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    Dual Units....Seriously???

    You want to show both Imperial and Metric...

    Assuming you haven't started your project yet, this will make adding alternate units as fast as possible in Revit. If you have already started your project, you will have to shift things around which really isn't much faster than the current wayanyway.

    Set up your main dimension style up the way you like it. For example...Capture.PNG But then double your Dimesnion line snap distance setting (might have to play with that distance to get most for your money in terms of space) Then when you dimension and you hit the snap distance it will look like this....Capture2.PNG Looks a bit funny but bear with me.
    Now...
    Duplicate your main dimension syle...
    Change the units to the opposite of your main style (in my case metric)
    Set Tick Mark style to 'None'
    Set the Dimension Line Extension to '0'
    Set the Witness Line Control to 'Fixed to Dimension Line'
    Set the Witness Line Length to '0'
    Set the Witness Line Extension to '0'
    Set the Text Offset to at least your Text Size + 2 times the text offset of you main dim style... adjust to suit your preferece.
    Maybe set the font setting and or italics just to give a better visual difference.
    Then when you dimension and hit your snaps with this style you might end up with something like this...Capture3.PNG

    Now document your views with your main style. Once done. zoom out. do a crossing window and use the filter selection to just get the dimensions. Copy to clip board. Paste to current view. Don't click anywhere. Click on the type selector and set the type to your alternate dim type. and you end up with something like this...Capture4.PNG

    Repeat from the selection process for the rest of your views.

    If you want to put your alternate on the bottom instead of the top (right next to the dimension line) simply switch the text offsets to the other type in each dimension type.Capture5.PNG

    I wish Revit would allow me to put a negative offset in for text offset and add prefix/suffix by type...then It could look just like a dual unit plan

    Inspired by Steve's blog post here...Alternate units...Seriously?

    #2
    Very interesting work around! I have actually never seen it done this way. We normally put it inside of a room tag that allows one line to be metric and one imperial, but its never 100 percent right.

    Thanks for this I am going to see which way is more beneficial!
    J. Adam Thomas

    Owner - www.archdesignlabs.com

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      #3
      You should post this (or at least a link back to it) at the Wikihelp site.
      Jeff Hanson
      Sr. Subject Matter Expert
      Autodesk, Revit - User Experience

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        #4
        Done and Done... I'm not real wiki fluent so I'll have to wait for approval to see if I did it right.

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          #5
          Originally posted by DoTheBIM View Post
          Done and Done... I'm not real wiki fluent so I'll have to wait for approval to see if I did it right.
          Thanks for the contribution. I will go take a look at it and mark it "approved". The wiki is not really all that tough once you make a couple of posts/edits. It is just about as easy as posting a comment here.
          Jeff Hanson
          Sr. Subject Matter Expert
          Autodesk, Revit - User Experience

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            #6
            Well, I wanted to post it under the dimensions topic in the wiki under tips page, but when I got done, it looked like it just creates a new page and Autodesk puts it where they want. Not really sure how that works with creating new pages. Editing seems fairly easy enough though.

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              #7
              It is all published now. I worked the formatting a little bit to make it read a little better. I also embedded the video Steve Stafford posted to YouTube sine you mention it at the top of your article. I left it in the dimensions section of the users guide. The writer assigned to that section can move it out if they don't think it belongs there.

              http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/index.p...ensio1661/Tips
              Jeff Hanson
              Sr. Subject Matter Expert
              Autodesk, Revit - User Experience

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