Use This Workaround for Detail Mismatch for Pipe and Ducts


While teaching a recent Revit MEP class, one student noted that Detail Level for Ducts and Pipes are not the same at Medium level of detail. Why?

The mechanical and piping engineers in-house have a shared interest in coordinating hydronic supply/return and condensate piping with each other’s disciplines, and they like to print and share documents or views with other project stakeholders.

The line display behavior of Revit ducts will not match piping single line diagramming when switching a plan-view Detail Level to Medium. Note that at medium display setting, pipes show as single line, but ducts will not display as single line as pipes do unless Detail Level is set to Course.

coarse detail level

pipes single line

Unfortunately, this display level of the ducts is hard coded in the program.

The Right Settings

Simply setting the Display Level to Course to get both pipes and ducts to show as single-line has some issues in displaying the wall types or fire rating lines, which revert to simple two-line wall display.

There are other components besides walls where display settings will not graphically display with sufficient detail as desired. Your best option is to open Viability Graphics and select components you need, and then use Course Detail Setting for the duct categories where necessary.

So it all depends on how we need to see all other categories. If Detail Level needs to remain Medium to show the wall types in more detail, the best workaround is to go to Visibility Graphics (VG) and select all the duct components to change the Detail Level from By View to Coarse.

visibility graphics

 

After selecting Coarse, only the components selected in the VG dialog will change to the Detail Level necessary for the display. The only problem is that the Flex Ducts stubbornly refuse to become single-line display.

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