I've been busy and this blog has certainly not been cared for enough; but I plan on changing that, though until I finish the ARE I'm not going to be very focused on updating.
I am currently working on the renovation and addition of the Paul Rudolph-designed Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus and last Friday was our first milestone: 70% Schematic Design. We're in charge of the renovation side of the project; using Revit for documentation and design.
The building is a bit of a beast (see the rendering of the Revit model above); beautiful, but a beast nonetheless. I've certainly had to push my knowledge of Revit and last Friday was no exception. We needed to get a complete drawing list in the set; I wanted to use Revit's drawing list tool but was running into problems sorting the sheets properly. The problem is that the set organization does not follow a strict alphabetical or numerical order (which Revit wants)--it follows a fairly typical construction document order as follows:
- Title (T-xx series)
- Civil (C-xx series)
- Landscape (L-xx series)
- Demolition (D-xx series)
- Architectural (A-xx series)
- Structural (S-xx series)
- Mechanical (M-xx series)
- Plumbing (P-xx series)
- Fire Protection (FP-series)
- Electrical (E-xx, EL-xx, EP-xx and FA-series)
- Technology (TC-xx series)
- "Discipline" that would act as the heading for each series, but would not be used for sorting
- "Set Order", a letter that would be used as the top-level sorting option (the Title series is "A", Architectural series is "E", etc.) and is hidden in the schedule view.
- "Sheet Order", a number (also hidden) that was needed to insure that the sheets in each series were ordered properly based on their floor level and not the sheet number. The project has a matchline splitting the building into north and south with each plan sheet having an "N" or "S" suffix to the sheet number. The building's basement (1.0N and 1.0S), and a basement mezzanine (1.0M) sheets were not sorting correctly with the 1.0M sheets always before the 1.0N and 1.0S sheets. The "sheet order" parameter solved this.