I am asking anyone who thinks they have a site topography or hardscape modeling challenge to submit them to me so I could determine if it is possible to model it in Revit. I am preparing for a class at Autodesk University 2013 titled
“Make Hardscape Follow Site Topography and Site Topography Follow Hardscape in Revit”
In this class I will be showing step by step instruction on how to build straight walls, curved walls, sidewalks, curbs, stairs, planters, roads and other hardscape elements of any shape or size, that follow the exact shape and contour of any site topography element. Conversely, I will also be showing how to model site topography to match the location and shape of hardscape elements.
One of the most common complaints I have heard about Revit is that it lacks “good” site topography modeling tools. Is that true? “So far” I have been able to model every hardscape and topo shape I wanted to….
So, if you believe the site topo modeling tools are “broken” or you simply think that you have a hardscape element that could not be modeled to follow the shape of site topography or if you think you have a topography shape that you don’t think could follow a hardscape shape then send it my way. Simply leave a comment with a description of your challenge or a link to your Revit file. You have to be a member of this blog site to leave a comment though. So join up if you have not done so already. If you want to be a little discrete then you could email me at
An example of a hardscape element would be “modeling curved walls that follow site topography” and an example of a site topography shape would be “model site topography to follow the shape of concrete stairs”
Keep in mind that this class will focus on modeling hardscape that follows site topography and site topography that follows hardscape. So keep your requests for modeling dolphins and Star Wars characters to a minimum…oh what the hell… send those over as well.
AND… if any of you know me by now, I will have to show how to model some type of “complex” shape using the site topography tools for the class.
So remember to send me your challenges and make sure to sign up for AU2013 this year. See you there!