There are times that a Revit user will come across a family where the family creator added many types to the family. I recently talked to someone that had a family with over 100 types defined within the family. This has the following ramifications:
It increases the size of the family.
It creates many family types in the project that are not needed.
It displays a long list of types in the Type Selector for the family making it confusing finding the desired type.
Fortunately, Autodesk Revit has provided us with an easy way to create a Type Catalog that contains all of the types contained within the family. This eliminates the need to have a family with a huge list of types within it. We can create the Type Catalog directly from the family, so we do not need to recreate the data contained in each family type.
For a long time, I have wished that there were better ways to organize schedules in Revit’s Project Browser, especially in project files with dozens of schedules. The recently released 2018.1 version of Revit does just that and allows me various ways to organize my schedules in a Revit project file. Different disciplines and different companies have varying quantities of schedules, so some users will appreciate this new feature more than users.
The following image shows grouping the schedules based upon working schedules and schedules that will be placed on sheets. This particular option is created by having 2 different View Templates for schedules – one for working schedules and one for schedules on sheets. Schedules are then grouped by View Templates.
It is pretty typical for organizations to utilize the Starting View function within Revit and use that view to show project information. That information often includes project name, project number, project address, and other important data. Ideally, some of that information would be displayed using the same project parameters as used in title blocks to maintain consistency. It can.
I believe that using a starting view is “good BIM” and good utilization of the starting view is very important. It can help the model load more quickly and give the user important information about the project since it will be the first view seen when opening the project file.
Many organizations use a drafting view as their starting view. When using a drafting view, project parameters cannot be used since labels are not allowed in a drafting view. A “Label” is needed in order to use a parameter and are used in families. If a drafting view is used, regular text needs to be used for the information.
A good method to use project parameters in your starting view is to utilize a sheet with a custom title block for the starting view.
Revit 2018 has given mechanical engineers added capability in defining Building Types and Space Types within Revit project files. Building and Space Types are used for energy calculations and it is always a good thing when Autodesk provides more opportunity to improve the energy analysis and design process.
Building and Space Types are defined in the Building/Space Type Settings dialog box accessed by the Manage tab -> MEP Settings on the Settings panel -> Building/Space Type Settings.
Revit 2018 finally fixes an awkward dialog box. The ability to quickly add tags to a Revit view through the “Tag All Not Tagged” command has been around a long time, but the dialog box for it has always been a bit klutzy. In Revit 2018, you can now place a checkmark next to the desired categories to be tagged. This makes it work like other dialog boxes and I think more user friendly. While this isn’t a huge new feature with increased productivity or capability, I really like it.
Electrical designers can now get actual circuit lengths in Revit 2018. In previous releases, Revit would calculate the “X” plus “Y” distances plus the vertical distance in the circuit resulting in incorrect lengths. Revit now allows you to specify a path for the circuit, which can calculate for the circuit running along walls, ceilings, etc and other jogs to account for where the circuit conduit would actually run. Going through the process of specifying an actual path for receptacle or lighting circuits is probably overkill and won’t be performed by most electrical designers. However, specifying the actual path for an actual circuit length can make a big difference when calculating voltage drop for large electrical equipment.
I have run into a quirky situation with Revit electrical panel schedules that I want to pass along.
When using Revit MEP for electrical design, part of the process is creating circuits and then adding that circuit to a panel or switchboard. The Trip Rating of the circuit sets the size of the breaker on the panel or switchboard, so it is shown on the electrical panel or switchboard schedule appropriately. If the Trip Rating is changed, the breaker size automatically updates on the panel schedule. All is good.
The panel/switchboard schedule is then placed on a sheet for documentation/printing purposes.
The problem: Sometimes the updated Trip Rating does not update on the sheet although it is actually updated and correct in the panel schedule.
This creates a strange situation where the information shown on the sheet is not the same as the information shown in the actual panel schedule view.
Fortunately, when the project file is closed and then re-opened, the sheet will update to show the correct trip rating (breaker) size.