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Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 7:39:46 PM | door schedule




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I am working on a door schedule and I am encountering a few issues: for what it concerns almost everything except for width and height I ended up on adding parameters in the schedule field dialog appearing then as instance parameters under door properties rather than having them as type parameters in the family file and then creating multiple families. For example EXG./NEW, I was not able to create a field for this property, or even Frame/Door material, frame type, door thickness (please note that I have a type parameter for this but I was not able to link it in the schedule), etc... Now, I quite like the idea of having instance parameters, although I am introducing a factor for error and adding some necessary time to edit those values, I am reducing the amount of family types and I can fix any possible problem right in the project file. Does anybody have any comments on this? Will I have to face a tremendous problem later on that I am not aware of now? what's in your opinion the best approach to build a door schedule? Any help is extremely appreciated and thank you very much in advance.

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Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 8:09:13 PM | RE: door schedule




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My 2 cents is that I would avoid instance parameters all together when it comes to anything that you want to schedule in Revit. My theory is that if a door is 3-0 wide 8-0 high solid oak clear finish that is one "type" of door and different from a 3-0 wide 8-0 high solid core maple with cherry stain finish. We are always looking at our firm with how the quantities in a schedule and ODBC database are going to work down the line with estimating software. To avoid making all the different family types, we make extensive use of "type catalogs" so that you only need to create one family in Revit and then with a text editor create a bunch of different types of the family. Using a type catalog allows you to only bring into the project the different family types that you need. HTH Tom

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Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 10:13:02 PM | RE: door schedule




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Thanks for the "type catalog" hint, I will investigate the topic. Post edited on 2005-04-06 17:13:19

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Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:32:16 PM | door schedule




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If you have parameters that are applicable to all of your doors (i.e. thickness/material/etc), I recommend creating shared parameters in the families as these will show up in your available schedule fields.  You can also create a shared parameter file and bring these parameters directly into the project, thus preventing you from needing to open every single door family and add parameters one-by-one.

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