Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Brisbane Computational Design Group April Meeting

I am co-chairing the Brisbane Computational Design Group. Meeting are on the first Wedesday of each month (apart from April when it will be held on the Wednesday the 19th)
6pm to 8pm
Agenda and Venue to be confirmed prior.

Twitter: @compDesGrp
Slack: brisbanecdg.slack.com

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Parameter Type/Instance Switching

When you have multiple dimensional parameters in your Revit family, a quick way of switching between a ‘Type’ and ‘Instance’ parameter is to select the dimensioned parameter, and in the options bar you can select (tick or untick) the Instance Parameter option.

This will change it between a ‘Type’ and ‘Instance’ parameter without having to go into the ‘Family Types’ dialogue box.

Note: This only works on visible parameters (ones you can select). All the others you will still have to go to the ‘Family Types’ dialogue box. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Line Length

If you select a line in your model and look in the instance properties dialogue box you will see that it will display a ‘Length’ parameter value, giving you the length of the individual line. If you are lucky enough it will also display a temporary dimension showing the length.

If you would like to determine the total length of multiple lines joined together (Chain of lines), this can only be achieved with Model lines.

Under the Modify Ribbon select the ‘Measure Along an Element’ tool and then select the chain of lines. This will display the ‘Total Length’ in the Options Bar.

If you would like to determine the length of multiple Detail lines, simply select the chain of Detail lines and use the ‘Convert Lines’ tool in the ribbon above. This will convert the line work to Model lines, now you can utilise the ‘Measure Along and Element’ tool. Once the ‘Total Length’ has been determined, just convert them back to Detail lines using the same ‘Convert Lines’ tool.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Double Clicks

If you ever wanted to define how Revit elements react to a mouse Double-click.

If you go to the Revit Application Button ►Options ►User Interface ►Double-click Options and select the Customize button, you will be able to adjust how Revit reacts when you double click elements.

Another nice Double-click tip is when you Double-click the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) it will Zoom to Fit.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Visibility Graphics and Linked Files

When you link Revit models into your project, Revit allows you to control their visibility graphics in your host file. This can be controlled many ways….

By Host View – Visibility graphics is controlled by the host view.
By Linked View – You can use a view in the linked file to set the visibility.
Custom – You can independently control the visibility of the linked file.

When you select on the Revit Links Tab in the Visibility Graphics dialogue box, it will list all of the Revit links being used in the current project. If you expand the Revit Link, you will notice that there is a sub-category to the Revit link. This is the individual instance of the linked file and it can be controlled individually.

Changing from ‘Not Overridden’ can cause major headaches in your project file if you start manipulating the instance (sub-category) display settings unnecessarily, it makes visibility settings hard to find in views. Normally there is no need to adjust the visibility of the instance of the linked file, especially if there is only one instance (sub-category).

Please leave this as ‘Not Overridden’!

Use the main category of the linked file to control the visibility.

The only time you need to adjust this setting is if you have multiple instances of the linked file in your project that need to have their visibility controlled individually.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wall Intersections, Structure and Partitions

When modelling in Revit the program defaults to joining walls when they intersect. When you model contains both structural walls and internal partitions the default doesn’t give you the correct intersection both physically and graphically. This is a situation where the walls should have the ‘Disallow Join’ function applied.

In the example below I have a partition wall intersecting with a structural wall. You will notice that the intersecting line weight does not show the structural wall continuous and the end of the partition extends into the middle of the structural wall.

If you right click on the dot at the end of the wall and ‘Disallow Join’, this will break the attachment of the 2 walls.

The end of the partition can now be dragged back to the intersection with the structural wall. 

The intersection of the walls is now correct.

I know that there are a few extra steps, but this will give you the outcome required to represent the model correctly in your documentation and also when it is exported for use throughout the Project Team.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Linked Levels and Grids

When you have linked Revit models loaded into you project file, the positioning is usually controlled by the shared coordinates system which makes the Grids and Levels of the linked file kind of redundant. This doesn’t stop them showing up in all of your Plan, Elevation and Section views of the host file.

A way of globally turning the Grids and Levels off in the linked model is to go to the Manage Links Dialogue box.

Highlight the linked project and select the Manage Worksets button.

This will open up the Manage Worksets Dialogue box for the linked file.

You can close the Workset for ‘Shared Levels and Grids’ by selecting the Workset and selecting the Close button.

If you ever need to check the linked files Grids and Levels, the Workset can still be opened through Manage Links.