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Mike Massey
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Editing cells in a Revit schedule can be long and monotonous, especially if the majority of the cells for a parameter are the same though out the schedule.  Revit does not allow you to highlight multiple cells in a schedule to change the value of multiple cells in one step.   A tip to assist in editing multiple cells all at once is to change two properties in the schedule.   On the Sorting /Grouping tab of the Schedule Properties, change the sorting to be sorted by the parameter that you are trying to change.   Then uncheck the Itemize Every Instance check box.  This will collapse all the fields together into one row and you can simply change the value of the field and it will change it for all items.  Then go back and reapply the desired sorting method and re-check the Itemize Every Instance check box.   ...

Revit has a way of making drawing look very ridged and flat. Creating a perspective section will add depth to your sections.  A perspective section can be created by creating a 3D Camera view and then sectioning and rotating the camera view.  Placing a Camera To begin creating a perspective section, a camera will need to be placed into the model to create the initial 3D view.  The camera position and angle does not really matter when placing it because these will be changed once the view is created.  To place a 3D Camera 1. Open a floor plan view. 2. On the View tab, select the drop down arrow under the 3D View command and select Camera. 3. Pick a point on the plan view to place the camera. 4. Ensure that the general direction and the depth of the camera view is pulled through the entire model.   Modifying the 3D View Once the 3D view has been created using the Camera command, the view will need to be modified.  The view will need to be rotated, sectioned, and rotated again.  Graphics can also be changed to improve the ...

Is this a standard Revit schedule?     In recent releases of Revit, users were given the ability to include an image into schedules.  In addition to images, Revit allows for special characters to be used.  Special characters can be used as long as the character is of the same font style as the font defined in the body font style of the schedule.  One example of the use of special characters would be to create a ‘dot matrix’ type of schedule where you want to show a special character as the dot.  <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>   Learn how to create this type of schedule plus many other scheduling tips in my AU sessions.   AR23697-L - Schedules Can't Do That in Revit 2017 Tuesday at 3:00 or AR20807-L - Schedules Can't Do That in Revit 2017 Thursday at 8:00 See you in Vegas!

Revit has some great tools to help us view a model from many different positions. We can have plans, ceiling plans, elevations, sections, 3d views or 3d sections. This enables us to view what we want when we want to see it. I get lots of questions concerning the View Range in the View Properties. The View Range will allow you to change your Cut Plane and set your upper and lower limits. This is very helpful, but you need to understand one key rule: Revit will not actually show an item unless the view is cutting through that item. A floor plan is typically a plan that is looking down and is cut by default 4'-6" above the level line. This means that a light fixture that is 8'-0" above the level line is not being cut by the cut line, which means that the light fixture will not be seen in the floor plan. One of the most common questions I get is "how do I get Revit to show the something on the ceiling on a floor plan?" Here ...

    Autodesk University will be here before you know it.  This year AU has been moved to the week before Thanksgiving instead of the week after.  Mark your calendars for the November 15-17! Registration for AU opens this Wednesday (8/17)!  You will want to register early to ensure that the classes you want are not filled up.  As you register make sure you check out the classes I will be teaching.   See you in Vegas!

Have you ever had something selected in Revit and the temporary dimensions did not display?  Revit will typically always display the temporary dimensions when an item is selected inside of Revit.  The temporary dimension can be modified to move the item that is selected.  This works fairly well to quickly modify the dimensions just by clicking on what you want to move and then clicking on the dimension number to modify the value.     The default settings are to dimension to the center of the walls.  This can be changed to Face of Wall or Face of Core in the settings on the Manage tab.      You can also grab the blue grip and drag it to the desired location if it is not dimensioning to what you are wanting it to dimension to.  If you just click on the blue grip it will cycle through dimensioning to the center, face of wall, or opposite face of wall.                                       If you select on multiple items in ...