I build a lot of parametric families for the company I work for, quite literally 1,000's per year. I take it as a personal challenge to make a part with the least number of user inputs and the greatest amount of accuracy I can. The screenshot below is an example of a Medical Gas alarm panel, 3 of them actually. Of course it's a parametric model, based on the number of nozzles it has, they change dimension in the X and Y axis, and number of ports available.
It would make families much cleaner in these situations if a connector can be turned off or disabled from use, driven by check mark, or any other method of formula to automate this! This would also reduce confusion to our detailers having random floating connectors they aren't supposed to use anyway.
I realize I could save copies of each version with the connectors deleted and additional nozzles deleted, but come on, we could also just stay detailing with AutoCAD and inserting dumb (stupid) blocks, because that's essentially the same thing.
Lets start with telling me dynamically if I am routing through different (selectable) elements, like beams, columns, pipes and ducts but not walls. Its important for this to work with Linked files and highlight them on the fly.
Secondly, routing solutions should avoid these items as well (with a toggle). Solutions generated should route around other elements without creating a clash. Waypoints could help this process by creating 3d locations that you would like to route through (like an opening you would like to route through).
At a deeper level we should start thinking of ways to implement Local and international code based rules into Architectural & MEP modeling. For example trap arm distances for plumbing. or stay within 1-5/8" of the bottom of deck, or offset around structural elements and other MEP systems, pipe slope based on size, distance and system type. Rules that can be dictated and changed and warn your when there is a violation.
If we are going for pie-in-the-sky- revit could use a major overhaul (Revit user since 2006)
This is in 5 parts:
VB style formulas with VB functions (Including concatenate, string manipulation and REGEX!)
All menu and components can be modified/remapped - e.g.
And soforth- a complete overhaul.
Please allow us to add multiple links at one time, this is when links share the same shared coordinates system or insertion point.
We work on large scale projects with sometime 35-70 links, the files are nested with shared coordinates, When creating master plans or nesting the consultants files it would be fantastic if I could link in one go rather than having to link one at a time.
Even if the links needed to be moved to the correct internal location, linking multiple would save us time.
Thanks, and I hope others would love this function too!
We need a lot to have a full- direct integrated tool between Revit and excel,
which enable us to export an excel sheet from Revit , update the schedule and the exported parameter values in excel , import again in Revit , and by default all updated data that has been modified in excel , to be updated in Revit too after import.
Before we can vote for good ideas, we have to be able to see them. We are now over 2500 ideas submitted. I can't realistically scroll through 130+ pages of ideas.
If this is going to be a serious platform for development and feedback from customers, it needs to be maintained better. With the automation tech today, this shouldn't have to be a burden for Autodesk.
Thanks all and hopefully we can get more out of this forum.
It would be extremely helpful to have the possibility to give the types of Levels/Grids/Colums/Walls/Floors the copy option "Copy original Type" at once. For example you could integrate this option with the "Additional Copy Parameters" (see pic).
Revit's performance is severely compromised when there are multiple .RVT links--that is, there's long lag times with opening new views and using certain tools.
Would it be possible to improve Revit's performance, in this regard?
Since referencing other files is such a core part of the industry's workflow (no matter which BIM platform we use).
When you create then apply (with the API) view filters on view plans that have "linked" parts, these view filters can also be applied on the linked parts.
With the UI : you cannot add an element from a linked model to a selection set for filter
With the UI : you can make for instance a rule-based filter for rooms based on level parameter (BuiltInParameter.ROOM_LEVEL_ID). But the possible values are levels from the main document only, you don't have the levels whose IDs reside in linkeds documents.
It's nice to have the "File Path" parameter for use by Labels in Titleblocks. This currently tells us the user who made the print, as well as the project number and Revit version (because of our file & folder naming conventions). However, I think it would be more useful to have a "Central File Path" parameter (along with a "User Name" parameter so we don't loose that information without having to show both paths). Sometimes the file name is not a complete indication of the location of the central file (especially on more complex projects).
Add access to host object parameters information- for example in a wall-hosted family:
Spaces could replace rooms
Some categories are still lingering in rooms:
Should be easy enough to build tables of DOORS VS. SPACES.
Since Revit is back to one flavor, doors (and other components) could be associated with SPACES allowing for KEY schedules to specify occupancies, heat loads, people counts, and everything managed though spaces.
Combine this with shared parameters in key schedules and we can leverage data in really big ways!
ps- dump the north/south/east/west text fields for finishes... We'd rather use material parameters for primary, secondary and tertiary colors for finishes! : )
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Autodesk, how about telling us how we're doing?
In the update documents, an asterisk is shown for updates due to bugs reported by the software users.
How about giving us a breakdown of improvements with each minor and major release?
Autodesk Revit 2018 Feature List
Major feature 1 (Roadmap item)
Major feature 2 (general improvement)
Major feature 3 (legacy wish list)
Major feature 4 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)
Minor improvement 1 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)
Minor improvement 2 (legacy wish list)
Revit API Enhancements
Improvement 1 (Automatic new feature translation)
Improvement 2 (Revit Idea Station item. Kudos to @............)
We want to know if we're making an impact!
I’d like to place on record my fondness for the software and the advantage it has brought to the Architecture industry. However, I have some feedback regarding revit families (RFA) which I would like to be passed on to the software development powers that be.
What the hell is going on? When was the Pre-installed Revit library last updated? It seems like we have the same library from 2008!!! For a product that costs thousands of pounds/dollars for a network license for collaboration, it is utterly appalling.
I have been using Revit in an Architect firm for nearly 4 years and have been championing the software during my firm’s transition from AutoCAD and sketchup. It is hard enough trying to convince the nay-sayers of the benefits of Revit when they are so stuck in their ways and backwards thinking, especially when you try and edit the standard families and they end up like this:
Apologies for the language, but seriously, WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON AND WHO BUILT / IS BUILDING THESE PIECES OF S**T?!?!
I know you can get families from some manufacturers but a lot of them aren't built very well and most don't have BIM models available for their products, from my experience.
Please can you invest some of your profits into improving your Revit family library and the quality of the families themselves. A colleague of mine showed me the equivalent in ArchiCAD and what they are doing makes a mockery of the Revit families.
Please sort this out because it is letting the user base down and causing delays to projects – especially when you go to edit/duplicate a family and it freaks out and says “no, sorry, I can’t change this escalator from 4000mm to 2650mm”. This then fuels the backwards thinking AutoCAD guy in resisting to embrace Revit and helping the industry move forward - which it is struggling to do.
By having a more complete, comprehensive and clean family library that comes installed with the software, Architects and other professionals will benefit greatly in delivering the service they aspire to.
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, and I HOPE, some productive action is taken on this.
It would be nice to have MEP connectors be available for connection in a linked model. Also, these connectors should be able to be added to a system or circuit. There are many projects where mechanical, electrical and plumbing are split into multiple models in various ways. It would be helpful to have the same system creation functionality across linked models.
I would like to be able to select a group of views in the Project Browser at one time, then go to Properties Panel, then change all Visual Styles to whatever I want via a dropdown....Instead of opening each view and going to View Control Toolbar, to Visual Styles and selecting (each view at a time).
I know you can use a view template for the views but it would make sense to be able to select multiple views of the same category and change any aspect globally for all views at one time.
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