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    family/schedule Parameters

    Hello everyone.

    I am creating some family files and I would like to have some parameters that can show up on the fixture schedule. I noticed that there are some parameters in schedule 'fields' that not avaliable in the family parameters.

    For example you made a schedule with a defult field called max current. Then you go back to your family file try to set this 'max current' up so it can show in the schedule. However there is no parameter called 'max current' avaliable at all. And it won't work if you just make a common parameter and call it 'max current' as long as I know.

    It will be nice if anyone knows how to find these field in family file or link parameters with schedule.

    I heard shared parameter might work but I don't want to have a seperate txt file create with the family, if you can make merge shared parameter into .rfa that might also be an option

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    You might have a read through this: http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...ters-file.html

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    Thanks for the link but seems like that post only talked about shared files. Looks like there is no way to make a shared file without getting an extra text file. I is kind of inconvenient to load this text for everyone shareing my family


    Ok, here is something I noticed. If you make a family under the electrical equipment templet, you will have a defult 'voltage' parameter that can show on the schedule while if you are doing a lighting fixture there is not. What I really want is to combine these two templet somehow so I have both defult parameter from them that I need
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    By default Revit has a shared parameters file. You can append to it or make your own. The file is independent of your families, although they can reference it. The SP file is an easy way to carry parameters between a family and project or project to project. It will also help create consistency between your projects and families. Instead of having parameters named: width, Width, Wdith, width1 etc you have one paramater - Width that all of your families reference. Parameters are very sensitive and any variation will not schedule and will cause infinite headaches down the road.

    In you case you can either create a shared parameter "Max Current" and add it to your project and family or create a parameter in your family called "Max Current" which may or may not schedule. In this case I would use the SP.

    From experience they can be overwhelming when you first get into it but after a little time it will become easier and make sense.

    Hopefully someone a little more well versed in it will chime in - I am definately not good at explaining it

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    You can add a shared parameter to a family and load that family into any project to have that shared parameter display in schedules. There is no need to include a text file or force the user to create a parameter for it to schedule. Each family can have it's own shared parameter file and those will show up for that family.

    That said, I am not sure this is a good practice unless you use very specific naming nomenclature. Lets pretend you add something called "Max Current" to your custom equipment fixture and import in your project. Every schedule you make for equipment fixtures will have that "Max Current" parameter available to the schedule whether or not it exists for every fixture. So, if your custom family is scheduled with non-custom families, that 'Max Current' column will be uneditable and remain blank for families without that shared parameter but editable in rows with your custom family.
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    Something else to consider is: Who will be using the family? This will determine what type of shared parameter to use. For example, if it is a consultant you may just need that value to show up in a schedule. In this case you could use a shared integer, number or text parameter. But, if an engineer is going to use the family to connect to a MEP System, you would want to use a shared power parameter that will schedule, has correct units and can be linked in a power "connector".

    Determine if you need to follow any standards, there are a few out there, Seek and Food Service to name a couple. They do differ.

    Also, the only text file that would accompany a family file is a Catalog, which is used to build types.

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    Thanks so much, everyone.

    I was worrying about if I created a shared parameter, other computer using my file have to inport the txt file but in fact they don't.

    Also I noticed that if you create a shared parameter with the same name of a defult parameter in the project schedule, it will be recognized as a defult system parameter not another parameter with same name.

    You guys are awesome!

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