Wednesday, December 09, 2009
You will need to make a custom Grid Head family with the lines and circles desired using the grid family template.
You can add two labels, the Grid Number and a custom parameter. You will also have to make a ‘Shared Parameter’ for year or phase, or both.
Then you will load that family into the project and apply it to the System Grid family.
You will also need to add the Shared Parameter to the Project Parameters. Then you will be able to type the year or phase into the grid.
Monday, November 09, 2009
If columns are not showing on your column schedules make sure the columns are intersecting with grids and Levels.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
'These wishes can only be considered for Revit 2012 and beyond...'
Here's the link...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Visibility Issues are among the most common issues with Revit. These can usually be chalked up to the following...
Category is turned off in the view
Object Graphics or Visibility overridden (ie., set as transparent, turned off)
Worksets (turned off in Visibility Overrides)
Object being blocked by another (like a floor slab)
Keep in mind that when working in a team environment (Worksharing) others may be editing your settings without you knowing. One way to mitigate this is by making some initialed views, especially when it comes to the overall 3D and Section Box views. Another common solution is to yell at the people who are doing this.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Monday, October 19, 2009
-Go to: Application 'R' menu
-Add the name of the location and then browse.
I don't recommend pointing your rendering library off the local machines. This will cause a serious slowdown in rendering times.
The locations will then be available on the left-hand side of 'load' and 'open' dialog boxes.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Floorlan views only look down.
Ceiling Plan views only look up.
The linetype called Overhead
The 'Top Range' of the View Range dialog box is only there to establish how high the 'Cut Plan' can go. Again, Revit will not detect things overhead.
The 'Structural' View Templates set the View Range a little lower but still will not show overhead lines automatically. It will also change the look of the beam lines.
So, here's one workaround:
1. Make a Beam Line Style...
Manage-Settings-Line Styles-Modify Subcategories-New-Call it Overhead Beams-Set the Line Pattern and Line Weight as desired.
2. Temporarily set View Range...
View Properties-View Range-Top Range-Set it above your beam height-Cut Plan-Set it above your beam height.
3. Temporarily change your Detail Level to Fine. This is so you can see the 3D beams.
4. Use the Annotate-Detail Line Tool to draw a line beside the 3D beam using the 'Overhead Beams' Line Style.
5. Use the Align tool to align your line to the middle of the 3D beam. Click the Lock so it is closed.
6. Change your View Range back to normal.
This will line will stay (mostly) connected with the 3D beam. This technique can be used for balconies above, floorplates above, roof overhangs etc.
Please note that there is a bug involving sloping beams and beam systems showing up even when above. Autodesk will be fixing this so I wouldn't use it.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
This is a issue is known by Autodesk and they are working to resolve it. In the meantime the only way to fix it is to reinstall.
Monday, August 24, 2009
A 3D AutoCAD file imported into Revit is not cutting when sectioned.
The AutoCAD file first needs to be imported into a Family.
You have options:
1. Start the In-Place Mass command and then import the AutoCAD file. This option works well for large, one time imports like surrounding buildings etc. (use the same method for Sketchup files.)
2. Start a Family based upon a Family Template of your choice (ie. specialty equipment) then import the AutoCAD. Load this Family into your Project. This option works well for creating a quick 3D Family with existing 3D CAD geometry.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
You can pre-make these in your template. When you go to place a Room Object look in the Options Bar (pictured) and drop down the Room list. You have saved yourself from typing the room name and perhaps other important parameters.
More about Room Objects in Schedules here.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Door family with nested window families as sidelights.
Visibility parameter applied to the windows for left and right options.
When inserted into a wall (in a project file -.rvt) checking the sidelights on and off will not leave a hole where the window was. Rather, the wall will 'heal'.
The key is this:
In the window family
Category and Parameters, Shared (check box) is checked.
Thanks to Jeff Steinhauer from the AUGI forum for helping me on this one...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Autodesk is aware of this issue....
Friday, June 05, 2009
Please be aware that there is a bug in the export to Navisworks function in the 2010 product line. Walls are covering up windows. This issue has been submitted to Autodesk Development. Read more at the AUGI forum here...http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=101078&highlight=wall+window
Monday, June 01, 2009
I found this on David Duarte's blog Revit Beginners...(Thanks David)
Go to Annotate... Spot Slope... and you might notice that Revit has a new slope annotation that works in plan and elevation view. (choose an arrow or triangle symbol from the options bar)
Now try annotating a roof slope with a spot annotation triangle and you might notice something peculiar. Maybe your roof is 6:12 but the annotation read 4:12. Why the error? Because Revit is annotating the Hip not the face of the roof...Try hitting the tab key while floating over the roof edge and you'll see that the slope tag can report the slope of the hip or the face. The tool just happens to default to reporting the hip first.
This tool does not yet work on ramps or railings.
For example, if a room is numbered '1' it doesn't need a big box, but if it's numbered '1001' it does. (This is applicable to all tags really.)
The answer is no, it does not expand automatically. You will need to make a few different types that have different sized boxes.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Click here for more about glass corners.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Butt joints at corners can be done the following ways…
1. Make a new curtain wall panel using the curtain wall panel template
2. Offset the geometry on one side.
3. Save and load the family into your project
4. Make a Curtain Wall Style with Vertical Mullion, Border 2 Type, None
5. Draw the curtain walls on the corner. The wall endpoints will be lined up but the glass will appear to be overlapping by an inch or so.
6. TAB until you can select the panel.
7. Replace the panel with you corner panel.
1. Draw the curtain walls on the corner. The wall endpoints will be lined up but the glass will appear to be overlapping by an inch or so.
2. TAB until you can select the panel.
3. Edit in-place
4. Stretch the glass panel back by 1”
1. Draw the curtain walls on the corner. The wall endpoints will be lined up but the glass will appear to be overlapping by an inch or so.
2. TAB until you can select the panel.
3. Turn off the panel’s visibility
4. Draw a wall style which is the thickness of the glass panel and has the material ‘glass’.
Any of these choices are a pain. This is one of the workarounds I would like to see addressed...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
RDB Link Tool for Revit Family
Technology Preview (COMING SOON)
The RDBLink tool allows the user to export data from the elements in a Revit project and maintain relationships against data that exists outside of Revit. The tool allows for both import and export of the project data and will allow the user to make changes on the database side that affect the data within the project once imported. Also, during subsequent exports of the data to the same database, only data from the project will be affected, so any new fields or tables added to the database for your own purposes will remain intact along side the newly exported data. The RDBLink import tool provides a grid view of the data to allow the user to make any final edits before import. This grid control also allows the user to create Revit Shared Parameters which will add new fields for those parameters to the database in the related tables. Changes to these new fields within the database will update these Revit Shared Parameters upon future imports.
thanks RevitOPED for the tip
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1. Select the Elevation Marker, Cut and Paste Aligned-Same Place. You would do this into the view with the Phase set as desired. The copied Elevation Marker will be in the same place but on the desired Phase.
2. Make a Scope Box. You can drag the extents of the Scope Box to determine where Grids and Levels start and stop. Click on the Grids and Levels, Element Properties, choose the Scope Box you just made. Scope Boxes also have properties that allow you to control the view it's visible in.
3. Organize your Browser. This can also be done by adding a parameter to the views.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Yes, I can schedule what level a ceiling is on but what about what room it's in? You can do this a little bit with the doors so we know that it's possible. What room is that patient bed, furniture, or light etc. in? It would be nice to then schedule 'by room'. For instance, Room 101 contains: patient bed X, X number of lights.
Here are a couple of workarounds...
1. From release 2009 and on you can do the following:
Settings-Area and Volume Computations-Calculate Volumes
Make sure the Room object is bounded to the ceiling.
Add a Calculated Value to the Room Schedule using the following info:
Name: Ceiling Height, Type: Length, Formula: Volume/Area
Please note that this workaround only works where the Room and Ceiling are the same shape. The ceiling must be flat.
2. Pre 2009, ie.2008 has another workflow. You may even choose do this in all releases because of the complications of the workaround mentioned above.
Make a Shared Parameter called Ceiling Height
Apply this to the Room Object in the Project file as well as the Room Tag
Make a duplicate of your ceiling plan.
Tag all ceilings showing Height Offset from Level
Tag all Rooms
Now that you can see the actual ceiling height you will be able to manually update the Shared Parameter 'ceiling height' in the Room Tags.
This will keep a coordinated Room Schedule, Tags with the ceiling height.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Changing the Revit lineweight is not the greatest solution because the lines change thickness based on scale. Also, you would have to do some calculations to get the corresponding width right.
You would be best to make the change in AutoCAD before you bring the file in. To that end I've attached a lsp routine which will convert plines to mlines with the corresponding width. You might want to add another string of code which explodes the mlines into lines because mlines don't come into Revit either.
Here's the thread where I found the lsp file written by Joe Burke...
(note: this code leaves out closed segments, you will need to change the plines to 'open'.)
Here's a cut and paste of the code...
;;;thanks Joe Burke
; CHANGE LINE/PLINE TO MLINE
(defun c:lml ()
;returns list associated with a DXF code
;arguments key: DXF code, alist: object data list
(defun massoc (key alist / x nlist)
(foreach x alist
(if (eq key (car x))
(setq nlist (cons (cdr x) nlist))
;(setq s (ssget))
(setq s (ssget '((0 . "LINE,LWPOLYLINE"))))
(setq teller 0)
(repeat (sslength s)
(setq en (ssname s teller))
(setq ent (entget en))
(if (= "LINE" (cdr (assoc 0 ent)))
(setq PtLst (list (cdr (assoc 10 ent)) (cdr (assoc 11 ent))))
(if (= "LWPOLYLINE" (cdr (assoc 0 ent)))
(setq PtLst (massoc 10 ent))
(command "mline" (foreach pt PtLst (command pt))) ;point list fed to
;(command "erase" en "")
(setq teller (1+ teller))
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
When you are creating/editing a schedule and select a value that can be formatted, like Area or a Number value for example press the ALT & N keys in the formatting tab. You will then be able to select a range or do other snazzy things.
His full article...
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Will all of the parameters give errors if it is deleted or moved?
The simple answer is no.
Deleting or moving the actual Shared Parameters File does not cause any immediate errors, unless you try to make a parameter from it again. The information from that file is saved with the main Project rvt file. That means that you do not need to send it with a Project file. If the users at the other end want to edit, add or use it they will either need to get yours or make an exact copy themselves.
Here's a little more explanation...
This goes to show just how good Steve Stafford of Revit OpEd is. This is a 2005 article from his blog (which he wrote on a Sunday).
"...deleting the shared parameter from the shared parameter file (there is no link to the shared parameter file) doesn't directly affect a family or project that already uses it. Only when you remove it from a family or project will it affect the existence of data. Also you won't be able to assign or use the parameter again after it is deleted, since a new parameter by the same name is unique in the world as far as Revit is concerned. "
The rest of the article...http://revitoped.blogspot.com/2005/07/shared-parameters-part-3.html
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
As a workaround you will need to hide them in each view by using the Visibility/Graphics Overrides box.
Please note that you can override the visibility in the element properties of the Scope Box. If you turn it off in every view you will not be able to click on it again to edit it.
The when is the middle of April.
The how is a little more difficult...
Subscription customers must choose how they would like their software upgrades to be delivered this year (in Canada).
The delivery options are:
1. Do nothing. Your 2010 Autodesk software DVD / CD will automatically be shipped to you in 30 days. (add on top of this the delivery time which can take anywhere from a few days to weeks)
2. Download your 2010 Autodesk software using the Autodesk Subscription Center.
3. Login to the Autodesk Subscription Center to request a DVD / CD copy of your 2010 software and Autodesk will ship your DVD / CD after you submit your request.
If you need full instructions to get into subscription center call your reseller.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
(this is found under System, Advanced, Environment Variables.)
Variable Name: FLEXLM_TIMEOUT
Variable Value: 1000000
This will give Revit some breathing room to get a license from the server.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Copy/Monitor would be able to bring the ceiling heights directly into Revit MEP saving hours.
Walls can be drawn to the ceiling height without user math.
Ceilings heights can be adjusted in fewer clicks by just adjusting the Level.
Feel free to comment...
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
ORUG Summit - Wednesday March 4th 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Date: Wednesday March 4, 2009Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Location: Alice Fazooli's, 294 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON, M5V 1P6. Click here for map.
For those taking the TTC, it is conveniently located near both Osgoode and St. Andrew stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.
Jay Polding will update us about Revit 2010 and what's been going on for the past four months. If you would like to become an ORUG member or attend this meeting as a guest, please contact Jay Polding at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to attend.
CAD Manager Issues
Office Standards and Templates
Project Manager Issues
Integrated Project Delivery
Legal Contract Issues
Once it's changed you can save and reload the family.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The Beside The Cursor Revit Build Checker has been updated to support Revit 2010 products when they are available. No need to launch Revit and search for the build number...just launch my script to get a report on installed versions of Revit from Release 9.1 through 2010.
Also works with 64 bit Windows XP and Vista.
Also works with Revit MEP and Revit Structures.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This needed attention and was given. Looks like the Type Selector has been enhanced to show preview images. The 'ribbon' in AutoCAD 2009 has been frustrating at times. From the images that I've seen the Revit ribbon is well organized.
Native 64bit support
This enhancement cannot be understated. It's not flashy but it can make a huge difference in the size of model that you work on. Users won't have to 'break up' models into links as much anymore. Now we can finally move beyond 4gb of RAM!
It's funny because you wouldn't think that the masses of designers need this, but many do. When you're designing in 3D it's amazing the array of shapes needed. Even if you're making a 'classic' (rectangle) building there are custom column capitals, window lintels, furniture, lighting and other things that require non-rectangular shapes. I'm looking forward to getting into this feature.
There will be more but that is just a sampling. There are other sites like revit3d.com which go into greater depth and even have videos.
Looking forward to April...
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Lineweights are configured for each file. If a team is working on one file(worksharing) and one person changes the line settings, the file has new line settings. These are found under the Settings drop down menu. This is also true of Object Styles.
The lesson here is a common one in Revit, if you change it in one place it changes everywhere. So, if you want a thicker linetype, make a new one.
Imported Lineweights are controlled by a text file stored in C:\Program Files\Revit Architecture 2009\Data\ importlineweights-dwg-default.txt. You can edit it and make new ones. These settings do not move with the rvt file, they are particular to a workstation. Potentially two users could import the same file and get different lineweight results.
A team may want to make one of these text files and distribute across the team as needed.