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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:32:13 PM | Parameter management

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stefanlarsson


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Hi

 

I just started the process of creating/updating my office's templates and families. We are pretty new with revit and our current project is kinda "dirty" and we want to clean out some unwanted stuff to make the next one run smoother.

Right now I'm removing parameters we dont't make use of from our main template file.

I need some tips for how to manage existing parameters in a smart way. How can I find out what type of parameter an existing parameter is?

for instance, I might find a door parameter that I dont use and want to get rid of it. how do I best find out wether it is a shared/family/system or project parameter? I know the difference between them but it's hard to know the origin of all the parameters when someone else produced the material youy are working with. Right now I'm just trying to find stuff in the project parameters or shared parameters dialogues or within the family itself.

I feel like a lost dog right now so any tips would be apriciated

/Stefan

 



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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:43:48 PM | Parameter management

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First, if you start with a clean template, you would have the recommended bare minimum project parameters so I suggest that.  Then you can use transfer project standards to pull other items you like from a project you are doing.

 

You really can't just go willy/nilly and remove parameters from families.  << BAD IDEA  Many family parameters are set by template and you need those.

 

I suggest you do some self education learning more about parameters and then start creating an office shared parameter file for special parameters that your office needs. 


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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 4:16:42 PM | Parameter management

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Hi and thx for the reply!

 

"You really can't just go willy/nilly and remove parameters from families.  << BAD IDEA  Many family parameters are set by template and you need those."

 

That's exactly what I want to avoid! I probably fail at presenting my issue...

We are using a tamplate originally created by our retailer of revit. we also use some of their ad ins, so some of the parameters in the template is there to make their addins or some of the perks with the template work. I DO NOT WANT TO MESS WITH THAT!

The template is working fine and we have some predefined stuff that we really want to keep but there are also stuff that are simply just cluttering the file. Most of them being projectparameters, like a bunch of instance parameters for doors that we will never use and rather clean the out to make the properties dialogue a little easier to work with.

the problem is, I cant really tell if an instance parameter is a project or family parameter just by looking at it in the properties dialogue.I have to be able to backtrack it to find out its origin. is there no smart way of doing this?

lerning more about parameters is exactly what I'm trying to do. I feel pretty comftable in creating what we need in forms of shared parameters and such. It's the reverse I'm afraid of I dont want to remove stuff I might need.

I guess stating from scratch and use transfer project standards is a great way of doing it, but in the same way as I'm afraid of removing stuff now, I'm afraid I would forget stuff with that method.


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