I have found a way to add columns for wire and conduit size in the panel schedules by going into Visual C# and editing the code around. you can also rearrange the columns a bit. I have not been able to get the new wire and conduit columns to 'auto populate' as of yet. I am confident that it is possible, I just do not have enough working knowledge of Visual C#. If anyone could help that would be awesome.
Yes there are many things that we need from the Panel Schedules. However, you can add a simple family header with the information you need in it. This Header can give you the alignment locations for your Panel Schedule then you can add a footer with the final calculations in it.
I agree we need more but there are some great ways to work around the issue until Autodesk gets it fixed.
Well it has been 21 months and the only improvement Autodesk has made to the panelboard is that they no longer rebalance when you save to central. 21 months and they still can't come up with a way to put a panelboard template in that would set all the panelboars with you offices standard of text font and size and schedule size. You realize how much time is wasted on adjusting the properties and size on a hundred panels? A lot.
I have just started to compile a list of problems we are having and have 9 pages in word so far. I am going to have a few people review it and let us know if some of the things are just items that we don't know how to do, if so, then we can get them off the list, but a lot of them I already know will stay. By the way, this has taken me less than two hours to compile this list, I am still working on it though.
I really do want to find things that we just don't know on there, as I think the concept of BIM is a good one, but at this point I have to say that it's implementation in Revit MEP is poor, possibly even fraudulent, but I need to determine how much of my list is legitimate problems and how much of it is us just not knowing everything about the program yet.
As for being misled, I was told that we should be able to EASILY make a complete set of working drawings using Revit MEP.
I would say that was misleading, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to make site plans, symbols legends, plumbing riser diagrams, electrical single line diagrams, notes for cover sheets. All of these items are required for a set of construction drawings as they are required for plan check in most cases. I know I have used these examples a lot, but that's because it never gets fixed.
Edited by: chriswade on Sep 22, 2009 9:00 PM
Actually, we have tables in AutoCAD that does the work quite nicely (doesn't even need AutoCAD MEP or LISP anymore, just formulas), so I think it should at least be brought up to that level.
Edited by: chriswade on Sep 22, 2009 9:20 PM
As for being misled, I was told that we should be able to EASILY make a complete set of working drawings using Revit MEP
Chris - that depends on your definition of "easy" AND how much planning and setup you did PRIOR to starting the project.
If all you have done is install the software, and now expect it to do everything you ever did in AutoCAD and more - You WILL be unhappy.
If, on the other hand, you have planned your implementation, created your libraries, templates, lineweights, done the training etc then yes, it is easy(er).
There are things that have to be "worked around" and "developed", just like any piece of software. AutoCAD didn't do it all for you. You had to develop your libraries, standards, lisp - I don't see this being any different.
If you spent as much time developing instead of moaning, (I'd LOVE to see you 9pages of word - in under 2 hours), maybe you would be further on than you are.
Sure, there is heaps that does need improvement. Thats not going to happen overnight. So do what you can, with the tools that you have - even if it means programming an alternative. It's what we have all been doing for the past 20+ years in AutoCAD because THAT software didn't do what was required.