Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hide Unreferenced Views


When you are preparing your views for documentation one thing that is inevitable is that you have plenty of unreferenced views visible. Visually they tend to clutter your views.


Monday, 23 April 2018

Purging Famalies


When you are creating Families, don’t forget that they can be purged too. This will help when they are loaded into your project.

This is especially relevant if you have imported any CAD files into the Family.

Clean models mean faster models…..




Sunday, 18 March 2018

Family Renaming rather than Duplicating


From early Revit teachings, we are always told to Duplicate families to create new types and alter families, and rightly so, it can be dangerous to alter existing types. This is a great first principle to build upon in your Revit training.

What happens if you want to Rename and Alter rather than Duplicating?

Firstly you have to be certain you know how many instances of the Family type you will be changing. A quick way of determining how many instances you will be altering is to use you filter tool.

Simply select and right click an instance of the Family and the select the ‘Select All Instances’ then ‘In Entire Project’. This will highlight all instances in the project.


























Then in the bottom right hand corner of your screen you will see the filter icon, this will display how many instances there are of the Family Type. If there is more than 1, be careful you may be changing more than you think……







You can also see this information in the Project Dialogue box.......




Sunday, 4 March 2018

Another Funny Error Message


Here is another one of those obscure error messages you get from time to time…….although this one does have a meaning…..











Isn’t it obvious!!!! (queue sarcasm)

If you get this message, check to see if you are running low on server space. Might be time you cleaned up the server a little and archive a few projects….

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Notes In Family


If you have created a Family and would like to inform users of any special conditions that they should be aware of when using or altering the Family. Then you could think about adding some notes in the family.












All you have to do is create a Text Parameter in the Family.

It is very important that you select the correct ‘Group parameter under’ this will ensure the parameter is grouped with the parameters that it is trying to highlight.
























To insert your information text, just type it in the formula column, ensuring that you use “quotation marks” or it will give you an error.






Sunday, 18 February 2018

Creating New Floor Plans


If you would like to create a new plan view of your model, you could duplicate an existing plan view, but this will bring with it all of its views properties. This could be acceptable for your requirements, but I always like to start fresh and then apply the view parameters I require.

The only trick is that when I go to the View ribbon, select the Plan Views tool, and then the Floor Plan tool, the resulting Dialogue box, usually does not show any of the levels, because they are already in use.














To show all of the available levels, just un-check the ‘Do not duplicate existing views’. This will bring up the available list of Levels. The select the Level and create the new view.



Sunday, 4 February 2018

Nested 'If' Statement Generator

I have been using this excel formula generator for a while now and it has come in very handy from time to time. It originated from Chris Price (Cadway and Xrev) and was distributed at an RTC (Revit Technology Conference) a while ago.

When you are using formulas in you families and you have to produce an ‘if’ statement with many nested conditions then having to type all the information can take a while. This simple excel document can shortcut all of the manual input.

All you have to do is cut and paste the resulting formula (in Column E), into your formula parameter in your family…..

You can alter or build on the information in the excel table as required.