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    Is it possible to filter abbreviations?

    I wanted to created an abbreviations table that would only display abbreviations used in the project.

    e.g. CONC, AFF, etc.

    This table/schedule would be located at the front of a set of drawings. So, I'm thinking the list of office standard abbreviations can be put in a file or database. If an abbreviation is used in the project, the table displays that abbreviation. Only abbreviations, or symbols used in the project are shown.

    Seems like a yes, no parameter would be possible. I just can't seem to think of which tool can accomplish the goal.
    Last edited by trevorpan; February 20, 2017, 07:50 PM.
    Trevor Pan

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    #2
    I would just create a text object / drafting view and have a note at the bottom that says something along the lines of 'not all abbreviations may be used.' Trying to keep up with that otherwise would be a nightmare...
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      #3
      Hi Chad,

      Thank you on that.

      But, I know revit can do this. Wouldn't it be nice if there were no extraneous notes, and our drawings were completely referenced?
      See my thoughts are, if the abbreviations were in a database, the table, or schedule, or whatever tool is used, it does it automatically. Like the count of a desk component.

      So, if you want a quantity of desks, and there are 8 the schedule says (8) qty. - not, "there may or may not be desks in this project."
      Trevor Pan

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        #4
        OK you lost me there, doesn't revit do schedules with quantities.
        Might be a language barrier there or the fact that I should be in bed already.
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          #5
          Originally posted by trevorpan View Post
          But, I know revit can do this. Wouldn't it be nice if there were no extraneous notes, and our drawings were completely referenced?
          See my thoughts are, if the abbreviations were in a database, the table, or schedule, or whatever tool is used, it does it automatically. Like the count of a desk component.

          So, if you want a quantity of desks, and there are 8 the schedule says (8) qty. - not, "there may or may not be desks in this project."
          Correct - but the abbreviations are scattered across a whole host of input variables. There are keynotes, type comments, type descriptions, user created parameters, text notes, callouts, schedules, and on and on. Trying to find an abbreviation and mark it as 'On' or 'Off' would most likely be a nightmare programmatically since basic stuff like spellcheck still doesn't cover all of those functions.

          There is a chance you can parse the project through the API and push the data back but I don't know if even Dynamo has access to all the bits and pieces needed for that.

          Personally - I'd rather worry about the building and the millions of things that need addressing in the design than whether or not an abbreviation is or is not used somewhere.
          Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


          chad
          BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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            #6
            Hi Robin,

            Was trying to show by example how revit can schedule.

            The difference being, with my idea, "text" is the component, or quantifiable element.

            The goal is for this database to have abbreviations like CONC, have a search parameter, or something that is quantifiable.
            So, if you have a note with a leader that says (4" CONC SLAB ON GRADE), CONC is recognized, and then populates the abbreviation table.

            Sorry if I can't quite articulate it.
            Trevor Pan

            http://www.trevorpan.com

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              #7
              (Personally - I'd rather worry about the building and the millions of things that need addressing in the design than whether or not an abbreviation is or is not used somewhere.)

              Yes, I know what you are saying.

              If I created this magnificent tool, would you use it?
              Trevor Pan

              http://www.trevorpan.com

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                #8
                Originally posted by trevorpan View Post
                If I created this magnificent tool, would you use it?
                Sorry... no. Just one more thing to break that adds too little value relative to the payoff.
                Greg McDowell Jr
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                  #9
                  Counter measure accepted, Greg ~

                  How do you handle abbreviations?
                  Trevor Pan

                  http://www.trevorpan.com

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                    #10
                    LOL - I don't! Or rather, we do but as a large set of schedules GAs that nobody EVER looks at. It's CYA and, frankly, a waste of time. If a contractor tries to tell me they don't know what CONC means, we've got more problems than this to worry about. Of course, that's just my opinion. If you think there's a market, go for it!
                    Greg McDowell Jr
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