Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with family parameters, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Narrator] In this particular video we're going to start looking at family parameters. Now Revit Architecture is driven by families. Whether they be system families or component families. So we've got a new Revit project open and it's Revit project underscore parameters. You can see the name of it at the top of the screen. You can download that from your lynda.com exercise files and remember it's a Revit 2014 project file. So if you've got a newer version of Revit it will update to the new version before you can use it.
Then you can save it and then it could be used with your particular version of Revit Architecture. Now in the Revit project parameters file I'm in the North elevation here. So you make sure you go into elevations in the project browser and go to the North elevation. And it's a basic, simple wall. What I'm going to do is I'm going to bring a family into that wall. So we're gonna go up here to the Architecture tab and you can see that we've got doors and windows. Now doors and windows can be brought in as hosted elements or hosted families.
So the wall itself is the host element. So this wall here, if I select that wall that is the host element and it hosts the windows and the doors. So let's go and place a window. So I'm gonna go up to window, click there and you can see I've got a single plain window there, like so. Now what I'm going to do is I'm gonna go into the Edit Type before I place it. And you'll notice that this particular window is 630 by 1050mm deep. If I click on the down arrow there you can see that I've also got a 1200 as well.
And this allows me to work with different family parameters which I'll explain in a moment. I'm just gonna cancel that and what I'm going to do is I'm gonna bring the window into the wall itself. So I'm just gonna pop that there on the left hand side of the wall. Now I'm gonna hit Escape and I'm gonna zoom in nice and close on the window now. So if I hover over this window now it tells me it's the 630 by 1050mm deep window. If I select that there, I can now go into here and you'll notice if I select the 1200 watch what happens to the window.
And you'll see that that gets higher. It's a higher window now, it's now 1200 deep. So I'll hit Escape to deselect it again. Now what happens if I need to work with family parameters and create a different sized window. Well it's very, very easy to do. You use your type parameters dialog box. So I'm gonna select the window again, like so and remember I went to Edit Type so I'm gonna go to Edit Type now, like so. And what I'm going to do is I'm gonna duplicate. So I'm gonna duplicate the 630 by 1200, which is there.
Now using a bit of editing. Now this is just the name of the family type. So you're not changing any parameters at this point. So instead of 1200, I want a really tall thin window that is gonna be 1500 deep. So I click on OK. So notice, can you see there, the type name changes but I now need to change the rough height and the height here in the parameters. So there's the 1200 there, change that to 1500. And there's the height there. Notice that updates as soon as I click it.
Now just check all your other parameters, they all look ok. So if I click on OK now notice I get a really tall, high window that is the 630 by 1500mm. And that's how you mess around with family parameters in your type parameters dialog box. And you can do this with any Revit family. Doors, windows, chairs, desks, furniture, TV screens. Anything that you bring in, any component family that you bring in to Revit you can mess around with the family parameters.
The one thing I will say though is always duplicate. So always when you go to Edit Type to edit to the parameters, always duplicate first and create a new family type in that family. Otherwise, you'll override the existing one and then you've got to go back and recreate it again. So make sure that when you're using your parameters you duplicate and also more importantly you type the name properly. And remember it's only the name in that dialog box. You have to go and edit the parameters in the Type Parameters dialog box as well.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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- Importing DWG and image files
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- Working with family types and parameters
- Modeling different architectural elements
- Controlling visibility
- Creating duplicated views
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