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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:

  1. Family categories open for editing/purging -base system components remain with GUIDs intact
    • Family-dependent subcategories with their own GUID- Creating "door.frame" makes the "frame" compatible with all "door" family types, scheduled by its own subtype, or as a subtype of door (e.g. door schedule parameter door.frame[all subcategories of door available here to door.frame]
  1. Linetypes editable//accessible by GUID in the linetype editor:
    • Show/ Use [None |<System> | NickName |  Generative]
      1. None= not allowed/shown for use in this project
      2. <System>=use default system name (greyed out for non-system items)
      3. NickName to show user-defined names for sets
      4. Generative = use generative system to generate names and sets (Given formula and data generate line type and name them by a formula)
    • Substitute Linteype (For each non-conforming linetype)
      1. Map unused linetypes to the next adjacent
      2. Map imported mismatched linetypes to those allowed
      3. [conform] to permanently re-map the linetype
      4. [Save] list mappings [GUIDs -> Remapped]
  1. All components are shared and reliant upon #1 to identify family sub-content. Sub-content can be brought into a family along with generic annotations.
  2. Open database allows for any component and host components in families to be referenced using intellisense. E.g. in a door family, the "host<WALL>.structure.core.width" is accessible as a variable, as would be " host<WALL>.structure.core[1].material.identity.type
  3. Database integrated and accessible on a LIVE bases - e.g. Built into SQL
    • where database can be queried,
    • or manipulated by an outside source.
    • Common database lookup could provide 'open source' subfamilies with common GUIDs provided VIA blessed content by Autodesk for use by all (Translated options available for "Nicknames" - GUIDS remain the same for same content- us Machine learning to map across languages and concepts).

VB style formulas with VB functions (Including concatenate, string manipulation and REGEX!)


All menu and components can be modified/remapped - e.g.

  • coarse/med/fine can be remapped and supplemented: LOD100<Coarse>, LOD200<med>, LOD300, LOD400<fine>, LOD500
  • Profiles and other components can tie into this system using the <SYSTEM> names or NickNames (Nick names appears on the list)

And soforth- a complete overhaul.


Create Reference Planes in 3D view

Status: Gathering Support
by Mentor on ‎03-22-2017 12:49 AM

When dealing with complex geometry, it is crucial to be able to create Reference Planes in 3D view, by either pick a pre-existing planar face, or pick 3 points (similar to AutoCAD's 3-point UCS).  

Dear Autodesk,


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!

Sloping reveal

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer carolaaquino on ‎03-14-2017 08:34 AM

I would like the insertion of the inclined reveal on the wall, not just vertically or horizontally, as in the image below.


2011-12-02 10.21.35.jpg 

Copy/Monitor Options

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer alexandra.lazar on ‎02-24-2017 06:27 AM

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).







HERE IS A LINK to an article and screencast which I created relating to this issue... 


The problem with aligned dimensions is that you struggle to reference to a proper or desired Reference Point when instances are not parallel to each other.


Another problem is that you do not have the option under general modeling to use/draw a "POINT" (Similar to the point reference option in AutoCAD).


There is only one place in Revit where a Point Reference is available which is under conceptual mass modeling or mass families. (See image below): 




Furthermore, using mass point references is "messy" when used, so this is not an option or viable workaround at this stage. 


It should really not be difficult for the development team to implement the "Point" or "Point Reference" under the general Revit Draw Toolbox. It will resolve a couple of issues for software users and it will simplify certain workflows. This will be useful in all disciplines as I've longed for a Point in Revit on many occasions for various reasons. 


HERE IS JUST ANOTHER example of why the Point or Point Reference would be useful in the general Draw Toolbox of Revit. 

Slab Edge on a Sloping Slab

Status: Gathering Support
by Participant irisolvohrc on ‎03-15-2017 10:59 AM

Right now you can only apply a slab edge if it is slab is flat but not sloped.  it would be really nice to have that work.  I know there are workarounds, but this would be the simplest.


Thank you

change hosting of a family

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate yavork on ‎03-02-2017 01:37 PM

Please allow changing the hosting parameter of a Family - for example we have Floor based families and it is not easy to change the hosting to Face based or something else...


When tagging a Part, the original object properties should be available for a tag label. Example: A structural column has a “Column Location Mark”. This property is not visible in the properties of the Part made from that object. Parts do report some original properties, like Material as read-only. All original object properties need to be available.


  • Show all Original object properties as read-only
  • Allow all these properties as well as the Part properties to be used in tags. The user may want the Column Location Mark from the original object, but the volume from the Part


Parts allow hosting of structural reinforcement (see Revit Help ). If Parts are used as appears to be intended for construction detailing, all properties from the original object should be available.

To me, reveal hidden elements does not really reveal hidden elements. Sure, it reveals elements that were turned of categorically and individually, but what about those that were turned off via Workset or Filter or by other means? Reveal Hidden Elements does not do that.


In addition to the following requests on this forum:


I think Reveal Hidden Elements needs to go further. Perhaps something similar to the Worksharing Display where it color codes elements that are hidden by category, individually, workset, filter, etc. 


Feel free to add to this if you like

In the early stage of design, using building pads are pretty complicated and has restrictions. Usually, I use stairs, floors, and ramps to check the position of the necessary building pad. It would be good if I could convert those into building pad.

closing and trimming borders of ceiling

Status: Gathering Support
by Explorer carolaaquino on ‎02-28-2017 06:18 PM - last edited on ‎02-28-2017 06:29 PM |

When we design ceilings in the Revit, we do not have an option or a command that allows us to create a vertical finishes on the ceiling as pictured below.

I know we can execute this process through fascias or profiles of generic models, but I believe it would be more intuitive ir the option of drawing "ceiling" had this option, as we have the option of sweep and reveal in the command "wall"




Draw at Midpoint

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate craighygh on ‎02-20-2017 07:52 AM

Please provide an option (for walls, lines, etc) to draw at midpoint.

You could start the function, then select the two parallel walls or lines, and a wall or line would be created matching the extent of the original objects, and of the type in the type type properties. This opens the door to then have multiple segments. So you could change the option from 1 line to 6, etc.


Thank you for your consideration.

Split Walls Horizontally

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast TJR-Sundt on ‎02-02-2017 10:14 AM

I would like to be able to split walls horizontally in elevation or section view.  Currently, when we receive models from the Eng or Architect they will draw the walls full height of the structure.  However, in construction, we typically split the walls at each level unless it is a tilt panel.  We can copy monitor most of the walls in the model and split at each level and then stop monitoring the walls.  Sometimes walls are missed and we will need to split them and the only way to do this now is to copy and paste in place then change the base/top offset.  It would be a big time saver if we could split the wall horizontally.

2D detailing in railing profile

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator on ‎02-27-2017 03:38 AM

Hey everyone,


Woudn't it be great if 2D detailing in railing profiles were to display properly?


Would save a lot of effeort in detailing...




(thx: @FinearcLtd@RDAOU@barthbradley)

Automatic wall joins! Please!

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate FinearcLtd on ‎02-22-2017 05:20 AM

The fact that multi layered walls do not join properly automatically is no secret to all of us users. I have suggested already that this issue should be solved. Wall that join layers correctly at complex joints really depends on the ability to define the preference of each material/layer. Please offer us this tool so that we rid ourselves from editting each wall join, especially those who never work out, even after trying al the options, which forces us to go back to 2D corrections were it is really not necessary, given the right builtin solutions.

Please! Please! Please! SOT... Save Our Time...



Be able to export and acquire coordinates from Columns from a revit schedule to help surveyors

Safe way to delete levels

Status: Under Review
by Advocate Kevin.Bell on ‎09-20-2016 01:55 AM

If you delete a level in Revit, it deletes all objects on that level - no warning is given.


There should be a safe way of finding objects that are assigned to that level and reassigning them to a differnt level.


Perhaps Revit could automatically assign them to the level below?


Its a real problem if you create too many levels at the beginning of a project, you cant then delete some as you'll lose informaiton.

Status: Under Review

Thanks for your submission and votes on this idea!  We are evaluating where this request falls into our roadmap and will provide an update when we have made a decision. 


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