With each release of software, there seems to be little things that change, but are either not documented as a change or the documentation on being a change is buried and difficult to locate. In Revit 2020, there are some changes in the built-in parameters for families when they are placed in a project file. These changes can come into play when using automation, such as Dynamo. While they may or may not have much impact on your particular usage of Revit, it is important information of which to be aware.
Within Revit, it is standard procedure for architects to use “Rooms” and engineers to use “Spaces” to delineate areas of the building. This is due to how Revit utilizes each of these 2 categories of items, so each have their place. An issue with this procedure is that Spaces and Rooms for the same area should have the same name, but this does not happen automatically. This can cause problems with consistency between the architect’s plans and the engineer’s plans.
Since the 2017 version, Revit has given us a tool to help keep Room names and Space names consistent. Prior to 2017, we had to rely on either naming the Spaces manually or utilizing one of the 3rd party tools on the market. With this command, we can update all of the Spaces in the entire model to be the same as a Room that is in the same bounded area (if there is a Room element there.) Autodesk slipped this command into the menu system and I don’t remember them promoting it, but it is a fantastic tool for engineers! It can save hours of work trying to get Room and Space Names consistent.
Revit 2020 has a new feature that will please Electrical designers. Feed through lugs are now incorporated into Revit for your electrical distribution system. Previously, electrical users had to utilize workarounds to represent this situation in their designs, so this will improve the documentation process and help with the electrical design.
As part of this new feature, Revit has added a new panel schedule template, which is called “Feed Through Lugs Panel“. This panel is available in the Electrical-Default.rte and the Systems-Default.rte templates. This panel template is accessible via the Manage tab -> Settings panel -> Panel Schedule Templates.
The process to actual set up the electrical panels to utilize the above Panel Schedule is shown below. Continue reading
I have seen the situation where the Electrical designer was working on a remodel project and did not want their Existing electrical devices to be shown in the New Construction phase views. The existing electrical devices and equipment were only to be shown on views that displayed only existing information. However, they needed to show both the Existing and New Construction walls and other Architectural elements in the New Construction views. Revit doesn’t want to do this without changing the default settings.
By default, the linked Architectural elements will show the same phase as the host Electrical file’s view.
- If the Electrical file’s view has its Phase parameter set to New Construction, and the Phase Filter parameter set to Show Previous + New, you will see the existing elements for both files as well as the new elements for both files.
- If the Electrical file’s view has its Phase parameter set to New Construction, and the Phase Filter parameter set to Show New, you will only see the new elements for both files. Existing elements will not be seen for either file.
When and how Revit section markers display on plan views can be a bit confusing when you are working with multiple disciplines. With more disciplines involved with a model, the more noticeable and confusing the issue becomes. This is due to the fact that section markers are discipline-specific and cannot be displayed on all the different disciplines of plan views.
Revit is designed so that section markers will not show in other discplines’ views and this is based upon the Discipline parameter of a view. Revit has 6 different Disciplines available for selection for a view. They are:
When working with a multi-story building, it is common to have identical electrical items on multiple floors and the designer desires to have the same circuits for those items replicated on each level. Doing so creates consistency between panel board circuits and reduces labor for circuiting each floor. An example of this is the restrooms, janitor closets, elevator lobby and other service areas in the core of a building where each of those rooms will have the same electrical needs for each floor level.
It is possible to copy the electrical devices and equipment from one floor level to multiple other floor levels and replicate the circuits for the new items. The electrical devices that were circuited together in the first level will be circuited together in the other levels. The Rating, Frame, and Load Name for the replicated circuit(s) will be the same as the original circuit(s).
Electrical symbol legends are a critical part of electrical design documents and everyone wants to have a Symbols List which automatically updates to show the actual electrical symbols that are placed in a project. That way, the only symbols that are on the list are ones that are actually placed in the model and the list does not include many unused symbols. It is actually possible to do this. When an electrical item gets added to the model, the symbol gets added to the symbol list.