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.
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.
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:
Quote: 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.
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.
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.
As of 5 September 2011, the custom search includes these sites: http://revitclinic.com/ http://www.forums.revitzone.com/ http://revitinfo.com/ http://forums.autodesk.com/ http://www.revitcity.com/ http://www.revitforum.org/ http://forums.augi.com/
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.
“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.”