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Templating nomenclature & Updated browser settings for project browser(VIEWS)

04.AI-IN-PLANS (1/8"/FT) 04.AI-IN-PLANS (1/4"/FT) Added- for interior floor plans (Intended for AE451 series – needs some coordination with interiors- Steph & Michelle can we meet tomorrow morning?)                to show casework and interior elevations (& Details?)
Project browser settings:

Browser- (Default) Browser
*UNUSED VIEWS filters out showing all unplaced views in the set- except dependant/primary views *USED VIEWS isolates views placed on sheets.
*NOTE: for USED / UNUSED - With the exception of PRIMARY/DEPENDANT Views… Primary views are never placed on sheets… so they show as unused even though the dependant views ARE on sheets. Unused dependant views show under the primary view status.

View templating nomenclature:

00.01-DETAILS-GENERAL(1-1/2"/FT) |  |  |       |      | |  |  |       |      +----(SCALE SPECIFIED IN TEMPLATE-IF SPECIFIED) |  |  |       | |  |  |       +-----------EXTENDED DESCRIPTION |  |  | |  |  +-------------------2x Discipline designator or | …

DRAWING CLEANUPS... Elevation marker cleanups

For elevations on the plans that exist within a callout- 1. Go to the callout (Or verify the scale of the callout) 2. Select the point of the elevation 3. Match the HIDE AT SCALES COARSER THAN properties of the elevation to the callouts scale. If the callout is 1/2"/ft then the Elevation marks within that should be hidden at scales coarser than 1/2"/ft. IMPORTANT: If for some reasons callouts are being deleted - YOU MUST OPEN THE CALLOUT TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY ELEVATIONS IN THE CALLOUT and change them back to 1/8"/ft. If this step is not followed the elevations will be invisible in every view. NOTE: SIM views are view-specific and do not have a hide at scales coarser than. This could be handled programmatically- search through every view defaulting the hide at scales coarser than for the finest scale visible. Filters for tags and limit for hide at scales coarser than and [ ]only views on sheets (REGEX filter) should be considered.

FW: 03683 Partition schedules

There are a lot of reasons for including interior finishes included with wall types including accounting  for material thicknesses and elevational information, fire & Smoke ratings, etc .
Ways of managing the wall partition schedule that meets the BIM nature of projects (Including finishes) are being devised. Some of the wall types should be inseparable like heavy stone finishes on a load bearing partition while others can be additive- like the wood finish panel systems in corridors. Having placeholders for elements like these in critical wall types or UL Specific wall types should be the basis for categorization.
The VA Is heading to a process similar to this (<>).
I disagree with the approach of creating 'general' partitions with generalized notes (I.e. Cementitious board at all wet areas, Impact resistant board at all corridors and only one A1 wall type) and I disagree with reverting to a generalist approach to the Revit BIM model- its ends up being counterproducti…

Partition schedules

For the wall legends the underpinning data needs to be the basis for tagging- and from best accounts in my research and discussions with other BIM Managers- modular systems seem the best way to go.
One possible combination a wall class (Existing, Concrete, Masonry, H=Shaft, S=Steel Stud, W=wood) + (Nominal size of the wall assembly rounded to the nearest quarter i.e. 4 for four inches, More definitive would be eights expressed as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 so 4-1/2" would be 42, 7-5/8" would be 75. This could be brought back to 1/4" increments- and should be noted in the schedule general notes.
Additionally for more interior-intense finish jobs I have seen systems similar to above over a list of modifiers for interior-exterior in a compound tag.
The finishes won't be of particular note to the wall tags- Unless there is a specific UL that calls it out or requires it... Or if a specific assembly is required for structural support as in the stone.
A schedule of wall types should also …

Architectural Revit SEED Process for establishing origins with consultants

The 'seed' process requires Architecture to create a base minimum shell model of slab, grids & floor levels for each building. These seeds are distributed to the consultants to ensure each trade within a building links to the same coordinate system. Sample seeding process: ·Architectural creates a shell model of slab, grids & floor levels for the buildings- establishing the XYZ 0,0,0 point- typically at a grid intersection (A1) oIf a good CAD File has been created and can be used they should be brought in at 0,0,0 and followed as a basis of organization so CAD and Revit will overlay properly oIf no reliable CAD files exist origins can be located by turning on the "Reveal Hidden Elements" light bulb located at the bottom-left of the modeling view ·Enables work sharing ·Saves the file with correct naming (per project requirements) ·Depending on which is the most logical discipline to control the grids & levels: oIf Architectural is charged with controlling the mod…

translate process (Details 1-1/2"/ft and finer)

Focusing on one typical detail the following process evolved - the results match the Revit detail very closely... We will have to see if successive exports have any glitches in them. Since Revit is exporting in a CAD layer format much like the NCS- the following was translated down to Dustin's template (Fewer layers....) for this project. #1 Export from Revit (Using the NCS3.0 APPX template and Override objects: #2 Open in AutoCAD and cleanup using DWG_CLEANUP VBA (I have here locally - we can set to redistribute if needed) #3 LayerTrans using the attached template: NOTE_ Not all line weights are there- BUT most are... We can adapt further and re-examine if later exports vary too much:

More of a what we can use Revit for…

More of a what we can use Revit for…
Revit can be used in a very limited fashion to leverage CAD drawings. ·Link the CAD file in (Verifying the origins line up) to the current view only, and origin to origin. ·Use Room separation lines (at the centerline of the CAD walls) to set the limits of the room. ·Furniture will then schedule according to the rooms. ·Color keyed schedules can be quickly created and labeled. ·For more accurate square footages, use generic wall types to approximate wall thicknesses.
Visibility and graphics 101 checklist for missing objects- Start with the light bulb tool in the lower-left hand corner of the 'Drawing area' in the rightmost side of the 'View Control Bar'- click it and it will show all hidden objects loaded in the drawing. To restore an element's category- select it, right click it and unhide category. And remember NEVER use the hide element, override graphics for element! It is a slippery slope quickly leading to inconsistent drawings…

Revit Server (New fall 2010)

Found this from an AU2010 class- The Revit Server Extension may prove helpful if we need to work over the WAN.

From what I gather it adds an intermediary  between the actual central file and what the end-users perceive as the central file.

Typically for use if users on a project must collaborate across the WAN.

A central server (over the WAN) maintains what I will call the WAN-CENTRAL file The local server communicates with the WAN-CENTRAL to maintain updates on what I will call the LAN-CENTRAL during STCs The end-users STC on their system syncs with the LAN-CENTRAL copy. This is supposed to eliminate the (potentially deadly) Wide Area Network lag- so users perceive a STC that is as fast as a LAN STC and no issues arise from the lag not syncing across systems.

All this appears to be handled with my SQL- so true locks can be established with pieces and parts of the file&#…

BIM Standards - more about process than limits...

Notes from AU- For designing models define the processess- eg- A sweep should cut the wall but not typically be embedded in the wall type. Sweeps should be modeled separately from wall types to limit creation of wall types. Model floors for each level separately
In this blog there are several Process vignietttes which are intended for searching an use to work collaboratively with one another.

And another big tip I really would like to approach more often- talk to contractor about what they need in the model- what they would like to see -- Satterfield & Pontikes are able to turn around cost estimates on buildings in as little as 15 minutes once properly set up.

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Shared parameters "_TYPE" Parameter

When setting up a typical standard - with standardized naming (ie modular naming for walls, doors, widows, etc.) there is a shared _TYPE parameter in the 3.0 shared params file that can be used.If the _TYPE shared parameter is not used- type marks will automatically be assigned and are un-inheritable from project to project. This will need to be something assigned to the standard if the ID Tagging systems are to be unified.

[ORUG] Spot elevations

Another tidbit FYI : )   Spot elevations will only work on Model components not detail components (In sections in particular). A Circle with a bar through it (NO Symbol) will appear if the user does not tab down to the model elements underneath.

Note also- Spot slopes in elevations will tag the roof hip befor tagging the roof slope. Use the TAB key to select the slope beyond.

Callouts that overlap break lines

CALLOUTS OVER BREAKLINES IN Revit 2010When making callouts- the cannot overlap Match lines without overhanging the view. There are some caseswhere the callouts cannot be broken into smaller separate individual callouts. One work around is to utilize SIM callouts to act as partial references to the callout.One major drawback- the cropped region does not relate to the limits of the callout. It would be better to make smaller independent callouts if possible to break up the spaces.These callouts overlap the boundary and can cause print issues:
The workaround should only be used if smaller separate callout regions cannot be used.1. Create a floor plan of the area, a. Rename the view to match view naming standardsb. Select the elements you want to focus on and use the sunglasses to isolate the elementsc. Associate the correct view template2. Turn the Crop Regions on and size them around the elements to crop out unwanted annotations or view information4. In each overlappin…

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EXTENTS of a view from a callout, section or elevation

Keep section and detail callouts relatively tight to what is being annotated.Basically –If the current view’s range ‘touches’ the extents of a tag’s Crop Region that callout/section/detail will show in the view. If MORE space is needed for annotations- turn the annotation crop on and stretch the limits to include the necessary annotations.There are many places where annotations can be turned off but all views should be kept closely cropped to the elements (i.e. curtain wall elevations) referenced. Several comments regarding “CW showing in plan” were due to the section-elevations of the curtain walls extending too far to the plan views below.

The Revit View naming conventions established in the DOD outline correspond with slightly adapted NCS Version 4.0 File naming conventions. There are a few basic reasons for the format and rigidity

If you don't have the luxury of a 100% Revit-BIM Based project you will need to import/export to CAD and subsequently DGN for most DOD / USACE projects. The  Revit View naming conventions established in the DOD outline correspond with slightly adapted NCS Version 4.0 File naming conventions. There are a few basic reasons for the format and rigidity 1. The view names need to be organized in something other than "DETAIL 1", "CALLOUT OF FLOOR PLAN 1" "ELEVATION 1", etc. from Revit's generic naming conventions. 2. Because the views are exported to PDF and DWG reference especially in Hybrid projects- the best convention we have to follow is based on the current NCS (National Cad Standard currently version 4.0).  Every major player in the US either loosely or strictly follows or will be following this standard; Including U.S.A/C/E, VA, GSA, and DOD. Building Smart Alliance currently oversees the NCS and the NBIMS initiatives.

As NCS is modular it breaks …

Cad Export Process

Added... "Browse to the export folder." below
Cad Export Process (After bare-bones & Materials are assigned) Revit Icon> Export> CAD Formats > DWG

Select set to export (Or Insession)

Select sheets/views to filter in the list. Sort by name to itemize everything by drawing type and its name
Set up CAD Layer naming (If not already set)

This may require selecting one of the read-only layer exports and resaving it under a different Name. Revit ADDS ALL LAYER NAMES from linked drawing files- to prevent this list from becoming too large we made it read only.

Browse to the export folder.
Strip everything off the ‘tail’ of the file name so the project number (and building identifier if necessary) are the onlyelements left to use as a prefix. Revit will add a “-“ after this prefix.
For standard CAD export - Make sure the [ ] Xref views on sheets is unchecked. This places all elements with the sheet in one file. For “STRIP REFERENCING” Make sure the [X] Xref views on sheets is chec…


Finish extents tag-  to show extents of finish along wall in plan.  This 'tag' is actually a  DETAIL COMPONENT that you can use to tag walls/extents of finishes to show the extent of finishes in plan (Interiors old-school). It can be taken one step further- By incorporating this detail component into a generic wall hosted family- it can force to snap to walls and will show wherever the instance is cut. These families would actually map the extent of the wall finish as a wall-hosted object which then would show the tags when cut. This can be done but would take some reconstruction of the family to keep it under control (Like the ADA graphics- it would likely need to be a generic subcategory and/or locked down to a specific workset) MARK and DESCRIPTION are the parameters for the text/graphics. These are designated by type. FINISH_EXTENTS.rfa


To show the ceiling plans correctly, the RCPs will be cut at a height of 7’6”All the drop soffit areas lower than this will need to have plan regions added to them to drop the RCP cut plane in these regions to 6’9” to display and register correctly.A SINGLE SKETCH in the PRIMARY VIEWS with all the plan regions indicated can be used to lower the view across all drop soffit areas that are below the 7’6” mark similar to below. Try to keep relatively tight to the Without a ceiling to tag, no height information or graphics stippling/representations will show (The elevation targets will disappear).

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View References

View references – there are two types of VIEW REFERENCES – opposite and adjacent. View References ONLY show in PRIMARY<>Dependant view relationships. They are not visible in standard views. It is best to find the extents of the dependent views from the primary view and place the view reference tags there- use the dependant view extents (Dashed in view/annotation crop regions in the primary view) to place the tags.BOTH Opposite and Adjacent tags should be used as they ‘grow’ from opposite sides of the match line-The invisible aligning line (Below in purple) should align with the match line. Each must point to the corresponding dependant views- adjustable from the options bar or element properties.NOTE:·In the primary view reference ALL view reference tags show.·In the dependant views- ONLY the view tags unrelated to the view show. In the example graphic above- match line 1/AE111-B will not show in dependant view AE111-B, however it will show in dependant view AE111-A as well as t…

CAD Export processes updated 2010-06-03 v1_0

This document outlines the processes of cross-platform collaboration between Revit and AutoCAD. Version 2010-06-03-1.0

Basically the steps involved in Exporting from Revit to CAD (and back) are as follows:

Creating reference in Revit (Discipline and type-specific, plan, section, elevation, Callout or detail) Naming the callout view name correctly.Creating sheets in Revit (Setting up the details on the sheets in Revit)Exporting Revit to CADMatching Revit output in CADDetailing in CAD STRIP REFERENCING (For re-importing to Revit)Re-Importing the enhanced information back into Revit.

NOTE: Elements shown in RED are behaviors that need to be verified with each upgrade/update to Revit or CAD editing program. Each update can cause its own unique set of issues and should be tested on a case-by-case basis. This should probably be done with a single detail/sheet export/import from Revit to CAD before full export to CAD is assumed to be working correctly.

There are a number of cleanup VBA utilities…

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