Annotation symbols are used to visually represent information in Revit and play an important role in the drafting and documentation process. This guide is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of how to import and use these 2D elements.
It is advisable to include them in views rather than sheets so that you have flexibility when you move the view or switch to a new sheet.
Using a standard legend for repeating symbols on different sheets is a best practice to ensure consistency and improve the efficiency of the documentation process.
Details: Insert RFA symbols into a view.
To import symbols into views:
- Go to the Annotate tab > drop-down Tag panel’s menu.
- Click Loaded Tags And Symbols.
- In the window that appears, click Load Family.
- Select the RFA file > click Open.
- Click OK.
It is recommended to make sure that the imported symbols are compatible with the Revit version you are using to avoid possible problems or compatibility errors.
Details: Change the shape and color of symbols.
To edit a symbol:
- Select the symbol.
- In the Properties palette, click Edit Type.
- Identify the name of the family.
- In the Project Browser, right-click the family > click Edit.
Learn more about creating a custom symbol
To change the settings of the arrowhead:
- Go to the Manage tab > Settings panel > drop-down Additional Settings menu.
- Drop-down Annotations menu > click Arrowheads.
This can save a lot of time and effort, especially for large projects.
Let’s take a look at the list of annotation symbols available in Revit:
Details: Indicates the size of an element or distance between elements (Dimensioning rooms, door and window openings, and other architectural elements).
Dimensions are dynamically linked to the elements they measure, so they are automatically updated to reflect changes.
Connect text or symbols to specific elements in a project.
Displays the height of a specified point in views.
Shows the location of the different floor levels in elevations, sections, and 3D views.
Shows the location of section cuts in a project.
Details: Zooms in on a specific area of your drawing and displays its visual information.
Allows you to draw a clear and precise representation of a specific element or area in a project.
Displays the position of the structure grid lines in a project.
Shows that a view has been shortened to reduce its size on the sheet.
Create detailed drawings of specific elements or areas in a project (Wall sections, electrical and mechanical systems).
Fills an area with hatching patterns (specific materials and colors).
They are placed on a specific view, usually a floor plan, and have a boundary that defines the area. The boundary can be a polyline, a spline or a closed loop.
Line-based 2D families that you can insert into your drafting or detail views. This is a more advanced method of detailing than creating individual detail lines.
Details: Adds notes, labels, and other types of text to a project (Labeling rooms, equipment, and other elements).
It is recommended to minimize the use of the text box tool and use tags for all annotations instead.
This approach provides a more streamlined workflow, especially when making changes, than if you rely only on the text box tool.
The custom multi-category tag is a versatile solution for annotation labeling, as it acts as a text label that searches for the “Comments” and “Enter Comments” fields in families.
This solution is visually similar to the text tool in the views, but has the added benefit of automatically updating in all views when changes are made to an element’s specifications.
Details: Identify and label specific elements in a project.
Labels and identifies specific rooms in a project (Shows the total area of a space).
Tracks changes made during the design and construction process.
Shows the location of other views in a view.
Assign predefined information such as room numbers or material types to all elements and materials in a project using a tag family. The information is linked to a separate text file and is automatically updated when the design changes.
Keynotes also lets you create a legend or schedule. Customizable, with linked source tables for dynamic updates.
Details: A table with automatically generated information about the symbols used in your view.
Details: Helps communicate design intent, provides important information about the project, and makes it easier for team members to understand and work with the model.
Shows the orientation of your view in real life.