be ANY view in the project, including Sheets, 3D Views, Schedules, Legends, Drafting Views and plans & elevations.



What to include on the Revit Starting view?

Setting up your Revit Starting View is a great way to share important information or reminders with yourself or team members. Much like when setting up your Revit Template, any information you include needs to be useful. There’s no point putting in stuff if no one’s going to read or use it! With that said, here are a few ideas to get the best use out of your Revit Starting View:

  • Project Information: Specific project information including site address, job Number, clients, and contact information for key stakeholders etc. A good tip for this type of starting view is to use Sheets. We can create a custom ‘starting view’ Titleblock, so the information contained here (using parameters) can be automatically updated to the other Titleblocks in the project.Revit Starting View
  • Project specific Comments: This could be a brief description of the work done, and work left to do, Model set-out/site orientation, general comments or questions for other team members…
  • Drafting Standards: Reminder of Modelling guidelines and drafting standards, symbols to use, abreviations, line styles and text style uses…
  • Model disclaimer: Particularly important when sharing models with other consultants, draws attention to the limitations of the model and what it can and can’t be used for…
  • Drawing Register: Sheet list and revisions, good for keeping track of project progress….
  • General Plan: Simplified Floor plan or Site plan, to give an overview of the project and help new users find where they need to go!
  • 3D View: Similar to above, nice to give a overview of the project. Try to keep this view pretty light though because this can effect the load time when starting your project.




The Starting View in Revit can be a simple way to share information, or be a consistent way to begin work on a project. You don’t have to use a specific starting view, but since we have the option we might as well use it to our advantage!

If you have any other suggestions on how to use Revit Starting Views then please share them in the comments below!

 

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Article written by:

Structural Revit Technician and BIM/Drafting Manager from New Zealand. Founder of revitIQ.com

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  1. John Bridges

    Hi Karl
    Many thanks for the article.
    In particular I like your proposal to have the drawing register in the Starting View.
    In this way, anybody opening the project can immediately link drawing file numbers to drawing titles as well as enabling them to see the extent of the drawings completed for the project.
    Top tip!
    Cheers.
    JohnInSA

  2. Aboubacar

    It is such à great job. Congratulations brother. Tell people what is thé davantage of seting a starting view and.when we use it.

  3. Rob Sawall

    These are all good things. I like to put a revision schedule to identify the latest revisions per sheet. I also place a revit link schedule to identify which links occur (and how many instances of that link). Also, I created a family tracking schedule to identify the amount and type of families used. These “working schedules” are great to have in the project, but unless you put them in front of the users face sometimes, they just dont get leveraged like they should.

    • Karl Tanner

      Hi Rob, I like your idea of having link and family tracking schedules, thanks for sharing!
      Kind regards,
      Karl

      • Veera

        Hey Karl, How are you?
        Rob’s idea is really good one. but I’m not sure how to do that! If you can share your knowledge on that would be great. Thanks for your time.

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