Monday, October 29, 2012

Room bounding in Linked Files

Yeah I know, what a terribly exciting subject after a writing drought! So to get the wheels turning once again, here’s some useful information that might be old news to some but was new(s) to me.
When linking Revit files, we can control pretty much everything: visibility/graphics of model elements, annotation, worksets, design options…you name it. All seems to work in perfect harmony, until you check this little option in the Type Properties of the linked file…
Room Bounding
…drop in rooms that are bound by the linked file (wait for it)…
…then change the Design Option to something other than the primary, and you get *sad trombone*…
I think this explains it all. If you have design options that will alter how your rooms are bound, you cannot use the Room Bounding type property of the link. Instead, disable it and use room separation lines in the host model to show the desired options. Yes, this needs fixed (add it to the ever bloating pile, Joe!).



Alfredo Medina said...

Hey, nice to see you back here! :) hehe, yes, we know, you were busy getting settled at the new job. :)

Actually, very interesting subject. I had not seen this strange behavior of rooms & design options & linked files.

Dave Baldacchino said...

Thanks Alfredo :) It's been a little over a month and I'm still settling in! Glad to know I wasn't the only one surprised by this behavior.

Unknown said...

That room would technically need to be in a Design Option in the host file. Also the link would need to be in the Design Option in the host file as well, with one link instance set to one option, and the other link instance set to the other.

However, I tried all that and it still doesn't work. So bug confirmed. :)

Dave Baldacchino said...

It was also confirmed by Autodesk prior to my post ;) 07709714

Mikey Stix said...

Its a shame that this has been a problem since 2012 and its still not fixed.

You especially need to use this when modeling a skyscraper since you would have the skin in a separate model linked in. Being as skyscrapers are obviously tall buildings with many floors I need to draw room separation lines for 56 floors. YAY!|
What we have done as a half solution was to model an Invisible wall mass, which is actually the mass used to create the pattern based curtainwall, in the skin model, on its own workset and set it to be closed. Bounds the rooms perfectly. Problem is that the pattern based curtainwall doesn't go all the way down to the ground. I need to do room separation lines from Lvl's 1-3. Not a big deal considering there's 52 other floors but I was hoping to use as few room separation lines as I could.

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