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    Toposurface Editing and creation of detailed Roads

    Hello everyone,
    I have no idea if this topic has already been highlighted. If so please link to another thread.
    I have a big scale master plan drawing on CAD with various sections of roads in different dimensions, such us ( 11m, 12,80m, 22m , etc etc ). So I went through and I imported the CAD in my revit project. Then I created the toposurface from the imported cad file.
    What I want to do is to work on the toposurface (since the roads have different elevations) , and create in detail all the sections of the roads and show the carriageway, the curb, the gutler, the sidewalk, the shoulder etc.
    I would really appreciate your help . My site is really huge and I want to be sure that I wont make any mistakes and that it works correctly.
    I am working on Revit 2020 , Windows 10 Pro , 64 Bit
    Thank you,
    Christos
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    What makes you think Revit is a good tool for road design?

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    You can do road profiles, curbs, gutters, etc, in Revit... But it isn't what it was intended to do. And the took tools are absolutely awful.

    You'll want to look in to using floors/roofs, with shape editing, a number of "unintended modeling techniques," and a lot of patience. But the topo tools are abysmal. You can use them to inform your solid models through Dynamo or an API app like Artisan, but other than that it's a throwaway.

    Or, if you ask Hans, everything is completely impossible in Revit.

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    All besides, Autodesk officially recommends Civil3D/Infraworks -> Revit workflow, now.
    Revit's site tools + what Aaron recommended are good only Architectural schematics - they can give you look and feel of Design intent up to the SD/DD documentation set. For serious civil engineering (transversal and longitudinal sections, slopes etc.) you should look for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirvio View Post
    All besides, Autodesk officially recommends Civil3D/Infraworks -> Revit workflow, now.
    Revit's site tools + what Aaron recommended are good only Architectural schematics - they can give you look and feel of Design intent up to the SD/DD documentation set. For serious civil engineering (transversal and longitudinal sections, slopes etc.) you should look for something else.
    LOL You forgot to mention Inventor, plus infraworks, plus c3d and (of course).. Revit.

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    My favorite thing in Revit is the Roads Category. Its in there, check it out. I think prior to the autodesk acquisition of revit the site tools were on the revit roadmap to become more robust. the parametric change engine certainly has the foundation to do it, every chance I get I try to communicate that many times Architects design sites first and need tools to do that inside revit. that civil 3d is NOT a workable workflow for an Architect.

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    Scott, can you explain that roads category further? How do you use it? Are you saying families and in-place can be designated into that category? I gather the Site Designer isn't really a goer yet, judging by the occasinal mentions of it I see in this forum.

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    why dont you try SITE DESIGNER?

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    And BIM 360 to hook it all together which is a bit $$$prohibitive for small operators. so its work arounds in C3d to import surfaces. yuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biff View Post
    Scott, can you explain that roads category further? How do you use it? Are you saying families and in-place can be designated into that category? I gather the Site Designer isn't really a goer yet, judging by the occasinal mentions of it I see in this forum.
    There is no way to author an elements into the roads category. It exists on the list of categories, but can't get any elements on it. As for Site Designer, it was put into maintenance mode and is not available in 2021.

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