So if I were to edit a family device I would typically see what's in pic1. But after adding some shared parameters to a schedule I am seeing what's in pic 2 whenever I highlight ANY device. The parameters can't be removed from the device itself because that's not where I thought they lived or were. I would edit the family in hopes I could remove the power but keep motor for a certain family but neither of these two parameters were IN the family. To remove those parameters in (pic 2) for power and motor, I had to go to the schedule that was using those fields.
I obviously have missed a crucial step. I thought I added these parameters to the device (family) not just the schedule. Can someone please explain where I might have messed up? I want to add power and motor to the family and use the schedule to extract the relevant information. Thanks in advance.
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Since you added some custom parameters to the schedule of that category, those parameters become properties of all the elements of that category in the project.
That would make sense. So the last question would how do I add fields in the schedule without them showing up for everything in a certain category. The info needed in a pump schedule is different than the info needed in a chiller schedule yet their both mechanical equipment category. Is the answer adding the proper parameters to the family itself?
I understand your explanation of what I did wrong but trying best to determine how to move forward and not have it happen again. Thanks.
To be able to enter data in the shared parameter in the schedule, you need to add the shared parameter as a project parameter to the project, regardless of the shared parameter being included in the family or not. The moment you add the project parameter to the project, that parameter becomes a property of all the elements of that category, in the project.
Two alternatives: Do different schedules, with filters and different list of parameters: one schedule for pumps, another one for chillers, or, use more generic parameter names that can be used for multiple objects if they need to be combined in the same schedule.
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