Until recently, we had been doing our single line diagrams in AutoCAD. Once upon a time, we were maintaining two title blocks and printing direct from ACAD. As we progressed, we found it easy enough to bring those single lines across into Revit, thus sparing us updating two title blocks, creating dummy sheets for drawing lists, etc.
Now that our folks are comfortable with the program, we have now converted most of our single line blocks to Revit annotations, and are developing the single lines directly in Revit.
All three approaches have been successful, and it's really a question of what's most important to you.
My recommendation is to do any diagraming in AutoCAD MEP. AMEP has the schematic diagraming tools for all disciplines. Once you create them in AMEP, you can bring them into the RMEP project. If you link, then you can update in AutoCAD, if you embed, then you can edit within Revit.
You would think that a big software company like Autodesk could come up with a way to have Revit create one-line diagrams. There are other companies that do not even develop software that have figured this out. Maybe Autodesk could coordinate with them. It would be really nice to see this implemented into Revit MEP. Catipillar has one for generator layout.
Edited by: Jarom05 on Apr 15, 2009 7:44 AM
Has anyone made any head-way with Single-Line risers in REVIT?
What I've done thus far is created annotation families of the content needed for the single-line with labels to help populate the information. One of the things I noticed right away was that REVIT doesn't allow annotations to have snap capabilities except for the insertion point. Which is crucial with single-line. So, in REVIT in order to accomplish this, I created a grid of reference lines to use as a template for single-lines. This atleast now gives us some sort of formatting when drawing in the template. The families themselves are simple annotation families with family types controlled by yes/no parameters. This made it easy to expand the family in the project browser and drag and drop symbols into the view. It's not a perfect solution, but the concept seems to work. Not sure if this is the best solution, but I was looking for a way to keep the # of families down and create a system in which is easy to bring in symbols.
Here are the problems:
1. I tried detail components as well. Detail components provided me with the ability to snap anywhere on the symbol but (a) they can't be scaled and (b) they don't have the ability to add labels. Labels are important so the user can quickly add the necessary information to the symbol.
2. The annotation text or label will not remain readable if the symbol is rotated. Obviously VERY important that text remains readable. I'm assuming this is because the annotation has no hosting element. So, it doesn't know which way is readable.
Any other thoughts? Ideas?
Edited by: email@example.com on Nov 11, 2009 1:43 PM