Sunday, 1 December 2013

Circle Center Mark

When you are creating Revit family’s using circles (especially Profiles) it can be difficult to constrain circles to parameters or relocate the profile. An easy way to help with this process is to have a visible Circle Center Mark. This will allow you to align, move, lock or constrain with parameters using the center mark as a reference point, which is not possible without it.

Just select the Circle and in the properties tick the Center Mark Visible Parameter.

Now you have a point to reference.

Opening with Worksets

If you are working on a LARGE Revit Project, you have the ability to speed up the file opening process by only having the editable worksets loaded on opening. Everybody relinquishes their worksets when Synchronising, this means that there will be virtually nothing visible on opening.

You will have to manually open the worksets before you start work on the project. This allows the user to only open the worksets they require rather that the entire workset list.

To open the worksets, click the ManageWorksets tool and select the worksets and select Open, either in the drop down or on the right hand side of the dialogue box. (You can select multiple Named worksets by holding the ‘Ctrl’ key down on the keyboard)

Now you can start work!

To set this up on a Central file all you need to do is when you are creating the Central file you select the ‘Open workset default:’ and set it to Editable. (this process is usually handled by the Model Manager)

A continuation of the process is under the Manage Links tool, called Manage Worksets.

When you are Linking in Revit Models, you have an added feature under the Manage Links Tool. Which allows you to control the Worksets that are loaded with your linked files.

This tool works in a similar way to picking what worksets you want opened when you open your Revit Project file, but works on a Linked file. 

Workset Visibility

Worksets are a great way of controlling and associating elements in the Revit work environment. This process is especially helpful when dealing with Linked Revit files and Linked (or imported) DWG files.

You can control overall visibility in a project when you link Revit models (or Dwg’s) into other Revit projects. For example, it is best practice to have the ‘Visible in all Views’ unticked so that none of the elements appear in every view inside of your project as a default. The visibility of these linked files can be set-up individually in the View Templates or the Visibility Graphics. Also, have a workset specifically created (and named accordingly, refer Best Practices Guide) for each Linked model (or Dwg) will allow for greater control.

Worksets can also improve the performance of the system by being displayed as needed, avoiding the memory-intensive display of parts of the project building that aren’t necessary for a specific design activity.

To identify visibility requirements, determine the frequency with which the elements in the workset display in the project.