Revit Implementation Series – Creating Keyplans for Titleblocks


Creating keyplans with filled regions on/off parameters that is embeded in the project titleblock is useful. Whats even better is the ablity to turn the keyplan outline off for non plan sheets. The time taken to create these are well worth the effort!

This is a outline of my working document for this year’s AUGI CAD Camp2010 hosted by CADsoft. A more fleshed out document will be appended to the end of my handout in Revit Implementation Series- Creating Titleblocks with Revision table and Keyplans in Revit.

See you there!

The basic process of creating a key plan is outlined in these steps.

Export models base outline to AutoCAD.

  • Navigate to the view showing the floor plan.
  • Create copy of the view using exp_floor plan as a name.
  • Set a scale approx. 1”= 20’-0”
  • Set visibility to show slab and other relevant recognizable outlines for key plan.
  • To aid in sectioning the plan outline, make sure matchlines display in view.

    Export view of exp_floor pan view to dwg format.

    • From application button; select File>Export>CAD Formats>DWG.
    • Tweak settings for current view and select Export.
    • Save by exporting to a project folder.

      Create new family based on Generic Annotation family template.

      • Insert the dwg file and scale the dwg image to fit as needed into the titleblock. I used .0008 in this example and pick yes for import from Model space.
      • Load into titleblock to check for correct fit.
      • Save family to project folder.

        Create sections based on match lines and slab outlines.

        • Simplify building’s outline to just convey the building in simple form.
        • Create and use a preferred filled region called Keyplan, create each section with filled region.
        • Create detail lines of overall building pad outline.
        • Create a Matchline Object Style with line weight and line style and add matchlines.
        • Delete DWG file and save the keyplan with Keyplan_<project name>.

        Create parameters with logical naming to control visibility on/off state of each hatch regions.

        • One logically named on/off type parameter for each section of the plan.

        • To control visibility of of each section, select each filled region and from element properties assign logically named on/off parameter to each section with a filled region using the Visibility parameter for each region.

          Load keyplan family into title block.

          • After loading into titleblock pick keyplan and in family types create same on/off parameters for region to control its visibility in titleblo

          • Pick nested keyplan and from Element Properties, assign each parameter to the same on/off parameter in the family.

          • Save Keyplan and load into project.
          • Load titleblock with keyplan into project and test by.

          Using new features in project.

          • Insert the new titleblock into a project and select titleblock and go to Element Properties.
          • Note new settings to turn on/off sections and keyplan in the titleblock.

          A good word to describe David is “mentor.” Whether he’s doing project management, troubleshooting, or training, he personalizes his communications for each person to ensure they will be successful. Customers like the way he provides the details they need to understand both the techniques and the underlying concepts.

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