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Fri, Nov 4, 2005 at 8:09:45 PM | symbols vs. components

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Should I create symbols or components for electrical, mechanical and rcp objects such as smoke detectors, switches, registers, access panels, lights etc. I've noticed that I can use symbols and detail components in a legend view but if I want to use basic components I have to use the Legend Component tool (pretty handy for illustrating wall types). While Revit's default GFI outlet will place a symbol in plan and a outlet in elevation if I drag the default GFI outlet into a legend it shows the symbol and the outlet in plan where I would need just the symbol. So I guess I'm just asking what the best practice is for elec, mech, and other rcp objects. Post edited on 2005-11-22 14:16:54

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Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 8:17:23 PM | RE: symbols vs. components

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Still working on this one. Any ideas? Post edited on 2005-11-22 14:17:48

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Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 10:58:54 PM | RE: symbols vs. components

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For co-ordination purposes i'd create them as components. That way you not having to check between elevations and plans to ensure you symbols match up.

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Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 11:51:38 PM | RE: symbols vs. components

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Do you need to create a legend of all your electrical, smoke detectors,lights...? if not, I would use symbols and keep your drawings small... Smile

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Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 6:38:28 PM | RE: symbols vs. components

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Yes, I need to create a legend. I would use components but when I try to drag the components into a legend the symbol shows fine, but the face plate also shows and I want to eliminate it. I tried changing visibility of the plate in plan view but it's already set to off. I guess I should just keep 3D components for use in the model and their 2D counterparts for the legend and just forget about creating symbols for mech & elec objects. Post edited on 2005-11-23 13:00:58

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Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 9:30:34 PM | symbols vs. components

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I dont' know if you've figured this out or not yet, but I found the best way to do our MEP plans as symbols.  The reason being is you can easily edit the text in them without having to open properties (setting up the Annotated Family correctly of course).  They are also easy to place into legends.

 Another reason we resorted to symbols and not components, because we didn't want to see the wall outlets, smoke detectors, lights etc in our Interior elevations.  It is irrelevant in those views.  Make sense?

 

Just another method as to how we approach MEPs.  HTH,

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