In the following stages, we show how a designer places a manufacturer specific Revit Family in a Project. Next, we illustrate how Revit compatible applications track the information contained in that Family thru the lifecycle of a building.
The designer googles a specific product then looks for Revit Family on the products web page. This example uses a lighting manufacturer, which has Revit Families clearly available on their product’s web page.
The designer loads Family into a building project. Since the Family contained an associated Type Catalog, the designer has the option of filtering out parameteric values to select a specific model. The image below shows the Select Types dialogue box that pops up when such families are loaded. The little black arrows are pull-down menus used in the filtering process.
Once the Family is loaded in the building project, the designer moves and copies them per design requirements. Product specific information contained in Families divides into two groups, Instance and Type Parameters. Examples of Instance Parameters include the Phase in which the product installed or removed. Examples of Type Parameters include values for Manufacturer and Model as well as many other Identity Data Parameters.
Stage 4 & Beyond
Export to other database formats for everything from clash detection to cost estimating. Downstream information now links to database applications used by facility managers and owners to access information about your product for the life of the building. The image below illustrates the same data shown in Stage 3 once exported to Industry Foundation Class (IFC) format, the required deliverable for public buildings commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration. Upon close comparison one sees that all parametric values retained in the exported model.
Is your product data part of the Revit Lifecycle?
Building product manufacturers are providing downloadable information about their products via Revit Families. Making Revit Families available on your website is the most reliable way to get your product data onto the cloud and into actual buildings.