Thursday, 29 January 2015

Tagging All (Rooms)

Using the Tag All tool to quickly Tag all untagged elements in your model is a great way to get Tagging information onto your view. You just need to go and fine tune the position of the tags after they have been automatically placed.

When you are trying to Tag All rooms, there can be a bit of a lag when Revit queries the model to determine the rooms. You can give Revit a bit of a helping hand by having all the rooms selected prior to clicking the Tag All tool. This should speed up the process.

Just highlight the model and filter out everything except the rooms. Then select the Tag All tool.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Formula Editing

When you are editing formulas if you click past the end of the formula it will select everything.

If you click in the formula, that is where the cursor will land.

Once you have clicked in the formula then you can’t click at the end to select all, you have to click somewhere outside that formula field and then go back and click past the end to select all.

You can click and hold down the left mouse button to select some or all of you formula.

You will notice that the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl’ + ‘A’ (select all) doesn’t work in the formula field. If the formula is really long, you can select in the formula field, hit the ‘Home’ button on your keyboard, then the ‘Shift’ + ‘End’ buttons together on the keyboard and you will select the entire formula.

Lastly if you want to get to the end of the formula quickly, you can pick in the formula field and the hit the ‘End’ button on your keyboard, this will move your cursor to the end of the formula.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Applying View Visibility Graphics

It is a lot faster to apply changes to a views visibility in your Revit project if you close all views that show modelled elements. Especially if there are a lot of Linked files. This process can be achieved by utilising the Project Browser to alter a views visibility setting without it being open.

  •         Set the current view to the ‘Synchronise with Central’ view (or a Drafting View) and then close all hidden windows.
  •         Then select a view in the project browser and you will notice that the properties dialog box will change to the view selected.
  •         Now you can pick the Visibility/Graphics Overrides parameter and alter the view settings.

If you select multiple views you Properties dialog box is a little reduced in choices, but you do have the option to apply a standard view template to all selected views. This process will also be faster with no model views open.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Splitting Multiple Columns

If you have modelled columns continuously from the base level to the top level of your model, they should really be split at each level. You can individually split the columns or you have the option to do them all at once. This method of splitting multiple columns is very useful if the columns haven’t been keynoted, dimensioned or tagged as you will lose the annotation associations.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Empty Dimensions

When dimensioning in your model, if you need to have a dimension that is empty (without the dimension value), whilst keeping the dimension line work and ticks. There is a simple way of allowing this in Revit.

This process is especially useful if you are dimensioning structural elements that the Structural Engineer is setting out.

If you double-click the dimension value.

This will open the Dimension Text Dialog box.

If you use the Replace with Text option, (Revit won't allow you to enter a space as the text value), but if you right-click in the area to the right of Replace with Text option, you will get a menu flyout. 

Choose the ‘Insert Unicode control character’, and then select the ‘Unit Separator (Segment separator) character.

The result will be a blank dimension value.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Character Map Symbols

When you are adding annotations to your model, you may want to add some symbols like, diameter Ø, degrees ° or meters squared m².  There is a quick an easy way of creating these symbols but it resides outside of Revit. These symbols can be created by the Character Map tool in Windows.
  • Go to you Windows ‘Start’ Button. 
  • It is located in All Programs  Accessories  System Tools  Character Map
  • You can also type ‘Character Map’ in the Search programs and files tool at the bottom of the start menu.

     This will activate the Character Map tool.
  •         Just select the Font
  •         Pick the symbol
  •         Hit the select button
  •         Highlight it in the ‘Characters to Copy’ box
  •         Copy and paste it into your model annotation.