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Walls: Editing the Profile

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In this article we are going to look at the use of the “Edit Profile” tool, used to manipulate the profile boundary of a Revit wall element.

 

 

 

I’ll start off by placing a very simple, single wall element. The type of wall is totally unimportant. Here’s our (very uninspiring) wall segment, in a 3D view...

 

 

 

As you’ve probably figured out by now, you can easily change the height of the base of the wall and of the top of the wall; from it’s “Element Properties” dialogue panel. Changing any of these standard properties still results in a basic rectangular (in elevation) section of wall. So what if we want to be creative? How about a sloped top to the wall? Or castellation? This is where the “Edit Profile” command comes into play. Go ahead and select the wall to highlight it…

Now take a look at the menu bar at the top of your screen. You now have access to the Edit Profile button…..

 

 

When you select this command, two things happen: Firstly your menu bar is replaced with a new set of tools, specifically for editing the profile of the wall….

 

 

 

If you’re used to “Sketching” in Revit, (ie when defining boundaries for floors, ceilings, pads, etc) this menu will be very familiar to you. It basically consists of tools to enable you to sketch and edit boundary lines.

 

And secondly, your wall element disappears and only it’s “current” Profile is displayed- by a lovely pink rectangle in our case…..

And now it’s over to you to let your creative juices flow! I’m going to use the line and editing tools to change the profile boundary….

OK, so I went a bit mad! But I just wanted to show you that you can use any combination of lines, arc, etc, etc. The number one rule to keep in mind is that the boundary (no matter what shape) MUST be a “Closed Loop”. So no loose ends allowed! When you’re happy with your modified boundary, go ahead and click on the “Finish Wall” button….

 

 

And our wall is created…..

 

 

 

 

Notice that the original “default” profile is shown dotted. You can always restore the wall to it’s original profile by highlighting it and then using the “Reset Profile” command…..

 

 

If we deselect our wall- simply press the “Esc” key (or click anywhere else in the view) so that nothing is selected, we get to see the finished wall in all it’s glory….

 

One last thing: Whilst editing the wall profile, you are free to define “islands” inside of your boundary profile. Just use the line tools to sketch the islands- again, they MUST be closed loops. There's no limit to the number of islands you can create within the overall boundary. Here’s an example….

 

 

 

 

Which results in (as you may predict) this……

 


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