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Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 2:46:01 PM | setting project true north




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I can't seem to figure out how to set the project true north. Can someone please direct me. I have my project north set, but can't figure out how set or rotate the true north or even determine what the setting currently is.

I am trying to perform an accurate preliminary sun study. I have my project address set.

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Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 2:49:11 PM | setting project true north



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You can't rotate true north.  That is an earth property. :->

You can only rotate project North.  And you can rotate your project.  So please clarify your question.

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Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:06:07 PM | setting project true north




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So what I meant was how to rotate the project (building) such that it is oriented correctly based on the actual site. When the project was started. no thought was given to the placement based the actual site and the orientation of north. I realized that once I tried to do a sun study and determined that my north is in the wrong place. I did determine that I was able to re-orient the project using 'Specify coordinates at point' command. That being said I was able to get my north oriented correctly and perform an accurate sun study.

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Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:22:25 PM | setting project true north




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The workflow for this goes:

Note: It is best to do this FIRST THING when starting a project, or you may need to rotate all your model elements, which may cause issues.

1.  Get a satellite image from google maps and insert in your site plan, or preferably use the globe link plugin.  Be sure north is set right on the image.

2.  Double check the property on this view is set to "true north".

3.  Rotate 'project north' to the orientation of your building.  Note the view cube has a "front" and "right", set these to your building.

Your view cube should orient to the front of the building when you click "front" on the cube, and the N, E, S, & W should be oriented differently than the cube.  The site plan will be set to true north, and the rest of your CD's will be set to Project north. 


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Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:15:57 PM | setting project true north




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I was facing a similar challenge getting "Revit True North" to reflect geographical true north, which incidentally do not both have to be the same  See: Manage --> Position --> Rotate True North. When I tried to do it, an error reads "View must be oriented to True North (available only in plan views). Modify the views properties or use a different view".  This was infuriating becaue the option was grayed out in the view's properties.  Well I thought this was stupid since it was making a circular reference... until I realized that this particular view was being controlled by a View Template!  That's where you need to set the view to "True North" vs. "Project North" (or change View Template to <none>... click your way back out and then the properties option isn't grayed out any more, and you can rotate Revit True North to whatever you want.  Then, if you click on the Project Base Point object (assuming it's visible) you have more options for rotating things.


Hope this helps someone.



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