Project Browser & Views

To help facilitate compliance to the Data Submittal Standard several changes have been made to the traditional Project Browser and Views structure within the template. These changes are intended to bring a high level of consistency to the data GSA receives. For this reason many of these changes need only be applied at the time data is submitted to GSA.

Project Browser

Project browser viewThe Project Browser is setup to facilitate the delivery of the Core and Shell Master Model. All views are sorted based on weather they are design views (Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical) that are used in design sheets, Construction views that are used by the construction team, and Working views that are not used on sheets and will be purged prior to delivery to GSA. The view organization is then based on sub-discipline of the view, followed by family and type, sorting by the level association.


The default organization for sheets is grouped by the sheet discipline # and sorts by sheet number. The sheet discipline # is based on the NCS sheet organization.

Folder / Sheet Organization

Folder and sheet organization grouped by sub-discipline
Folder and sheet organization grouped by sheet discipline number

NCS Based Sorting

Sheet Organization

Revit Browser Structure

National CAD Standard (NCS) has a suggested drawing set organization based on the different design disciplines involved in a project. Instead of allowing Revit to alphabetize your sheet disciplines (which would put your “General” sheets after your “Architectural” sheets), the sheet discipline # parameter has been added to dictate the design disciplines number.

NCS organization:

  1. General (G)
  2. Hazardous Materials (H)
  3. Survey / Mapping (V)
  4. Geotechnical (B)
  5. Civil Works (W)
  6. Civil (C)
  7. Landscape (L)
  8. Structural (S)
  9. Architectural (A)
  10. Interiors (I)
  11. Equipment (Q)
  12. Fire Protection (F)
  13. Plumbing (P)
  14. Process (D)
  15. Mechanical (M)
  16. Electrical (E)
  17. Telecommunications (T)
  18. Resource (R)
  19. Other Disciplines (X)
  20. Contractor / Shop Drawings (Z)
  21. Operations (O)


One of the advantages of Revit is that each view has individual graphic, scale, discipline, phase and view range settings; and changes to these parameters only affect the selected view. Views can be used and organized in a numerous ways. The project needs and design methods will dictate the manner in which views are used. As previously stated, the views of this template are organized by sub-discipline. The starting sub-disciplines are Design and Construction. All documents and elements related to design should be placed under Design, which is usually provided by a design team during design. All documents and elements related to construction such as field sketches, ASI, design changes should be placed under Construction. It can be collaboratively done by both Design team and Construction team during construction. Then, each discipline may have more sub-disciplines such as Architectural. If more sub-disciplines are required for the project such as mechanical, plumbing, electrical, add as needed. All views must have a sub-discipline entry. When sub-sub-views are created under each sub-discipline, they should be listed in a logical manner.

Using Views

Views within Revit fall into three main categories. One is a coordination view, a view used for design purposes and coordination. Views under the Design (Working Views) fall into this category. Another is a documentation view, a view put onto a sheet making up the deliverables of the project. Views under the discipline group (i.e. Architectural, HVAC, Lighting, Plumbing, Power, Structural, etc.) The final category is for Construction efforts. Views under Construction fall into this category and is considered a documentation view. Annotation and illustrative efforts are done in documentation views, while the coordination views focus on the design with little to no annotation. When sub-sub views are created under documentation view as "Floor Plan X", the order of such plans should be organized in a logical way. Each floor plan should have three views -"Plan view", "3D/Iso view" and "Reflected Ceiling Plan" as needed. 3D views can be cropped to individual levels, or include entire building per each discipline. 3D views of the entire building can be placed separately. Views with the “Design (Working Views)” sub-discipline are intended to see the complete model for coordination purposes. Views with an industry sub-discipline are intended to be documentation views. Each view has a default view template and view filters already applied.

Revit view filters graphic

View Filters

Filters provide a way to override the graphic display and control the visibility of elements that share common properties in a view. Working with MEP efforts, view filters become an essential tool for differing between systems within the design. A number of default view filters have been provided within the template. As the project develops, filters may need to be modified or added. Modification of filters is allowed; however, please attempt to maintain the naming convention provided. Add filters as the project requires, but follow the provided naming schema.

View Templates

A view template is a collection of view properties, such as view scale, discipline, detail level, and visibility settings, that are common for a view type (such as plan or elevation). You specify the value for each property in the template. A series of view templates have been provided within the template. Below is a listing and the intended purpose.

Ceiling Plans

View Template Purpose
Architectural Reflected Ceiling Plan Ceiling plan for an architectural perspective
Electrical Ceiling Ceiling plan with an electrical emphasis
Mechanical Ceiling Ceiling plan with an mechanical emphasis


View Template Purpose
Architectural Elevation Elevation with an architectural perspective
Architectural Section Section with an architectural perspective
Electrical Elevation Elevation with an electrical emphasis
Electrical Section Section with an electrical emphasis
Mechanical Elevation Elevation with an mechanical emphasis
Mechanical Section Section with an mechanical emphasis


View Template Purpose
Architectural Plan Floor plan for an Architectural perspective
Electrical Plan Floor plan with an electrical emphasis
Mechanical Plan Floor plan with an mechanical emphasis
Plumbing Plan Floor plan with an plumbing emphasis
Mechanical Filters MEP filters for new views


Naming of levels is based on the American convention. The floor at ground level is considered number one or “first floor”. The floor above the ground level is considered number two or “second floor”. Floor number must be unique for each building. The floor number shall be the same as the floor number indicated on the drawing titleblock and file name. The floor numbers are:

Name Description
01-99 First to 99th floor
GF Ground Floor
LT Loft
M1, M2, M3... Mezzanine 1, 2, 3…
P1, P2, P3... Penthouse 1, 2, 3… and Parking 1, 2, 3… If a building has both, start penthouse numbering where parking leaves off to avoid redundant file names
B1, B2, B3... Basement 1, 2, 3…
L1, L2, L3... Lower Level 1, 2, 3…
R1, R2, R3... Roof Level 1, 2, 3…
SB Sub-basement
Folder and sheet organization grouped by sub-discipline
Folder and sheet organization grouped by sheet discipline number
Revit Browser Structure
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