Looking at a quick way to use IMAGINiT Clarity to make your team and their time more efficiently used with Autodesk Revit? How about starting with Task Automation and Data Sheets. Watch this short video to find out more:
This week Jordan Mussett tackles the issue with text labels in hosted content.
There is a short list of families in Revit that you will need to host to the face of either a ceiling or a wall. A good example of this is smoke detectors. Depending on where they are, they can call for either a vertical face or a horizontal face. The problem comes in when there is a text annotation buried into the family. The one to the left below is hosted to the wall at 8'-0" off the floor, the one on the right is using the face of the ceiling at 9'-0" off the floor.
If this text is to read the same direction, there is some work that needs to be done in the Family Editor. First, save this family using a different name if you would like to preserve the integrity of the original or if you aren't 100% sure it will work, it is good to have a backup. Next, copy the Generic Annotation that is there and rotate it 90 degrees. Align and lock to the vertical Reference Plane. The original label us up-side-down because the intent of this family originally is that it be placed on the ceiling, the generic annotation label will right itself in the respective views in the project.
Next, visibility instance parameters are needed to display one or the other depending on if it is using the wall face or the ceiling face.
Load it back in to the project. Change the two original ones to the new family just created and set the instance visibility parameters.
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Have you ever rotated a Revit view on your sheet? Those pesky View Titles rotate as well. Jordan shows us how to keep them horizontal on our sheets.
The problem; you rotated your view 90 degrees but you want your view title to stay horizontal.
Scroll down the list of families in the project and under Annotation there will be the family View Title. Right Click on it and say Edit.
In the Family Editor, save it as a new View Title so that you retain your current view title. Turn on the reference planes in the Visibility / Graphic Overrides, select all three items. Rotate these items opposite of what you think to offset the rotation of the view. So if you are rotating the view on the sheet 90 degrees counterclockwise, you have to create a view title with these three items rotated 90 degrees Clockwise. You are counteracting the rotation of the view on the sheet to keep the view title horizontal. Be sure to uncheck "Keep Readable" under the instance properties of the text labels or Revit will try to make the text read up the page, not down. When rotating the number and the titles 90 degrees clockwise, it will flip everything around trying to keep it legible.
Load the family into the project. Select your current View Title, click Edit Type, and duplicate. For the new one, name it appropriately and next to Title under graphics, select the new view title that you created. Be sure to uncheck Show Extension Line. If you would like a line to show between the View Title and the scale, you will need to draw your own in the Family.
The bad news, you will need to follow the same process for views rotated the other direction. The positive, the view scale and Detail Number are retained and you can let Revit manage those pieces of information.
Creating angled dimension in Revit. Sometimes you got to do it.
But picking those points can be really paint and what's even more painful is trying to teach someone else how to do it. "put your curser at the corner NO! don't more it, then it tab, again, again, again, oh that's too many".
Just hold SHIFT then hit TAB, it will only pick up Points to create the dimension.
This week our own Jordan Mussett explains using the Project Base Point in Revit to export AutoCAD background drawings.
Many Revit users get themselves in hot water when it comes to providing consultants and sub consultants with AutoCAD Backgrounds. In the images below, the Project Base Point does represent the 0,0 point in AutoCAD.
At its simplest, Revit has a point that it doesn't tell you about. There is the Project Base Point, the Survey Point, and what I like to call the original origin. The original origin reveals itself in the following way. When the Project Base point is unclipped and moved, the 0,0 point in AutoCAD is now where the Project Base Point was. Another way to look at is, if the Project Base Point is unclipped and moved, the 0,0 point in the AutoCAD export is now different than where the Project Base Point is in Revit. This is going to be something that more likely than not, the consultants are going to point out to you by asking, why is 0,0 over here? In the pictures below, the Project Base Point was unclipped and moved. In AutoCAD, the 0,0 point stayed where it was.
So what is the safe practice? At the outset of a project, turn the Project Base Point on and use this point as your intersection of two grids preferably at the corner of the building and go from there. That way everyone linking origin to origin will be good to go and everyone receiving AutoCAD exports will be seeing a 0,0 point at the intersection of two grid lines.
One of the features we're most excited about in the new release of IMAGINiT Clarity is the way that it can help automate the model exchange process.
While the first version of Clarity was built around Revit Server, ever since then we've supported both Revit Server and traditional Revit workshare projects. Whichever case - you probably spend a lot of time exchanging models with partners, and then cleaning them up and replacing the copies you already had.
I recently spent time with a firm that estimated that the three main BIM coordinators were spending 50 hours a month just on the mechanics of doing the model exchange process on their active projects (once every 4-5 days, or more often as milestones approached). This includes:
transferring the models
purging and auditing
stripping out views you don't need (which can reduce the file size by half!)
All of these things can now be automated using Clarity tasks. And the same thing can happen with "outgoing" models where you're publishing models out - you can deliver clean models, with little-to-no effort - making your partner's BIM coordinators' lives easier as well (for what that's worth :) ).
The Clarity tasks can be kicked off on-demand, or scheduled (every Friday night at 2:00am), and they execute in the background on a server or workstation.
Periodic exchange of models between partners is a fundamental reality in the Revit universe today, and we're excited that Clarity can make the process go smoothly, and remove it from your daily to-do list.
In today's post Heather Alley takes a closer look at the 2015 enhancements for Revit content, such as parameter sorting and tool tips!
Of all the new features in Revit 2015, we thought we would focus on a few that are specifically related to family creation. If you want the full list of new features for Platform, Architectural, Structural, & Mechanical check out this link: Revit 2015 new features
First, there is the new ability to sort your parameters. This is probably one of the most requested features of all! We can now automatically sort our parameters alphabetically from A-Z ascending or Z-A descending. In the Family Editor, in the Family Types dialog box you will notice new options:
In addition, we can custom sort with new Move Up or Move Down tools.
Secondly, we now have the ability in Family creation to create a small tooltip for clarification or instructions on how to use a given parameter. When you Add Parameter, you will notice the new addition on the bottom of the dialog box.
After clicking on Edit Tooltip, we can create instructions up to 250 characters to explain what each Parameter is all about.
When you load the Family (*.RFA) into the Project (*.RVT), you will get the following results as you roll your mouse over and hover on the parameter name (be sure to hover on the left Parameter column, not the right Value column to see the tooltips)
The Third major improvement for Revit Family creation is the new IMAGE parameters which have been added as both Instance and Type Parameters.
Here is the Instance Parameter dialog box:
To enter Images as an Instance Parameter, you simply click in the cell, and then use the "…" button to browse for your image. You can also add Instance Images in a schedule view by clicking in the cell and using the "…" button.
Images can also be added as a Type Parameter. However, In the Type Parameters Dialog box, the Type Image cell is greyed out. What is interesting about adding images to the Type Image Parameter is that you cannot add the images in Schedule, and you cannot add them under the Type Parameters dialog box. In order to add Type Images, you must hit Edit Family on your ribbon, and add the images in the Family Editor.
Inside of the Family Editor, in the Family Types Dialog box, you can click in the cell next to Type Image and you will see the "…" option to browse for your image file.
We hope that these new additions help in streamlining your family creation. Tell us your thoughts of the new features in the comments below.
Still printng PDF's the manual way and tired of waiting for your sheet sets to finish up so you can get back to work on the project? Yeah, me too. So let me show you a better way in this short video:
Having tasks automated allows you to focus on more pressing items within the project by generating exports, publishing and checking data standards automatically freeing your time to do more. Printing PDF's are good but there is so much more that can be automated. Here is a list of the Tasks available in the IMAGINiT Clarity 2015 Release with a small description next to each that can be automated:
PDF - Generate PDF files, can be a single PDF (all in one) or individual per view/sheet set
DGN - Generate Microstation DGN files
DWF - Generate DWF files from views/sheet set
DWG - Generate DWG exports, can be individual files or .zip of all files exported
FBX - Generate FBX
GBxml - Generate GBxml
IFC - Generate IFC
IFC Alternate - For use with the Open Source IFC Alternate Package (additional controls and options for generating IFC files)
Navisworks - Generate NWC files (for use in Revit 2014 and higher)
Revit View Images Export - Clarity Feature to extract View images (ex. 3D views)
Room Images Export - Clarity Feature to extract Room images (typically used in the Data Sheets)
Family Images Export - Clarity Feature to extract Family images (3D, typically used in the Data Sheets)
Publish/Transmit Models - For worksharing projects, includes options to clean the model and pathing before uploading/publishing (includes FTP and additional options).
Update From Incoming Models - For worksharing projects, includes options to clean the model and pathing before updating into your project.
Publish to Autodesk BIM 360 Glue - Option to automate publishing to Autodesk BIM 360 Glue (includes viewing options in the project, if enabled, of your Glue project).
Data and Standards Tasks:
ModelReview Standards Checking - Check against your office and project standards to ensure
Model Performance Advisor Report - 17 Checks that looks at your model and family geometry for items that may affect performance.
Revit Data Extract - Clarity Feature that provides a database export of Revit data
Backup Project - Make automated, regular backups of your projects.
DataSheet Batch PDF - Including this one because it is shown in the graphic below. If you have ever manually created a Room Data Sheet, this one is HUGE! Not only does Clarity automate and give up to date Data Sheets for Rooms and 17 other categories (furniture, equipment, etc...) you can also create your deliverables with a single task making this one a real time saver. Imagine 10,000 rooms all up to date with accurate Room Data Sheets and all you have to do is press a button to get it.
And if you are handy at programming, Clarity has a documented API so you can add your own additional tasks for even more automation.
Clarity works with Autodesk Revit (Onebox, Architecture, Structure & MEP) and the Clarity 2015 version supports Revit 2013, 2014 & 2015. Find out more here and start saving time on your projects.
In a recent WTH moment our own Heather Alley realized it is the little things in Revit that will trip you up. As you will see here she ran into an issue with Revit where you cannot select a filled region and after choosing to Edit Boundary the sketch lines do not show up?
Quite the mystery!
You can see the hatch fill pattern, but you cannot pick on the hatch or get to EDIT BOUNDARY.
Answer: The answer lies in VV (or VG) Visibility & Graphics. Open your Visibility/Graphics dialog box, and left click on the little plus symbol next to Lines to expand out its subcategories.
One of your line subcategories is checked off. In the image, mine happens to be "THIN LINES".
Check the box next to the line that is off, and Voila! The hatch fill pattern boundary will reappear.
If the Line type is turned off, it turns it off as a boundary line in the hatch pattern as well. Hope this helps!