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Recently we were looking for parameters for a door schedule, but could not find them in the standard schedule scheme settings. If this happens they most likely will be located in the additional object parameters or the additional IFC properties.

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In the schedule Scheme Settings, click the down arrow to the right of the “Add” button (bottom left corner of the dialog box. This will give you a search box for the above mentioned additional parameters/properties. Virtually anything in an objects selection settings and IFC settings can be scheduled, you just need to find the object within the additional object parameters menu.

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A quick way to find these objects is to be sure to save the object as a favorite, or to use the appropriate favorites from the start. By using the favorites and having the correct favorites palette loaded you will be able to search for specific objects by the favorites list. Once you have the object selected it is a simple task to search through the schedule-able fields and find the category you want to add. If it shows up in an objects selection settings dialog box it should show up in the favorites Additional Object Parameters dialog box.

The parameters we were searching for were the “User Defined” elements of a Cadimage door. Using these, rather than the default “Custom Text”, we were able to have custom fields that tied directly to the door object rather than a global Custom Text. These User Defined list items were located in the favorites list under the Cadimage Door object.Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 10.54.44 AM


Trying to get your section marker to mask over line work and fills? Here are your settings:Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 11.13.55 AM

By using the built in Marker in place of the NCS marker you have a setting for a background fill under the marker text, this will effectively mask out what is behind the marker. A few things to note on changing the marker head from the NCS to the Built in; the marker head scales differently, so our standard 30 pt marker (NCS) will need to be a 42 pt marker (Built In) to match, you will need to specify an appropriate masking cover fill for the marker background and a separate solid cover fill for the marker head arrow with white and black print pens respectively.

Once the change is made this should be your result:

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Cadimage Coverings Pen Settings

When you need to show what is below your roof and have a Cadimage Covering applied you will need a transparent background pen for the plan view.Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 11.32.20 AM

Select the covering and open the Selection Settings. Under the Cladding tab go to the view attributes and set the background pen to 0 Transparent. This can be repeated for edge conditions pen settings to create “transparent” flashing, gutters, ridge and barge elements as well.Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 11.33.05 AM

The result is a fully transparent roof element in floor plan view.  This will allow you to view elements below the covering in model space as well as on the sheet with multiple layered plans.

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Element ID’s And Weeding Out Problem Objects

Occasionally you may come across objects with degenerated scripts, bad geometry or missing attributes. These can cause error reports to generate.  While most of these error reports may seem like line after line of gibberish, some key lines can give clues as to the source of the problem.  If the problem stems from an object the object name may appear.  Regardless of the element type, the Element ID will always show up in a line.  If you have 2,000 objects all labeled “Z M067” in the element ID field it may be a little tricky finding the one or two that are messing things up.
Shower Head1If you are lucky enough to track down a line of the report that gives you the elements actual name or type you can search for those objects using the find and select feature.  In this case it was a shower head object and was easily discernible in the error report via the object name.

Shower Head3It is almost always a good idea, however to add a unique Element ID to your objects, walls, floors, roofs, columns and beams that references the objects function, type, size or location.  This element ID can be used for or associated with labeling elements, scheduling or searching.

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General Thoughts on Using Find and Select

The Find and Select Palette is a huge time saver in selecting, editing, deselecting and isolating objects.  There are several great resources out there to learn the find and select tool better.  Jared of Shoegnome wrote a post for Graphisoft’s blog that gives some great advice and tips on uses for the tool.

Graphisoft help center has the definitive resource on the features of the tool.  If you get nothing else from this post, read that link and learn how to store, import and export criteria.  This ensures that when you have a list of criteria that effectively makes a selection you need to repeat you will have direct access to it.

Why is Saving Criteria Important?

There are many reasons you may want to store and access criteria quickly.  The example I came across today, and the reason for writing this post, is as follows: For a remodel job I found myself repeatedly selecting the “new” doors.  This is a relatively quick criteria to set up.  When I found myself selecting all new slabs and all new exterior walls it became clear that I needed some renovation specific criteria.  For a project involving no renovation filter it is certainly less of an issue, but if you need to exclude cased openings or select doors on exterior walls only or select all furniture on a specific layer you can see why having some pre-saved criteria can be a significant time savings over the length of the project.

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Take some time and play around with the selection criteria, read Jared’s post and improve your efficiency. Even if you “waste” 15 minutes getting to know the find and select function better it will save you hours in the end!


Leveraging the full power of BIM yields quick & coordinated results:

We have many great schedules at our finger tips, already created and waiting in our template.  Remember to leverage the use and creation of new schedules as documenting tools throughout the design and documenting process.  The images below show a sample foundation plan, possible 3d document associated with it.  These views were mocked up and saved in about 3 minutes using our template favorites.

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The question was posed today; how can I quickly reference these elevation markers in a list format with out the need to manage and update duplicate information?  The quick answer is with a schedule.  The schedule below will become available as part of our new template for those who need to list off any spot elevations on plan, elevation or 3d views.

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Where do I start when I want to schedule something?

I know I have discussed this before, both in person and on other blog posts, but like most good BIM workflow concepts things stem from the questions “what should be 2d and what should be 3d?”

The answer is always that if it shows up more than once it should probably be modeled.  In the above case, we have a simple spot elevation tag or datum.  This could easily be shown as a 2d symbol on the floor plan, but then the text is in constant need of babysitting and updating.  If we use the readily available 3d marker we can place it in the 3d view, review its location and contents in the 2d views. As a bonus we can scroll through a schedule list to confirm that all datum markers (and consequently the objects they are placed to) are in the right place.  Adding this little bit of additional information to your model helps ensure the level of precision is where it needs to be as well as opening up a huge range of documenting possibilities with little or no additional manual coordination.

The New WWA BIM!

We are now replacing my personal blog, which has been used for the past few weeks as the BIM quick tip reference, with this new WWA Blog.  WWA BIM will be a reference tool for any quick tips and trouble shooting solutions that come up.  If you have any feed back or contributions to tips please share directly to the blog.  Remember the Dub Hub will always be our go-to source for office standards and best practices, but add this blog to your list of sites to follow to stay in the loop on all issues and solutions that come up on a daily basis!