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Note Blocks – Schedules

20 May

A Note Block schedules the instances of a Generic Annotation (Symbol) in your project. They are useful for repetitive tagging of detail elements. I say ‘detail’ elements, because I feel that the use of tags should be in the following order of preference:

1. Tag of appropriate type for tagged element (eg. Door Tag)

2. Keynote Tag by Material where 1 is not possible

2. Note Block and Generic Annotation where 1 and 2 are not possible

(The above is based on the fact that you should be trying to make your Model as intelligent as possible – detail lines and text should be the exception when using Revit, not the rule).

Here are the steps using Note Blocks:

Load LPC_WorkNote (Generic Annotation family) from annotation Bim Library.

Create or insert from template Note block  Schedule – and choose the family you just loaded. Add the parameters to the Schedule Note Number and Note Description are fields in the schedule.

Go to a view and place a ‘Symbol’ – use the Generic Annotation family “LPC_WorkNote” you just added. Make sure to choose at least 1 leader for the note.

Type value/values into the properties fields.

Have a look at your ‘Note Block’ and you will see the values starting to fill.

If you change the Note Block schedule, it will change the notes (this is Revit, remember).

Label things with ‘numbers’ and then use the Note Block to refer these numbers to the appropriate text or note.

This Note Block can then be placed on a sheet, just like any schedule.



Shaft Openings in Existing Conditions Phase

25 Mar

When a Shaft opening is used in the New Construction phase, It is still creating the opening in the existing conditions phase, even when the opening cut properties are set to be in the New construction phase. Does not sound right to me.

This procedure is to follow instead of Shaft opening tool is not used.

When there is a slab that needs to be opened (demolished) to locate a shaft in New construction, follow this steps:

  1. Model the perimeter of the opening in Existing Conditions. (this is the area to be “cut”)
  2. Fill the opening with the same Floor Type as the existing (the portion of existing slab to be demolished)
  3. Select the filled floor area and demolish it in the new construction phase.
  4. To avoid the display of the perimeter in Existing Conditions, Join geometry could be used but this creates a visibilty issue in the Demo Plans because the dasshed openeing is not displayed. To solve that I am using the “Linework” tool to change the edges to invisible in the existing conditions view.
  5. If all is done properly the result is a portion of the slab displayed dashed in the demo plan, no indication in existing plan and an opening in New construction views.

2015-03-25_Floor Opening In Phases

If your presentation Sheets are not going to include a Existing Conditions the view plan Is setup could be set to Show all (New construction, existing and Demo) overriding the edge with LW tool is not needed.