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Wed, May 1, 2013 at 1:39:54 PM | Revit Keynoting or Otherwise Noting Wall Sections

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We are using Revit 2013 and we have a relatively 'green' architectural production staff. I was hired recently, with several years of Revit experience, to help get the Revit initiative off the ground. So far, so good. But yesterday I was asked to find out if Revit can do a particular task and thus far I am stumped. Maybe you guys can help.

We want to be able to use a tagging or keynoting system for our wall sections that enables us to have a short keynote number for the element being tagged, which is then referenced in a list of notes that further describe the element.

I thought Revit's out of the box keynotes would work, but they do not like the way it structures the keynote value spec section. What they really want is a system where the keynote value is just a number starting with 01 and going up as needed, then a description field, and then our own formatted spec section.

For example, a standard brick detail component in a wall section would be tagged with a 01 (or similar), then off to the side of the sheet there would be a schedule or legend: 01  -  Brick Veneer  -  04210 (yes I know we need to use newer spec formats, you are preaching to the choir). We need to be able to tag any component type and have the legend/schedule list all component types. I am thinking a schedule won't work since it will only include elements of the same category. I am thinking the only way to get detail and model components to show up in the same list is to use a generic annotation family, use the Symbol tool, and then do a Noteblock. I don't really like this because it is not tied to the element and offers no control over the contents of the tags nor is having all the different types or instances feasible. 

The goal is to clean up our wall sections, have a standard list of notes that is consistent across all sections and can be changed in all locations by changing it once, enable some of the interns to do keynoting without needing to know all specifics of a particular project or detail, and connect the drawings to the specs for an internal reminder and quality control. Can you add a third parameter to the keynoting function?

I am at a loss at this point. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.


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Wed, May 1, 2013 at 2:37:59 PM | Revit Keynoting or Otherwise Noting Wall Sections

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I think you need to break up your question into clearer ones.... 1-2-3....

As far as I understand what you have written, keynotes will do what you want.  You need to start the process and come back with more focused questions.


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Wed, May 1, 2013 at 3:16:20 PM | Revit Keynoting or Otherwise Noting Wall Sections

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I think you misread my post.

How's this for clarity: I want a keynote legend with three columns. Keynote Value, Keynote Text, and a Custom Parameter. How is that accomplished in Revit 2013?


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Wed, May 1, 2013 at 3:20:12 PM | Revit Keynoting or Otherwise Noting Wall Sections

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My workaround for now is to add the specification section (which  is the desired custom parameter in column 3) to the end of the Keynote Text. So the item description and appropriate spec section are now in one place rather than two places. Not exactly what folks wanted to see, but should work until I figure something else out.


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Wed, May 1, 2013 at 3:27:23 PM | Revit Keynoting or Otherwise Noting Wall Sections

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Can't do three columns.  That's not how they work.


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