May 7, 2013

New Schedule Functionality in Revit 2014

In coordination with the Ideate Inc. YouTube video on Autodesk Revit 2014 – Schedule Improvements, this blog describes how the Revit 2014 schedules have undergone changes for a more fluid experience.

Schedules in Revit 2014 have undergone a facelift of sorts to improve their functionality and ease of use. When working in a schedule view a new and improved Ribbon interface is the first thing users see. Depending upon the schedule cells you are working with different Ribbon panels and tools become available. Figure 1

Figure 1

Within the schedule view the schedule title has been included and supports text input and formatting such as shading, cell border control, and font control. Additionally Images can be placed within the title to represent tag symbols and content previews. Note that these must be in an image format such as .png, .bmp or .jpg. Figure 2. Additionally Title and Header cells can be merged and unmerged for greater flexibility in configuring the appearance of the schedules.

Figure 2
Conditional formatting introduced in Revit 2010 was limited to visibility within the schedule view only. With Revit 2014, conditional formatting within a schedule can be applied to the schedule when placed on a sheet for visual clarity. Figure 3

Figure 3
In addition to the formatting improvements, new element categories can now be scheduled. Elements such as Architectural Columns, Detail Items, Entourage, Generic Models, Grids, Levels, Pads, Roof Soffits, Structural Beam Systems, Structural Area Reinforcement, Structural Path Reinforcement, and Structural Fabric Ares can now be scheduled. Additionally, two new parameters are available for scheduling: Phase Created and Phase Demolished.
One final improvement related to scheduling is a new parameter made to “room aware” families such as furniture, doors, casework, specialty equipment, and generic models. This new parameter within these families allows the element to recognize the room number that these types of elements are created in so that scheduling the “To Room” and “From Room” parameters will display the proper number information.

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2014 releases for Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Navisworks and more:

Ron Palma
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Ron has over 24 years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for a residential design firm. His instructional background includes being an Autodesk Certified Instructor, trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor where he was a senior instructor at Ft Lewis Washington. Ron is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard and platoon sergeant, training and mentoring soldiers in their careers. Ron is a published writer and continues to author professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor, Ron provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. Follow Ron @RonPalmaAEC.

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