Learn the difference between Project North and True North. Discover how to declare the correct project orientation in a model.
- [Instructor] So now I'm going to declare the True North in my file. In Revit, you have both a True North and a Project North. Sometimes they line up, sometimes they don't. Not all projects face exactly north, and the reason you do this is so that, when you start running renderings on the interior of the project, your sun is in the correct position for the project, so for this, what I'm gonna do is, first I'm gonna go to Manage, and inside of here, I'm gonna go to Project Location, and I'm gonna click the drop-down underneath Position, and you'll see that right now it's set up to Relocate Project, Rotate True North, Mirror Project and Rotate Project North.
Right now, we are declaring the True North, but, I want you to notice something. Once I click on Rotate True North, it's going to give me an error, and it's gonna say that I need to have my view set to True North, so what you need to do first is, I'm gonna click close, and then I'm gonna come over to Project Browser, and where it says Orientation, right now it's set to Project North, I'm gonna click on that, and I'm gonna change it to True North. Now that this is set to True North, I'm now gonna go back up to Project Location, I'm now gonna click on Rotate True North.
Inside of here, it's gonna ask you a few bits of information inside of your Design Options bar. We can set this thing up, for instance, you have a survey that someone has given you, you could set it up based off of this survey, or you can just do it based off of a degree that you know of. Because I do not have a specific survey for this project, I'm just gonna rotate it 180 degrees just so you can see the rotation happen. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go up to CCW Rotation Angle and inside of here I'm just gonna type in 180 for 180 degrees, and you'll notice that your project completely flips around, because we have this view oriented to True North, so if you come back over here, though, to your Properties box, your View Properties box, and click and change it to Project North, you're gonna notice, it's gonna flip back around again, so a lot of times, people like to have both the Project North and the True North in the same direction, just for the sake of not being confused, so I'm gonna go back up to Position again, I'm gonna click and I'm gonna tell it to now rotate the Project North, and it's gonna ask me, okay, how do you want to do it? Do you want to do it along a certain line? Because sometimes you have views that are at 25 degrees or maybe it's something as simple as a five degree angle, but you want to keep all of your lines straight, so that's why it will ask me to align to a selected line or plane or it will ask me, sometimes it's just something as simple as rotating it 90 degrees one way or the other just because of how you want it to fit on your sheet.
Because we flipped this thing completely 180 degrees, I'm just gonna click on 180 degrees. Once I do that, it's gonna tell me, hey, we did it, everything is successful and it's gonna click on OK. Since we did this, there's one more thing we need to do and that is, we need to make sure that our elevations reflect our rotation up from Project North, so I'm gonna come over here to my Elevations inside of my project browser, and I'm gonna rename these elevations. There's one thing.
East now becomes West. However, when I go to click on Rename, and change that to West, Revit's gonna give me an error, it's gonna tell me that it needs to be a unique name, so here's one little workaround we have to do to get around it. I'm just gonna tell it okay, I'm gonna do a right click and then say Rename again, but this time, I'm gonna call it West 1. This lets me know that I need to change my other one so that I can take the number off of that, so I'm gonna actually go to West, I'm gonna rename it, and I'm gonna say East, and now I can now go back to my West, say Rename, take the 1 off of it, and I won't get my error.
I need to do the same thing with North and South, so I'm gonna click on North, I'm gonna say Rename, I'm gonna call this one South, remember to put the number behind it, go back to South, rename it to North, and then I can go back to the South and take the number off. If by chance you get pulled away while working on this, if you have the number behind it, you'll then know that you need to go back and change them to reflect properly, so if I were to go and click on North, my North elevation, just so I could take a look at it, it is now the front of the house, so we zoom in so you can see that, and also if I go back to my First Floor, that is these views here from the garage and the front door, they match up to garage and front door of this house.
- Managing your information
- Working with the camera
- Getting organized
- Adding custom materials
- Creating project schemes
- Understanding design options
- Placing components
- Adding materials
- Placing a ceiling for lighting
- Proper lighting techniques
- Rendering a view in the cloud