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Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 6:23:01 PM | change material color in linked file

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I have revit files from architects and engineers and we are doing material takeoffs with them.  I created a separate revit project with the takoff schedules created there, then link the models into it.  This works great because I don't have to do anything to their models, and when I get an update, it my schedules automatically change.  Here's my problem.  We need to visibly show the materials with a color scheme, ie.  The exterior materials such as brick, eifs, spandral, glass, need to be shaded with bold contrasting colors.  This provides a visual check for our estimators and also the client.  The problem is that I can't find a way to change the material color in a linked file.  I've tried VV overrides, but I can't differentiate between materials.  So all walls will be shaded same color, regardless of the material.  My workaround right now is to actually make a copy of the arch/struc models, go into them and change the material colors there, then in my takeoff project, make sure the visibility of the linked file is set to "by linked view".  This is not ideal, whenever I get an update, have to go through the same process.  Does anyone have a better solution.


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 3:23:40 PM | change material color in linked file

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i m having the same problem and can only find unanswered threads here?

anyone know how to change a material in a linked file that is hosted in a masterplan file without having to go into all the linked files and having to change all the materials seperatly?


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 8:00:45 PM | change material color in linked file

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type vv and go to your revit link tab, click on custom, check custom, then click on model categories tab, there you can change line weights, line color, pattern color in both cut and plan view also you can turn off stuff you don't want to see. ALSO ON THE BASIC TAB, MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR ARCH. MODEL UNDER ARCHITECTURAL DISCIPLINE AND STRUCTURAL UNDER STRUCTURAL AND MEP ON MEP, THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE YOUR MODELS THE RIGHT WAY.


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 8:12:15 PM | change material color in linked file

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Yes, you can override objects in linked files with vv, but not materials.  I need the materials in the linked file to show up in my file so I can override the shaded colors.  I have even opened the project file, then started a new project, transfered materials from the project file to the empty project so the materials in my file are identical to the ones in the project file I link in.  I can change these materials in my new project, but it doesn't affect the linked model.  I have done a lot of research and it appears this is simply a limitation of revit.  Bummer...

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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 8:16:21 PM | change material color in linked file

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I'm sorry but I can't remember if this will work or not....

If the walls are defined in your model, will the linked walls use those wall definitions?  ... I would have to test this.

 

Copy the different wall types from a file to be linked into a blank project.  Redefine those with your color scheme system  Now link in the model and see if it works...

 

Maybe - maybe not


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Wed, May 19, 2010 at 8:17:38 PM | change material color in linked file

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Manny, as an example, lets say the building has some eifs and some brick exterior walls.  In my project, I want to link the arch model in, then I create a bunch of material takeoff schedules.  I create sheets with exterior views and I want all the brick to be red and all the eifs to be blue.  I can then create a material legend so the estimating group can see the elevations, identify what material is what and get quantities from the schedule.  Does this make sense?

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Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:09:57 PM | change material color in linked file

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This used to work in earlier versions of revit.  Seems to be a 2011 glitch.  It appears the materials have to be changed in their actual file even if they are named the same thing.

 Wonder when they are goig to fix this one . . .


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