Revit Family File Size | How Big is TOO BIG?

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 16, 2016 5:57:00 AM

In Autodesk Revit, "the component" that you insert into a project; (like a window, door, chair, a grab bar or plumbing fixture), is defined as a Revit Family.

An AutoCAD user, may define a family as a Revit BLOCK.

Under best practices; the project's BIM Manager reviews and if necessary tries to minimize the file size of each Revit family; PRIOR to loading them into a Revit project.

Bradley understands the importance of small Revit family files sizes and the value of this Revit-BIM Manager task.

The Bradley BIM Team invests engineering time to shrink and test Bradley Revit family file size performance in real Revit projects.

Bradley Revit family tests are conducted usinng workset & non-workset based Revit projects.

Here is a short list of "Bradley Revit-BIM Family Quality Standards | Top 10 FAQs" that we use to minimize Revit family file size.

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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.

Revit Project Performance | Revit Family File Size vs Family Visibility Settings

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

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How to Change a Revit Family Category Designation

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 22, 2013 6:19:50 AM

Every Revit family is assigned a specific category; based on the Revit Family Template that was originally used to create the Revit family.

The Power of a Revit Family's Category Designation;

  1. controls the family's visibility in each view; using the View Visibility (VV) Settings.
  2. defines the Revit Tag that can be used for tagging the family
  3. determines the Revit Schedule Type that will list & schedule the Revit family

When your Revit family...

  1. doesn't respond to turning on/off its visibility in the view...
  2. can't be tagged with it's appropriate category tag...
  3. doesn't show up in its designated Revit Schedule...

You need to review and revise that family's Category Designation.

Follow these Simple Steps to Change a Revit Family Category Designation

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Where is my Bradley Revit Shower?

Posted by Jason Dodge on May 12, 2011 5:05:00 AM

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