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    Color code Equipment plan

    We're doing an area that's going to have about 75 different pieces of equipment in it.
    We want to create a View using something sort of like a Color Scheme, but using Equipment instead of Rooms.
    I've got a Specialty Equipment family that we'll make different Type for the different sizes, and that has another parameter for the Description.
    Next task is to create a Filter for each of the Descriptions and then apply that Filter to the View which will solid fill the family with a color.
    Right now we've got about 75 different Descriptions

    I'm trying to figure out a simple method of keeping track of all those things. When I create the Filter, I can use the drop-down to select the Description, but then I'd like to name the filter the same as the value. Manually seems to be the only way to do that.
    Finally, I need to apply those 75 filters to several View Templates. I know about the trick with using only the Filters, applying that and then re-creating the View Template from current View.

    But, yeesh! seems like there should be some simpler way.
    I've dabbled in trying to coordinate all this using Dynamo, but there aren't a lot of examples using/creating Filters out there.

    Anybody done something like this? Any better ideas than Filters?
    Dave Plumb
    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

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

    #2
    Oh, yeah. I also want to create a Legend view (probably use the Legend Phase trick) for all this.
    The Legend View would place one of each of the equipment by Description value use the Filter to highlight it and then Tag it.
    Last edited by DaveP; February 2, 2017, 05:59 PM.
    Dave Plumb
    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

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

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      #3
      I don't know if its better, or workable in your situation, but its different. For the purpose of description I'm assuming your views typically show the equipment at medium of fine detail level.

      For each equipment family, if it doesn't have it already, create a "course" model representation. Set other modeled elements not to display in course and assign it a separate, "diagram finish" material applied to the course representation.

      In the project set the equipment category to show as course, then change each types "diagram finish" material to a basic material, with a solid fill pattern set to the desired color. Create additional materials as needed. The solid fill pattern will show even in hidden line, unless patterns are turned off.
      Julie Kidder
      Architect + BIM Director
      Hartman + Majewski Design Group

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        #4
        BIMOne Color Splasher = Free Addin. w/ limitations, but can colour-grade override based on parameter values. Legend would still be a manual PITA.

        Or as you say, Dynamo.

        Pick your poison.

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          #5
          I would think 75 diff. colors would not really be very helpful. Maybe color by equipment category or some other grouping strategy. I would think tags with unique numbers would be of more value then trying to look for a light shade of blue, next to an even lighter shade of blue from one location on the sheet to the other. So I suggest rethinking your strategy altogether.
          Scott D. Brown, AIA | Senior Project Manager | Beck Group

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            #6
            That's pretty much what I thought.
            But it was a client request and sometimes you just have to let them see for themselves that it's a dumb idea.
            Dave Plumb
            BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

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

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