Use This Workaround for Detail Mismatch for Pipe and Ducts


While teaching a recent Revit MEP class, one student noted that Detail Level for Ducts and Pipes are not the same at Medium level of detail. Why?

The mechanical and piping engineers in-house have a shared interest in coordinating hydronic supply/return and condensate piping with each other’s disciplines, and they like to print and share documents or views with other project stakeholders.

The line display behavior of Revit ducts will not match piping single line diagramming when switching a plan-view Detail Level to Medium. Note that at medium display setting, pipes show as single line, but ducts will not display as single line as pipes do unless Detail Level is set to Course.

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Unfortunately, this display level of the ducts is hard coded in the program.

The Right Settings

Simply setting the Display Level to Course to get both pipes and ducts to show as single-line has some issues in displaying the wall types or fire rating lines, which revert to simple two-line wall display.

There are other components besides walls where display settings will not graphically display with sufficient detail as desired. Your best option is to open Viability Graphics and select components you need, and then use Course Detail Setting for the duct categories where necessary.

So it all depends on how we need to see all other categories. If Detail Level needs to remain Medium to show the wall types in more detail, the best workaround is to go to Visibility Graphics (VG) and select all the duct components to change the Detail Level from By View to Coarse.

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After selecting Coarse, only the components selected in the VG dialog will change to the Detail Level necessary for the display. The only problem is that the Flex Ducts stubbornly refuse to become single-line display.

Four Ways IdeateApps Improves BIM Productivity Workflow With Revit


 

 

IdeateApps is the newest application by IdeateSoftware, known for their innovative Revit plugins for BIM and Revit Model data. Like Ideate’s other applications–Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and Ideate Sticky–IdeateApps is designed to make the lives of Autodesk Revit users easier, but IdeateApps focuses on productivity more than anything else. How does it help? Let’s take a look.

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Tales from the Helpdesk Crypt – Autodesk License Manager 11.13.1.2 Observation and Quick Tips for Correctly Installing to Program Files Folder


There have been some interesting developments with the 11.13.1.2 version of the Network License Manager (NLM).

There are different ways to install the Autodesk License Manager. These install methods are; install from the setup install in teh media, from the NLM download site and from browsing to the folder in the install media. This blog covers installing from the NLM  install media downloaded Autodesk website Autodesk Network License Manager for Windows.

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Tales from the Helpdesk Crypt – FlexNet Licensing error:-1,359. System Error: 2 “No such file or directory”


Getting the above error has proven to be a headache for users installing NLM 11.13.2.1. User may get teh -1,359. System error: 2 “No such field or directory”.  Even when correctly configuring LMTOOLS in the configure services tab. I have found tis issue occurring on a couple test machines. Some users are finding something is overriding the correct license file location. A check of the Server diags report the error. Despite the setting in the Server Config, tab, an non-existent folder and file is being referenced rather than the correct license file.

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Using Revit in Viewer Mode as a Plotting Station


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If you don’t know what this is you ain’t old enough

A question came up about the need for a self-standing Revit 2016 plotting station to generate PDFs. A firm did not want to tie up a standalone or network license when running off a batch of plots. I initially latched on the prospect of using the Autodesk’s Batch Plotting App, but realized right away its major limitations was that it was not a non-licensed self-standing product and worse did not print to PDF.

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