Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fine, Medium and of course, Coarse

A friend recently ran across an issue where they wanted the interior lines of walls, the Gypsum etc. (aka the "Common Edges" wall subcategory, in Revit speak) to show up in a view but she also wanted the structural framing in the view to show up as Coarse (a single dark dashed line in this case) .

Sometimes you don't want to be limited by having to choose just "Fine", "Medium" or "Coarse" for the entire view, you want different elements to show up differently. Well you can, it's commonly overlooked that right inside of your Visibility and Graphics settings you can adjust each category individually and separate from the view.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quick thought on Room Separation Lines

I was re-examining my Object Styles the other day and I just had to ask the question, why have I always set my view templates so that my room separation lines are turned off? Why don't I just make them white and leave them on? I hate not knowing where they're at and it can be a pain going back to a working view or back and forth with the reveal hidden elements button. I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this, and I can't think of any issues it might cause down the line, and hey I'm liking it a lot so far. So, for now, I've adjusted my standards. Anyone else gone down this route? Ever have any problems with (near invisible) white separation lines?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Can't see it in the view? Here's 33 reasons *maybe* why

Seems like finding missing items in Revit is a day to day condundrum. I have a routine of things to run through but I had never made a list before. This one was sent over to me by a colleage the other day and is Courtesy of Dave Jones' post over at 

Highly recommend printing it out or sending it to everyone in your company.

Can't see it in the view? Here's 33 36 reasons maybe why

I found this somewhere online back when I started using Revit and still find it useful. Hope someone else can use it also.
Checklist: 33 steps to being able to 'find stuff'
  1. The object or category is temporarily hidden
  2. The object or category is hidden in the view
  3. The object is being obscured by another element
  4. The object's category or subcategory is hidden in the view
  5. The object is outside the view's view range
  6. The view's far clip depth is not sufficient to show the object
  7. The object resides on a work set that is not loaded within the project
  8. The object resides on a work set that is not visible in the view
  9. The object resides on a work set that is not loaded in a linked file
  10. The object resides on a work set that is not visible in a linked file
  11. The object resides within a group (detail model) and it has been excluded from the group
  12. The object is part of a design option that is not visible in the view
  13. The object is part of a linked file that is not visible in the view
  14. The object has one or more of its edges overridden to display as ''
  15. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible in the view type
  16. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible at the view's detail level
  17. The object is set to not be visible at the category's detail level
  18. The element has been placed outside the view's crop region (visible extents)
  19. The element is an annotation object and does not reside entirely within the annotation crop region
  20. The object's phase settings or the view's phase settings prevent the object from displaying in the view
  21. The view's discipline is prohibiting the visibility of the object
  22. The object is affected by a filter applied to the view
  23. The object is subject to an element override, set to background color
  24. The object is subject to a category override, set to background color
  25. The object style is set to background color
  26. The object is constrained to a scope boxes that is not visible in the view
  27. The extents of the object itself don't permit it to be seen
  28. The object is a mass, and 'Show Mass' is turned off
  29. The object's host view has been deleted (area boundaries)
  30. The view's scale is prohibiting the object's visibility
  31. The object is a linked instance with coordinates too great for Revit to handle
  32. The user has incorrectly identified the link instance to which the element belongs
  33. The object is in a link that is not in its correct position
  34. Wall is subsumed by automatically-embedded curtain wall
  35. Something is really far away from the middle of the project and when the view is zoomed to fit, everything disappears
  36. Element is white and its edges coincide with other objects. E.g., GWB ceiling in RCP.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Revit 2014 New Features!

Pretty interesting new set of features, not at all what I was expecting. I am pretty intrigued by the Exploding of 3D solids, should make family creation from existing 3D content built in other products far simpler. Here's some of my other favorite new features:

  • We can finally select more than one item at a time and bring them to front!
  • Non-rectangular crop regions!
  • Room Aware families!
  • Graphics in schedule headers!
  • We can finally split elevations just like sections!
  • Temporary view templates, this will be nice for coordination and trying to find things that are missing!
  • Alternate units in dimensions (show metric and imperial) perfect for government work.
Of course not a single one of those was on my wishlist, like for instance, the ability to change the view associated with reference callouts and sections... oh well maybe next year (I don't even know how many times I've said that about that one). But, fun enhancements none the less! Can't wait to take it for a spin!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Arrays - Part II

I can't believe I forgot to mention one of the most overlooked "problems" with arrays in Revit; the question or annoyance that most people run into is how arrays lose their "intelligence" after copying or mirroring them in Revit.

In the image above I've mirrored the arrayed group of chairs on the left over the line in the middle and the array on the right when selected is now not an array at all, it's just 4 groups that are no longer associated.

The secret lies in the original array line itself, that line, the one that shows up next to the array and lets you change the number of objects inside of the array, is actually an element in and of itself, and you need to select it too before you perform the mirror or copy function.

 Now you can see that after I've mirrored the array the new array has an array object associated with it and will let me change the array after the fact.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Arraying Arrays

Every once in a while I hear a newer user to Revit talk about how limited the array tool is in Revit compared with Autocad. In autocad when you use the array tool you are asked to define columns and rows, creating an array that extends in the x and y direction, but in Revit it only asks you to define your array in one direction, which at first seems limiting. So how do you create a multiple array in both directions?? Well quite simply you array your array:

And the best part is, you can modify the array after the fact by modifying the arrayed groups.

And you can continue to array arrays and put arrays inside of other arrays, and always come back and modify any portion of that "super array" It can actually get a little mind boggling, and makes Autocad's array tool look pretty simple in comparison: