Revit 2016 R2 – Work Plane Grids for Design

Revit 2016 R2 – Work Plane Grids for Design

Revit does not have a grid display like AutoCAD, but work planes can be used as grids to plan on. Designers find such grids useful during conceptual design.


In a plan view, set the work plane to the relevant level.

<Architecture><Work Plane><Set>


<Work Plane><Set><Name><Level 1>

Toggle the visibility of the work plane so it is visible.


<Architecture><Work Plane><Show>

Click on the grid and then drag the grid to the required size using the circular grips that become visible.



Set the instance spacing property as required.


Move the grid into position (the grid lines can be snapped to, but they cannot be aligned with geometry). This means it may be moved with respect to a wall, or a wall may be moved with respect to the grid, but they can’t be aligned.


There are various limitations to using the Work Plane as a Grid on a plan view.

  • The work plane cannot be pinned or locked in place, so care must be taken not to move it out of position during the design process.
  • Notice that while the draw tools (in this case with reference to drawing walls) allow one to create using a line command, the pick line command is not allowed to be used on the grid. These limitations notwithstanding, the work plane gives a readily available visual reference.
  • Grid lines cannot be dimensioned to.

Alternatives for using the work plane grid lines is to use grid lines or reference planes, or even a repeating detail or line based component.


By | 2017-10-18T11:27:42+00:00 January 27th, 2016|

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After concurrently manufacturing for the Radar EW industry and reading incompletely toward Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, I realigned toward the Architectural. Today I support the AEC professions in Cape Town as an Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. I support and facilitate training on the following software platforms: Revit (Architectural, Structural and MEP); Civil3D; AutoCAD; SANSCalc and Lumion.