July 16, 2014

Revit MEP FAQ - Tagging Families That Have Multiple Connectors

One of the most constant recurring issues that comes up in the Ideate Product Support line with Revit MEP is "how to tag families that have multiple connectors?" The solution was previously written up on the circa 2010 Revit Clinic blog titled "Tagging Electrical Devices with Multiple Circuits."

As many of you who use the circuiting portion of Revit MEP know, if you use a light fixture or electrical fixture tag that displays the circuit and the device has two connectors you are unable to get both circuits to show up. 

However, as outlined in the above blog post, a simple fix to this is tagging the physical wires instead of tagging the device. Simply draw wires coming off of each connector as small as possible (if the wire is short enough, the arrow head will not show up.) You can then hide the dot/short line of the wire in the symbology of the family and tag it. This would work well for lighting that has emergency and normal power coming from two panels.  

Here is a short video demonstrating the basic principle.

Bill Johnson
Ideate Senior Application Specialist MEP/AEC Solutions

Bill has over 25 years experience in applying MEP & AEC design solutions for large commercial companies, this has led to actively develop Autodesk® Revit® implementation strategies, techniques, and procedures for architectural and MEP companies. He has worked for TEECOM Design Group, GTE/GTEL, Greg LeDoux and Associates, and Scottish Power in England. Bill is a Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert, and has been the Lead Designer for several multimillion dollar communication sites which have included structural, electrical, HVAC, conduit, cable plans and equipment layouts. He graduated from the Pasadena Institute of Technology and has a Sustainable Design Certification from the University of California at Berkeley.

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