How to Change Revit Family Visibility Settings | Bradley Toilet Paper Dispenser

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 30, 2015 7:37:36 AM

Client Question: The various Bradley Toilet Tissue Dispenser Revit models display a toilet paper roll. When I load the Revit model, the paper roll does not always display in my Revit project views. How can I best control the paper roll visibility?

Answer: Here are a few display options for controlling the toilet paper roll visibility:

I'll use a Bradley Diplomat (Recessed) Dispenser Revit Model in this tutorial.

1) Verify the Paper Product Visibility Parameter is Turned ON; when the Revit family is selected.

2) The Toilet Paper Roll visibility setting is ON -for Medium / Fine, not Coarse.

3) Open the Bradley Revit family and change the Visibility Settings for COARSE.

  • Go to a 3D View
  • Select the Paper Roll
  • Pick Visibility Settings Button above
  • Check the Coarse Setting to enable viewing of the paper roll with Coarse setting.
  • Pick OK.

* Tip: Notice the 3D solids' visibility settings are unchecked (OFF) for Plan/RCP, Front/Back and Left/Right -so solids are not visible in the orthographic views.

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After changing the visibility setting, load or reload the family into the project.

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Daniel Hughes | 10 Years Blogging AECO Industry Processes-Technologies

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 29, 2015 6:52:00 AM

It was July 2005, when a call from our Marketing Director positively impacted my career.

"Dan --You've been training our Midwest Revit and AutoCAD clients, delivering onsite & technical phone support and speaking at our AIA educational events & webinars."

"Would you be interested in writing technical and business articles for our new blog?" he asked.

"What's a blog? What would I write? Who's my audience?" I asked.

"We felt you could start by providing customer Revit support tutorials and provide pre-sales\post-sales Revit support for our Midwest clients & sales teams. What do think?

2005-2009: Fast-forward four years -- we had been acquired by IMAGINiT Technologies and I now authored their 'Architectural Blog'. By then, I had written 350+ blog articles; that shared Revit & AutoCAD learning content, industry application trends and Revit implementation strategies --to over 10,000 global visitors/month. In 2006, I started a personal blog; 'Revit Jobcaptain' using Google's Blogger platform.

Basic Blog Tools: In 2005, I authored my articles using a PC HTML editor; while using a FTP client to upload\publish the coded content to our website blog. We validated the final published code thru another website to insure our coding met RSS feed standards. Today Blogger & WordPress blogging platforms do that automatically.

2009-2012: 'Revit Playbook' was my personal blog from 2009-2012; while I was self-employed and marketing my services nationally via Excel Engineering Inc.

Early Bloggers: My article content was linked to and shared between other newbie bloggers like Steve Stafford, David Light and Chris (Mr Spot) Price. Autodesk had maybe 7-8 Bloggers; like Shaan Hurley. Today, Autodesk has over 100 Autodesk Technical - Business Blogs.

2011-Present: In 2011, I began authoring 'BradleyBIM' for Bradley Corporation. It helped market the Bradley Revit Library quality, standards and methodology --for our global clients and rep sales network.

Early Social Media: Autodesk forums, RevitCity, Ten Links & CADDigest helped syndicate our articles and increase our daily visitors. Today we have LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter social media sites to syndicate our articles.

Timing is Everything -

  1. I had the good fortune of learning & applying PC CAD as an AutoCAD 1.x user.
  2. Volunteering to learn Revit from its founders in 2002; when Autodesk first acquired Revit --started another amazing journey.
  3. Blogging was new in our 2005 market. My goal was simple. Provide article content of client-tested processes; that I experienced in my Chicago and Midwest client offices.

Show Feature Benefits\Return-On-Investment (ROI): While software & technology can be 'Scary Cool'...they are only valuable when you demonstrate measured business value within the AECO market processes they are serving.

Success stories, featuring how my peers successfully extracted value from implementing new technology and processes --has been a popular theme over the last 10 years.

However, sharing the 'How To' success stories from working directly with my clients on their projects --remain the most successful educational articles.

My personal thanks to the visitors of the last 10 years; for reading, commenting, referring and sharing my articles. Cheers!

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DIY Revit Workset-Worksharing Performance Checklist

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 18, 2015 8:57:43 AM

A LinkedIn connection recently sent me this message: I'm seeking helpful tips about network and hardware requirements for best performance in Revit model links.

Our model is almost 400MB size and we're trying to find a solution through changes in the network hardware. We have a network speed of 1GB and we are facing a problem of Revit crashing when synchronizing to central model especially the MEP. While we're working with Autodesk, have you any suggestions?

Update: Thank you Daniel, these suggestions were helpful.

Here are the Revit worksharing suggestions that I sent via LinkedIn.

1. Revit performs best with lots of RAM, Fast Hard Drives with a high percentage of open file space, and Fast Network Connections (1GB)

2. Install 16, 24 or 32 GB of RAM on the local PCs, obviously using a 64-Bit OS & 64-bit Revit software. RAM is a one-time purchase. The ongoing mounting costs of downtime and troubleshooting user issues due to lack of RAM --its pays for itself with one "downtime event". The larger firms that I've visited (last 12 months) have minimum RAM specifications of 24-32GB of RAM.

3. Configure the local computer's Paging File, file size --to be equal to the "Recommended" size in the Virtual Memory dialog box.

Control Panel > System > Advanced Systems Settings

(Verify there's enough open disk space & verify w/ IT Manager prior to using this)

4. Selective purging of unused content within the project file to minimize file size. We recommended this process at project milestones: Schematics, DD, CD and/or document releases or document printing.

5. Use a Save-to-Central and select the Compact File Option to reduce Revit project file size regularly. This option works with non-workset configured Revit Project files (RVT) and/or Revit Family (RFA) files -- to reduce file size.

6. Create a schedule for users to stagger their Save-to-Central - so 2 or more users are not waiting or saving to central at the same time.

7. I suggest creating a new local file for each user a few times per month. The local files become bloated and less efficient over time. Note: Save to-Central prior to creating new local project files.

8. The Ideate Tech Support Article; "The Importance of Auditing Revit Models" Tip#3 reviews auditing a Revit to improve performance.

Tip #3: If your Revit model is starting to take its time opening or you notice general performance issues, then auditing it may improve the time it takes to open your project.

9. Consider performing a monthly Clean Disk and Defragment routine on each local computer to remove all temp files. Prior to running this routine, EXIT all software programs and close ALL files.

10. Review your Revit Workset organization against your Revit project workflow. Do they include too much information; that users don't always need to load. If you distributed the Revit content into more, but smaller worksets --does that perform better?

10. Make sure that ALL Worksets don't load when opening a Revit project file. We usually set the structural grid to auto-load so we knew where we were in the building. Then request users to manually load what they need.

11. Make sure each Linked CAD file is assigned its own workset--as CAD files can bog down a Save-to-Central

12. Make sure each Linked Revit model file is assigned its own workset including any terrain or landscaping files.

13. Does the Server have a high percentage of open disk space

14. Does the Server have disk speeds faster than the local PCs

15. Are the Server specifications better than the Local PCs?

16. Are you working in the cloud or remotely? How fast are your web connections to the remote server?

17. Make sure the server is not performing file backup-maintenance or running virus scans during working hours. I've personally encountered networks; that started file backup routines and/or virus scans on the server, over the lunch hour -- which completed later in the afternoon.

18. Verify Folder \ File \ User Permissions; that may block or slow a Save-to-Central. Consider reviewing this tech doc; "File not saved during synchronize with central troubleshooting".

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Revit 2016 New Features List \ Videos-Downloads-System Requirements

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 30, 2015 5:30:00 AM

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Thank You Autodesk University 2014 Clients - Attendees - Instructors

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Dec 8, 2014 10:11:41 AM

Bradley Corporation and I would like to thank the hundreds of Autodesk University 2014 attendees; that stopped at Bradley's AU 2014 Exhibit Desk to pick up your free Bradley BIM flash drives, introduce yourselves and/or review the Bradley BIM Initiative.

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Visit Bradley BIM Booth #82 | Autodesk University 2014

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 8, 2014 4:40:41 AM

From January 2012 - July 2014 more than 13 million Bradley Revit families were downloaded from Bradley website.

Watch for updates as Bradley BIM prepares for AU 2014.

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Bradley BIM Quarterly Newsletter Available | July 2014 Edition

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 19, 2014 6:12:01 AM

The Bradley Quarterly BIM Newsletter is now available online.

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Bradley BIM Quarterly Newsletter Available | April 2014 Edition

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 24, 2014 4:52:31 AM

The Bradley Quarterly BIM Newsletter is now available online.

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ASPE Phoenix – How BIM Changes Everything | Revit Family Secrets - April 18

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 31, 2014 10:45:18 AM

Join Bradley BIM at The ASPE Phoenix AZ Chapter - BIM Technical\Educational Seminar | BIM for the Plumbing Engineer on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 12:00 - 3:00pm.

The Bradley BIM 3-hour educational seminar is taught in two- presentation sessions; with a short intermission between sessions.

Session #1 - How BIM Changes Everything

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) process offers multiple opportunities to automate and coordinate the construction documents and specifications, using a virtual 3D facility model.

BIM authoring software (Revit, Bentley, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks) allow multiple users (disciplines) to work simultaneously in the facility model file during the construction + design processes. This collaborative workflow uses new tools for project programming & phasing, creating specifications & cost estimates, and prefabrication & commissioning documentation.

We'll take a visual tour of 3rd party applications, BIM-based projects & discuss how firms have saved time & labor using BIM.

Session #2 - Revit Family Secrets - Creating Quality Content

This technical session is designed for attendees; that are building or managing Autodesk Revit family content for their organizations and projects. Every Revit project has the time and labor costs for gathering and\or creating Revit project families.

Class content provides proven and tested Revit family creation techniques; that was used to create thousands of Revit families for hundreds of Revit projects since 2003.

It has trained more than 150 professionals to assume the role of a Revit-BIM Manager. It provides basic techniques to quickly evaluate, perhaps edit and use pre-built Revit family content found on manufacturers’ and Revit user group websites --to meet your standards.

ASPE - Phoenix Chapter Technical Seminar Location

Aunt Chilada's Restaurant
7330 North Dreamy Draw Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85020 | T 602.944.1286

Cost: $25.00\person - Includes Lunch - Continued Education Units (CEU)

Please RSVP \ Email your reservations to Mark Tanner.

Image courtesy of ASPE Phoenix Chapter Website

Our thanks to John Lee, from PIR Sales Inc (Bradley Sales Rep Organization) for his efforts to bring the Bradley BIM educational presentations to ASPE Phoenix Chapter.

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Autodesk Revit 2015 New Features | Blogs-Websites-Videos-Downloads

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 28, 2014 6:41:49 AM

The Autodesk Revit 2015 New Features announcement was followed by a great listing of Revit bloggers and websites, listing the Autodesk Revit 2015 new features.

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