How does a guy get a date around here?

Before you get too judgemental let me start by saying that I’ve been a happily married man for 22 years and have no intention of changing that. What I’m talking about here is providing date information in your BIM.

Dates are critical during all phases of design, construction and facility operations. Milestone dates for sign-off, submission, start-up and completion; dates for ordering and delivery of materials as well as critical path dates for shop drawing submittal and other construction sequencing information; installation dates, warranty expiration dates and date of last/next service; all this information could be attached to or be included in a BIM to help facilitate the process.

Revit does not provide a date parameter or a ‘serial#’ format for dates the same as is available in Excel.

So how can we provide some of this versatility and functionality without a date format?
One answer is create a text parameter and enter dates in the format YYYY-MM-DD e.g. 2012-05-18
The attached images show an example of how this date parameter might be used in a schedule to verify a sub-trade progress claim for concrete volume completed. Whether used in schedules to manage project data or leveraged graphically through the use of view filters, these bits of information could be beneficial during design (client sign-off date, ‘drop dead’ decision required date), procurement (order date, shipped date) construction (installation date, shop drawing review date) or post construction (last/next service date, warranty expiration date).
Until Autodesk provides a dedicated date formatting option for parameters this workaround can open up a variety of possibilities to allow you to further leverage your BIM.
Dimitri Harvalias


Dimitri is a Senior Technical Consultant and Revit Guru at Summit Technologies. He draws on over 35 years of practical experience in the AEC domain. His education as a building technologist and hands-on experience in all facets of design, construction contract administration and CAD management gives him a unique perspective on the integration of BIM technology solutions to the design and project delivery process.

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