TLCD Architecture: Revit Tips for July
Relinquish All Elements by Carl Servais
Each time you synchronize with central, make sure you relinquish all the worksets and elements that you have been working on by checking all of the available check boxes in the dialog box. Each time you create a new view, you have created a new workset and you may not even realize that you have ownership of that workset. If you don’t have the “View Worksets” item checked, you will not relinquish that workset, which means everyone else is locked out of editing that view. If you close the file without relinquishing worksets or elements, it can be a real hassle for other folks to work in that model if/when they need to edit something that you own. In summary, make it a habit to glance at those check boxes before you click “OK.”
Wishlist & Bug Report by David Moyer
Ever wish you could get Autodesk to finally fix that thing in Revit that drives you crazy? Whether it be unintended behavior in the program that you want to see eliminated or a new feature that you wish the program offered, you can have an impact by letting Autodesk know your desires. Where you ask can I get a hold of one of those Software “Architects” and give them a piece of my mind?
Well as one might expect, direct interaction with these folks is an opportunity that is few and far between. I wonder why that might be…hmm. Anyhow they do have the following webpage where you can leave your comments, frustrations, and wish-lists for REVIT: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=1109794
I encourage each of you to take a moment when you run across something you feel could be improved in the program and leave a comment at the above website. When the same comments come from multiple sources they will pay more attention than if these comments only come from a few of us.
Not good enough you say! I have no idea if I have been heard! Well I agree and so do the good folks over at AUGI (Autodesk User Group International). This is an independent group of Autodesk users which Autodesk has recognized as representing you and your architectural computing needs. AUGI maintains a wish-list for REVIT that gives us a unified voice with the power of the entire AEC community behind it to help Autodesk develop our software with the features we need.
Not only does AUGI present this list to Autodesk on a regular basis they ask that we rank these wishes so Autodesk will know which are the most important ones to get into the software. You can find the AUGI REVIT Wish-list here: https://www.augi.com/wishlist
Joining AUGI as a Basic Member is free and you will be able to see that other users may be having the same issues with REVIT that you have – how they may be working around these items, and what they think would be the best way to improve the software to eliminate such problems.
Now all of you be nice and give Autodesk your input and maybe, just maybe we will have a Merry REVIT 2017 release come Next Year.
Funky Schedule and Simpson Resources by Leslie Smith
We had an issue with certain components not showing up in the room/furniture schedule. They were visible in the views and the component properties all looked good. The project has multiple phases with demo of existing (demo’d in new construction phase) and new work (in new construction phase) typical of how we do it.
It turns out that the existing walls that were being demolished were interfering with the family’s ability to associate to the new room. Even though the room displayed correctly and graphically everything looked ok in the views, the items were not showing in the schedule. After some trial & error, the fix was to uncheck the room bounding checkbox in the demo’d wall properties. Then the components all showed up in the schedule.
Since we had no existing/demo items scheduled, this worked well. Not necessarily the perfect fix…but in this case it worked.
Simpson Strongtie has both Revit Models 3D and Detail Components 2D. These can be downloaded individually or a zip of all the 2D or 3Dfamilies…From the webpage http://www.strongtie.com/ go to the “Resources” tab, “Drawings”, “Revit Drawings.”
Select desired download…be aware that the Masterformat keynote number is not automatically associated.
Overriding Consultant Model Colors Using Filters by Carl Servais
Often times, the color can be difficult to change, because it might be an override from the consultant’s model, or it might be an object style in the consultant’s model, or it might be something else entirely. You don’t want to open the consultant’s model and make changes to their model because it might take a while for you to discover the cause of the color change, and you will have to make all of those changes again when you get an updated model from the consultant. You might ask the consultant to change their model, but then they might have a reason for using the colors. In my opinion, the best solution is to let the consultant do their thing and fix the problem on my end by using a view filter. A view filter works because it falls high enough on the element visibility override hierarchy within Revit to overcome any settings that are coming from the consultant’s model, and it is applied to a view, so you don’t have to override each element. In fact, if you use the view filter in a view template, you can control the visibility of multiple views from one place. Here’s how to create a view filter:
Open the Visibility/Graphic Overrides for the view you are working. Click on the Filters tab and click on the Add button:
Click the Edit/New button to create a new Filter:
Create a new filter, give it a name, and then select all of the element categories that you want this filter to apply to. For example, if you are overriding a mechanical/plumbing model, select all the ducting and piping categories:
This might take a bit of trial and error if you find that you did not get all of the categories that your consultant is using in their model. Here’s the categories I used on a recent project:
Now you just click “OK” to create the filter, and you just need to highlight your newly created filter in the “Add Filters” dialog box and click “OK”:
Now you should be back in the “Visibility/Graphics Overrides” and you should have your filter in the list. Now you need to tell Revit how you would like to override the elements. Select the Projection/Surface, Lines, “Override” button:
Override the color to black and click OK:
Back in the “Visibility/Graphics Overrides” dialog box, when you click OK, you should see the colored elements turn black:
Keep in mind, this only fixes the view you have been working in. You will have to apply this filter to all the views that have colored elements showing up. Use View Templates to provide control over similar views, like interior elevations.