Last week I talked about the Visibility Control of linked consultant’s model. Do you know you can control their Worksets visibility globally as well with a few simple steps. Why do we need to control the consultant model’s Workset? A good example is the Grids and Levels in the project. You don’t want to see two sets of grids and level lines overlapping in the project. Turning them off will be a pain if you have to turn it off view by view. However, following the steps below, you can selectively load / unload Worksets you do / don’t need to see in your model. If a Workset is Closed, all elements within that Workset will not be loaded, which means they will not become visible in any of your views.
Here are two Scenario:
This is the first time you linked in the model…
1. Go to Insert tab > Link Revit
2. Browse for the model, but instead of clicking Open, click the little down arrow next to it and select Specify…
3. With the Manage Worksets window opened, select the appropriate Worksets you don’t want to see and click Close. Click OK when you are done. All elements from this Worksets will become invisible in every view in your model.
The consultant’s model already linked into your model…
1. Go to Manage tab > Manage Links
2. On the Revit tab, select the consultant’s model > click Manage Worksets located at the bottom of the window.
3. Follow Step 3. in Scenario 1.
Note: Each firm has its own list of Worksets, it is better to have a coordination meeting with all the consultants before starting the model for better control of visibility on your side. Knowing the elements that is placed in each Workset can help speed up your work flow. It can easily become a nightmare if you are working on a large project with so many views in it.
Of course, other than using this trick, you can also setup View Templates to apply to your views.
I received an email from my blog reader asking how to turn off the floor pattern from the consultant’s model that’s linked into the project. I think this is an excellent question worth explaining as I had the same problem when I first started using Revit. It is actually a very simple process if you know the trick. I am going to answer the reader’s question by going thru it step by step in this post.
1. Open the plan view that you want the floor pattern to turn off.
2. Type in VG to open Visibility Graphics. Click on the Revit Links tab > Select the consultant’s model > Click the By host view button.
3. The RVT Link Display Settings window is now opened. Go to the Basic tab > select Custom
4. Go to Model Categories tab, from the pull down menu, select <custom>. (You are free to control the visibility of all the elements from your consultants model at this point. You can also click the other tabs, follow the same step to select <custom> from the pull down menu to control visbility of Annotation, Worksets, etc.)
5. The entire table now becomes available for customization. Scroll through the table until you see “Floors”. Click Floors > Override… from the Projection/Surface – Patterns column.
6. In Fill Pattern Graphics window, unchecked the Visible box. Click OK to exit out all the windows. The floor pattern should now disappear in the view.
Note: Keep in mind this changes applies to this view only. You will need to do the same process again if you have another plan view that needs to make the same changes. If you have multiple views that requires the same changes, I would suggest you to create a View Template and apply it to all the views. This way you do not have to adjust the VG settings over and over again.
Revit tried to make creating a door schedule a breeze. No more making your own schedule, just add all the door parameters you need to show in the door schedule and it will automatically populate most of the information for you. Sweet! But wait until you start editing some of the field in the door schedule, you realized they are not editable! Bummer! So what is the problem? Why can we edit the field for some doors but some not?
We need to understand a few basics:
- Door parameters – Parameters defines the properties of the door. Common parameters in a door family are door height, width, thickness, swing degree, frame materials, etc. These parameters are information that can appear in the door schedule.
- Door Family – Families are components used to build a Revit model. You are likely going to have many different families in a single model. Common door families used are single door, double door, door with side lite, glass doors, etc.
- Each door family may not necessary carry the same list of door parameters. For example, some door families might have a parameter called “Fire Rating” defined, but some door families do not. For this reason, when you include the door parameter “Fire Rating” into your door schedule, doors that have this parameter will find the field editable, but doors that doesn’t have this parameter will find the field un-editable. Simple concept! To make all the fields become editable, we need to add the “missing parameter” to other door families.
Adding “Missing” Parameter to Door Family
There are two approaches, but first we need to make the “missing parameter” a “shared parameter”.
- Proper method – Load the shared parameter into each door families. Yes, very time consuming, but this is the proper way. The advantage is when you reuse the door family in another project, you do not have to do this all over again with this method.
- Quick fix method – If you are on a deadline and need a quick fix. Load the shared parameter into the Project Parameters in the project model. Make sure you assign this parameter to the Door Category. This is the quickest way to get the job done. This parameter now becomes available to all the doors in the model.
Adding “New” Parameter to Door Family
What if you need to add a brand new parameter into the door schedule that does not exist in any of the door?
- Proper method – Create this new shared parameter and “share” it with all the door families. Basically, you will need to open up every door families in your project and load the parameter in.
- Quick fix method – You have two options: 1. Create this new parameter directly as a Project Parameters in the project model. 2. Create the parameter as a Shared Parameter first, and then load it into the project. For either option, make sure you assign this parameter to the Door Category.
Whether you are adding a missing parameter or a brand new parameter, the solution is pretty much the same. The only difference is in the quick approach solution.
- If the parameter already exist in some of the door family, we need to turn that parameter into a shared parameter before we can add it into Project Parameter.
- If the parameter is brand new, you have the option to create and add the parameter directly in Project Parameter or create a Shared parameter and then load it into the project. But remember, adding door parameter directly to Project Parameter is a “cheating” method to get the job done when you are in a time crunch, it is not a good practice. It is always preferable to create it a Shared Parameter and load it into the project. If there is already a Shared Parameter file created in your office, it is highly possible you will find the parameter you need from there.
Why Shared Parameter? Even if you create another parameter that is identical to the parameter in another family, Revit doesn’t recognize it as the same parameter. Every time a new parameter is created, Revit assigned an unique ID to the parameter. To make Revit recognize it as the same parameter, you need to “share” the parameter with other families. That way, Revit knows all your door families are carrying the same parameter.
There are chances we have to Link AutoCAD files into the Revit model. Have you even come across this warning message when you link CAD files – Import detected no valid elements in the file’s Paper space. Do you want to import from the Model space?
This warning appears when you try to link CAD files directly into your Sheet view. To resolve this, we have to understand Revit’s behavior. When we link anything from CAD, Revit will automatically look for the drawing from the CAD Paper space if you are linking it in a Sheet View; and look for the drawing from the CAD Model space if you are linking it in a Drafting View. With this concept in mind, next time you link the CAD drawing from Model space, link the CAD file into the Drafting View first and then bring the View into the Sheet. This will eliminate the warning message.
You might say if you click Yes to the warning message, you are still able to link your CAD drawing from the Model space directly into the Sheet View. This is true, but you will see this warning message over and over again every time you open your Revit model. It is kind of annoying, so why don’t we do one more step to eliminate this warning? After all, we want to keep our Revit model as warning and error free as possible.
I receive an email from a Revit user asking me how to get the curved column line to show up in the Section View. In Revit, the rule of thumb is any column line that is not perpendicular to the view will not appear in the Section View. Since the column line is curved, how is it possible to make the section cut line perpendicular to the column line? Here is my quick solution.
Create a reference plane perpendicular to the column line
Draw a reference plane at the location where you want to create the Section cut. Go to Home tab > Ref Plane (under Work Plane Panel). Start the first point from the column line and move your mouse pointer slowly until you see a perpendicular symbol, then click the second point. Once you have the reference plane, stretch the plane as long as needed.
Create the Section View
Draw the section cut line along the reference plane. You should be able to snap onto the reference plane when you create the cut line. Delete the reference plane when you have finished creating the section view.
Check the Section View
All the column lines should show up on the Section View.
This solution will work perfectly if you have column lines that runs in the same direction. In cases where you have column lines that runs in many different directions, we will need to introduce some dummy column line to the section.