How to safely convert details from Autocad to Revit


  1. Open Autocad file containing details needing to be converted and ‘Save as’. Make note as to the drawing scale.
  2. Remove any drawing information that does not need to be converted to Revit.
  3. Delete out leaders, text, dimensions and hatches.
  4. Open a NEW Revit project file and save to a temporary location (it must be a new file, do NOT do this in the actual working project file) and create a drafting view matching the same scale as the Autocad Detail.
  5. Import your modified Autocad file using black and white lines. Fully explode the import.
  6. Using the Filter, convert every line, text to a Revit Type. Recreate leaders, text, and dimensions.
  7. Double check everything has been converted using the Filter.
  8. Save the temporary Revit file, Open the working Project File, and import the views via the Insert Tab. –or- Open up your Revit Project File, Create a drafting view of the matching scale and copy/paste the details from the temporary file.
  9. Recreate all hatch areas in the destination file. This prevents duplicates of the same hatch pattern style in the project.
  10. After details have been successfully copied into the working Project File the temporary file may be deleted

Important: Never explode a .dwg in your project Revit File.   Only explode in the temporary Revit file so as to prevent the unnecessary expansion of lists of ACAD lines, hatches, etc in the project Revit file.


About Whitney Ford

Whitney Ford graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's of Architecture in Architecture from Oklahoma State University and has worked with Jeramie Rittiluechai since that time. In 2009 Jeramie Rittiluechai Architecture was founded and Whitney started working with RA as contract drafter and graphic designer. Towards the beginning of 2011 Whitney joined the RA team full time as Project Manager. Whitney is now the RA Vice President in charge of overseeing all projects and firm management.Connect on Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/whitneyford/

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