In order to ensure that all information is authored in the correct geographical location but also within the accurate modelling area allowed by Revit (the limitation to draw accurately in Revit is a 10mile/16km radius from the Origin Point), the coordinate system has to be setup in advance of the project team starting to develop the model for collaboration purposes.

This is done by creating a Master Coordinates model, used to manage the coordinates for the project. The Master Coordinates model is setup by specifying the Real-World Coordinates, including elevation, for a specific point (e.g. a grid point) called a Survey Point (triangle). The Base Point (circle) has a function to identify coordinates different to the Survey Point, i.e. to the project grid.

The project model can then be linked into the Master Coordinates model and have the coordinates published to it via a common internal site. If the coordinates later change or if a coordinate error occurs the coordinates can easily be managed and re-published from the Master Coordinates model.


  1. Create a new “Master Coordinates” model using the relevant template.
  2. Save the new model to the project folder location.

To define the coordinates:

  1. Link in a survey or OS map with an origin point with known coordinates (using Northings and Eastings) can be identified.

Typically, this would be linked Centre to Centre to ensure the model is within Revit’s accurate modelling area.

  1. If you are able, acquire the coordinates directly from the survey, OS map or grid file from the Manage tab > Coordinates > Acquire Coordinates Refer to Locating a Project to an Existing Grid.
  2. If this is not possible, or the file does not use real world coordinates, specify the coordinates.
    Note:  If you are working to a linked CAD grid file, you may need to draw a line before assigning the coordinates. The Specify Coordinates at Point tool doesn’t work with intersections.
    It’s also a good idea (although not critical) to place a Spot Coordinate at your “project origin” for information.

    Click on the Manage Tab > Coordinates > Specify Coordinates at a Point. Click on the model line at the known origin point. The Specify Shared Coordinate dialog will open. Enter the coordinate values, the correct datum (Elevation) and the angle to True North. This will allow you to model orthogonally in Revit but still have reference to the correct coordination orientation.

    The Master Coordinates model is now set up to use defined Shared Coordinates.

Next, set up a project site:

  1. Click on the Manage tab > Project Location > Location.
  2. Open the Site tab of the Location Weather and Site dialog box.
  3. Select the Internal site.
    Click Rename and give it a logical name.
    Note:  it is not possible to publish coordinates from files with multiple named Sites.
  1. If the project model doesn’t yet exist, create it using the relevant template.
    Rename the Project site identically to the Master Coordinates model.


  1. Link in the project central model into the Master Coordinates model by Auto – Project Base Point to Project Base Point. Move and rotate the project model to position it correctly against the survey and at the correct level above sea.
  2. Click on the Manage tab > Coordinates > Publish Coordinates.
    Click on the linked Project model to identify the file to which the coordinates will be published.
    Check the defined project site is selected.
    Click OK.
  3. Click File > Save. This will prompt a dialogue to save the coordinates back to the project central model.
    In the Location Position Changed dialogue select Save > Saves the new position back to the link.
  4. Open the project model and check the coordinates are correct by switching between Project North and True North.

    This process can be repeated on any models requiring the correct coordinates published to them.
    Note: Ensure the same site has been defined in all models that require coordinates published to them.


If the building must be moved in plan or elevation, the modifications should be carried out and managed through the Master Coordinates Model:

  1. Make sure the Project central model is not open.
    Open the Master Coordinates model.
  1. Position the linked project central model as required in plan and elevation.
    This will prompt a Revit warning that the shared sites in the linked model have been modified but not saved back to the linked file (the project central model).
    Click Save Now to update the project model with the new positioning.
    Note:  Selecting the linked Project model will display the Shared Site Information. This can be used as reference when moving the model to the new location.




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