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Using Dynamo to Access Elements Through a Linked File

Using Dynamo to Access Elements Through a Linked File

A common scenario is that you would like to manipulate elements in Revit via Dynamo, but the elements you want to access or manipulate are in a linked file. To access elements through a link you will need to use external packages archilab-grimshaw and steamnodes. To review installation of an external package in Dynamo review…

Using Dynamo to Automate Assigning Worksets by Category in Revit

Using Dynamo to Automate Assigning Worksets by Category in Revit

Worksets can be set up to break up a large file and allow others to load only the parts they need to work on which improves software performance. For example, an architect may place all curtain walls in a workset so that Structural can create a workset with the same name and turn it off…

Installing a Package in Dynamo for Revit

Installing a Package in Dynamo for Revit

If you have downloaded a Dynamo script from someone else, it is likely that it is using an external package. Sometimes these appear as broken nodes. Ideally, the script author will have clearly noted which package is needed. In this case it is necessary to download an external package. Even if you are starting from…

Framing a Complex Roof Structure Using Dynamo

Framing a Complex Roof Structure Using Dynamo

These days, architecture is getting bolder and more wavy. As a result many structural engineering firms are having to model in Revit against this bold architecture. To say the least, it can be quite challenging and time intensive to model curved structural framing members that correctly follow complex forms. It can be even more frustrating,…

How to Model a Bearing Plate and Schedule its Elevation in Revit

How to Model a Bearing Plate and Schedule its Elevation in Revit

This screencast describes the procedures needed to model a bearing plate and schedule its elevation in Revit. Normally, you might want to create a family, but in this particular case, since we want to schedule the elevation, using a simple floor and then filtering it in a schedule is cleaner and more straightforward. Select the…

How to Connect Steel Pipe Sections to Each Other in Revit

How to Connect Steel Pipe Sections to Each Other in Revit

Joining steel pipe in Revit is an easy process. Model your structural framing elements as you normally would. In a 3d view, click on the Modify tab -> Geometry panel -> Beam/Column Joins Tool In the Options bar, you will have filtering options if you only want to see Steel or Wood framing. Blue arrows…

How to Change the Classification System of a Pipe Fitting in Revit

How to Change the Classification System of a Pipe Fitting in Revit

There are two possible fixes that can help when a pipe fitting needs to be switched from an incorrect System Classification. The System Classification will normally be greyed out so switching directly is not possible. Disconnect the pipe from the pipe fitting and reconnect. Try re-connecting additional sides if the first side didn’t work. While hovering…

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

Scheduling Shared Family Parameters Through a Link in Revit

This screencast outlines the procedure necessary to schedule a shared parameter through a link using Revit. Note a family in the linked project that has the shared parameter you are hoping to schedule. Close the linked file. Open the host project and link file. Find a view, press Tab as you hover over one of the families…

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