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.
I get asked about how to place a detail bubble or a section bubble amongst text notes where the actual leader for the bubble is not desired. The user still wants to have the information within the bubble to auto-update, so the bubble needs to be an actual callout. This is a very common situation, The following image is an example of a typical situation.
Single line drawings in Revit plumbing plans (Coarse and Medium displays) show the tick marks for fittings by default. Some design firms prefer to not show tick marks for the elbows, tees, and other fittings. Revit has a setting that allows users to adjust the printed size of the tick marks, but this affects all tick marks for all fittings. I see situations where the designer wants to see tick marks for reducers and couplers, but not some other fittings.
Pipe fitting families can have a parameter added that controls the visibility of the tick marks. This allows the user to specify which fittings should show the tick marks and also allows tick mark visibility to be different for different projects.
Each Pipe Fitting family will need to be modified, but we will take a look at one family here.
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:
Most Revit users have heard that Autodesk has released the 2019 versions of its various software packages. Autodesk has included a lot of nice enhancements with this release and delivered on many of the user wish list items. While there are still many improvements to be made to Revit, I am pleased with enhancements in this release.
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.
When adding piping system to a Revit model, it is desirable to label piping systems with their system type so that you see text on the piping line. Some examples of this are HW for Hot Water, CW for Cold Water, and S for Sanitary Waste.
In AutoCAD, piping systems are typically shown by drawing a line with a specific line type that displays the desired text. This works fine since the lines themselves contain no data and are just symbolic. Revit does not allow line types with text in the line like is allowed in AutoCAD. However, Revit makes it super easy to label piping systems with the appropriate text. I believe that the net result is the same, if not better.
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.
Creating sections in a Revit model is key to creating a quality 3D model, and that includes creating sections that are simply used for design verification. Construction documents typically include sections, but users also use a lot of temporary sections for coordination and verification. A problem with temporary sections is that you don’t know who created the section and the purpose for the section. As a result they tend to stay in the model because no one really knows if they can delete the section.
I previously wrote a blog article about creating Working Sections which helps with this situation. However, the working section can be further enhanced. This article will address 2 key features for improving the working section:
Who created the working section.
Apply a user’s specific settings for the working section.