In the image below, I show the basic process used to drive a Floor Area parameter into a manually added shared parameter. Obviously, this scenario is not ideal – the data link isn’t dynamic, so we have essentially created a mini-silo (that’s what I’m going to call “in-software unlinked BIM”) right inside Revit.
In any case, here is how you can quickly do it with Whitefeet tools (start at 1 and follow the arrows):
Sometimes you will have some junk imported DWG definitions residing in your project. These may be present due to the long history of the project, perhaps using Transfer Project Standards – View Templates, or just poor RVT model management.
How can you get rid of them?
There are various paid tools that will let you do it, but if you already have access to the Whitefeet Tools, you can use them to easily delete any import definitions (they don’t have to be DWGs) that you no longer want in the model.
Here’s how to do it:
Install the WhiteFeet Tools, if you haven’t already.
Go to Add-Ins, Utility Tools (the W logo) and click on Management Tools
Click on Manage Attachment Links
Select the definition you want to remove. Make sure to select a line with the Type ‘definition’. (See image below).
OK and close out of the dialogs
Once back in Revit, use the Manage – Select by ID tool and press Ctrl+V. This will paste the element ID for that import definition. The Properties Palette will show the proper import name, but everything will be grayed out.
Press the Delete key on your keyboard
Now, when you go to your VG – Imported Categories list, that particular Import will no longer be present.
WhiteFeet Tools for Revit is a powerful set of add-ins that can make the impossible, possible. I have posted about them before. In this brief post, we look at how you can effectively Schedule the Reference Planes you have in a model.
On the Add-ins Ribbon, choose Utility Tools – Schedule Tools:
Pick Write Category to Excel, then select the Reference Plane category, All Elements in Model:
After you press Write Data, you will get something like this:
You can then sort the Data to find the unnamed versions, and then use the Element ID to select and name those Reference Planes, if you so desire. In our office, an unnamed Reference Plane is fair game for deletion…
Also, some of you may have picked up that you can use this same process to export data from ANY CATEGORY in Revit – including those that you cannot schedule!
Find out how to obtain the Whitefeet software here: Tools
Mario Guttman, creator of Whitefeet tools, reposted an interesting video / case study by David Mettler showing a potential workflow from Revit into an FM scenario using MySQL:
The process: “I exported the Revit tables out to Access using the DBlink. From Access I had to setup a ODBC export using SSH Tunneling to get the remote host to show up as a localhost. It took a lot of time to figure out the connection issues get the data across to MySQL. Once I got the bugs work out on the ODBC connection it’s a piece of cake post the information into MySQL. I used phprunner with the SSH Tunnel to create the pages.” via Revit FM Tool | WhiteFeetTools
Mario Guttman does – he is a Senior Associate and the Firmwide Design Applications Research Leader for Perkins+Will. He is also the author of the Whitefeet Revit Menu Utilities.
He has changed the way that he provides access to his public downloads – go here.
In the video below, he speaks about the development of the Whitefeet suite. Here are a few quotes: “I want to own the automation of my own profession.” “I’m now part of a large community that has a very short attention span.” “Let’s not become ‘knowledge Machine Operators’ “