By Martha Hollowell
Thanks to all those who joined me for the Webcast on Schedules in Autodesk Revit. As I mentioned I took the information from Chapter 2: Schedules in the Revit 2014 BIM Management: Template and Family Creation training guide. I didn’t cover everything by a long shot but I hope it was enough to help people through some of the rough spots in schedule creation and setup. A link to the webcast is at the end of the blog.
A few questions came up at the end so I thought I would cover these as they are not included in the webcast recording.
Q: There isn’t a Level field when creating a wall schedule. How do you sort by level?
A: It turns out that you cannot sort by level for walls. This is because walls frequently span levels. I was thinking about how this might be useful and what would be a work-around. I thought of the need to schedule interior walls on only one level for a tenant build-out. In that case one work-around is to create Phases for each level and then assign the walls to that specific phase. You can create schedules by phases as shown below.
Q: Can I export schedules? If so, to what formats?
A: Yes, you can export schedules to a Delimited text file that can then be imported into a spreadsheet or other program. To do this open the schedule view you want to export and, in the Application Menu expand, Export, scroll down in the list and expand Reports and select Schedule. Then you navigate to the folder where you want to save the schedule and specify the appearance and other output options as shown below.
Q: How "deep" can embedded schedules go? That is, can you embed a schedule into an embedded schedule?
A: Embedded schedules can only be one deep. They are also only available in MEP for spaces (the example I showed in the webcast specifying the air terminals in each space), duct systems, piping systems and electrical circuits.
Q: What is the appearance implication of "sorting"?
A: The options on the Sorting/Grouping tab give a wide amount of latitude to the appearance of the schedules. Here are three different examples (based on a very simple phased Wall Schedule).
- Sorted by Type Mark with Itemize every instance selected.
- Sorted by Type Mark with Itemize every instance off.
- Sorted by Type Mark but with Header selected and the Type Mark column hidden.
Q: How do you get the ceiling height into a Finish Schedule?
A: Finish Schedules are typically Key Schedules which we didn’t have time to cover in this webcast. Key Schedules are not built on Building Components such as ceilings or ceiling fixtures that could give you the ceiling height and therefore do not have such parameters with them. If anyone has a work-around for this feel free to post it in the replies to this blog to share with the rest of us.
Q: I want to use our company standard schedules? How do I get them into a new project?
A: Typically, schedules are saved in template files and therefore are available when you start the project based on one of these. But, if you don’t want to include all of your schedule styles in a template or otherwise do not have it in a project you can insert one from another project. Make sure you are in a non-schedule view and, in the Insert tab expand Insert from File and click Insert Views from File. In the Open dialog box navigate to and select the project that holds the schedule you want to use. In the Insert Views dialog box you can select the schedules you want to import as shown below.
I hope everyone enjoys working with schedules in Autodesk Revit. It is a very powerful tool for creating construction documents, takeoffs, and testing the project.
To view the full webcast click here.