Cut and Fill in Revit

So, is Revit a civil engineering package? Basically, the answer is no, but it does not stop it from having a few tricks up its sleeves. Cut and Fill is one of those little gems.

Autodesk Revit has some great phasing features which we can use for renovation and retrofit work. The cut and fill features are based on this fundamental function of Revit. We start by creating an existing topographic surface. It does not matter which phase you create this in. Most times I create this in the new construction phase. I then select and copy the surface to the clipboard.

cut and fill revit copy surface

You then set the created phase of the surface to existing.

cut and fill revit phase

Next hide the existing surface in view this just helps with seeing what you are doing. Now paste the copy back from clipboard to the same place. This surface will still be set to new construction.

cut and fill revit copied surface
Any changes you now make to this surface will be checked against the original and a cut and fill value will be displayed in instance properties of the surface.

cut and fill revit phase properties

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