Thursday, April 11, 2013

Displacement Sets in Revit 2014

One of the exciting tools that Revit has given in its 2014 version is the Displacement  Sets.  The displacement sets feature in Revit 2014 is much alike the explode views used in some of the CAD applications.  The displacement set feature helps the user to look the insides of a building obstructed by building elements. Look at the example given in Figure 1

Figure 1  A Displacement Created
Now let us know how we can create and use the displacement sets in Revit 2014. I have used the following steps to explain the use of displacement set in a Revit project.
1. Open the building model. You can use any building model or if you want to use the building model used here, please visit, or write to us at

2. Now, in the Project Browser change the view to a 3D view, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2   The three-dimensional view of the building model
3. Use the ViewCube and align the view to Front. Now select all the elements above the ground floor, refer to Figure 3.

Figure 3  The Elements above the ground floor selected
4. Now choose the Displace Elements tool from the View panel of the Multi|Select tab, refer to Figure 4; the Modify Displacement tab is displayed.
Figure 4  Choosing the Displace Elements tool
5. Now choose the Home button in the ViewCube to return to the default view.

6. In the 3D view, notice the xyz icon. Drag the selected element in the direction of the Z icon. Now click to deslect it.

7. In the View Control Bar, choose the Highlight Displacement Sets button; the displacement sets will be highlighted in a different color as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5  The highlighted displaced elements of the building model

8.  Now, select the displacement set; the Modify | Displacement Set tab is displayed, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6   The Modify | Displacement Set  tab.
9. In this tab, you can choose the Edit button from the Displacement Set panel; the Edit Displacement Set floating panel is displayed as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 8  The Edit Displacement Set panel
10. In this panel, you can choose the Add button or the Remove button to add or delete elements from the set. Choose Finish to exit from the editing mode.

11. In the Displacement Sets panel, you can choose the Path tool to trace the path of the displaced elements. On doing so, the  Modify Edit Displacement  Path tab is displayed and the cursor changes its shape.  Move the cursor on the building element s in the displacement sets, the dotted line will appear. Click to add the path. Figure 9 shows the path of the building added in the displacement sets.

Figure 9  Path in the displacement sets
12. Now  to reset the building model select the displacement set and choose the Reset button form the Displacement Set panel; the building is reset to its original.

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The author of this blog  has co-authored many BIM titles and has 11years of experience in BIM Impementation. .

Manash Chatterjee

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