By default, the revision number is the sequence number in the Revision Schedule. Revit will assign the first revision as sequence #1. But what if you need to start your revision number as a different number other than 1 per your client’s request, for example ‘0’?
It is embarrassing if we have to explain to our client that your request cannot be done because Revit doesn’t allow us to do so. Fortunately, there is a way to get around this, it is not the perfect solution, but will definitely get you the end result you wanted. Remember, our goal is to serve our client, Revit has a tool helping us to provide the service to meet our client’s need, we are not a slave of the software. By the end of the day, all we care is whether we can get the work done and our client is happy.
Sorry, it was a little off topic, let’s get started! In this tutorial, we will need to go back and forward between the project and the families. All text in Green are related to the Family editing.
In our Project File, Go to View tab > click Revisions (under Sheet Composition Panel).
With the Revision Schedule opened, notice the “Issue to” and “Issued by” column? We rarely fill out these 2 columns, so instead of using it as what it is intended for, we can use one of them as our Revision Number column! In this example, I used the “Issued to” column. Let’s say I need my Revision Number to be “15”. Type in “15” in the “Issued to” column, click OK.
For the purpose of this demonstration, we need to create a Revision Cloud. Go to Annotate tab > Revision Cloud (under Detail panel), and start drawing a revision cloud.
With the cloud selected, go to Properties and assign it to the revision we just created. To give a delta revision tag to the cloud, go back to Annotation tab > Tag by Category (under Tag panel, see image above). The revision number should still read as “1” in both the title block and revision delta, but don’t worry, we haven’t done our magic yet.
Open up the Title Block family, in the Project Browser > Views (all) > Schedules > Revision History (every firm may name their Schedule differently, in this tutorial, I name the schedule “Revision History”). With “Revision History” schedule selected, go to Properties > Fields (under Others) > click Edit.
Select “Revision Number” from the “Scheduled Fields” (right box) and Remove it. Then Add “Issued to” from the “Available Fields” (left box) if the parameter is not in the “Scheduled Fields” box yet. Select “Issued to” and Move it to the top of the list if you haven’t done so.
Continue to click the Formatting tab, select “Issued to” and make sure the Hidden Field box is unchecked. Save the family and reload it back to the project.
Back to our Project file, check the Title Block on the Sheet with the revision cloud and you should notice the Revision Number 15 now appears on the Sheet.
Let’s move on to changing the revision number tag that is associated to the cloud. Open up the Revision Tag family, select the number inside the delta. Go to Properties > Label > click Edit
Remove “Revision Number” and Add “Issued to”. Save the family and reload it back to the project.
Go back to our Project file, the revision delta should read 15.
If you need to add another revision, just go back to View tab > Revisions (under Sheet Composition Panel) > Add a new Revision (see the first image in this post). Input the Revision Number in the “Issued to” column. Cloud and tag the changes, the newly added revision will show up on the Title Block.
With this method, we basically ignore the Revision Number / Sequence Number that is automatically assigned by Revit and replaced with our manually entered Revision Number.
Want to learn more?
When you work in a team, it is important to properly set up project orientation to get everyone on the same page. I wrote several posts about this topics:
- Project North vs True North
- Setting up True North for a Project
- Setting up True North for a Project – Best Practice