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.


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

Calculating Length of Curb

One of the greatest advantages to using Revit, is its scheduling capabilities. If you model your landscape and hardscape accurately, you can create schedules that pull almost any area, quantity, or value, which is great for cost estimating.


This is easiest to do with families and parameters that Revit has by default. Floors, for example, come with an Area parameter that automatically calculates the area of any and every floor in the model. But even if a system family does not have the parameters that you want, there is often a way  Continue reading

Planting Plans, Part 4: Styles and Mixes

As mentioned in Part 3, creating planting plans using Areas has certain drawbacks. The most substantial is that Areas do not have types, so their parameters are all instance parameters. This can be mostly overcome by using Styles. While Styles have their own rules, they make it easier to tie Area parameters together, which can also make it easier to define perennial plant mixes within a single Area.

planting04_schedule keyStyles

Styles can be used across all scheduleable families/ categories and are accessed by creating a schedule key instead of scheduling building components (when creating a new schedule).

After creating an Area Style schedule Continue reading