Basic View Settings: View Discipline

Basic View Settings: View Discipline

Do you struggle with the way lines are displayed in plan? Maybe some are dashed when they shouldn’t be dashed and solid when they should be dashed. Maybe your slab edges are showing more lines than they should. We’ve got great news! You’re just a few short clicks away from having your plan look exactly the way you want.

One of the main culprits is often the View Discipline setting, which not surprisingly determines how “discipline-specific elements” display.

Set view discipline

Use View Templates to easily set the view discipline.

Certain rules apply to each discipline that you can select. Whether Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing or Coordination, you can review those rules here. The most common issue we run into is users set the current View Discipline to coordination and the floor category, found in the Visbility Graphics dialogue, is often overridden to display as transparent. Users are basically forcing a view to look a certain way instead of using best practices and allowing Revit to work as intended.

For most, if not all of our structural drawings, we should be setting or leaving the View Discipline as structural. This setting will show all structural elements such as wall and concrete beams but it will display them as hidden (i.e. the object style) if they are underneath a slab. This accomplishes what many users are trying to force when setting the floor category to transparent. Many even go so far as to create filters that show those structural elements with dashed lines (i.e. hidden). It’s important to know that you won’t be able to see architectural walls in the structural setting. Never fear, a solution is just around the corner.

Change the Display Style to Hidden Lines in the Graphic Display options when setting a View Template.

Another common issue is that users will set the View Display to wireframe. This will remove any hidden line properties and show everything as transparent with all elements in a projection setting (to review view ranges, check out our previous post here). To verify the view or view template isn’t set to wireframe you would look at the graphic display options.

Override the linked model display options by navigating to the Visibility Graphics dialogue.

It’s also best to set the detail level to coarse view because steel framing members will still show as they are intended to, as solid lines. However, this can have an adverse effect in that we won’t be able to see the layers of the architectural walls.

Remember that if you’ve set the View Discipline to structural, you won’t be able to see the architectural walls, much less the layers. This is where we override the discipline of the link itself, which can be accessed by going to the Revit Links tab in the Visibility Graphics dialog. You can then enter the best display settings for the linked file, which is a medium Detail Level, so you can see the architectural layers of the wall, and coordination View Discipline.

Those adjustments should get you all squared away. Setting the View Discipline to structural should minimize any overrides you would need. Which is why we call it a best practice. Revit is built to inherently understand certain disciplines and we should take advantage of that.


In Summary basic view settings should include:

  • Discipline – Structural
  • Display Style – Hidden Line
  • Detail Level – Course
  • RVT Link Display Settings
    • Detail Level – Medium
    • Discipline – Coordination
    • Display Style – Hidden Line

While getting your view set up correctly may seem complicated, it’s better to take a few extra steps up front and avoid having to set up filters and extra overrides when trying to set up your drawings. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to let us know! Any comments? We’d love to hear them!