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BIM Project Suite allows Autodesk Revit users to automate routine tasks, manage large numbers of content files, generate database information and much more in a lot less time, all within the Revit environment. BIM Project Suite is meant for everyday users of all skill levels, and is used by firms of all sizes.
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A Content Management Solution
BIMList™ provides the ability to sort, search and manage your families, detail libraries and system families more effectively. The administrative features make it a gatekeeper to help direct Revit users to approved Revit content. This is a single-user family content manager; try BIM List Server for a more robust content manager.
The Pain Point
Storing and accessing families using a folder structure is inefficient. Families are complicated objects with important metadata that cannot be viewed from a folder structure.
GATHER THE DATA:
Families added to BIMList are parsed for metadata. That data gets stored in the database and is used for search queries.
Families are organized using a database, group and tab structure created by the BIMList administrator.
When a search is executed the list of families and their types will be filtered to show only the results matching the search criteria.
Each user has the ability to define a custom list of favorites from the content in the database.
IN PROJECT CONTENT:
Content from the active project can also be displayed in the BIMList interface by turning on the “Display In-Project Content” option.
Allows for searching through all content in the BIMList database simultaneously, searching by parameter values, and searching with multiple criteria.
SORTING, FAMILY RATING AND FAMILY PROPERTIES:
The family files loaded can be sorted by the order they were added to the database, Family Name, Rating or Load Count.
NEED BIMLIST FOR MULTIPLE USERS:
Share content across a single content library utilizing administrative features with BIMList Server.
Enables Specific Selections
A Revit add-in that selects elements by filtering specific categories or parameter values. Search elements that match filter criteria can either be added to, removed from or replace the currently selected items.
It may be desirable to refine a selection with more granularity than can be achieved by a single pass through the Quick Select interface. If additional filtering is needed, Quick Select can be run as many times as needed, each time taking the previous selection and modifying it by either adding or removing elements.
The first step in using Quick Select is to decide how to apply the filter. Quick Select has the ability to build a new selection, add to an existing selection, remove items from an existing selection, or replace the current selection altogether.
The three options in the “Apply Filter To” dropdown are listed below and determine which elements will be considered in the selection filter.
- Project – All elements in the active project
- Active View – Only elements from the Active view
- Current Selection – Only elements in the current selection
Displays Revit File Information
Unlike the other tools in BIM Project Suite, Revit Properties does not actually run within Revit. Instead, it modifies the Windows Explorer / File Explorer interface to provide access to basic data about Revit project files, family files, project template files and family template files, and lets you open those files in the installed version of Revit you choose.
The free Revit Properties tool in CTC’s BIM Project Suite modifies the Windows Explorer / File Explorer interface to quickly provide access to basic data about Revit files by simply right-clicking on them and selecting the “Revit Properties” choice from the Explorer pop-up menu.
Revit Properties will show you information about the Revit file, including the version of Revit last used to save the file, and also things like worksharing information.
As of BIM Project Suite 5.1.8, Revit Properties has been improved to allow actually opening the selected Revit file in a specific version of Revit.
Only versions of Revit that are installed for the same or later version of Revit that last saved the file will be on the list of choices.
Revit Properties will let you “Create New Local” from a central file in the same manner that Revit does, however it cannot open a project “Detatched from central” nor can it allow you to choose which worksets to open, or to open the file with auditing turned on.
Even with those limitations, it’s still a very handy free tool!
Provides a fast and simple way to renumber your rooms and doors. Auto-swapping avoids duplicates. Alphanumeric sequential numbering. Add separators and suffices to room and door numbers.
To number rooms, enter a room number in the “Start sequence with” textbox. The sequence can be alphanumeric but should always end with a number if no suffix is specified. The “Suffix” textbox can hold a single letter or a number. The “Separator” and the “Suffix” fields are optional; however, it is required to have a suffix if a separator is defined.
There are two ways to number doors, either utilizing sequential numbering or using “To Room” and “From Room” property of a door. By default, sequential door numbering option is selected. For sequential door numbering, enter a number in the “Start sequence with” textbox and check the “Auto Swap” checkbox if you want to automatically swap the door number to avoid duplicates. Finally, click “Start” button to select the doors from the active document. The number entered in the “Start sequence with” textbox will increment by one on selection of each door. Remember, only numeric values are allowed for the sequential door numbering.
- Revit users may spend 2-4 hours a week on average resolving object visibility issues
- Revit has nearly 60 different ways to control object visibility
- New and experienced Revit users rarely remember to check all the ways before asking for help
- Often invisibility can be controlled by multiple compounding factors
- Invisibility Advisor can discover the actual factors affecting an object’s invisibility
- Advice is offered to assist with understanding why the object(s) were not visible
- In many cases, an instant ‘Fix’ option is available to resolve the visibility issue
- The Invisibility Advisor can remain on screen while you work, so visibility solutions are available at your fingertips
- At $65/hr billable, this can easily equate to $6,700- $13,500/year/user in manual visibility resolution workflows
- At even 1 hour per week time savings, Invisibility Advisor can save an average firm $3400/year/Revit user
Fabrication Documentation Process
Group elements by a parameter value, create scope boxes for each group, generate views based on the scope boxes and then place the views onto sheets.
The Pain Point
There is certainly no “easy button” for creating, naming and managing views for fabrication in Revit. With all the view names, filters, sheets and settings required to get things right to produce construction ready documents it is easy to miss something along the way.
MANAGE VIEW SETTINGS:
The settings dialog is used to configure parameters, view templates and filters that drive the graphic output of the views.
Adding custom colors makes it easy to assign elements to groups. Fab Sheets builds and maintains filters that color code elements as they get assigned.
Create Life Safety Plans
The add-in has tools to assign values to the fire rating property, map line types to each fire rating and generate graphics for plan views.
The “Mappings” tab is used to tie existing Revit line styles and/or wall tags to “Fire Rating” property values that exist within each project. For each “Fire Rating” property there will be a dropdown box to select an existing line style and another dropdown box to select an existing wall tag. These mappings will be used to generate the graphics as described on the next tab.
Once fire ratings and mappings have been defined, graphics can be generated using the “Graphics” tab. On the left side of the “Graphics” tab a tree view displays plan views from the active Revit project. Select the views from the tree for which graphics should be generated.
Generated graphics are static and will not automatically update if the model changes. To keep graphics in sync with current model geometry the “Update Graphics” or “Remove Graphics” buttons can be used. Graphic’s updates or removal are based on a set of rules in the “Options” dialog.
Compare Project Versions
Model Compare is used to compare two Revit files or the same Revit file at 2 different points in time, to identify differences. It works by taking “snapshots” of Revit files, which are then used to generate comparison results. By utilizing snapshots there is no need to retain full copies of Revit files as a project progresses. Snapshot files are self-contained and small by comparison to a Revit model.
The most effective use of Model Compare is to take snapshots of desired Revit files. The comparison between two snapshot files is based heavily on Revit element IDs, which would vary from project to project. Periodic snapshots can be used, for example, to identify what changes are being made within a project over the life of the project, or to identify changes made by consultants.
AUTO ZOOM, SELECT & COPY:
When the Auto Zoom button is enabled, Model Compare will automatically zoom in on the location of a model element within the Revit when that element is selected from the comparison results.
The report function gathers all the information from the comparison results and puts it into a spreadsheet format.
The Family Processor for Everyday Revit Users
Are you using Revit content from manufacturers or sources like Autodesk Seek? Do you, or anyone at your company, struggle with getting your family content to schedule properly?
The Pain Point
Downloaded Revit Family content frequently introduces shared parameters into the project that are different from the parameters used in the company’s schedules. These differences cause schedules to display incomplete information.
REPLACES PARAMETERS IN THE FAMILY WITH THE SHARED PARAMETERS FROM THE SCHEDULE:
With a two-step process to swap the parameters in the family, you can carefully reconcile the differences between the parameters used without destroying existing data.
Designed so that Revit users who are unfamiliar with the family editor can successfully prepare a family to be scheduled.
Manually resolving inconsistent shared parameter usage can be a time consuming task. Parameter Jammer automates as much of the process as possible to save you time.
The first step automatically swaps parameters that can be safely identified as a match. The second step allows you to map, add or omit parameters that did not be automatically swapped.
Easily Export Revision Information
This tool lists revision information, including view and sheet associations, and allows the results to be saved to a spreadsheet file. Identify which parts of a model were affected by a revision. Validate that revision best practices are being followed.
To view by revision location, click the “View Filter” drop down menu. The revisions can be filtered to only show those which appear on views, on sheets, or all revisions. All is the default option. To view only a specific revision number, click the “Revision Filter” drop down menu and select the desired revision number.
The data can be saved to .XLSX, .XLS and .CSV file format. Choose the format from the “Save as Type” drop down menu.
In the options dialog a checkbox controls whether the add-in should remember its window position. When checked the “Validate Issue Dates” option will validate the content of the “Issued” field to verify it is a proper date. This is useful if the revisions are to be sorted by date, as the validated issue date understands how to properly sort year, and day information.
- Documenting important design information for each room and space such as finishes, fixtures, equipment, and furniture
- Time consuming process of creating all view types, schedules and sheets required by the project
- Producing documents in an efficient and consistent manner
- Managing hundreds of sheets containing room and space data throughout the project
Room Data Sheets
- Use for room and space object data collection
- Generates 3D, Plan, Reflected Ceiling, Elevation, Schedule and Legend views
- Control naming, order, placement and presentation of views on sheets
- Preview sheets to be created and adjust spacing, size and scale
- Save and load settings of previous configurations
- Spend less time on repetitive tasks associated with creating room and space views
- Minimal setup: leverage existing title blocks, view templates, schedules and legends
- Consistent, directed workflow ensures accurate and efficient results
- Flexible enough to use on Revit projects of all types, sizes and disciplines
Manage Family Content with Ease
Room Family Manager enables defining, maintaining, and validating the family content of each room type definitions.
- Build room type definitions in a spreadsheet
- Build room type definitions from existing Revit rooms
- Automatically place family content in your model based on room type assignments
- Validate that rooms in your model contain required families
BUILD ROOM TYPES:
A room type, as it pertains to Room Family Manager, defines a specific list of families that must exist in a room. Room type definitions are built in a spreadsheet using a specific format. The spreadsheet workbook can have any number of sheets defined to help organize the room type definitions. Each sheet can have any name, because Room Family Manager will always use all sheets in the workbook.
ASSIGNING ROOM TYPES:
Room type assignments are what bind the room type definition to rom objects in the Revit model. This assignment is accomplished on the “Assign Room Types” tab in Room Family Manager. On this tab, all of the room objects in the Revit model are listed. Next to each Revit room is a list of the available room types.
Placeholder content may eventually need to be replaced with more specific content. The “Swap Families” tab facilitates this replacement on a per-room-type basis.
Schedule Creation from Spreadsheet Data
Schedule XL allows you to create schedule views from one or more worksheets in one or more spreadsheets.
The Pain Point:
Including data from sources outside of Revit into sheets for printing is very difficult.
MULTIPLE WORKSHEETS SUPPORTED:
Schedules can be created from multiple worksheets sourced from one or more spreadsheet files.
UPDATING OF SCHEDULES:
Schedule XL can update the schedule views when the original spreadsheet has changed.
Schedules can be configured to automatically update when the Revit project is opened if the original spreadsheet has changed.
Easily Create and Manage Views
This Revit add-in enables users to quickly and consistently create views in their projects. Create Plan and RCP views by selecting combinations of levels, view templates and phases.
PLAN & CEILING VIEWS:
Create floor plan and reflected ceiling views by selecting a combination of level, view template and phase.
ELEVATION, SELECTION AND DETAIL CREATION:
Ability to copy an elevation, section or detail view from one phase to another.
This tool supports a dependent view workflow based on the use of Scope Boxes. Create a Scope Box for each area of a building that will require a dependent view.
Duplicate schedules by phase or per level.
SHEETS & TITLE BLOCKS:
View and control title block usage across the sheets in a project. Each sheet in the current project is represented on a row.
The main function is to allow creation of new 3D views that each display a single selected work set.
Ability for mass/repetitive duplication of multiple views.
VIEW NAME SEPARATOR:
Control the characters that are inserted between name parts for any view created by this tool.