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Manual Autodesk Revit Ingles

Manual Autodesk Revit Ingles


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Shared Parameters allow users to define additional parameters that are not included in either
the pre-defined instance and type parameters within family components or within the project
template. These shared parameters can be added to any family regardless of category, and
are defined and stored in an external file ensuring consistency across families and projects.
Their values may also be aggregated and reported within Autodesk Revit's new Multi-Category

An example use of Shared Parameters would be the need to add specific parameters to an
existing family component for scheduling and tagging when those parameters are not present
initially by default. The following exercise will demonstrate the solution for this and cover the
following processes:

• Setting up Shared Parameters

• Adding Shared Parameters to Families

• Implementing a Multi-Category Tag

• Creating a Multi-Category Schedule

Setting up Shared Parameters

Shared Parameters are saved to an external file. If you are working on a network, make sure
you save this file where all users will have access to it. Note: This procedure is for creating a
new external parameter file. If a file already exists, you can browse to that file and modify it
as needed.

1. From the File menu, choose Shared Parameters.
The Edit Shared Parameters dialog box appears.

2. Click Create to begin creating an external parameter file. Type a file name and
save it to the desired location.
After creating the file, you create parameter groups in which to store the individual

3. In the Groups box, click New. In this case we will create a new parameter Group
called "Hardware" in which to store all of our hardware-related parameters for
future use in our project.

4. Type the name of the new parameter group and click OK.


Now you can create parameters that will be assigned to the Hardware group.
5. From the Parameter group drop-down menu, select the Hardware group. In the
Parameters box, click New. Type a name for the parameter, specify its value
type (text, integer, number, length, yes/no).
In this exercise, we wish to create 4 new parameters. Closure, Hinge, ID & Lock Set will
be added for keeping track of the various hardware parameters which might be found in
Door and Window components.

6. Using the values above, create the 4 new Shared Parameters by entering the data
into the Field Properties dialog box.

7. When finished creating all 4 parameters select OK to close the Edit Shared
Parameters dialog box.


Adding Shared Parameters to Families

You add Shared Parameters to families while in the Family Editor. In this exercise, we will
add the Shared Parameters we just created while in the Family Editor. We will later use these
new parameters to create a schedule using a Multi-Category Schedule.

1. Choose and select the Training Files icon from the left side of the dialog.

From the Common folder, select Door.rfa.

Click Open.

2. Select Family Types from the Design Bar menu to call up the Family Types
dialog box which shows the currently available parameters for this family category.


3. Select Add from the Family Types dialog box to call up the Parameter
Properties Dialog

4. Change the selection to Shared parameter and click Select.

Click on the ID Parameter and Choose OK.


Toggle the Value stored by to Instance. Choose OK to add the parameter.

5. Repeat the above steps for each of the other parameters making them as TYPE
parameters. Close the properties dialog by selecting OK

6. The Family Types dialog box now shows we have added these Shared Parameters
for use in our project.

7. Assign the new parameters the following values: Lock Set = "Yale", ID = "1",
Hinge = "Chrome", and Closure = "N/A" for this particular door type and then
select OK to close the dialog box.

Save this file as 'NewDoor' so that we may use it later in this assignment.

Multi-category Tags

You typically apply tags by Category within a project: You create a tag, assign it to a category
(such as furniture), load it into the project, and then tag all instances of that category.
Multi-Category Tags employ Shared Parameters to permit tagging of any family
component regardless of their category. This is accomplished by applying a filter parameter
during the creation of a Multi-Category Tag.

Creating a Multi-Category Tag

1. From the File menu, choose New, Annotation Symbol and select the Multi-
Category Tag.rft
The Family Editor opens.
2. From the Drafting menu choose Label or click Label from the Design Bar.

3. Click in the document window. The Select Parameter dialog box appears.


4. Click ADD to display the Parameter Properties dialog box.

5. Click Select to call up the Shared Parameters.

6. Select Hardware from the parameter group list and then select the ID parameter.
Choose OK to close the Shared Parameter dialog box and OK to close the
Parameter Properties box.


7. Check the Filter Parameter option box at the bottom of the Select parameter dialog
box. With this option set, this tag attaches only to a component with that same
filter parameter (i.e., ID).

Note: If you do not specify a filter parameter for the tag, the tag cannot attach

to any component. A multi-category tag must have at least one label with an

external parameter set as a filter parameter.

8. Click OK.

9. Finish creating the tag as you would other annotation symbols and save the file as
"HardwareTag" in an appropriate location.

Using the Multi-Category Tag in a Project

1. Choose and select the Training Files icon from the left side of the dialog.

From the Common folder, select Hardware Plan.rvt.

Click Open.

2. From the File menu, select Load from Library to load the multi-category tag
"HardwareTag" and "NewDoor" you just created into the project.

3. Replace the existing doors by selecting them all and changing their type to the
"NewDoor" type that you just loaded.

4. From the Drafting menu choose Tag or click Tag from the Drafting tab of the
Design Bar.

5. In the Type Selector, notice that the default value is , which is the
value for single-category tags. Select the multi-category tag, "Hardware Tag"
you just loaded from the Type Selector.


6. As you move your pointer in the document window, you can prehighlight only
those components that have the filter parameter which you set earlier to "ID".

7. Click to place the tag.

Note: As you can see the Hardware Tag is reading the Shared Parameter

we created earlier and had attached to the Door family.

8. You can also use the Tag All Not Tagged command to quickly tag components with
the filter parameter. In the Tag All Not Tagged dialog box, select the Multi-
Category Tags
which shows the Hardware Tag we loaded into the project

9. Click OK to tag all Non-Tagged categories.


Creating a Multi-Category Schedule

Typically, a schedule lists components of a single category: rooms, doors, windows, and so on.
Now you can create a multi-category schedule that lists components regardless of their
category by using an external parameter as a filter.
In this exercise, you will create a Door Hardware Schedule by using the Shared Parameter
you created above (Hardware) and have placed in the Hardware Plan file.

1. From the Menu Bar, select View, New, Schedule/Quantities to call up the New
dialog box.

2. In the New Schedule dialog box, select Multi-Category from the list.

3. Click OK, to call up the Schedule Properties box for the schedule


4. Add the following additional fields to be scheduled: ID, Mark, Type, Family,Closure
& Lock Set
before selecting OK.

5. The Multi-Category Schedule should now be created.


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