A different example when using the Revit Show hidden tool

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A different example when using the Revit Show hidden tool

In an earlier article, I showed how to use the Show hidden line tool whereby we enabled the visibility of interior components through a wall when viewing those walls from the outside in elevation.

Here is the link to the previous blog: http://www.mgfx.co.za/how-to-see-through-a-revit-wall-to-show-objects-behind/

Recently a customer asked a similar question whereby, looking in an architectural plan, a column is hidden by a beam above. The visual style is set to Hidden Lines. See screenshot below.


Obviously, you can solve the problem by changing the visual style to Wireframe and that will show the hidden part of the element but will show all the other hidden items in the view as well ā€“ which is undesirable. You can also switch the view from an architectural based plan view to a structural based plan view ( see below) You do solve the problem but the question was how to show to column through the beam in the Architectural Hidden View style as described above.


Ok change the view back to a architectural view and as explained in the previous article you should do the following. On the ribbon click on the View tab. Then select Show hidden Lines tool. Select the beam and then the column thereafter as shown in the image below.

Show hidden

This will show the full column though he beam as expected in dash lines. Same procedure as described in the previous blog.


The reason I wanted to write this article was to show that most Revit tools work in various scenario.

By | 2017-05-24T12:12:24+00:00 January 17th, 2017|

About the Author:

Iā€™m an Architectural Technologist (B.Tech.Arch) that has experience on the technical side of IT especially PCs, Large Format printers and Autodesk software. I am working as an AEC Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. My role is focussing on support and training on software applications like Revit ( Arch,MEP and Str), Civil3D, AutoCAD, SANSCalc and Lumion.