Stumped by Nested Family Schedules?

Ever had one of your nested families, for example a chair, not appear on a schedule? Say for example, you have a handful of different types of desks that all use the same type of chair. You generate your schedule and, voila, all your nested chairs appear perfectly except for one type of chair.

There are a few reasons why your nested chairs may not be appearing.

In order for a nested component to schedule it needs to be ‘shared’ before it is nested into the combined family. Change this setting from any view in the family editor. It will be a check box in the properties palette of the family. If you have gone through this step, resaved them as shared and reinserted them into the main model and they still don’t appear, check the visibility parameter for the chairs. If it’s unchecked, they will not schedule. The graphic below shows how to resolve the issue.

Visibility paramaters
Visibility parameters

Looking for more insight into Revit Families? Read this post – Revit families – Thinking outside the parametric box and check back in for more tips and tricks on Technical Tip Tuesdays.

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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