I once built an auto-sizing Fire Pipe Fitting using a Formulaic method (where the various fitting sizes were driven by the Revit intersection variable), so I was interested to read about a similar strategy in a very good article in AUGIWorld January 2018 by Todd Shackelford. It is really good to evaluate these different options before going ahead on a detailed Family development and creation task.
Among other things, Todd describes how to create a Type Catalog, including a list of the various data types:
He also describes how to use multiple Lookup Tables in a single Revit Family:
Overall, it is a very informative article for advanced Revit family creators.
Check out the full article online here:
Check out this page for more on Facility Management and BIM from AUGI:
BIM and FM | AUGI
Links copied below:
BIM Kickoff Meeting FAQ
This document was posted by Robert Bell to the Revit MEP forum, as a good checklist for discussion between contractors.
Revit Maximo Integration Plugin
This application has been retired/graduated from the Autodesk Labs site, but, please check out the documentation for the intended functionality and contact Autodesk to display your interest in this capability.
Revit Archibus Overlay
Archibus Overlay has long worked with AutoCAD, and you can purchase it for Revit, too, allowing for reporting and querying across multiple models.
Linking Data Spreadsheet to Navisworks for Facility Management
This is more of a debate with mulitiple options than an iron-clad framework, but, the idea is worth reviewing.
The GSA on BIM for FM
The General Services Administration has been a forerunner in utilitzing BIM post-construction and thoroughly documenting their standards. Check out the links on the left of the page to access press releases, videos and the BIM Library.
AECbytes: BIM for Facilities Management
AECbytes does a roundup of FM products that can make use of BIM (this is an older article, if there’s a newer version, please let me know and I will update the link). A good read by Lachmi Khemlani, as usual.
BIM for FM on a University Campus
Case study on the business case for building information modeling at Northumbria University’s city campus, presented at ECObuild 2013.
How to Approach BIM for Renovations
A link to a detailed methodology and a real world report of how one hospital stepped through the process.
What does an Owner Want with BIM?
This article says that most companies are doing a disservice with this question, when they should really be asking ‘Who is the Owner?’ A rundown of the stakeholders using the data and Revit models turned over to the facilities and engineering staff post-occupancy.
Moving from AutoCAD to BIM for Building Floor Plans
The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University’s BIM Implementation Project.
Setup with Clients and Owners
Discussion on how to work with clients on delivery and standards formation.
Circular Linking of Models and Campus Buildings
Discussion on some issues with working across a large multi-building campus.
Coordinating Projects Using Shared Coordinates
Class handout and video link to an in-depth Revit class by Steve Stafford.
Revit Standards: Getting Started Guides
BIM Standards and Guidelines
If you aren’t using Keynotes in Revit, you probably should be. They are often one of those ‘hidden gems’ that people discover after using Revit for years…
In any case, @theoryshaw has kindly published OmniClass and MasterFormat keynote text files for download at:
Thanks Ryan 🙂
Some other goodies can be found at:
(you will need to login to AUGI)
Interesting post by troywright on AUGI, in relation to setting up segregated links as room bounding in your Revit MEP file:
We have this issue frequently, as with major projects we will receive different models for architectural fitout, shell and core and facades etc.
The solution we have (in your example) is to;
– Link the structural model into architectural as an overlay, set to room bounding
– In your MEP model link in the structural model and the architectural model.
That’s it. Essentially it is an extra step, but it means that the architectural model knows it is bound by the structural model, even though it is only an overlay! I think someone else mentioned this method earlier but with worksets. I can’t see a point in doing this as the nested structural model is an overlay, so it’s irrelevant.
Another issue you may have is that your spaces act up when an architectural model has floor finishes set to room bounding that are higher than the level they are on. To fix this just change all of your levels to have a calculation height above that of the floor finish.
via 2014 MEP Spaces
I think Civil3D is a very powerful and useful tool. I have even found some ways to make it work nicely with Revit, by using it to do graphical slope analysis, or using it to increase Topography resolution.
If you too are interested in using Civil3D in the BIM process, you should check out the recent article by Andrew Walther on AUGI:
As can be seen, the concepts of BIM, which were initially founded in the building industry, can readily be applied to infrastructure and land development projects. The key lies in understanding the processes and applying those concepts to the individual components of the process. Whether it’s BIM or Model-Based Design, the concepts are the same and the technology allows designers to share and leverage data in certain areas. With Civil 3D the true BIM components lie in: 1) moving data through the various phases of the infrastructure project procurement process; and 2) sharing data during individual project phases.
BIM and Civil 3D – Fact or Fiction? | AUGI
An old (2006) but insightful post by Phil Read:
if Max/SketchUp/etc.understood the intent of what you were modeling, I suspect the translation to Revit would be far more rational. But this isn’t the case. Those tools produce generic geometry. But geometry alone isn’t enough; you have to be able to embed intent. Creating morphic forms is an interesting exercise in design iteration. But making blobs isn’t the same thing as making decisions about construction (or constructibility). Blobs don’t have the same rules as buildings.
AUGI – View Single Post – Adventures in 3ds Max and Revit Massing
The October 2011 AUGIWorld magazine contains an article titled ‘Codeless Revit Customization’. You might think that it is about customizing the UI and Option settings. However, it is actually a how-to guide on developing your own Template, including workflows for incorporating General Notes and adding typical CAD details.
The author, Ibrahim Hakki, also gives some tips on presenting your model to a Client and setting up Sheets in your Template to speed up documentation.
He also makes plenty of references to Star Trek, and some to Star Wars (which do your prefer?). Spock and Kirk both get a mention.
Direct Link to article – http://issuu.com/augi/docs/aw201110hr/35
Download links for AUGIWorld October 2011:
Low Resolution PDF (5.3mb)
High Resolution PDF (50.3mb)
Issues | AUGI
There is an Audio / Video page at AUGI. Recent content includes an MP3 podcast:
2011 – Salary Survey Podcast
Mark Kiker and Melanie Perry, AUGI’s Salary Survey manager, highlights statistics from the 2011 Salary Survey. Now in its 10th year, Melanie looks back to see trends over the years.
View/download survey results (MP3)
See more Audio / Video Content | AUGI
I have created a Google Custom Search page that searches through the major Revit forums. Check it out at:
Revit Forum Search
As of 5 September 2011, the custom search includes these sites:
For example, let’s say you search for ‘Slanted Walls’ – you would quickly get results from Revit Forum, Revitcity, AUGI and Revit Clinic all in one list. Give it a try!
Let me know if you think there is some other Forum that should be added.
What Revit Wants: Revit Forum Search
“In your title block family, create horizontal and vertical grid lines, equally spacing the entire title block into modules, per your standards or preference. It is recommended that you create a different Object Style for these lines (Manage tab, Object Styles), to differentiate them from other annotation linework (Figure 2).”
” this grid has many advantages over the standard guide grid. Primarily, it allows for varied width versus height grid modules, and hence, it allows for graphical linework, such as boxing out detail views.”
Revit: A Neater Alternative to the Guide Grid | AUGI: