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Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:30:33 PM | Selecting Nested Families




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I have a project with curtain wall panels containing many nested shared family components.

I would like to produce a component schedule for each type of wall panel family.

I therefore need to be able to filter the nested components with some sort of common parameter with its host family.So far, I have created a multi-category schedule that manages to pick up virtually all families in the project (!!!) including those that I want, however I am unable to filter it down. If I filter the wall panel types using a shared text parameter, I obviously find myself with  the wall panels, but no sub-components. If I select one by one the nested components in a compatible view, I can enter the instance text parameter and little by little my components fall into the schedule.

The problem is that I have thousands of nested families to categorise in this way. I have tried selecting the relevant hosts via a shedule table, then a suitable view, then isolating the selection: this gives me a great view of the host families concerned, and all of their nested families, but then I cannot select them together! The selection window doesn't work, and I cannot select one element then right-click and select all in view - only, all in project (the point of this view is that it isolates the families I want).

My question boils down to this: How can I select many nested families in a view where I have isolated the elements I want and then apply an instance parameter to all of these elements in one go?

Many thanks in advance, apologies if it's not very clear



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Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 5:30:53 PM | Selecting Nested Families



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We are in a graphics profession.  Some images would have gone a long way to help us understand. 

I learned a long time ago to always test processes out before I invested a whole lot of time.  We used to say all the time that Revit demands that you think ahead.    "Thousands of nested families...."


We don't know what is in your schedule.... That would help too.  Do you include the family name to be able to use that as a filter.  You can always hide columns if need be.  And you can create as many working schedules as you need.



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