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BIM Project Suite

BIM Project Suite: Automate Routine Tasks, Manage Files & More

From CTC Software

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.

For Revit 2017 and up. BIM Project Suite is meant for everyday users of all skill levels, and is used by firms of all sizes.

Save Time By Automating

Automates the process of linking AutoCAD DWG details for use in the Revit project environment.

Key Features

DWG GROUP

Files:

  • This method allows a user to select specific files to link into Revit from a folder location.

Folder:

  • The folder method will use a folder and all sub-folders to link in a series of DWG files.
  • Users should be promoted if they want to recursively search subdirectories if they exist.

VIEW NAMING GROUP

By File Name:

  • Will automatically name new Drafting Views according to the file name.
  • The file extension will not be included in the name.

Custom for each:

  • The user is prompted for each file to specify a new Drafting View name.
  • Status text should show the current file that will be linked in.

Custom Name Increment:

  • User specifies a basic name and the program will create views incremented from the basic name.

Place in Existing Views:

  • The user is prompted for each file to be linked which view they want the file to be linked into.

About Length Calculator

A Revit add-in designed to assist during the design phase of duct,
pipe, conduit or cable tray layout by quickly calculating the length
of a run.

The Pain Point

Older versions of Revit do not calculate how long a duct or pipe run
is without the user having to go in and calculate each piece.

Key Features

Quickly calculate a run length by selecting the elements in a run.
Also generate an accurate segment count in the selected
runnumbering.

Intended Audience

• Everyday Revit Users
• MEP Users

Competitive Advantage

Tells you how long a duct or pipe run is without you having to calculate each piece.

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.

Key Features

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.

Selecting 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.

Options

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

Provides a fast and simple way to renumber rooms, doors, tags and much more. Auto-swapping avoids duplicates along with Alphanumeric sequential numbering set up. It can also add separators and suffices.

Key Features

With having so many tags and different marks for projects go in alphanumeric at any point can save precious time. Not only can it start from the beginning and some midpoint, the Renumbering tool can add prefix and suffix’s to ensure your work standards are met and key. Along with these features there is the ” Auto Swap” which enables you to change tag ID number’s at the same time when it comes to rooms, doors and more.

 

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.

Key Features

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!

Overview

Revit’s native view alignment can be a little frustrating. There are very few alignment points, and rarely are they useful for views. Instead of the basic drag alignment, View Aligner allows explicit Edge, Center and internal level alignment across multiple views. This works both on a single sheet, and across multiple sheets. Streamline sheet assembly with this simple free tool today.

Key Features

• View Aligner offers effortless alignment of views on a sheet
• Provide easy workflow to align views across multiple sheets with only a couple mouse clicks
• Enables alignment of views, schedules and text on sheets
• Use the levels in views to align views by level objects instead of view borders

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.

Key Features

Manage View Settings

The settings dialog is used to configure parameters, view templates and filters that drive the graphic output of the views.

Graphical Grouping

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.

Key Features

Mappings

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.

Generating Graphics

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.

Graphics Maintenance

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.

Visibility Solutions

Revit users can spend up to 2-4 hours a week on average resolving object visibility issues. Revit also has nearly 60 different ways to control an object’s visibility. From new to an experienced Revit user rarely remember to check every way before asking for help. With Invisibility Advisor, you can discover the actual factors affecting an objects inability to show up. Advice is offered to assist with understanding why the object(s) are not visible. Also, this tool can remain on the screen while you work, so visibility solutions are always available at your fingertips.

    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.

    Key Features

    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.

    Report

    The report function gathers all the information from the comparison results and puts it into a spreadsheet format.

    When calculating room occupancies and egress pathing, we typically have to resort to manual data entry and tools outside the Revit model to provide the required analysis and calculations. To avoid unnecessary steps, CTC’s Occupant Flow Analyzer can run the calculations and generate egress pathing live in the Revit model to greatly streamline these code calculation tasks.

    The Pain Point

    Working with Revit can sometimes produce frustrations when all you want is a simple calculation. Room Occupancy is often one of those areas. Revit has many ways to handle that, but none of them allow you to practice real BIM. Following that, we have to intelligently analyze the path building occupants need to take to safely exit the building, making certain that path fall within local code limitations. This egress analysis needs to account for building partitions, impassable objects, vertical circulation and points of egress. To date, most of these tools run externally from the Revit environment, causing disruption to the design process when rapid design iterations are needed.

    Key Features

    Rules Based Occupancy

    Revit and its rounding engine are not always in-line with our needs. Perhaps you need to round by level, by smoke compartment or by some other rule that is custom to your firm. Revit doesn’t necessarily support these rulesets natively. The Occupant Flow Analyzer allows you to specify the rounding rules to ensure you have the correct loads on each room in each egress zone.

    Rules Based Egress Targets And Load Factors

    Target selections can be made by the family, family type, or by instances. Once selected, the quantity of people that can pass through that egress point can be either specified or calculated based on factors and parameter values. This provides incredible flexibility in calculating compliance at egress points.

    Rules Based Path Analysis

    The path an occupant must take to exit the building is produced by many factors. Where are the walls, railings and immobile furniture? Where are there trip hazards like chairs and other interior decoration items? These can all be included or optionally excluded when running egress path analysis.

    Scope Options

    Perhaps a user wants to calculate the travel path from one point to another in the building, or perhaps the entire building needs to be calculated for egress path compliance. The Occupant Flow Analyzer can be used for simple, single path travel or for entire building analysis.

    The Family Processor for Everyday Revit Users

    Are you using Revit content from manufacturers or sources like BIMObject? 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 your schedules. These differences cause schedules to display incomplete information.

    Key Features

    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.

    User Friendly

    Designed so that Revit users who are unfamiliar with the family editor can successfully prepare a family to be scheduled.

    Fast Jamming

    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.

    Two-Step Approach

    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 could 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. It also identifies which parts of a model were affected by a revision, and validates that revision best practices are being followed.

    Key Features

    Filtering

    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.

    Saving

    The data can be saved to .XLSX, .XLS or .CSV file formats. Choose the format from the “Save as Type” drop down menu.

    Options

    In the options dialog, 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.

    Common Challenges

    • Documenting important design information for each room and space such as finishes, fixtures, furniture and equipment
    • Time consuming process of creating all view types, schedules and sheets required by the project
    • Producing documents in an efficient and consistent manner

    Solution – 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

    ROI

    • 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

    Key Features

    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.

    Swap Families

    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.

    Key Features

    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.

    Automatic Updates

    Schedules can be configured to automatically update when the Revit project is opened if the original spreadsheet has changed.

    Automated Sheet Creation and View Placement 

    Sheet Assistant places views on multiple existing or new sheets and aligns them according to specified layouts or templates.

    The Pain Point

    Creating dozens of sheets with similar layouts and characteristics is a time consuming process.

    Key Features

    Repeatable and Fast Sheet Production

    Specify a source sheet or a previously saved configuration to produce sets of plans, elevations, details and more. Maintain consistent view placement across multiple sheets.

    Update Sheets With More Accurate View Placement

    Use Sheet Assistant to bring consistency to sheets previously created manually.

    Standardize Common Sheet Types Across Multiple Projects

    Create layout configurations that others can use to set up sheets for all of the organization’s projects and disciplines.

    Bi-Directional Spreadsheet Linking

    Spreadsheet Link exports data from Revit elements to a spreadsheet where the data can be edited and then imported and applied back in to the Revit model.

    The Pain Point

    While Revit is great for drawing buildings and retaining information, it’s not so great at manipulating large amounts of data.

    Key Features

    Adding Categories & Parameters

    The settings dialog is used to configure the category, parameters and filters that dictate which Revit elements should be included in the spreadsheet for editing.

    Calculated Values

    Modify information with the use of formulas in the spreadsheet export environment.

    Working With Multiple Categories

    Adding additional categories will cause corresponding tabs to be built in the spreadsheet window in real-time.

    Type Parameters In The Spreadsheet Window

    Export and edit both instance and type information together in the same spreadsheet.

    Building The Spreadsheet From Schedules

    Ability to source the category, parameters and parameter order from an existing Revit single-category schedule.

    Exporting Types

    The type export function will export the type definitions for a particular category whether or not there are instances defined in the project.

    Exporting & Opening Files From Spreadsheet Link

    Exporting data from Revit to a spreadsheet allows staff that either doesn’t have Revit or doesn’t know Revit to be utilized as part of the design process.

    Creating New Elements

    Ability to create new unplaced rooms, spaces, areas, zones and sheets.

    This Revit add-in automates the Spreadsheet Link tool using previously-saved settings.

    • Quickly reapply mass change settings to a project, using Spreadsheet Link’s calculated parameters
    • Load settings from a file, or right from the project itself
    • Spreadsheet-experienced users can define settings, less experienced users can apply them to the Revit project

    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.

    Key Features

    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.

    Dependent Views

    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.

    Schedules

    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.

    Worksheets

    The main function is to allow creation of new 3D views that each display a single selected workset.

    Duplicate Views

    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.

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