Monday, 14 June 2010

Revit Family Test Environment (Template)

When creating components in Revit it is essential that you test your creations in a project before using or sharing them with others. Your component may look correct in the family editor but you will be surprised how many mistakes become apparent when you load it into a project file.

Instead of creating a new project every time you want to test a component, save yourself some time by using a predefined project template. In this example we look at a template I have created which is freely available to download here:
Download Family

Start by downloading the template to your desktop (or create your own test environment).

I would recommend storing this with your company templates so you have quick access to it in future.

Open Revit > Got to the ‘R icon’ and choose New > Project

From the dialogue box, browse to find the RAC2010-ContentTestingTemplate.rte

The first screen which opens is a Legend view with an introduction to the template along with some basic instructions for use.

In this example we use the template to test a series of doors

To keep it simple, let’s use an existing door from the Autodesk Standard Library. Go to the Insert Tab and choose Load Family > Browse to the Library > Doors > Internal > Select IntDbl (3).rfa and click OK to load into the project.

As there are no shared parameters in this door we will skip step 1 on the template instructions.

Move to the plan view named LEVEL 01. Notice the cross hair with the note ‘Place content here to test’. The reason you want to place it here is so the camera will render the object easily without having to move it/set it up.

Before placing we need a sample host wall. Draw a sample internal wall then place the door near the crosshair (I used the 1810 x 2110 type).

Check all three levels of detail in this view before moving on to SECTION A-A and check the level detail for this view as well.

Move to the view named 3D SHADED VIEW and check the appearance in all three levels of detail.

Move to the view named RENDERED VIEW > select the sample wall > Right Click > Hide in View > Elements.

Hit the Show Rendering Dialogue at the bottom of the view

Click render to make sure the component renders correctly.

Move to the Legend View and Setup as many different types that exist in the family. Make sure you can dimension to the essential parts of the geometry.

Move back to the plan view LEVEL 01 and add all the remaining types for this family (in this instance there are only two: 1510x2110 and 1810x110).

Open the schedule view named MULTI-CATEGORY SCHEDULE and check the parameters for any incorrect data (or even add more data). Make as many category specific schedules as you require to check the parameters.

(Obviously this is much more useful when you have large catalogues of content to check).

When you are happy with the content, browse to find it in the project browser, right click and choose Save... to save the amended component back to your library.

There are many other check/tests you can perform on the component but this just walks you through some of the essential views which I use when testing content.

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