Thursday 26 June 2008

Project Browser ....

You will notice when starting a new project using the Waterman Template the Project Browser has been customised slightly to help organise and find things quicker.

You can further customise it very easily to suit yours and the projects requirements. Just go to View Properties and scroll down to the bottom.

Under the parameter “Other” you will see “View Type” From the pull down you can change this. If what you require isn’t in the list you can just type it in.
This give you the ability to separate out, say, Steel Sections from Concrete Sections, or 1st floor sections from 2nd Floor Sections, Steel GA’s from Concrete GA’s from Stud Drawings as well as different reasons for 3D Views.

The same can be done on for Sheets. Once again giving you the ability to separate out Concrete from Steel etc …..

Waterman Reference Schedule

In the Standard Template I have made a schedule for use with the Waterman Abbreviated Naming.
It is set up to schedule by level. The one that’s in the Template schedules all beams on Level 1.

To change it to schedule a different level …. Go to the properties of the schedule and the Filter Tab and change the Reference Level to suit your requirements.

New Beam and Column Families

We have created some new Beam and Column Families that incorporate the Waterman abbreviated naming.

These can be found in Masterdocs\Cad\Revit\Waterman Library\Families\Steel &
Masterdocs\Cad\Revit\Waterman Library\Families\Columns
They are the ones pre-fixed with a W_

To complement these there are a new set of Tags which can be found in Masterdocs\Cad\Revit\Waterman Library\Annotation
If you are using the Abbreviated naming then the Tag to use is W_Structural Column Schedule Tag-45.rfa

You will also notice that a couple of Tags have a “CO” or “CU” in their name. These can be used to tag a Column Under or Over.

Thursday 19 June 2008

Quality of RomanS in Revit ...

This has been a fairly common issue with the old style SHX fonts from AutoCAD and the text is appearing something similar to the following:

There are a number of contributing factors in this one but I’d say the main one is that Revit only officially supports the use of TrueType fonts and the recognition of the SHX fonts is somewhat limited. The text display of these imported fonts is based on the defining SHX font lines and these are quite thin to begin with and not particularly easy to control.

Added to this is the fact that when these are output to a PDF they are normally printed as thin linework and not recognised or processed as fonts. Due to the accuracy limitations of the PDF format it becomes highly likely that it will fail to reproduce the thin defining lines of the font.

So, the upshot of this is that the Waterman standard font within Revit is Arial.

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Hopefully this is just the start ....

Welcome all ...... Watch this space.