Apply Electrical Panel Template to Panels in Revit

Electrical panel schedules are a very important part of designing and documenting the electrical portion of a building project.  The electrical panel schedules help with designing the electrical system by showing the power requirements on the panel to the designer and allowing the designer to spread the power requirement across the poles of the panel.  It is also useful for showing the electrician how to circuit the items assigned to the panel.  Those 2 different purposes may involve showing slightly different information on the panel schedule.  In addition to that, the facilities manager may even desire to see different information on the panel schedule.

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Detail Level of Linked Revit File

Most building projects created within Revit will utilize linked files from other disciplines to show the various components within the building model.  When this is done, it is not uncommon for users to desire to see the other disciplines at a different detail level than their own.  This may be the MEP engineer wanting to see a Fine detail level in their view, but only see the Coarse level of detail in the Architect’s model.  It may also be the Architect desiring to see their model at a Fine detail level, but see the Electrical Engineer’s electrical devices with a Medium detail level to show electrical symbols and not actual electrical element modeling.

Regardless of the reason, it is definitely possible and even easy to have linked Revit models show different detail levels on a view by view basis.  This means that each view can be set differently per the needs of the view.  Also, each different Revit link can have different detail level settings from the other links within a view.

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Keep Working Sections from Printing in Revit

My last article addressed how to create Working Section markers that are visibly different from other section markers.  (Read the article here.)  This is great for knowing which sections are not meant to go on a sheet, but it doesn’t keep the section marker from displaying in a view or on a sheet.  When I have a working section, the explicit purpose is that it is just for my model review and should not be seen on a printed view.  This article will address how to set up a view filter to keep the Working Section markers from displaying in a view intended to go on a sheet.

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Creating Working Sections in Revit

As I work on building projects inside Revit, I like to place sections in my model for continual design review.  These are sections that will never be placed on a sheet for construction documents, but are there just for my usage.  This is a very common occurrence and utilized by most Revit users, so I am not unique in this practice.  When providing Revit training, I always recommend usage of sections for this purpose.

When placing sections, I like to know specifically which sections are for my usage and which ones are intended to be placed on sheets.  Therefore, I have a special section type used specifically for this purpose so that I don’t get confused (or anyone else looking at the views in the model).Working Section

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Default Revit Family Folder for Open Command

When you go to Open a family file in Revit, it will make a difference as to where you select the Open command as to what folder location Revit will default to select the file.

If you choose the Open… function from the opening screen of Revit, Revit will default to the location of the specified Revit Library Path.  (This location is specified in Options -> File Locations -> Places.)

Family Open Screen

If you choose the Open function from either the Quick Access Toolbar or the Applications menu (big R at top left of screen), Revit will default to the location where you last saved a family file.

Family Open Buttons

While this is not major information, it is handy to know when you are opening a family from one location, making changes to the family, and then saving it to another location.