Monday, 31 March 2014

Revit 2015 and IFC linking

In Revit 2015 you will get the ability to link IFC files. This is a great step forward for interoperability.
While Revit 2015 was in Beta this feature was introduced but after trying it users soon found out it was only an automated import. ADSK responded to the critics and improved it. Technically an IFC file still gets imported but you will now have a reload button that does exactly that! Linking an IFC file only works if you have set a default template!
Take a look in the directory where you have placed the IFC file. You should get a file that has the same name as the IFC file with an additional rvt extension.
Although Revit clearly links a converted IFC file. You will find the IFC file on the IFC tab in the managed links dialogue. Do take a look at the log file it generates. It’s now an html file which improves it’s readability.

Linking an IFC file is a lot faster than opening an IFC file:
Revit 2014 opening a (17 mb) IFC file 4:05.6
Revit 2015 opening a (17 mb) IFC file 4:05.6
Revit 2015 linking a (17 mb) IFC file 1:42.9
Selecting an IFC linked file is slow. Revit won’t let you open the linked IFC file like you would any other Revit link. 

When you link the following IFC file: example.ifc in the file RevitProject.rvt Revit will generate a file example.ifc.rvt. If you update the IFC file it will reimport the file. If you edit the example.ifc.rvt, save it and close the file, update the example.ifc and reopen the RevitProject.rvt it will retain the additions you have added. Be aware I have only added some elements I have not tried any extensive modifications.

A linked IFC file pretty much behaves like a linked Revit file. Go to visibility and graphics and you can controle it’s visibility. If you open the ifc.rvt file and edit the file you can add filters and other view specifics.

Also there is a ‘disadvantage’ of IFC linking. Companies who both work in Revit but use different versions (years) could start to link each other’s IFC files.

Recently I was asked about snapping to the linked ifc file. Apparently you can't snap to the ifc file. I hadn't checked that before. At the moment Revit 2015 update 3 can't do it. 

But overall this is a good step for Revit and for collaboration.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Revit loadable system families

I accidentally ran into this interesting feature.
First take a look at my project browser. 
Where does this prefab wall come from? I always thought you could not create your own custom system families. (you can create your own types) 

So how was this made? Step 3 to 10 are from Luke Johnson (saving an inplace family as a rfa)
  1. create an inplace family and set the family category and parameters to Walls
  2. create an extrusion (it's just placeholder geometry)
  3. Select all of the elements in the family
  4. Group all of these elements using the Create Group tool.  Give the Group a name.
  5. Select the Group
  6. Do not Finish Editing the In-Place family yet!
  7. Go to the 'R' button (Application Menu) - Save As - Library - Group
  8. You will notice that the filetype is RFA!
  9. Save the Group somewhere.
  10. Your Component Family is the file that you just saved.
  11. Open the family
  12. Add the shapes and parameters you need, like you would any ordinary family
  13. Save the family, the name is important!
  14. Load into a project
  15. Go to your families and expand the walls
  16. You will see a new Wall type family

I have only tried this for walls and here it seems to work. So far this loadable 'system' family seems to behave like any other system wall. (except heigth)
They schedule like system walls and they respond to visibility/graphics like regular walls.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dutch Revit Standards naamgeving

Dit is een samenvatting van de het document van de RevitGG over de Nederlandse Revit standaarden. Ik heb deze vooral gemaakt (gekopieerd) om snel een voorbeeldje te hebben wanneer ik in Revit aan het modelleren ben en ik moet iets een naam geven en ik weet de opbouw even niet uit mijn hoofd. 

Naamgeving standaarden
onderdeel voorbeeld - family voorbeeld - types
Families (loadables) 31_WI_raam_enkelvlaks_FB :
Family Types 31_PR_kozijnhout : 67x114mm
Family Types 31_WI_raam_tweevlaks_A1B1 : A1vast_B1draaikiep 
Family Types 31_WI_raam_tweevlaksA2 : A1vast_A2draaikiep_1000x1500
TAGS & LABELS 31_WI_tag_TypeMark :
Families (System) Basic Wall : 28_WA_kalkzandsteen_120mm
Families (System) Basic Wall : 22_WA_ms-wand_gips_isolatie_gips_95_12.5-70-12.5
Object styles ANZRS
Hatch patterns & Filled Regions
officieel Filled region : 00_FR_beton
Filled region : 00_DP_beton_ihwg
Filled region : 00_MP_dakpan_generiek_300x300
praktisch (niet DRS) Filled region : horizontaal_1mm
(geen sfb) Filled region : horizontaal_2mm
(geen code) Filled region : horizontaal_3mm
Filled region : diagonaal_45_3mm
Filled region : diagonaal_135_3mm
Filled region : Beton_fijn
Filled region : Beton_gewapend
Parameters profiel_breedte
IFC Parameters
Line styles
Text styles Text : 3.5mm
Text : 3.5mm_ISOCP
Dimension styles Linear Dimension Style : 2.5mm_continuous
Linear Dimension Style : 2.5mm_ordinate_mm
Linear Dimension Style : 3.5mm_baseline_m
View templates VT_L(1-) plattegrond fundering
View filters : F_controle Assembly Codes
: F_filter_elevation_bouwkundig
: F_weergave_brandwerend_60min
Materials : 00_materiaalnaam
: XX_materiaalnaam
: 00_aluminium
: 00_aluminium_generiek
: Cellenbeton_G2/400_blokken_400x200_halfsteens_wit
: Staal_S355_gegalvaniseerd
: Kalkzandsteen_C44_gelijmd
Material Assets Physical P_00_beton_C20_25
Thermal T_00_beton
Appearance A_00_beton_glad_grijs
Familie naam 00_TAG_WI_dagmaat_breedte : 1.8mm_links
00_TAG_WA_TypeMark_Description : 1.8mm_links
00_TAG_GM_afmetingen : 1.8mm_links
Type naam 00_TAG_GM_afmetingen : 1.8mm_links
Labels 00_LAB_niveau : building storey
00_LAB_elevation_pijl : aanzicht_pijl_bouwkundig
Generic Annotation 00_GA_detailaanduiding : 00_GA_detailaanduiding

(gekopieerd uit template:)
10  Onderbouw algemeen
11  Bodemvoorzieningen 
13  Vloeren op grondslag   
16  Funderingsconstructies   
17  Paalfunderingen 
19  Onderbouw overig  
20  Bovenbouw algemeen
21  Buitenwanden 
22  Binnenwanden      
23  Vloeren, galerijen
24  Trappen, hellingen     
27  Daken   
28  Hoofddraagconstructies    
30  Afbouw algemeen
31  Buitenwandopeningen   
32  Binnenwandopeningen   
33  Vloeropeningen 
34  Balustrades en leuningen
35  Plafonds
37  Dakopeningen 
38  Inbouwpakketten   
39  Afbouw overig
40  Afwerkingen algemeen
41  Buitenwandafwerkingen  
42  Binnenwandafwerkingen 
43  Vloerafwerkingen
44  Trap- en hellingafwerkingen   
45  Plafondafwerkingen   
47  Dakafwerkingen
48  Afwerkingspakketten 
49  Afwerking overig
50  Mechanische installaties algemeen
51  Warmteopwekking 
52  Rioleringsinstallaties 
53  Waterinstallaties   
54  Gasinstallaties   
55  Koelinstallaties   
56  Warmtedistributie   
57  Luchtbehandeling   
58  Regeling klimaat en sanitair
59  Mechanische installaties overig 
60  Elektrische installaties algemeen
61  Centrale elektrotechnische voorzieningen 
62  Krachtstroom 
63  Verlichting   
64  Communicatie   
65  Beveiliging   
66  Lift en transport 
67  Gebouw beheervoorzieningen 
69  Elektrische installaties overig
70  Vaste inrichtingen algemeen
71  Vaste verkeersvoorzieningen 
72  Vaste gebruikersvoorzieningen 
73  Vaste keukenvoorzieningen   
74  Vaste sanitaire voorzieningen   
75  Vaste onderhoudsvoorzieningen   
76  Vaste opslagvoorzieningen
79  Vaste inrichtingen overig   
80  Losse inrichting algemeen
81  Losse inventaris voor verkeersruimten
82  Losse inventaris voor gebruiksruimten
83  Losse keuken inventaris
84  Losse sanitaire inventaris
85  Losse schoonmaakinventaris
86  Losse opberginventaris
89  Losse inventaris overig
90  Terrein
91  Grondvoorzieningen
92  Opstallen
93  Omheiningen
94  Terreinafwerkingen
95  Terreininstallaties, werktuigkundig
96  Terreininstallaties, elektrotechnisch
97  Terreininrichting standaard
98  Terreininrichting bijzonder
99  Terrein algemeen

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