You have installed the Metric content for Autodesk Revit 2013 and found that you are missing two railing template files.


The two missing template files are available for download below:

Metric_Support.rft (rft – 240Kb)
Metric_Termination.rft (rft – 240Kb)

Autodesk – Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support – Missing railing templates in metric content

There are quite a few different content ‘standards’ being bandied about lately, from ANZRS to the Revit Model Content Style Guide.

There is a partial list of these content standards at the page below:
Content|Studio Blog: BIM Show Live – Content from inception to reality

Direct link to the current Autodesk Revit Model Content Style Guide:

If you aren’t excited about a community sourced list of links to Revit content, then maybe you are interested in a platform-neutral library of … BIM objects?

We are delighted to confirm that following six months of investigation, development, consultation and investment; the National BIM Library will be launched at Ecobuild, 20-22 March 2012.
The National BIM Library, from NBS, is a platform-neutral free to use library of high quality generic and proprietary BIM objects, designed for use in the UK. The library will be revealed on the joint RIBA / NBS stand at Ecobuild (Stands S1630 and S1640) with the first batch of generic BIM objects in IFC, plus native formats from some of the leading CAD software vendors.
The library will build up to become the leading source of free-to-use BIM objects, and over time will also incorporate proprietary manufacturer objects.

The National BIM Library – Building Information Modelling (BIM) article from NBS

EDIT – here is a link to the site.  Just click on the arrow and choose Revit or IFC from the download options

James Van posted a list of Revit content the other day that has been re-blogged and re-Tweeted many many times in the past week!

In the interests of creating an Open and Editable list of Links to Revit Content, I have created a page over at the Open Revit Standards.

Let’s crowd source this list and make it current, useful and informative. Head over to the link (register if you haven’t already) and add any other content sites that you are aware of.

I would like to somehow implement a ranking system for these content sites, perhaps we can talk to the Open Revit Standards guys and look into this.

Credit for the original post goes to James Van:
All Things BIM: BIM Content for Revit

There is huge post on content (family) creation over at this link.  I have provided a few useful excerpts below:

A handy list of relevant Agencies / Organizations:

Nice tip on formulaic materials:
How do you parametrically change a material parameter in a family if the material itself depends on factors outside of each type designation? After all, it’s impossible to control materials through formulas. Our approach (when the number of ‘stacked’ geometry instances is few) is to model separate pieces of geometry, apply their unique material and then control their on/off visibility through parameters.

How to provide error messages to the family user:
One solution to this perplexing problem is to include 3D text displaying a message to the user when a non-existent configuration is selected.

WARNING! This may void your manufacturer’s warranty: The Pros Dissect Autodesk Revit Content – BIMAdvent

Locate32 is a free tool that allows you to create custom search database files for a nominated directory (including network resources and USB storage).

You can then manually update these database files when you want to do a fast search.

It is very quick to index the files and the search results pane is very fast and functional.  I have used it in the past to delete or archive Revit backup files.

Check it out at:
Locate32 Web Site – Downloads

Do you know much about Autodesk Vault?  Watch this quick video to see how powerful it can be in searching through your Revit family library:

Video via

‪Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC‬‏ – YouTube

A few links to help you:

  1. You can download Vault if you are on Subscription at this link.
  2. To get started installing and configuring Vault, check out the wiki.
  3. Autodesk Vault 2012 updates can be found at this page.

Here are some links to the current updates for Vault 2011 and Vault 2012:
Autodesk® Vault 2012
Autoloader Compatibility Update
Vault 2012 Client Update for AutoCAD 2010
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 – Autodesk Vault 2012 (Server) Support Patch
Vault 2012 Client Update for AutoCAD 2011
Copy Design Hotfix
API Log In Hotfix
Check In Performance Hotfix
Custom Numbering Scheme Hotfix
Multi Issue Hotfix
Vault 2012 Documentation
Civil 3D Object Based Security Removal – Server

Autodesk® Vault 2011
Migrated Inventor 2010 Content Center Libraries, for use with:
AutoCAD Civil 3D, Vault Add-In Hotfix
Security/Property Hotfix
Multi Issue Hotfix
Multi Issue Hotfix
Autoloader Hotfix
Multi Issue Update
Move File Hotfix
MSG File Property Extraction
Hotfix – To Get Untranslated Software Strings Translated (Vault)
Autodesk Vault 2011 Update 2
Office 2010 Vault Add-in
Hotfix – “show all version” checkbox unavailable in explorer (simplified chinese only)
Hotfix – Civil 3D MAPIINSERT
Hotfix – Multi Issue Hotfix
Hotfix – Title Block Property Hotfix
Vault 2011 Client Update for AutoCAD 2010
Hotfix – Localization Check Out Hotfix
Autodesk Vault 2011 Update 1
Hotfix – CIP Hotfix