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    Model Colors, Textures, Patterns, etc.

    Hello Everyone,

    I am new to the forum and in need of some help. I work at an MEP company and we recently started using Revit MEP to design our ductwork. So here's the situation: The architect sends us a model of the building and when I go to the "Default 3D view" and set the Visual Style to "Realistic with Edges" the materials in the model look realistic (i.e. the structural wood beams are a nice brown color and have a wood textures, the doors and walls have color and texture, the windows look like glass, etc.).

    So what we have been doing is creating a new file in Revit MEP from a "Systems Template" and then linking the architectural model. It is in this file that we design our ductwork. The problem I'm having is that when I link the architect's model into this new file created from a Systems Template, The architect's model seems to lose all of it's color, texture, etc. When I go to the Default 3D View and set the Visual Style to "Realistic with Edges" the architect's model that is linked is just white with black outlines. There is no more color to the wood beams, furniture, doors, walls, glass, etc.

    The reason this is a problem is because I cannot tell If my ducts are going through walls, or if they are poking through part of the roof when they aren't supposed to be. It is making it very difficult and time consuming to properly route all the ducts. However, when I export my model as a DWF file and view it using the AutoDesk Design Review program, then all the colors and textures are present again just like they were in the architect's model.

    So, my questions are:
    1) Why does the Architect's model lose color and texture when I link it into my Systems Template MEP file?
    2) How can I get the colors and textures to show in the MEP file where I create my ductwork?
    3) How do you guys (or girls) design your ductwork? Do you do it the same way I am? Do you have a colorful model with textured materials when you design your ductwork?
    4) Do you have any advice or solutions that will make it easier for me to see where my ducts are going while I'm working in the file?

    Thank you all very much in advance!

    #2
    Check to see what the Discipline is set to in the View. There are six: Architectural, Structural, Coordination, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. The first three will show all Categories "as is". The last three, or the three MEP disciplines, have a hard-wired visibility control (that cannot be overridden) to show any Category that is not an MEP Category as screened, transparent, and will never show material or texture, regardless of the view settings. Change it to Coordination and you should be fine.

    This is my first guess. If this doesn't solve your problem, we can try some other avenues.

    -TZ

    PS: Here's some official documentation to read up on:
    https://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppo...A5491-htm.html
    Tannar Z. Frampton ™
    Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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      #3
      Originally posted by tzframpton View Post
      Check to see what the Discipline is set to in the View. There are six: Architectural, Structural, Coordination, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. The first three will show all Categories "as is". The last three, or the three MEP disciplines, have a hard-wired visibility control (that cannot be overridden) to show any Category that is not an MEP Category as screened, transparent, and will never show material or texture, regardless of the view settings. Change it to Coordination and you should be fine.

      This is my first guess. If this doesn't solve your problem, we can try some other avenues.

      -TZ

      PS: Here's some official documentation to read up on:
      https://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppo...A5491-htm.html
      You are THE MAN TZ!! Thank you so much. Setting the view to "Coordination" worked wonders. Thanks again!!

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        #4
        Originally posted by tzframpton View Post
        Check to see what the Discipline is set to in the View. There are six: Architectural, Structural, Coordination, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. The first three will show all Categories "as is". The last three, or the three MEP disciplines, have a hard-wired visibility control (that cannot be overridden) to show any Category that is not an MEP Category as screened, transparent, and will never show material or texture, regardless of the view settings. Change it to Coordination and you should be fine.

        This is my first guess. If this doesn't solve your problem, we can try some other avenues.

        -TZ

        PS: Here's some official documentation to read up on:
        https://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppo...A5491-htm.html
        Hello,brother. I just downloaded a modle form your posted URL.I found that the centerline of ducts were in red color. How to set duct's centerline color different with duct color? Thank you very much in advance.
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          #5
          To change the default colour or line type you would go into object styles (manage tab>object styles) and under ducts you should see that duct centreline is set to red. You would do the same for flex ducts which is a separate category.
          Last edited by evan.dodds; January 12, 2017, 06:06 PM.

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