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    Electrical Communications Symbol/Tag/Schedule

    Hello all,
    First post here. I searched for awhile, checked things out. Didn't see what I was looking for so I thought I'd ask.

    I do contract CAD work for a number of different clients. Most things can be done with autocad, but I've been finding just as easy to accomplish in RAC. One client in particular is a structured wiring contractor. They wire up everything from FIOS installs in apartment complexes, to Fire Alarms, Security Systems, and corporate IT infrastructure. Anyways, they were looking for a way to get material counts easier. I was pretty sure I could quantify a tag and put it in a schedule, but I'm beyond my experience level. :banghead:

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    The examples from another project were done easily enough in AutoCAD. I'd like to be able to place a component similar to the telecomm outlets on the left, and then tag them with a tag that looks similar to the tag in plan on the right. With the quantities able to be edited as needed.

    On top of that, the way I produce the drawings for say an apartment complex is I do 1 plan for unit type A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, etc. So in the schedule I want to be able to count all data ports across the project, so I would need a multiplier for each unit type and be able to multiply the number of A1 data ports by however many A1's are on the project.

    Obviously it's a complicated task, but I'm sure there is a way to handle it in RAC. Suggestions, comments, would be greatly appreciated.
    Gordon McKenzie
    BIM Manager | maa (merriman associates, architects)

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    All these tasks you have mentioned are possible in Revit. I am going to give you some basic info about starting points for each task:

    I'd like to be able to place a component similar to the telecomm outlets on the left...
    Begin by Home > Component > Place a component > Load family > Electrical fixture
    (to get exactly the ones you are showing, you have to find them in other sources: manufacturers' websites, etc., or make them yourself)

    and then tag them with a tag that looks similar to the tag in plan on the right.
    Annotate > Tag by category > click the object or if the tag is not loaded yet, load it first by > Home > Load family > Annotations > Electrical > Electrical fixture tag. The shape of the tag can be customized.

    With the quantities able to be edited as needed.
    Revit keeps track of how many items are being inserted, which can be seen in a schedule.
    I don't understand about "editing the quantity", though.

    So in the schedule I want to be able to count all data ports across the project, so I would need a multiplier for each unit type and be able to multiply the number of A1 data ports by however many A1's are on the project.
    A schedule sorted by types can give you quantities of each type of fixture for each unit. To get the total of fixtures in the project, without really creating all the units, yes, you need a multiplier for the "count" value of each fixture. That will be a separate field called "calculated value" where you can do formulas such as "count * 6" ; then, by adding up and sorting all this information, at the end you can get the total quantity of each type of fixture in the project.

    Obviously it's a complicated task, but I'm sure there is a way to handle it in RAC
    Well, start reading and get some coffee. :coffee: Welcome to Revit!
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