By Patrick Siemek, Technical Consultant AEC at SolidCAD
Are you a Revit MEP user and frequently download Revit content from manufacturers or sources like BIM Object? Once that content is loaded into the project, is there a struggle to get the family properly to work with your schedules? Well than the CTC Parameter Jammer tool is the one to help solve these problems.
Downloading Revit family content regularly brings along shared parameters to your project that are different from your company’s standards. This will give inconsistent information within the schedules. Use Parameter Jammer to deal with those problems.
Here is a schedule with a family loaded into a project but does not have information populated because of the inconsistent parameters from the family to the project.
Run Parameter Jammer
With a simple user interface, there a couple steps needed to map the loaded family’s parameters to match the project.
- Select your companies shared parameter file
- Select the schedule that the family will be residing in
- Select the family/families that the parameters need to be modified
In the next window, you will get a list of all the Shared Parameters from the selected schedule along with the family parameters. From the family parameter list, you will apply what needs to be done to the family. Parameter Jammer will also find same named parameters and automatically map them. When you select the drop-down list, you specify a family parameter to match the ones in your schedule. It will only show parameters that have the same units. You can also create a new instance or type parameter for the loaded family.
A final report will be displayed to show what has been done.
As you can see, downloadable content being used in a project does not need to have much modification for it to work properly in your current projects. Parameter Jammer gives you the ability to quickly grab information from the new loaded families and map those parameters to meet your company standards. Your schedules will be up to date and have no missing information in a matter of a few clicks using Parameter Jammer.