Before an Autodesk Revit family is put into production, it should be cleaned up to reduce size and eliminate overhead that does not need to end up in a project file. Information that is not required by the family should not be kept in the family. The final step in family creation before putting a family into production should be the cleanup effort.
My previous article discussed the importance of creating Clearance Zones inside Revit familes for equipment and items that need clearances for ADA, safety, air movement, or other reasons. While that article also discussed the behind the scenes set up to get Clearance Zones into a Revit family, this article finishes the process of creating the actual Clearance Zone.
Many pieces of equipment in a building have clearance zones that are required around the equipment for a variety of reasons. It may be a drinking fountain that requires ADA clearance, an electrical panel that requires code clearance in front it, or mechanical equipment that requires air movement or access clearance around it. For whatever the reason, it is good to build that clearance zone into the Revit family so that it be used for interference detection through Revit or Navisworks.
In January 2011, I wrote an article about Autodesk releasing the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2011. Autodesk has now released the Roombook Extension for Revit Architecture 2012.
According to Autodesk, “The Roombook Extension for Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2012 software helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project.” It appears to be unchanged from the version available for Revit Architecture 2011.
The Roombook Extension can be downloaded from the Autodesk Subscription website for subscription members.
One of my favorite improvements in the Revit 2012 products is eliminating multiple unused Materials at once in a file. It seems like when I am working on a project or a family, that I end up with many more Materials than I actually want or need. Prior to the 2012 release, you needed to delete the materials one at a time unless you were able to get your hands on a custom application developed specifically for deleting many materials. While this may be considered a minor improvement by many people, you can spend a lot of trying time trying to get of materials one at a time.
Autodesk has released an extension for getting more information out of Rooms in Revit Architecture 2011. The Roombook Extension was made available to Revit Architecture subscription members on December 9, 2010. According to Autodesk, the extension “helps calculate the surface area of walls, floors and ceiling elements, room circumferences and the total number of furnishing elements within a project”. This is a nice utility to get quantities for room-specific information that exists in the model and is valuable for quantity takeoff analysis.
The various Autodesk Revit products have the Demolish tool function that designates an element as being demolished for phasing, display, and analysis purposes, and also shows the element as dashed linework. Suspended acoustical ceilings (ACT) with gridwork are a bit of an exception as the grid does not show as dashed when the ceiling is designated as demolished. In this article, we will look at how to get the grid lines of the ceiling to display as dashed when it is demolished. Continue reading