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    Scheduling Equipment Not Typically Modeled

    We have a request from a client for a detailed schedule of equipment & furnishings, which includes line items for pieces that we aren't modeling and wouldn't show up in the drawing set. The project team is making an effort to keep their schedules within Revit, however we've come to a stumbling block at this point. This is a large project with several specialty labs, so I think it would be quite challenging (and error-prone) to create some generic families that the users could place within the rooms. I am about to start researching third party programs that might help in this situation, but thought I'd check here to see if anyone else has come up with an effective solution to this situation. Thanks!

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    We have a generic Family that we make new types for, and its called equipment placeholder.

    Why would it be more error prone to have generic equipment and the schedules in one place, than to use another app and to have schedules in two places, and so on and so forth? Theres no more error. And, then if i want to, i can also show them in drawings generically.
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      #3
      I agree with Aaron. Unless you need the equipment for renderings a generic family should work fine. If you need it in elevations, just use linework in your family and don't worry about modeling it. Depending on what it is you might be able to find families already made on Arcat or something similar - just know that they will probably need cleaning up.
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        #4
        We've got two different methods we use. First (and best) is probably exactly what Aaron is saying.
        We've got a Specialty Equipment family that's just a cube, with Type parameters for Width, Depth and Height.
        Make a new Type, change the size, Rename to what the thing really is and bang, you're done.

        The other method we've used a few times is when we got DWGs we had to use a s that showed the Equipment as it really looked. It wasn't worth modeling all that Equipment (there were dozens and dozens), so we used the DWG as a , and made a Generic Annotation Symbol that looked like the Tag. Again, make different Types of the Symbol for each type of Equipment, and place the Symbol on top of where it shows on the DWG. Then schedule the Symbol. Takes a little more coordination, but it worked pretty well.
        Dave Plumb
        BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

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          #5
          Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
          Why would it be more error prone to have generic equipment and the schedules in one place, than to use another app and to have schedules in two places, and so on and so forth?
          Good point - hadn't looked at it that way.

          I've used generic model placeholders in the past as you all have described, but my concern in this situation are that there are a bunch of small items (ex. a special cable), that aren't going to show up on drawings, just on this list. I'm thinking maybe I create a coordination view where these placeholder families are visible to make it easier to place the families?

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            #6
            Originally posted by LKeyser View Post
            Good point - hadn't looked at it that way.

            I've used generic model placeholders in the past as you all have described, but my concern in this situation are that there are a bunch of small items (ex. a special cable), that aren't going to show up on drawings, just on this list. I'm thinking maybe I create a coordination view where these placeholder families are visible to make it easier to place the families?
            and put it all in an earlier, then demolished phase so it stays hidden later in your new construction phase?
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