Revit 2013 – Controlling Revisions

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I have had numerous questions around the control of revisions within a Revit model, in particular the use of a dual system of revision entry such as:

PRILIMINARY                     P1,P2 etc

FOR TENDER                       T1,T2, etc


Although the Revit revision system is not perfect you can still utilise the in-built tool by making use of other parameters that are available.

It is good practice to add the revision clouds to the drawing sheet and not to the views as there are certain items that will not accept a revision. It is also advisable to only show the revisions that have occurred on the current drawing sheet as opposed to project wide.

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About lawrenceh

I am employed by Excitech, one of the largest Autodesk resellers in the UK, to provide training and other services such as implementation and project support to our clients. The main products I get involved with are Autodesk Revit Structure, Dynamo & Autodesk Inventor. My personal interests include aviation, engineering and walking.
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13 Responses to Revit 2013 – Controlling Revisions

  1. says:

    Hi Lawrenceh

    Nice workaround.

    Very informative blog, keep it up!

    Many thanks,

    Stephan Schneller

  2. lawrenceh says:

    Thanks Stephan, glad you liked it. See you soon

  3. Guy says:

    This a very handy work around, but what happens when the drawing goes from say T3, to Construction status, meaning the revision would then need to say C1? The ‘1’ in the revision sequence would already have been used by T1. Or am I missing something?

    • lawrenceh says:

      Hi Guy,

      You would start the sequence again. Ie if you move from T6 into construction then the previous 6 revisions would be dropped and you would start from C1. This is the system that most consultants and contractors use at the moment. Anyone else have anything to add?

  4. Haggis says:

    As guy mentioned, we typically keep the preliminary revisions on the drawing after going to construction! Do you know if this is possible?

  5. Haggis says:


    Thanks for the quick reply! I’ve had a quick look online and can’t seem to find such a product! Could you possibly point me in the right direction of a web site?

    Otherwise this is a great workaround the company may need to re consider the revision system but I don’t think this will go down well with clients!

    Thanks for your help!


  6. Hi Lawrence

    I’m struggling to make this work currently. I’ve got the schedule setup on the title sheet family, using the ‘Issue to’ for the drawing status however when I try to set this up on the drawing revision (bottom right hand corner) it doesn’t appear. I’ve made the ‘Issue to’ parameter, added the parameter into the family and nothing happens. Any idea what I’ve got wrong?



  7. lawrenceh says:

    Hi Matt, You don’t need to create any additional parameters. In the Revision schedule in the title block family you can add the Issued to field. You then load this into the project and use the revision system and providing that you have added an entry into the ‘Issued to’ field this should populate your revision schedule. If this doesn’t work for you send me the title block family and I will take a look

  8. Hi Lawrence, thanks for a quick response! I thought I needed a new parameter for the ‘issue to’ in the bottom right hand corner, hadn’t appreciated that I should be using the ‘Current Revision issue to’ parameter. Works a treat now! Thank you!!

  9. Cody Fox says:

    This is a question that has been raised before so this is a good work around.

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