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    Overriding structural models materials

    Our structural consultant use a grey solid fill for all their concrete surface and section materials while we always show the concrete hatch for the same.

    Short of creating filters is it possible to some how override their material appearance choice so we have it looking like it should?

    I've started creating filters for some of the typical things but as their model progresses and new things are added I'm having to constantly create new filters. I've globally override some family categories in the linked file but that doesn't catch everything or won't allow for variation.

    Ideally they use the same drawing conventions most use here and actually use concrete hatches and no solid grey surface finishes in their materials but I doubt they will change is 'thats how they have always' done it

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    What is the issue you are having with filters? You could filter multi-category by structural material, and then assign a cut (and/or surface) pattern, which can vary based on view, or you could also filter by workset. If they aren't using worksets, you certainly aren't out of line asking them to, if they refuse to use a concrete hatch. To me, a solid grey is the convention for existing elements (and Revit agrees).

    You could also simply override the cut (and/or surface) patterns in the visibility/graphics overrides for the categories, either globally to the view or specific to their linked model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1979 View Post
    What is the issue you are having with filters? You could filter multi-category by structural material, and then assign a cut (and/or surface) pattern, which can vary based on view, or you could also filter by workset. If they aren't using worksets, you certainly aren't out of line asking them to, if they refuse to use a concrete hatch. To me, a solid grey is the convention for existing elements (and Revit agrees).

    You could also simply override the cut (and/or surface) patterns in the visibility/graphics overrides for the categories, either globally to the view or specific to their linked model.
    I haven't noticed structural material before! I'll give that a try, I've a feeling some of their columns don't have materials assigned to the structural material parameter. My problem with filters was the need to create new ones for each new family they create, structural material might get around that.

    Agreed with grey being for existing, this is what we were thought in college and it was the same in any office I've worked since. Also the first time I've seen engineers do this.

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