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Fri, May 19, 2006 at 9:56:45 AM | Shade view of toposurface




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Hi, I have a problem i cant figure out. How come all the regions of my toposurface shade in a grey color despite have the relevant materials assigned to them with various shade colors?? this is probably a pretty stupid question but i would appreciate some help all the same.

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Fri, May 19, 2006 at 11:47:56 AM | RE: Shade view of toposurface



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Question By a Revit User
There is a grey plane that is almost like a floor. on the outside fof my house. How do I get it to lower so that I don't see the grey but I do see my grass?

Previous Answer By Tom Dinmn
They grey plane is most likely a "ground plane" Ground planes are useful if you don't have a site plan and just want a meterial to appear in your rendering at a certain level.
To get rid of the ground plane yu have to check in two places:
Settings>Sun and Shadow Settings [un-check 'ground plane']
Rendering TAB>Settings>Environment [un-check 'ground plane']
Why there are two places for ground plane I haven't figured out yet. Hopefully this will clear up your problem.

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This is learning process for all of us, there are no stupid questions. only a quest to learn


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Fri, May 19, 2006 at 2:35:11 PM | RE: Shade view of toposurface




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Also, make sure that if you are using phases that you set your phase filter for the view to 'show all' or 'show complete'. If you have the phase filter set to anything else the material may be picking up the graphic over-ride of the material called 'phase-existing' which is set to gray.

As a side note, someday someone should compile a FAQ for Revit as these questions come up again and again and it is hard to search for them on this and other forums. Maybe in my spare time.!

P.S. the key to decoding my username is: Tom D in MN (Tom [first name], D [last initial] in, MN [minnesota]) Worked better when I lived in Arizona as it was tomdinaz which kind of rhymed. Known as just Tom Dorner out on

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