Archive | June, 2012

Custom Railing Connections in 10 steps free sample download

22 Jun

What Revit Wants: Custom Railing Connections in 10 steps free sample download.

In 10 steps:

  1. Create a 3D view with section box around the connection you would like to resolve
  2. Export this 3D view to a DWG file.
  3. Create a new Generic Model family.
  4. Import the 3D DWG.
  5. Using the context you have now imported, model the rest of the baluster / railing connection.  I recommend that you use Reference Lines and then create Sweeps using ‘Pick Lines’.
  6. After you have modeled the custom 3D geometry in the Generic Model family, create a Baluster Post family.
  7. Load the Generic Model family into the Baluster Post family.
  8. Load the Baluster Post family into the Project.
  9. Apply your new custom Baluster Post to the Start / Corner / End post of the Railing you are trying to correct.
  10. In the Baluster Post family, rotate and move the Generic Model family around until it is in the right place and reload into the Project.

Multi-Disciplinary View Coordination

21 Jun
  1. In an overall plan view, place scope boxes to “chop” your plan in meaningful pieces so it fits on your drawing sheets. Name them accordingly and place any matchlines and view references here;
  2. Create dependent views lets say you have 5 plan areas….create 5 dependent views and well assign them to the 5 scope boxes created in step 1;
  3. Go to each dependent view, name it something meaningful ex: Area A and assign the appropriate scope box to it. You can turn off scope box visibility to remove clutter as you typically overlap scope boxes so you can show some context you have to do this to properly use matchlines;
  4. If you want to make changes to the crop region, always go to the parent view, turn on scope boxes or use the Reveal Hidden Elements button if scope boxes were hidden, they’ll become visible in magenta….you can now modify them and when you’re done, click on the Reveal Hidden Elements button once again and they’ll go away or hide the category. Your crop regions would have automatically followed the changes in your scope boxes;
  5. The above is done typically by Architectural. Now consultants just link in as usual, they set a plan view that shows the scope boxes, match lines and view references perhaps set to “By Linked View” to facilitate this and copy all these elements into their project file. You do that by tabbing until the object in the link is highligted, then copy and paste in the same location. Now you just need to carry on from step 2 once you have the same scope boxes residing in your project.”

via Do U Revit?: Multi-Disciplinary View Coordination.

Merging two workset projects

15 Jun

HOK BIM Solutions: Merging two workset projects.

Prepare the models

First make backups of all your work.
Choose the smaller, least complex of the two models, and purge unused.

Get the model as lean as possible.
Determine what drafting elements will need to be preserved

The Binding process

In the model which you will bind your project into, create a new temporary workset.  This will be the workset that the bound elements will be dump into.

bind workset
Create some new worksets, i.e. core etc.  These are worksets you will use to transition objects into.
Select the linked project and choose bind from the options bar.

Decide whether you need to include Attached Details, Levels,Grids….

A message will the appear warning you about binding a linked file. Just choose the remove link button.


It may take some time for Revit to complete this exercise! Depending on the size of your project.
Once the link has been bound, this bound link will be a group. You can then choose to ungroup and the start to transition objects to previously created New worksets.
Finally, recreate views, import sheets, etc as required.

Sketchup to Revit with Materials

14 Jun

What Revit Wants: Sketchup to Revit with Materials.

There have been many posts about how you can control Sketchup materials in Revit using Object Styles.  However, this relies on the existence of different layers for each distinct material in the original file.  If you have an SKP file and would like to create the layers you need (without using Sketchup itself), you can use this method:

  1. Import Sketchup SKP file in to 3ds Max Design
  2. Export as FBX file
  3. Use Import command in AutoCAD, choose the FBX file – choose to have a layer for each material (Assign Objects to Layers – By Material)
  4. For some reason, I had to untick the Block option – otherwise the file would not import at all.
  5. Save the DWG file
  6. Import to Revit – you now have granular control over each Material / Layer combination through Object Styles…

Note – this method uses only Autodesk tools, it does not require Sketchup to be installed.  If I remember correctly, you can instruct Sketchup to export different layers for each material when exporting a DWG (?)


Revit 2013 – Embedded Schedules for everyone

9 Jun

What Revit Wants: Revit 2013 – Embedded Schedules for everyone.


Embedded Schedules are available for the following Categories:

Rooms, spaces, duct systems, piping systems, or electrical circuits


Architecturally, it makes the most sense to use a Room Schedule or a Space Schedule. If you opt to use a Space Schedule, this means you will need to add Spaces to your model (Subscription users may want to take advantage of the Space Naming utility).

Once that is done, you can then Schedule Rooms IN the Space Schedule (first image below), and then create an Embedded Schedule for Doors, for example.

This will show you which Doors are in which Rooms.

Creating Custom Diffuser Tag

9 Jun

Duct Duct Pipe: Creating Custom Diffuser Tag.

How to modify the OOTB diffuser tag to pull the neck size and type mark parameters from the diffuser itself.

The finished tag will look like this:

diff tag

Multi Tag Devices Circuited on Same Panel

9 Jun

Duct Duct Pipe: Multi Tag Devices Circuited on Same Panel.

Devices on same floor need to be tagged differently.

One tag indicates device is circuited to panel on same floor and other device would have a different tag being circuited to same panel from different floor.


Branch Panel 1 on first floor would read “BP.1-BP1”

Device cicuited on same floor would tag “B1-1” and device circuited from a different floor to BP1 would tag as “BP.1-B1-1”