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    Dimension to Centerline

    Hmm.. Even after 8 years, I still learn new things. It's nice to have new blood coming in to the company.
    One of our recent hires just asked me why we don't use the Dimension Centerline feature.
    If you (like me) are not aware of it, you can set up your Dimension Style to add a CL symbol and use a different Linetype when your Dimension detects a Centerline. When you Dimension to the Centerline of a Wall or the Center of a Family (as defined by the Reference Plane in the Family), Revit will use the "Centerline Symbol" option in the Dimension Style.
    Centerline.PNGDimStyleCL.PNG

    My question to the group is:
    Do you use this option in your standard Dimension Style, or do you have a completely separate Dimension Style just for Centerlines?
    If you use it as part of your standard, does it ever get in the way and add CL when you don't want it?
    Dave Plumb
    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

    CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

    #2
    I've always used it as a separate style, mostly because that's the way it shipped and I haven't really messed with it :hide:
    Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


    chad
    BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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      #3
      Don't feel bad.
      I didn't even know you could do that!
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        I have also not made use of this option.....

        Great post.... thanks for sharing....

        This is not part of our company standard at the moment, perhaps it should be introduced!
        Bear | Chicago, IL

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          #5
          Nice - thanks!

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            #6
            Originally posted by DaveP View Post
            Don't feel bad.
            I didn't even know you could do that!


            You can also override the dimension units to display as inches, feet and inches, decimal and so on. Also adjust the rounding, although if you do that I would change the color of the style to Red or something highly visible so you know it is rounded.
            Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


            chad
            BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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              #7
              Originally posted by cellophane View Post
              Also adjust the rounding, although if you do that I would change the color of the style to Red or something highly visible so you know it is rounded.
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              I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post
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                I didn't say it was good, just that it was possible.
                Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


                chad
                BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by cellophane View Post
                  rounding
                  I think I'm finally beginning to win that battle around here.
                  Rounding was one of those things that, 8 years ago I didn't feel like it was worth fighting. One of those "pick your battles" things.
                  When we were at the very beginning of transitioning to Revit, we were getting the usual push-back. You've all been there.
                  "Revit's too hard to use"
                  "Revit's Elevations look funny"
                  "I don't need it in 3D"
                  "We don't have enough families"
                  "Revit adds all these weird 1/128" dimensions"

                  I fought long and hard to convince people that the answer was to model accurately, but I decided it was more important to get them do use Revit at all than to compromise on the Dimension rounding.
                  Rounding off the dimensions became one of those things that lowered the entry point.
                  Now, 8 years later, it's one of those things that's holding us back.
                  Now that we're on the upswing and hiring again, we're getting some new people in that are challenging a lot of the processes we have.
                  And this time, it's challenging the processes from a "Why don't you use more of Revit" viewpoint rather than "Why don't we do it like AutoCAD" does?

                  I don't regret some of those long-ago choices, because it did help people make the transition. But it also helped people develop bad habit which I'm now trying to break so we can truly leverage the power of Revit instead of just drafting faster.

                  Who knows, some day I might even get our designers to design in Revit!
                  Dave Plumb
                  BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                  CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by DaveP View Post
                    Who knows, some day I might even get our designers to design in Revit!
                    Now there's an interesting dream.

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