Tuesday, February 14, 2012

AEC Systems Productivity Suite for Revit

The Productivity Suite for Revit is based on saving time and frustration for the hands on users of the software. The tools focus on Drafters Productivity and Collaboration with other firms - the details are outlined below.

Load Families

Load Families is a replacement for the inbuilt Load Family mechanism, which only allows you to load one family at a time.

After configuring the LoadFamilies tool to point to your company’s family library, the tool will list all of the subfolders under that directory as categories to the left of screen, and upon clicking on one of these categories, the subfolders, families and types that come under that category will be automatically populated to the right.

The user can navigate through and quickly tick folders, families and types in those families to import. Multiple families across multiple categories can be imported at once.

If the user is unsure of which family to pick, they can see the thumbnails for families by clicking on the text of a folder, family or type and clicking the ‘View Highlighted’ button.
Model Stripper

The Autodesk Revit platform was designed with collaboration in mind, however collaborating with other firms often means sending your large Autodesk Revit model out of the office, along with all of the intellectual property that is unnecessary and still left in there.

Standard procedure for many firms may be to delete a number of different parts of the Autodesk Revit model, such as Views, Filters, Project Parameters and more by hand. However this is a very tedious process, and can take many hours to complete each time a model needs to get sent out.

This is where the Model Stripper comes in. This tool automates the stripping of many parts of the model that do not need to be sent to other firms.

The tool includes safety measures to make sure that a live model is not stripped, if the model is not stored on your local computer, and detached from central, it cannot be stripped. There must also be at least 1 plan view left in the model, as a requirement for when your model is linked into another one, so navigate to the view you wish to keep before running the tool.

View Togglers

In Autodesk Revit, the Visibilty and Graphics overrides menu allows you to turn certain categories on and off for the current view. Unfortunately, this is a tedious process that involves clicking and scrolling.

A large percentage of Revit users come from an Autocad background and are used to typing into the command line to turn these things on and off, so the constant interruption of opening the Visibility/Graphics menu was a frustration for many experienced drafters.

Seeing as Revit does not allow you to create a keyboard shortcut to a certain category in that menu, we have utilized the API to allow us to do so. By creating an external command that toggles each category that we regularly use we are then able to create a keyboard shortcut for this.

For instance, here is the list of commands that we have implemented and the keyboard shortcuts attached to them:

  • SectionToggle (F2)
  • DimensionToggle (SDIM)
  • FloorsToggle (SFL)
  • SiteToggle (SSITE)
  • StructuralTagToggle (STAG)
  • StructuralColumnToggle (SCOL)
  • StructuralAnalyticalModelToggle (SANL)
  • TopographyToggle (STOP)
  • WallToggle (SWA)
  • GridToggle (SGR)
  • LevelToggle (SLV)
  • PurlinToggle (SPUR)
  • GridLevelToggle (F3)

Plan Copier

This tool allows you to select what plan to copy, and what types you would like to create using that plan as a base, and it will create them.

Element Numberer

To use Element Numberer tool all you need to do is enter a starting number and a prefix, select the type of element you wish to number, and then click each element in the order you wish to number it.

For more information, visit the AEC Systems website.

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