There is a lot of practical wisdom presented in this recent article by Gensler’s Jared Krieger.

He recommends against “BIM execution plans as long as 50 pages, with page after page of information and procedures.”

A few more interesting quotes:
discussion early on about which team members will be modeling which pieces of the building

where should the model be during the schematic design, design development, and construction document phases

setting up a duplicate workset with the consultants’ grids so they can be turned on and off as needed

On clashes:
concentrate on the areas where you know there are going to be problems. You can’t let the computer do everything. Good architects know where they need to focus their coordination efforts.

During team meetings:
only team members who are proficient in Revit get to drive the model

This one is sure to raise some eyebrows:
“Anything in a design that is smaller than two inches in size—such as wire, conduit, and pipe—should not be modeled, because small components can usually be worked around larger components on site”

Read the whole article:

EDIT: This seems to be broken in 2014 at this point.  Even if you have it working in 2013, when you open in 2014 it will “break”.  I’m unsure if there is a good workaround yet…

Absolutely awesome workaround from Dave Light!  He shows how to use an instance Shared Parameter to pass Keynote value via a Family formula to allow the tagging of Window Mark and Keynote in the same tag.  Read the whole post here.

On a wider level, this method shows that you can formulaically reference System parameters (built in family parameters) and pass their value to a Shared Parameter to allowing tagging.

“As an alternative to controlling Revit tools and analysis features using the Options dialog > User Interface tab, you can define the DisciplineOption setting in the Revit.ini file.”

Use this link to access a calculator that provides you with the right value:

Heads-up from Steve at:
Revit OpEd: User Interface Configuration Calculator

Key website for E57 data and resources:

Some basic info from the website:

Is the E57 format XML?

The E57 specification uses a subset of XML that has been extended to support efficient storage of large amounts of binary data. An E57 file is encoded as a hierarchical tree structure, some of which is encoded in XML, and some of which is encoded in a binary format that is not XML. The bulk of the data, including point data and images, is encoded in the binary sections for efficiency. Metadata, such as sensor pose information, is encoded in XML. The binary sections are not embedded in the XML section. Instead, they are located in separate sections of the file and referenced from the XML section.

Is the E57 format extensible?

Yes. One of the greatest strengths of E57 is that it was designed to be readily extensible to accommodate new hardware innovations.

How does this all fit in with Revit?
… Revit 2014 does support the import of E57 through the new Recap software released a few weeks ago. The primary idea is that by using E57 you will have support for nearly all of the laser scanner vendors’ data since they can write an E57 file and Recap can read it. That will allow you to import it and then convert it to a Revit format to use the data. It’s a data exchange format, not a working format.
We are now trying to recruit some new people the ASTM E57 committee who can help us define and move forward on a number of extensions to the basic format.
(above paragraphs via email)

“quickly connect … Revit models to the GRAITEC Advance suite and then optimize the design of their structures in accordance with North American and Eurocode standards and produce effective and error-free general arrangement drawings, fabrication drawings, BOMs, NC files for both steel and concrete structures.Read more.
GRAITEC BIM Connect is available on Autodesk Exchange for Autodesk Revit.”


  1. Turn the Underlay on for the Level that shows the items you want to Tag
  2. Tag the Item/s
  3. Use Linework tool on the items that you have tagged.  This is important – if you don’t do this, then the Tag will disappear when you turn the Underlay off.  *However*, you can use the Linework tool with Invisible Lines (if you don’t want to see them) – this will still force the element to be considered by Revit when it determines if it should keep the Tag visible or not.
  4. Turn the Underlay off
  5. Your items are still Tagged!
Interestingly, if you use the Linework tool again, this time with By Category on the lines you previous selected, then the Tag will immediately disappear (Revit is no longer considering the object when drawing the view).