Have you wanted to create more intelligent plumbing fixture or lighting fixture families in Revit? In previous versions of Revit Architecture, we didn’t have a tool to add ‘connectors’, elements that would allow MEP objects to connect to our Revit Architecture families. If you’ve ever loaded up a family from Revit MEP, you would see that these connectors come through, though we couldn’t do much with them.
We developed a lot of custom family content for architectural firms, and many of them wanted these families to have as much intelligence in them as possible, and one of the requests was for connectors to be added, to make the MEP engineering process even more streamlined. We would build these families in Revit MEP, since it was the only app with the needed connectors. That was fine for us, but most architecture firms don’t own Revit MEP.
Time’s have changed! I’m really happy to see that Revit Architecture 2010 includes duct, electrical, and pipe connectors. Add these the next time you create a custom light, or lav and your MEP consultants will love you! Enjoy.