Revit Construction Modeling Tools
Illustration by Richard Downs

Scheduling parts


Revit Construction Modeling Tools

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Scheduling parts

Schedules and any other view. Now, the category that I want to choose in this new Now pay really close attention to the available

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2h 9m Intermediate Mar 11, 2014

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If your job requires working on Revit models created by someone else, then you have probably run into situations where portions of the model need to be reworked. Perhaps you're a subcontractor or an interior designer who needs to accurately convey finishes. Traditionally tasks like these would require a good deal of time, but with the three unique construction modeling tools in Revit, you can now add the details and refinements you need without rebuilding the entire model. Paul F. Aubin shows how model elements can be broken down into parts and articulated with their own finishes, materials, and other details. To assist in documentation, Paul explores assemblies: detailed drawings of isolated portions of the model. And with the Displace feature he shows how to create compelling "exploded view" illustrations to convey how things fit together.

Topics include:
  • Creating and removing parts
  • Dividing parts
  • Adding and merging parts
  • Creating parts from linked files
  • Creating assemblies, assembly views, and assembly sheets
  • Creating and editing displacements sets
  • Controlling displacement views
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Paul F. Aubin

Scheduling parts

Schedules and any other view. They only differ in presentation. In a graphical view such as a plan or an elevation, we are given a graphical representation of the elements contained within the view range of that view. In a schedule, we're presented with a list of elements that meet a certain search criteria, usually a certain category. In this movie we will create a schedule from parts. Creating such a schedule is not that different from creating any other kind of rivet schedule so here we will simply focus on the unique aspects mostly the fields that are available for parts.

So I'm in a file called scheduling. And it's just a really simple little pavilion building. And what I've done is gone in and created parts from just about any kind of element in here that's eligible for parts. So the roof has been created as parts, the fascia has been created as parts, the walls, the ceilings and so on. And what I want to do now is get a list of all the parts that are in this model. So to do that, I'm going to create a schedule. So here on the view tab, I'll click the schedules and I'll add a new schedules and quantities.

Now, the category that I want to choose in this new schedule is Parts, so I have to scroll down here And locate the parts category, it will suggest the name parts schedule, which I'm fine with, and I'll click okay. Now pay really close attention to the available fields that we have with the parts schedule. Some of them are pretty standard stuff like you know, things like area and base level and so on, and if you want to know what level each part is on, you could certainly add that field, But what I want to focus on is some of these fields down here, things like the original category.

That's going to tell me what category this part came from or the original family name or the original type name. So again it will know what category, what field What family, what type that original part was derived from. In addition to that, we get you know, of course, area and thickness. So if you're interested in that information, you can bring those fields in as well. But what I'm curious about is what about the excluded parts, what about shape is modified? So these are all unique features that the parts have.

And by listing it out in the schedule we can then look very quickly at a list and kind of use it as almost a quality check tool for our model and just verify all the settings that we have on our various parts. So if I just simply click OK, that will give me a big flat list of all my parts. And I'm going to widen some of these columns. Now, when you look at this list first, you can see, you know, most things are on level one, there are a few on level two. Here's your original categories and types and so on. None of these checkboxes are checked.

Most of these say no, only a couple here, this one and this one, say yes. That's the shape is modified. So right away, I could look at this yes/no column here and see that somewhere in the model I have some ceilings that have had their shape modified. Now if you watched the last movie, all that means is those parts were selected, and on the properties palette, The turn on shape handles feature was turned on, and then those grips were modified in some way. So this is a really quick and easy way for me to identify those objects.

I could even click this Highlight in Model And that will take me to a view in the Revit model and select the object. Now, in this case, the object is selected, but it's hidden behind this wall. So I could, you know, close this box and I could come over here and use my Temporary Hide/Isolate. And say let's isolate that element. And now I can see very clearly, there's the part with its show shape handles. And there's the shape handles turned on. So I can see that object both in the schedule, or jump out here and look at it in the graphical view.

So I'm going to reset the temporary hide, and I'm going to deselect that object. And then I'll go back to my parts scheduled. Now this is the schedule like any other schedule. So that it means if you want to make it even easier to understand you might want to start sorting and grouping it. So, if we click over here on the sorting and grouping perhaps I want to sort by the original category and then may be by the original type. And so on. So when I click OK here, that sort of re-sorts the list. And I can isolate based on various things.

Now, instead of seeing the same category over and over again, I might want to go a step further. And take that category and make it into a header. And then come over here under Formatting. Select the original category and hide it. When I do that, I know get all my ceilings grouped together here, then my fascia here. My floors and so on. And it just makes the whole thing a little bit easier to understand and to read. Now I'm going to drop the window down a little bit here. Click back over into my 3D view.

And then type my keyboard shortcut, WT, to tile those two windows. Now, you can't tile the windows when the schedule view is active. At least not with the shortcut. So if you type wt in the schedule, it won't work. That's why I first restored it down. And then went over to the 3D view to do wt. Now, what I want to show you here is that this excluded check box that we included over here is just another way that we can use that feature. I, of course, could select an object here on screen in the 3D view.

And I could choose exclude parts right here. But I can do it directly in the schedule. So watch this roof surface right here as I locate the roof object. So you could see that I have two different roofs here. I have one generic 12 inch roof. And then I have three layers of a wood rafter roof. Now, one of the roofs is this curved roof here. And then there's another small roof over here that's over this small bay window. So if I came over here, and I check this exclude box, the first thing you're going to see is the roof will disappear from the 3D view because we've now excluded that part, and it will also remove it from the schedule.

So once you exclude a part, it's as if that part isn't part of your model anymore, and so that's why it disappears. So you can't really show the excluded parts on the schedule. Now the part is still there somewhere. I would have to, you know, tab in to find it and then I could un-exclude that part. But that's one way that you could exclude that part if you didn't want to see it in your model. Creating a schedule is a good way to understand the data in your model in just a different way. So this is true whether or not it's standard building elements or it's parts.

When you create a part schedule, it can help you quickly spot the overall common threads between the various objects and more importantly, spot the discrepancies. Depending on your discipline and your workflow, you may not need the schedule to appear on your sheets, but creating one creates a good quality check nonetheless.

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