GeometryInstance Class

An instance of another element (symbol), specially positioned by this element.

Namespace: Autodesk.Revit.DB
Assembly: RevitAPI (in RevitAPI.dll) Version: 2015.0.0.0 (2015.0.0.0)


public class GeometryInstance : GeometryObject
Visual Basic
Public Class GeometryInstance _
	Inherits GeometryObject
Visual C++
public ref class GeometryInstance : public GeometryObject


A GeometryInstance represents a set of geometry stored by Revit in a default configuration, and then transformed into the proper location as a result of the properties of the element. The most common situation where GeometryInstances are encountered is in Family instances. Revit uses GeometryInstances to allow it to store a single copy of the geometry for a given family and reuse it in multiple instances. Note that not all Family instances will include GeometryInstances. When Revit needs to make a unique copy of the family geometry for a given instance (because of the effect of local joins, intersections, and other factors related to the instance placement) no GeometryInstance will be encountered; instead the Solid geometry will be found at the top level of the hierarchy. A GeometryInstance offers the ability to read its geometry through the GetSymbolGeometry() and GetInstanceGeometry() methods. These methods return another Autodesk.Revit.DB.GeometryElement which can be parsed just like the first level return.

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