Revit 2017: Curbs from Railings

If you follow any sort of Autodesk news, you probably already know that Revit 2017 was released last week. Even though Autodesk only officially announce the release this Monday, the new features have been somewhat public for the past week since the Revit 2017 online help documentation was discovered.

Besides the change in the logo, Revit 2017 seems to be following the trends of Revit 2015 and 2016, with little fanfare and quite a few smaller changes (and no really big changes). In the architectural world, the two features that seem to have risen to the top of the list are the Text Editor and Depth Cueing.

While I can certainly appreciate those two features, as someone who is concerned with site and landscape workflows, they do not quite make the top of my list. Continue reading

Initial Parking Layouts and Schedules

Laying out parking lots can easily become one of the most tedious aspects of laying out a new site. It seems like we are always trying to maximize the amount of parking for a given area (though this might be slightly more relevant in the United States). Doing this in AutoCAD is less painful with the right tricks, but it is still a long and error-prone process.

In Revit, laying out parking is not only faster and easier, but you can also make various design options, get schedules for each option, and automatically tag each bay by count.

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Filter More Effectively with Assembly Codes

While managing Subcategories is essential for data exporting and view graphics, they are essentially useless when working with schedules. Schedules are created based on Categories (and a few special Subcats) and can only be filtered by the Parameters within that Family.

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Plan Notes: The Basics and Some Tricks

Of all the features in Revit, one of the simplest and most widely used across all disciplines is the Plan Note, with its corresponding Note Block Schedule. Once you are accustomed to using Plan Notes in Revit, you will never want to do them in AutoCAD again.

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Using Plan Notes is quite easy. As such, it is a good process for new users to become familiar with schedules. But even an experienced user can utilize a few extra tricks to make their Plan Notes and Blocks work a little more efficiently. Continue reading