Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Revit area plans adding new types and references (Gross and rentable)

Note to self:

Add additional (duplicate) gross area and net area schemed under Area Plans


And Area schemes... Really counter-intuitive place to put this instead of say... 
Area Plans> New Type> Edit Type (ADD)
or Create an area plan, then Go to Properties, Edit Type and Duplicate...


Always seem to forget this one!

2015-10-16-And for the calculation type...
To update: this also applies to Revit as well as LT-

The gross calculations cannot be overridden, however the 'rentable' comes in various flavors... From AD Revit help:

Applies to Revit LT 2015

Rules are determined by one type of space bordering another space.
The following table shows area measurement rules. To find the appropriate measurement rule, find the selected Area Type and the corresponding Bordering Area Type.

Gross Building Area Scheme Types

Gross Building Area Scheme Types
Area Type SelectedBordering Area TypeMeasurement Rule
Gross Building Area
Gross Building AreaNoneArea Boundary measured to the outside surface of building.
Gross Building AreaExterior AreaArea Boundary measured from outside surface of building.
Exterior Area
Exterior AreaExterior AreaArea Boundary measured from wall centerline.
Exterior AreaGross Building AreaArea Boundary measured from outside surface of building.

Rentable Area Scheme Types

Note: Windows in Rentable Area Scheme Types: If you place windows within the exterior walls, Revit LT places the area boundary lines according to the following rules based on the height of the windows: If window height is greater than 50% of wall height, area boundary lines go to face of glass. If window height is less than 50% of wall height, area boundary lines go to interior face of the exterior walls.
Rentable Area Scheme Types
Area Type SelectedBordering Area TypeMeasurement Rule
Building Common Area
Building Common AreaBuilding Common Area, Office, StoreArea Boundary measured from wall centerline.
Building Common AreaExterior, Major Vertical PenetrationArea Boundary measured from wall face bordering Building Common Area.
Office Area
Office AreaBuilding Common Area, Office, StoreArea Boundary measured from wall centerline.
Office AreaExterior, Major Vertical PenetrationArea Boundary measured from wall face bordering the office area.
Exterior Area
Exterior AreaExteriorArea Boundary measured from wall centerline.
Exterior AreaStoreArea Boundary measured from wall face bordering Exterior Area.
Exterior AreaAny other areasArea Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the other area.
Floor Area
Floor AreaOffice, Store or Building Common AreaArea Boundary measured from wall face bordering other area.
Floor AreaExterior, Major Vertical PenetrationArea Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the floor area.
Floor AreaFloor AreaArea Boundary measured from the wall centerline.
Major Vertical Penetration
Major Vertical PenetrationMajor Vertical PenetrationArea Boundary measured from the wall centerline.
Major Vertical PenetrationExteriorArea Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the Major Vertical Penetration area.
Major Vertical PenetrationAny other area (except Exterior)Area Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the other area.
Store Area
Store AreaMajor Vertical Penetration, FloorArea Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the Store area.
Store AreaExteriorArea Boundary measured from the wall face bordering the Exterior area.
Store AreaBuilding Common Area, Office, StoreArea Boundary measured from the wall centerline.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Revit Central files to Local Files without a revit server

Right Click to create LOCAL files from CENTRAL files (not Revit Server)

The Issue:

Revit Central Files require users to create local files. Normally if you open a central file it asks if you want to create a local copy, but it doesn't replace *CENTRAL* with *LOCAL*.

First I started with a VBS that you can add to the right-click send to. This works pretty well, but I want better for my users and myself so I did a little research into registry and shell addins. Come to find out it isn't that difficult of a trick to manage.

The Solution:


and A script I created and have been modifying for years...

Always back up your registry prior to any registry additions!
This is a registry entry
in the (Default) Of the Command Of the Localize Central subkey...
WScript.exe  "\\YOUR_SERVER_AD_HERE.local]\_SCRIPT\Revit\REVIT_Localize.vbs" "%1"
The Registry entry looks more like this in the .REG file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Revit.Project\shell\Localize Central\Command]
@="WScript.exe  \"\\\\[YOUR_SERVER_AD_HERE.local]\\_SCRIPT\\Revit\\REVIT_Localize.vbs\" \"%1\""
 Which adds a connect to the Script:
REVIT_Localize.vbs
Located:
 [YOUR_SERVER_AD_HERE.local]\_SCRIPT\Revit\
Where [YOUR_SERVER_AD_HERE.local] is the Active Directory (AD) path back to your local content set up with your IT department or as a common location to your scripts.  

SO WHAT HAPPENS??

With this in the registry, You get a shell extension like this when you right click any .rvt file:

By right-clicking and selecting Localize Central

WScript.exe

Executes the script
REVIT_Localize.VBS 

Passes the file with the "%1"

And the Script does the rest.