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    Specialty Equipment and Room Name

    First, thanks to Gordon for letting me in on the secret that some family categories, such as specialty equipment and furniture are room aware. So, you can schedule the room they are in. It's a bit tricky to find, so I'll tell ya. Bottom left of the schedule properties, there's a drop down with the heading Select Available Field From. Just choose Room (or Space) and now you can add those fields to your schedule.

    Okay, now for the question. I did this for my specialty equipment in a car wash. Everything went perfect except one family isn't showing the room. I've checked and rechecked it. It's in the room. It's specialty equipment. Any ideas?

    Also, a few pieces are outside the building, but I schedule them as tunnel equipment. Any way to associate a room with a piece of equipment if it's not really in a room? I'm guessing not, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

    What I wound up doing was this:
    Since a few pieces are outside the room and one piece isn't scheduling the room, I set up a filter for Room Name does not equal Equipment Room. That takes all the support stuff out and leaves the rest, no matter what room it's in.
    The equipment room is filtered by Room Name equals Equipment Room.

    Seems like a good solution, but I'll ask the pros. Leave it or do it a different way?
    Dan

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    Originally posted by dzatto View Post
    Okay, now for the question. I did this for my specialty equipment in a car wash. Everything went perfect except one family isn't showing the room. I've checked and rechecked it. It's in the room. It's specialty equipment. Any ideas?
    What is, Different phases?

    (Playing "Who wants to be a millionaire" :hide: )

    Edit: PS, or the ref. planes which "defines origin" is off in that particular family? (Same thing that could make the below work...)

    Originally posted by dzatto View Post
    Also, a few pieces are outside the building, but I schedule them as tunnel equipment. Any way to associate a room with a piece of equipment if it's not really in a room? I'm guessing not, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
    You could (maybe) add an invisible model line in the families outside the room, and set the end of that line, which is going into the actual room, to be one the ref. planes that "define origin"? Never tried it, but why not?
    Last edited by Munkholm; January 20, 2012, 08:12 PM.
    Klaus Munkholm
    "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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      #3
      DING DING DING Munk is the big winner!!

      Yep, had the origin defined, but to a weak reference plane. (The wrong one, actually). Set it to the center left/right plane and it works.

      As for the invisible line, the more I think of it the more I think I'll just leave it like I have it and do it with the schedule. There's no telling where on the site some of the equipment will be, so I don't know where to draw the invisible line to and from.
      Dan

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        #4
        Originally posted by dzatto View Post
        DING DING DING Munk is the big winner!!
        COOL! Here's my bank account number for the prize: 555-9876

        (Or was that the phone number I got from Paris Hilton the last time I visited the US.... Darn... I forgot)

        Originally posted by dzatto View Post
        As for the invisible line, the more I think of it the more I think I'll just leave it like I have it and do it with the schedule. There's no telling where on the site some of the equipment will be, so I don't know where to draw the invisible line to and from.
        If done right, you could make the placement, relative to the room, instance based, allowing you to drag the "actual" family to where ever you want it. :beer:
        Klaus Munkholm
        "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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          #5
          Uhmm... a quick smoke outside in the Nordic cold always seems to clear the brain (at least a little)

          You wont even need the invisible line... Just to have two crossing ref. planes. witch "defines origin", and labeled with two instance dimensions to the actual center (or origin) of the family... :beer:
          Klaus Munkholm
          "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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            #6
            ahhh, yes. Good idea. Good idea indeed. I may have to check into that further. But, I'm off the equipment and back on the exterior of the building. Boss now wants a rendering and detailed elevations for the client. Switching gears yet again...
            Dan

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              #7
              Dan, glad you got your misbehaving equipment to work. On the "outside" topic, a trick I have often used is to put a big Room Separation Line around the building and drop a room in there (the exterior walls stop it and make a big donut room). Then make that room Department "Outside" or the like. Now you can filter than room in or out of your schedules easily, sort by room and get all your Outside stuff together, etc. Often I have gone even farther with multiple outside rooms for things like Courtyards and Walkways and Bus Loading Zone and the like. Color Scheme based presentation plans are then really easy to produce.

              Also, with regards to "room awareness", a thread over here led to me finally making a list of all the "spatial awareness" that different categories have. Been on the agenda for a while, so good to get that task out of the way.

              Gordon
              Pragmatic Praxis

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                #8
                Nice tip! Wait, that sounded really bad. :banghead: Anyway, you know what I meant. :laugh:

                I like the spatial awareness list. I wish I would have seen that earlier. That needs to be stickied somewhere.
                Dan

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dzatto View Post
                  ...That needs to be stickied somewhere.
                  Yep! Haven't seen it until now either, but I'm pretty sure that one will be sticked ( or is it "get stuck"??? LOL) in the list of POTM's :thumbsup:
                  Klaus Munkholm
                  "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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                    #10
                    Yep, I nominated it. I'm surprised nobody did it before me. Great post Gordon!
                    Dan

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