A very quick way to export a very clean RVT file

You may want to do a very aggressive cleanup of your Revit file, getting rid of all Views while retaining all 3D elements as proper Revit elements.  You can use the ‘Save to New File’ function to do this. (Note: when I say aggressive, I mean it – use at your own risk, and be sure to verify the contents of the output file).  Thanks to the revitogbim blog for this tip.

This is the trick: when you right-click a 3D view, the Save to New File option is grayed out, but when you put it on a sheet – its back!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Create a Sheet and place a 3D view on it.  The 3D view has to ‘contain’ all of the elements you want to keep in the new file.
  2. In the Project Browser, right-click on the created sheet and select “Save to New File …” (it will take a while as it collects the elements, then it will prompt you to save the RVT file somewhere)
  3. Open the exported file and Transfer Project Standards for Line Weights / Patterns / Styles and also Object Styles (and anything else you want)

Views in the resultant file:

     (the following lists are not exhaustive)
    Things that are removed:

    • Design Options
    • Floor Plans – well actually, the only view that remains is the ‘export’ view and the Default 3D view
    • Everything else that was unused or not visible

    Things that are retained:

    • Floor levels
    • The 3D Revit elements that you could ‘see’
    • RVT links if they were visible in the 3D view
    • the Sheet that was exported

    To make things look right, you will probably need to Transfer Project Standards for things like:

    • Line Weights / Patterns / Styles
    • Object Styles

     For my test case, I also turned off all Annotation Categories in the original 3D view, and I scaled it so it would fit the sheet.

    This workflow and the basic steps were from:
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    11 years ago

    Thank you for this! I wish I'd had it a while back as I am working on bits of a project, but I don't "own/have" the working files, just copies. Based on the information here, I went 1+ step farther and added a floor plan and section to the sheet before "Sav(ing) to New File". Actually I tried it with an isometric, plan, section and two camera views first. My 6 year-old computer balked at that, but it did just fine with just the isometric, plan and section. I think it's amusing the titleblock isn't saved along with everything, but… Read more »

    10 years ago

    Yes indeed this is a great way to export to Revit.

    Unfortunately this way the grid don't export. So I use a floor plan view to export to a rvt-file. By changing the view range you can control which part is being exported. Everything visible between cut plane and bottom will be exported (including levels).

    Brendan Smith
    8 years ago

    Use e transmit if you have an Autodesk subscription as it does everything above and more