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    Exterior Finish Tagging

    I've done this differently on every job I've done. No way is perfect but I want to hear what other people are doing.

    Option 1 - Note Block with Generic Tag
    Option 2 - Material Tag (type) If you do this, how do you handle materials that are different but to match a specific color? Do you do a full material schedule for exterior finishes?

    Option 3 - Just note them on the elevation?
    Scott D. Brown, AIA | Senior Project Manager | Beck Group

    Mostly, I use Option 1 - Note Blocks with generic tag, with the occasional note on the elevation itself.

    Ian Kidston


      We use Live material tags. If they are different materials, they are modeled as different materials. heck, we have different Revit for different sizes of materials as well. 6 inch CMU, 8 inch CMU, 12 inch CMU... All different materials. Red EIFS, White EIFS: Different.

      We then use a Material Takeoff, filtered to include only the Finishes (filtered by contact information input for the manufacturers) that reads the materials.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        As with Aaron, live materials. We use different Material Tags for different things. So text like "2X4 WOOD STUD" in a detail or wall type, using the Description parameter. A simple "PAINTED STUCCO" in SD elevations using the Comments parameter, and CMU-3 in a material tag in CD elevations using the Mark parameter. We might then have a legend that says CMU, SPLIT FACE and puts the CMU-3 in a material tag below. And we might have a schedule that says CT-3 CERAMIC TILE FIELD COLOR Daltile Crisp Linen (0139). And sums the area so we can validate pricing.

        Revit is a shotgun. It works best when you are trying/willing to hit a flock of birds.

        Pragmatic Praxis


          Every material is modelled seperately and tagged. Frankly, to me that's the only possible way. This is the way Revit is intended to work so I don't see why I shouldn't use it like that.

          Option 3: if you're talking about text notes: there would be severe physical punishment for using those... :hide:
          The only time annotations get screwed up is when somebody decides it's faster to just type something and forgets this isn't a live link with the material.
          Martijn de Riet
          Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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          Planta1 Revit Online Consulting


            For those of that use "Live Materials", are you using the OOTB parameters Description, Comments, Mark, etc. or are you re-creating them with a shared parameter file? I guess that I'm asking because I've created the live materials as you call them in the materials under the wall type. How does that "material" get to the material tag for the elevation?

            For example, right now in the OOTB material tag in elevation (which uses the description label) it either shows "Exterior finish" or ? on the elevation drawing. It should show the Description which in this particular case is a UL# because that what I was using the description field for.

            If I need to add pictures to help explain I will. Thanks!
            Travis Vaughan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
            LinkedIn Profile | Twitter: @TravisUsesRevit


              We use Material: Name, in our Material Tag, and we tag the wall with it.
              Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                Option 4 - Keynotes. We use keynotes for elements and materials. Then we use live finish tags for different paint colors of things like EIFS.


                  Smart Annotations ONLY! NO Text Notes or "dumb annotations" allowed!

                  This could be Keynotes or Material Tags or both, depending on the situation.
                  Cliff B. Collins
                  Registered Architect
                  The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
                  Autodesk Expert Elite


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