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The Object Styles settings within Revit determine how elements will display by default if no overrides are applied to them in a view. You can set the defaults for model and annotation components as well as for the layers of any linked or imported CAD files. Settings can be applied to subcategories as well.
Even though the Visibility/Graphic Overrides settings are often used in views, it is important to set the standards for how elements will display. The need for overrides comes from having several types of an element within one category. For example, you can set the style for the Ducts category, but if you want to display different types of ducts in unique ways, you will have to use
overrides.
You can access the Object Styles settings for your template from the Manage tab of the ribbon. The Object Styles dialog box lists all the model, annotation, and imported categories on separate tabs for easy access. These are the types of settings you can apply to a category:
Line Weight Projection line weight is the thickness of the lines of an object if it falls within the view range of a view and is not cut by the cut plane.
Cut line weight is the thickness of the lines of an object that is cut by the cut plane. Keep in mind that the cut plane does not apply to MEP objects and affects only architectural and structural elements, which is why the column is grayed out for MEP categories. Also worth mentioning is that walls that are less than 6′-0″high (or 2.0 m) will not show as “cut,” they are shown in your plan from above, regardless of the location of the cut plane.
Line Color This setting is for establishing the default color of objects within a category.
Line Pattern This setting determines what type of line will be used for objects in a category. This setting does not utilize a line style but applies a line pattern directly to the objects.
Material You can apply a material to a model category. This is primarily for rendering purposes, but it can also be useful for material takeoffs; however, the material applies to the entire category, so you cannot establish unique materials for different types of pipes or ducts by using this setting.
New to Revit MEP 2012 is the addition of duct and pipe systems as system families. This allows you to define properties for specific engineering systems and apply graphic overrides for unique display of the components that make up the system. The display of these systems is not established in the Object Styles dialog box, but rather in the type properties of the system families.

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The display of the new placeholder categories can be defined in the Object Styles dialog box, along with the lining and insulation categories that have been added for both pipes and ducts.

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